Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Autodesk and PBS: Sustainability

According to news from TenLinks.com, Autodesk is sponsoring a new PBS series called Design: E-Squared (The Economics of Being Environmentally Conscious). My local PBS station lists this as beginning Friday, June 2 and states that Brad Pitt will narrate.

Read more from the press release. You can visit the new Autodesk Sustainability website and find lots of information on this trend that's more today than just a few of us hopeful Mother Earth News readers.

I did notice over the weekend an advertisement on television for NASDAQ that mentioned Autodesk. At first I thought I was having hallucinations and must be too involved with Autodesk products. Then I saw the logo in the ad and realized that I wouldn't need counseling or medication after all.

New 2007 Support Documents

There are some new support documents on the Autodesk website.

Autodesk Raster Design 2007 Object Enabler

Missing texture maps
Material definitions in ADT 2007 have names of the image files changed from ADT 2004, 2005, and 2006.

Product serial number changes to all zeros after reinstallation of product
This is a fun one. After you register and activate a product, your serial numbers may display as 0's. You have to edit the registry to fix this.

Error: AutoConvert failed for this wall ... [0] Wall cut line(s) converted




ADT 2006 Only
Edge of slab is missing
Error: Associative Notification failed
Manual dimension points stay in same location

Friday, May 12, 2006

Building Systems Performance

Autodesk Building Systems (ABS) is a very powerful program. How you use it has a lot to do with performance as well as your system requirements.

Here is some helpful information from Autodesk.

System Requirements

Getting the Most out of Autodesk Building Systems whitepaper from Autodesk.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Improving Performance of AutoCAD and other Autodesk products

If you want to improve performance of AutoCAD, ADT, ABS, or any of the Autodesk products, here are some tips.


  • System Requirements-Besides the minimum recommended requirements, research "real-life" recommended requirements. If you are not meeting the grade, that's the first place for improvement.
  • Swap File-I used to be surprised at how many users I found where the Windows XP defaults are set with no virtual memory settings.

Check or change your settings by choosing System from Control Panel and then the Advanced tab.

  • Basic preventive maintenance on your system-This includes regular defrag, disk cleanup, virus and spyware checking.
  • Follow good installation procedures.
  • Some Autodesk tips to improve software performance.
  • System variables and options-There are a long list of these depending on your product. We'll highlight some of these in another blog entry.