Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Making an Impression

Autodesk Impression is in it's second official release now. It is no longer a free download on the Autodesk website, but can be downloaded for free to Autodesk Subscription customers.

If you have any need to provide a more hand-drawn look for a website, a client proposal, displays, or anything else, this is by far the easiest way to do it.

I am presenting classes in this at the upcoming Charlotte and Philadelphia CAD Camps.

Last week I attended a Photoshop seminar. I've never used the program and don't currently have it. I have had many clients over the years that use Photoshop to create a separate design for clients. It is a complex program and I would say that you need to know more than a one-day seminar to be able to create some of the stunning effects I've seen of proposed buildings.

The beauty of Impression is that you use your AutoCAD drawing so you are not reinventing the wheel. Plus, you don't have to have AutoCAD installed on your system so you could have someone in your office do your Impression designs. You can open or insert your AutoCAD files as well as many other file types.

Visit the Impression Community to learn more.

Also, I recommend the following material from the Autodesk University sessions.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Content Browser in AutoCAD Architecture or AutoCAD MEP

One of the great things about Autodesk University is that even months after the event is over, you are continuing to learn through the content available.

I was reviewing everything I thought I knew about Content Browser in preparation for the Charlotte CAD Camp where I will be presenting a class on Content Browser. I read all the AU material on the subject for anything new and found something interesting.

Besides the OOTB content catalogs that you see when you open Content Browser, you can do a search in Windows Explorer for *.atc files and drag other catalogs right into Content Browser.

I wanted to share my new found knowledge with you so that you will also be amazed and impressed. :)

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

My absence

This is the first time that more than two weeks have gone by since I last made a blog entry. There is certainly lots to blog about with the release of the new 2009 Autodesk products.

I have been overwhelmed with personal issues relating to my husband's health and updating his blog. My apologies.

I am currently working on content for the Charlotte, NC CAD Camp where I will be presenting 4 topics. One will be my AU 2007 topic of Start Using AutoCAD Architecture Now!. (You can download this from the AU 2007 website.)

I made proposals for AU 2008, but it will be some time until I know if I'll have the honor of being selected for the second year in a row. I'm hopeful since I don't believe there is any greater honor and attending AU is of high importance to me to be able to learn from my peers.