Monday, January 29, 2007

Design Review is now free!

Autodesk Design Review, the mark up tool for DWF files is offered free just like DWF Viewer, DWG TrueView, and DWG TrueConvert. Great news!

Autodesk Beta Testing

It doesn't seem like we are very far into 2007, but beta testing for AutoCAD 2008 is almost complete and you should start seeing open discussion of what's in the new release by mid-February. I already have my favorite tool that I'll tell you about once I am allowed to go public. I've waited for it for as long as I've used AutoCAD!

ADT is currently in the beta testing phase and is in the early stages of that.

If you want to beta test, you could do so to help mold the future of AutoCAD or any Autodesk product. If you follow Shaan Hurley's blog you probably have heard this a number of times. If you can't do it in your office, you could do it at home. It would also give you the benefit of learning more about your software away from work perhaps. Heidi Hewett also has this listed on her blog.

Simply visit the MyFeedback site and sign up. You will be added as products go into beta testing and will receive an email with instructions. You do have to agree not to discuss anything you see or read about the product until instructed that it is O.K. to do so. Not only is this confidential for obvious reasons, some features may change or be removed prior to the official release.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

AutoCAD Express Tools

Recently Melanie Perry, Mistress of the Dorkness blogger, made a post about the Layer Merge (LAYMRG) tool.

Layer Merge is one of the 18 former Express Tools that have been included as part of the general program for AutoCAD-based products. That means that AutoCAD LT users now have the ability to use these as well!

Ten of these tools are found on the Layers II toolbar. Since this toolbar is not on by default, many users of 2007 products do not even realize that it is there. The remaining tools can be found either by typing them if you have a list from a former version or from the Format pulldown menu. Under Format you will find Layer Tools and the 17 former Express Tools are located there.

The 18th tool is CHSPACE for Change Space. Other than typing this command, you will also find it almost at the bottom of the Modify pulldown menu. CHSPACE will move objects from Paperspace to Model Space and vice versa. Not only does it move the objects, but it scales them as well. It uses the scale of the viewport to calculate the correct scale.

Moving an object in Paperspace to Model Space:
Command: _chspaceSelect objects: 1 found
Select objects:Set the TARGET viewport active and press ENTER to continue.: Set the TARGET viewport active and press ENTER to continue.:1 object(s) changed from PAPER space to MODEL space.Objects were scaled by a factor of 48.0000000109842 to maintain visualappearance.

Moving an object in Model Space to Paperspace:
Command: _chspaceSelect objects: 1 found
Select objects:Set the SOURCE viewport active and press ENTER to continue.:1 object(s) changed from MODEL space to PAPER space.Objects were scaled by a factor of 0.0208333333285659 to maintain visualappearance.

I've made a comparison list of Express or Bonus Tools and how they've changed over each release. I hope to post some of this in the future.

You can find out more about the Express Tools you do have, but not under the standard Help menu. Select Express Tools and choose Help under that pulldown menu.

Monday, January 08, 2007

About Blogging...

It seems the topic of the day (perhaps other than Windows Vista), is blogging. It may seem hard to believe that this term and the word Blog, short for web log, didn't even exist a few years ago.

I generally start my day reading a list of my favorite blogs. What are my favorite? Well, I am not going to state them publicly so as not to hurt anyone's feelings. One thing I will tell you is that if a blog is not regularly updated it's generally not on my list.

I am frustrated by the lack of Building Solutions or architectural blogs from Autodesk. We have a long list of blogs to choose from for the civil or Infrastructure arena and the entertainment segment. There are good blogs from Shaan, Lynn, Heidi, and Scott, but a sad lacking on those products that I more often use and want to be updated on at least weekly. (And I'm starting to fall behind, too.)

I have signed up on an RSS Feed and created a Technorati Profile

Here are some posts today regarding blogging. Agree or disagree.

For a list of CAD blogs.