Wednesday, April 26, 2006

AutoCAD 2007 Object Enablers

Due to the change in file format and all that goes along with that, objects created in other Autodesk products may not display correctly. I reported a hot fix earlier for some of these, but there have been problems reported with this and some programs such as ADT, ABS, and Civil 3D.

There is now an object enabler for Civil 3D and Raster Design. Surely one for the architectural products can't be far behind.

For some very insightful articles, check out the new blog CAD Insider by Roopinder Tara of TenLinks.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Autodesk 2007 Graphics Card List

Here's the new list for your reference.

Autodesk 2007 Products

As you may have read or heard, the Autodesk 2007 products began shipping a few weeks ago. If you are a subscription customer, you've already received some of your products.

There are some things to note about the new products. First, this year is a file format change. You need to be aware of this if you share drawings with outside firms. You should also plan to use all or none of the 2007 products within your organization and not just a mixture. It works better that way.

If you work across Autodesk products, you may want to wait to install.

You should also note that if you are doing AutoCAD 3D, Architectural Desktop (ADT), Building Systems (ABS), or any of the Revit offerings there are some serious increases in hardware requirements.

Here is some helpful information on 2007 products.

AutoCAD products freezing on launch

Architectural Desktop Object Enabler 2007

Hotfix 2004 for drawings with custom AEC objects created in an AutoCAD 2007 product and saved in AutoCAD 2004 or older drawing format.

Hotfix 2005 for drawings with custom AEC objects created in an AutoCAD 2007 product and saved in AutoCAD 2004 or older drawing format.

Hotfix 2006 for drawings with custom AEC objects created in an AutoCAD 2007 product and saved in AutoCAD 2004 or older drawing format.

Problems with Serial ATA hard disk controllers

Hot fix for SATA Raid controllers

Clean reinstallation of ADT Note that I don't recommend reinstalling software normally.

No Express Tools for ADT & ABS Note that the Layer Express Tools are now part of product layer tools.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Dallas, AutoCAD 2007, and old friends

I am in Dallas, TX for 2007 training with Autodesk. Yesterday we saw just a few of the new 3D features in AutoCAD. If you don't use 3D at all and don't want to see any of it you should choose the AutoCAD classic workspace. If you are going to use 3D, then the 3D workspace will provide you with a dashboard with a wide variety of tools. Unfortunately I had a difficult time seeing all the little icons and they all seemed to blend together and look too much alike. There is also a separate 3D template.

I saw many people that I have met over the past two years at these events and realized just how many people I am getting to know in this job that still seems relatively new.

I also had the pleasant surprise to see Brad Gibb who was Vice President when I was elected to the AUGI Board of Directors in 2001 and who served as Vice President during my first BOD term in 2002. He was someone that I respected and who made a difference both to AUGI and to me personally. He is one of the main reasons that I went on to write more and and Elise Moss was a big help in getting me involved in writing my own training materials. I hope that I will see John again to catch up on a personal level.

I also saw Donnia Tabor-Hanson, who has also joined the ranks of technical resources for resellers. I was waiting the rest of the day for the rest of the old AUGI BOD to pop out from behind a large plant and startle me!

Shaan Hurley is here as was Lynn Allen and Heidi Hewett. Lynn gave an outstanding presentation on Vault. Her co-presenter was equally outstanding. More on that in another entry.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

AutoCAD 2007 Training Information & FAQ

I don't have a need to write anything myself this time. Shaan Hurley and Autodesk have done such a good job I'll just pass the information along to you.

First, if you are a subscription customer, the AutoCAD 2007 e-learning material is now available on the subscription website. If you've forgotten your login, contact your reseller and request that they have another email sent to you with the appropriate information. It's very worthwhile training.

Also on the topic of training, there are three webcasts for AutoCAD 2007 including one with Lynn Allen, AUGI Sweetheart.

There are some FAQ's for AutoCAD 2007 on the Autodesk website.

Shaan Hurley has also posted results of the February, 2006 AutoCAD Wish List from AUGI. Rather than compiling wishes and voting once a year as in the past, wishes are now submitted quarterly. Much easier.

Gee, how nice that everyone has done my work for me and provided this week's content.

I'm very busy getting ready to leave Saturday for Dallas, TX for a week of 2007 training. I confess I'm always excited about any kind of training, but I'm one of many people unhappy about this training because of the planning. We'll be training on Palm Sunday and all the way through Maundy Thursday and during Passover. I won't return home until Good Friday.

Training on a Sunday is bad enough. It's just plain tacky in my opinion. But whether you're a Christian or Jew, this is a Holy Week any way you look at it. Very bad taste, Autodesk.

Whatever your religious beliefs, I hope the Easter Bunny visits you and all your wishes come true!