There are several issues resolved based on customer feedback and product support data. Make sure to install Update 1 first and review the Readme document.
There are several issues resolved based on customer feedback and product support data. Make sure to install Update 1 first and review the Readme document.
If you want to be a presenter at Autodesk University, this is your time to shine and share your knowledge and expertise.
I need to get busy writing & submitting my proposals.
Your portable project. No Internet connection, no problem.
The AutoCAD WS mobile version includes the ability to sync files to your mobile device and view, markup, and edit even without an Internet connection. Your DWG and DXF files are synced from your free online AutoCAD WS account. If you make changes to the files while offline, the changes will automatically be saved and available for sharing once the device is connected to the Internet. The files are stored on a secure web location also commonly called “cloud” storage, but instead of that “cloud” term, think of it as portable data access anywhere. There are no limits for storage at this time but there is a 15MB single DWG upload restriction.
New school. On site or in flight. No big roll of drawings
I wish I had this back when I was working as a Mechanical Designer in the design and construction industry. I cannot tell you how often I marked up as-built drawings in the shop, field, or a contractors facility. I had to carry a big roll of drawings under my arm to check information and mark it up. Now that method is old school, just like designing on the drafting board as a graphite slinger. In my opinion, this is one of the biggest changes for people in the construction and design industry—to have your design documents with you on a mobile phone or tablet device, and to edit or mark them up even on a flight to a design review meeting.
Hmmmm…slick smartphone or tablet, or dog-eared paper?
Let’s say you want to check a dimension for an opening in a construction building. You could use an old school method: unrolling the dog eared paper drawing set and placing it on the floor, sawhorse, or a colleagues back and then searching for the dimension and hoping you actually are looking at the current version and the info will not be obstructed by a coffee stain.
Or, you can go new school by opening the drawing on your mobile phone or tablet. You can carry more drawings on your mobile device than the paper drawing sets you can carry into a construction site, unless you have a team of blueprint sherpas.
You can also add comments and notes in at the job site and sync them when a connection is available instead of marking up the paper drawings and carrying those back to the office, and then laying them out on your table to incorporate into the design or share with the team. (Whew, just that sentence was exhausting). In addition to all the benefits mentioned of having all your project drawings with you and being able to markup on-site, let’s be honest you’ll look way cooler with your mobile device on the jobsite.
Oh, and by the way, if you are an Android mobile device user, register here to be the first to know: http://autode.sk/iewFAD
“You're Designers, Hip Hip Hazaa!”
For those unable to view YouTube, here is a download of the video in HD and in Eye Shattering 3D, (and 2D where applicable) (110MB): Download McCluskeys Method_Long
The system requirements for AutoCAD 2012 are pretty much the same as the last release. If you are using AutoCAD 2011 or AutoCAD 2010 just fine, you should be good to go with AutoCAD 2012. Remember system requirements are not a one size fits all as there are a number of factors that affect how much resources you require. The factors can be from the complexity of your drawings, 2D or 3D, visual styles such as a 3D part as wireframe takes less than one with a smooth shaded view, and certainly the size of your drawings. These requirements are also the lowest suggested system optimal requirements, so use it as a suggested baseline.
AutoCAD 2012 32-bit
AutoCAD 2012 64-bit
Again your mileage and requirements may vary.
The AutoCAD 2012 Splash image is a rendering of backstage robotic video screens for the latest rock concert tour by Bon Jovi. AutoCAD and Autodesk 3ds Max software products were used in the design process. Image courtesy of Tait Towers, Inc. The splash image sets the tone as this release rocks!
And so here we have AutoCAD 2012 also known as codename “Ironman” launched and showing the new Autodesk Exchange.
AutoCAD 2012 uses the AutoCAD 2010 Drawing file format used by AutoCAD 2010, AutoCAD 20111 and now used by AutoCAD 2012.
This release of AutoCAD is speedy and was noticed by pre-release beta testers as launching and running faster.
With AutoCAD 2012 you can now array in 2D and 3D based on polar, rectangular, and path and associate the arrayed objects. There is a preview of the array in-process so you can refine what you want before committing to the settings.
Since the array objects are associated to the path I created, when I edit the path the arrayed objects follow.
Autodesk Fusion is an optional installation. Autodesk Inventor Fusion is an application for easily editing 3D models with direct modeling for easy creation and editing of models. The option to edit model from AutoCAD in Fusion is available in the ribbon on the Plug-ins tab, the EDITINFUSION command or by launching it as a standalone session from the Windows Start>Autodesk>Autodesk Inventor Fusion. Autodesk Inventor Fusion is a recent graduate of Autodesk Labs where it was on the honor roll.
