It's that time of the year when a new version of the Mac Operating System OS X "Yosemite" is nearing release and we at Autodesk release a new AutoCAD for Mac version 2015 codename Lightsaber. Rather than being released with Windows product release typically in the Spring, the AutoCAD for Mac relies on many key enhancements of the Mac OS X so it makes perfect sense to release closer OS X when possible. I have been busy with some special projects and the amazing US Navy ship USS America commissioning, but read the AutoCAD Insider blog post and some highlights of the official press release.
I have to take this opportunity to brag and show the Lighsaber found on a coworkers desk this last weekend. I could use one to cut short meeting time and have some fun at AU 2014. I wish Lightsabers were company issued.
New Functionality Helps Mac and Windows Users Work Together More Efficiently
Key new enhancements include:
- Dynamic Blocks. Mac users gain the ability to create and edit Dynamic Blocks—a capability previously limited to Windows users. This feature enables them to insert one block that can change shape, size, or configuration instead of inserting several static blocks.
- Layer States. Mac users can also now save their layer settings as Layer States, which store information like color, linetype, and information about whether a layer is turned off, frozen, or locked. Prior to the 2015 releases, Mac users were unable to view any of the layer states information their Windows colleagues had embedded within a drawing.
- Data Linking. Users who need to link a table to data in a Microsoft Excel file can use the new Data Linking feature, and their table will automatically update as external changes are made. This feature is especially helpful when managing large amounts of information about things like materials or fixtures.
- Quick Select. The Quick Select tool allows users to quickly select objects based on query criteria, enabling users to easily select exactly what they need in their drawing. The Quick Select tool also includes a “preview” option so that users can see what they’re about to select before they commit to the selection.
“AutoCAD for Mac 2015 is a fantastic release with a surprising number of significant new features,” said Graham Merritt, intern architect at FRANCL Architecture. “We’re very pleased with where this product is going.”
“With the newest release and its added functionality, I can finally leave Windows behind and use AutoCAD LT for Mac as my drafting and design software of choice,” said Kendra Swartz, lead designer, Liederbach and Graham Architects.
More enhancements like reverse mouse direction, faster graphics, lasso selection, toggle between Paperspace and Modelspace, Command Preview,Tolerance Object Enhancements,Dimension Enhancements, Cursor Enhancements, Model Space Viewports, MTEXT Enhancements, Text Alignment, Polyline Enhancements.
Additional details about the software, including pricing and availability, are available here.
Two of my amazingly talented Autodesk Office of the CTO colleagues Evan Atherton & Heather Kerrick presented a 3D printed creative memorial plaque to the US Navy & Marines crew and Captain Robert A Hall. Jr. of the USS America LHA 6 last night in the Autodesk Gallery. The plaque had a 3D print of the starboard side of the ship mounted on a walnut wood base with custom metal standoffs mounting glass etched with text and 2D wireframe drawing of the new ship. The USS America is officially being commissioned tomorrow in San Francisco. The USS America was designed using Autodesk's AutoCAD and SSI's ShipConstructor software technology.
I too had the honor to meet the crew and Captain Hall last night.
General Peter Pace and his wife Lynn Pace who is the official sponsor of the USS America LHA-6 and some active duty Marines and an honored guest.
During this year’s Fleet Week in San Francisco, the US Navy will commission its latest warship, the USS America (LHA 6). Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) used various Autodesk software products along with a tightly integrated shipbuilding application from SSI called ShipConstructor to ensure more efficient and effective construction.
Read more about this ships design and purpose via inthefold.autodesk.com
I am truly honored to not only visit and tour this new ship USS America LHA 6, but to also be invited to participate in this ship's official commissioning and meet its crew of fine Marines and Seamen during Fleet Week in San Francisco.
The only downside is I must wear a formal dress suit and tie much of the time.
Hooray! I have been anxiously awaiting this for years. Effective today, Autodesk provides FREE access to our software to students, teachers and schools around the world.
If you are an engineering school or teach CAD drafting or design classes, or a computer lab facing tight budgets, you can now get the software free without limitations. There is no catch or fine print or restrictions on use in school.
In the past we at Autodesk have provided software free to students, but not the schools but this has been slowly evolving first here in the US with the US ConnectED program with US President Obama where Autodesk committed $250 million, and now this effort and free access to Autodesk software is being rolled out worldwide for all students, teachers, and schools.
