Friday, April 27, 2007

AutoCAD Architecture 2008 Info

If you are one of the cutting edge users that install your 2008 Autodesk software as soon as you receive it, you may run into a problem with a deployment of either AutoCAD Architecture 2008 or AutoCAD MEP 2008. See here.

Also, you may not be aware that Viz Render is no longer included with the product. It was only a basic version, but has been eliminated. Since vanilla AutoCAD began really adding 3D visualization in 2007 and enhanced it in 2008, the idea is that you can take advantage of this built-in capability with AutoCAD Architecture. If you do serious rendering, you will need to purchase a full seat of Viz or for more serious rendering a full seat of 3ds Max.

Of course if you could use Revit Architecture that has great and easy built-in rendering! (personal opinion of course)

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Friday, April 13, 2007

New Installation Process

I have been out of touch lately due to being under the weather and a death in the family. Next week I will be gone all week to learn more about the 2008 products.

If you have received 2008, or are considering installing it, the first thing you will notice is that the installation screens will look very different. It has all changed greatly.

There are help areas throughout that give you an opportunity to click on a question and learn more about what the choice is. Content in AutoCAD Architecture is one example as is the difference between network and stand-alone installation.

As in the past, you must choose Custom installation on instead of Typical to get the Express Tools. You will have several screens for configuring the installation. This is also where you can turn off metric content.

It was a little more difficult to find where to make the shortcut for AutoCAD. Note also that you could have a different shortcut made for each profile.

Most 2008 products except Revit should have now shipped for the Building type products.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Drawing File Collaboration

The new version of Design Review is now available for download. You will also find Plug-in's and Downloads that can be used with Design Review.

Design Review allows you to open .dwf files that can be created by any Autodesk application or from anyone that has used the DWF Writer to create a file from another application.

Design Review is crucial to file collaboration because team members, customers, vendors, or anyone needing to send a CAD file or receive a marked up CAD file can do so easily. There is no longer any need to plot and overnight drawings for a person to mark up and overnight ship them back to you. You can email the .dwf file and the other party can mark it up on the screen, zoom in and out, rotate the 3D view, and email it back to you. You can insert the .dwf file into your Autodesk application to more easily complete the changes.

You can create a new file in Design Review and Import a .dwg file. Design Review will quickly make a .dwf file in the background out of the .dwg file.

If you only need the ability to open, zoom, and print a .dwg file, you can do so with the free DWG TrueView. It will open any version of .dwg or .dxf file. From the same link you will find DWG TrueConvert that will convert any .dwg file from R14 through present either up or down in version or from .dwg to .dxf.

These utilities should be resources in any office that may send or receive AutoCAD .dwg files or .dwf markup files.