With AutoCAD 2012 you can now import several file 3D formats for documenting models such as CATIA®, NX®, Parasolid, Pro/Engineer®, Rhinoceros®, NX, and SolidWorks®. You can place base views and projected views in various display styles such as hidden wireframe, shaded, etc. You can also update the views when the parent file changes.
You can now move selected objects orthogonally a few pixels at a time by using CTRL and the arrow keys.
There is now more objects that provide more options when you hover over the grip of a selected object. Some of the new supported objects are lines, arc, elliptical arcs, dimensions, 3D faces and more. Access to options for an object simply by hovering over a grip speeds up design and documentation.
Just like in AutoCAD for Mac and 3ds max, you can now change views and visual styles in the viewport using the small menu in the upper left corner of the drawing window..
This feature was previously known as Project Snap and is another Autodesk Labs graduate included in AutoCAD 2012. Think of Content Explorer like a more powerful Design Center. You can search or browse for content in the drawing or other files on your machine or network.
This is a sweet feature but I am still awaiting a “Thought AutoComplete” feature. when you start typing a command either at the command line or the dynamic input you will get some options for the possible command or system variable you are entering saving you time.
AutoCAD WS is now included in the product with commands and menus for uploading, downloading, and sharing your files on the free AutoCAD WS web service. With AutoCAD WS you have nothing to install as it is available in the web browser. There is also the free AutoCAD WS Mobile which is currently available in the Apple app store for iOS devices such as iPod Touch, iPhone, and the iPad devices. You can view, markup, and edit the drawing files placed on AutoCAD WS and in the AutoCAD WS Mobile you can synch your files offline for carrying all your design files on your mobile device to the job site.
There is much more under the hood and I invite you to take a test drive and kick the tires. http://usa.autodesk.com/autocad/trial/
What are your top ten?
This morning a flurry of 2012 product and sweet suites press releases went live.
For more details on the products check out the updated Autodesk.com
More posts on 2012 products coming soon including the new AutoCAD 2012 and my top 10 features and links to several customer blogger articles.
Let us know what you think of the new 2012 products!
I thought I would have some fun with my iPad (1st gen) and use it to get to the information and applications on my Windows laptop. I tried the GoToMyPC service 30 day free trial and installed it on my Windows 7 based laptop and then installed the free GoToMyPC iPad app.
I was able to view large 3D files in AutoCAD, perform some Finite Element Analysis on a part in Inventor, and render a nice image from a 3D model in 3ds max.
This was just a fun weekend geek project to see how well things worked and in the initial testing they work fairly well but you do need to get used to the slightly frustrating interaction with touch and virtual keyboard interface of the iPad translating to the applications. The graphics are good and there is very little lag in response but I was also on the same Wi-Fi network. I would not say remote desktop use on an iPad of a major application using a remote client is a production solution at this time but it is nice to be able to check or read something on the application installed on your remote PC.
It was really nice to just use applications like Outlook from my iPad or check on a certain command or feature in a application installed on my laptop but from the comfort of my iPad while being lazy on the couch.
“Am I forced to use a special mouse for a Mac?”
People remember what they heard years ago that, on a Mac you had to use a Mac single button mouse or something specific to the Mac. This is no longer the case and thankfully we can use almost any mouse we want. While there is the shiny new multi-touch featured Apple Magic Mouse , and the older single button Apple Mouse , and the Mighty Mouse, there is no requirement to use those.
You can use almost any mouse you prefer even one with two buttons and a wheel that you may be used to on the Windows PC platform. You can even use a Microsoft mouse on a Mac and I promise no red lights or secret beacons will be sent to some Apple mouse enforcement teams, although some diehard Mac users might give you funny looks.
I actually use the same mouse between my Windows PCs and Macs and that is a Logitech’s Bluetooth V470 with two buttons and a wheel. Perhaps I am set in my ways but using the same mouse on any platform is what works best best for me although I do prefer the Apple Trackpad most of the time.
So go ahead use a mouse you prefer or perhaps try new technology ones like the Apple Magic Mouse on your new Mac hardware. Its your choice just like the choice of AutoCAD for Windows or AutoCAD for Mac.
Learn about new Autodesk software for design, engineering and entertainment on March 21, 2011.
Register today http://autode.sk/glzUsA
Project Snap is a free Technology Preview from Autodesk Labs that saves you serious time looking for content and even managing data inside AutoCAD. Think of it like the AutoCAD Design Center but on steroids (legally prescribed ones of course). Use Snap to locate blocks and other design data by searching metadata such as file properties, text, and attributes.
You can also create Snapshots which are milestones of your drawings and then recall older version Snapshots.I took a Snapshot before inserting shark block onto my floor plan drawing. Why a shark, because I am not an architect and also because it is extremely noticeable in the Snapshot Manager.
I completely understand why they named the project “Snap”. It really is a snap to locate and manage data.