I invite everyone to help us spread the word to your families, alma mater, friends, students, schools, and educational connections. Let them know that Autodesk now provides students, teachers and schools with free access to Autodesk software: 3-year licenses of 80 titles of the exact same software that our commercial customers use.
Students, teachers and schools can download the software FREE at students.autodesk.com.
No catch, watermarks, or fine print.
Students are the future. It's the Right Thing to Do!
You can work more efficiently within AutoCAD by knowing the keyboard shortcuts and be one step closer to being a power user or CAD Ninja.
Whether it is the one key shortcuts or multiple key toggles it is just plain more efficient and faster to work.
Autodesk has published in addition to the Help documentation a nice web page showing all the shortcuts for AutoCAD. Don't forget you can create your own shortcuts in AutoCAD but I will save that tip for another post.
AutoCAD Shortcut Guide http://autode.sk/shortcuts
I have started playing the game the "Goat Simulator" game by Coffee Stain Studios. How is this somehow related to Autodesk, well the Goat Simulator is using Autodesk Gameware's Scaleform technology to propel the super twisted fun gameplay. My son Jake showed it to me and told me it was fun and addicting, so naturally I just had to buy it and try it even though I am not really a gamer type of person.
Goat Simulator is almost like the game Grand Theft Auto but with goats and no drugs or crime. The game is available on desktop and mobiles everywhere although I play it on my iPhone.
Goat Simulator is Baaaaad to the bone with head butting action to take your stress and frustration from the day away.
I give it a custom rating of 4 hooves up!
I prefer to not have my shaving cream in a tube, let me explain...
This morning when waking up I did my normal routine of going to brush my teeth while still half asleep. I grabbed my trusty toothbrush, then a tube and squirted the contents onto said toothbrush and then started brushing my teeth. Ooooh yuck that tastes bad and no minty fresh flavor...WAIT that's my new shaving cream from Harry's Razor and not my minty Crest toothpaste.
And so this is how I started my Friday morning. So while I am used to shaving cream in a can the tube design is easy and I am sure more economical but has unintended accidental use written all over it for those of us who's brain starts slower in the morning.Hopefully I don't leave the bottle of Listerine and Drano on the counter.
Here are the two tubes in monochrome as I am half asleep and I don't think my eyes don't see color for the first 10 minutes after waking up.Hey, I'm just lucky to see at all when waking up so early.
I am sure this is how odd warning end up on products like "for external use only."This whole mix-up reminds me of the mismatched dress shoe incident at Autodesk University 2013.
Autodesk is going to be running a free web based session on Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PDT about the new Autodesk ReCap release. Autodesk ReCap is Autodesk's super-fast point cloud processing product for registering laser scans.
Register Now: http://bit.ly/1pqqEwh
Some of the new additions to ReCap Pro include:
Target-based Accuracy Reporting
Can animation be made as easy as drawing? Well Autodesk Research is not letting challenges like this or letting dragons lie. Kitty is a Drawing Tool for Interaction Authoring.
From the awesome Autodesk Research team:
"Hopefully you're familiar with Project Draco, our answer to the question: Can animation be made as easy as drawing?
We've discussed Draco here on the blog and have a video overview of what we were showing at this year's SIGGRAPH conference in Vancouver to catch you up."
"We've set up the scene as you would in Draco with steam and splashing particles coming from the pot. In the following image you can see that we have a simple node graph that gets overlaid on the picture. This helps reduce UI while keeping the events and relationships in context."
Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalski Reveals Details of Their Spark 3D Printing Platform & Printer.
Great article by 3DPrint.com. http://3dprint.com/16422/autodesk-spark-3d-printing/
Jeff will be keynoting at the Inside 3D Printing Conference in Santa Clara
I can now say I have seen a real physical Autodesk Spark 3D Printer in person at Autodesk Pier 9 office. The Spark 3D printer is one of the top things on the Christmas list to replace my older ABS extruding 3D printer.
I can't wait to print an accurate 3D print of the world famous Delicate Arch structure on it as it is a real test of not only reality capture and computing but 3D printing due to the complexity of geometry.
How did I get a 100% accurate 3D model of the Delicate Arch?
To Capture Delicate Arch in 3D