Learn more about it and give Snap a try Autodesk Labs - Project Snap
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Last week the TED 2011 conference was held in Long Beach California. Autodesk is a TED sponsor and attended as well, showed several examples of great design and technology. This event showcases the latest in Technology, Entertainment, and Design as expressed by passionate top speakers in the challenging timeframe of 18 minutes. This is the premier gathering of the Thinkers, Makers, and Doers sharing ideas and trying to make the world a better place to live.
”TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.” http://www.ted.com/pages/about
From left to right in the above photo. Autodesk’s Jonathan Knowles Director of Strategic Initiatives, Dean Kamen Entrepreneur and Inventor and also founder of FIRST Robotics Competition, Brian Mathews VP of Autodesk Labs, and Autodesk CEO Carl Bass at TED 2011.
Heads Scanned at TED 2011
Autodesk captured the attention and the heads of over 200 attendees in 3D with the Autodesk Labs Project Photofly booth. The custom made booth had 14 low end consumer DLSR cameras mounted and programmed with a custom middleware to take the photos at the press of one button. Then using a web service and cloud computing generates a 3D mesh model from the photos.
Behind the scenes this takes some serious computational cycles for the photogrammetric calculations to determine the 3D points based on changes of a point between photos. On a local machine it not only takes longer to compute but will also slow your machine down as well as limit what other tasks you could be doing. The cloud’s value is not just about web storage and access, but a web service that can distribute and perform system intensive computational tasks faster by using multiple machine cores hosted and maintained by someone else. This is infinite computing, where the resources and number of computer cores is only limited by the amount you want to pay for them, not by your personal hardware or infrastructure.
In theory your run of the mill laptop or tablet computer can compute with the power of a thousand CPUs and GPUs. Imagine a laptop computer with the computational horse power to render 3D photorealistic renderings and animations as easily as the person who has the most expensive and beefy desktop machine, but you get it done faster and cheaper. There can also be benefits by using this shared computing resources as sustainable computing. Most do not use the total computing power of their current computer or infrastructure all of the time. There is a great deal of waste involved such as wasted electricity, materials and other resources. Sharing computing resources are not only good for the environment, but also good for the wallet. This is the same benefits when looking at thick vs. thin clients and virtualized machines.
More examples of the cloud being used by Autodesk are the new online AutoCAD LT trials for those within close proximity to the servers, Project Twitch, Autodesk Homestyler, AutoCAD WS, Project Neon, Freewheel, Inventor Optimization, Project Showroom, Green Building Studio, and more. See Scott Sheppard's blog post on Cloud Computing Autodesk and Cloud Computing - A match made in heaven
Autodesk “The Gallery” Exhibit Area
Autodesk’s “The Gallery” exhibit area had some of the most influential designers, educators, and technology people in the world stop and visit including Bill Gates, Dean Kamen, and several people from leading companies like Wired Magazine, Google, Nike and more. The exhibits included several from the Autodesk Gallery at One Market which is open to the public once a week.
A few of the exhibits featured in Autodesk “The Gallery” at TED 2011:
The Autodesk Book “Imagine Design Create”
At TED 2011, Autodesk announced the new book celebrating design and innovation. Every TED 2011 attendee received a copy of this high quality coffee table style book. The book will be made available in the near future. I hope to get my hands on one soon. Autodesk Book - Imagine Design Create
Autodesk Fellow Tom Wujec in a front row seat at the TED 2011 stage. Tom is the editor of Autodesk’s new book Imagine Design Create.
All the photos were provided by Brian Mathews VP of Autodesk Labs
One Man at TED 2011 Changing the World
One important thing I learned from my colleagues that attended TED 2011 was the name Salman Khan and his http://www.khanacademy.org/. Sal is on a one man mission to educate the world one video lecture at a time all for free. The story behind his personal mission is truly inspiring. Not only is Sal super intelligent but he has an amazing skill/talent to boil subjects down to understandable concepts using simple words and sketches. He now has over 2000 free short videos explaining subjects from math to science and from history to complex financial concepts. There are math exercises and even tracking your progress in a knowledge map. KhanAcademy.org will be making the wealth of education available in several more languages thanks to some grants he has recently received such as Google’s Project 10^100. We need more Salman Khan’s in this world.
You must see this: Let's use video to reinvent education which will be used
Learn something “TEDucation”
Watch the TED presentations free online. You can learn new ideas, learn some excellent speaker and presenter skills as well, be inspired to change the world one person at a time like Salman Khan. http://www.ted.com/talks
I want to thank all the readers of this blog and followers on Twitter @mrcadman account. This blog has been active for over 7 years now and the number of visitors has continued to grow, but the methods and clients for reading the blog posted content has certainly changed over that time.
740,216 Absolute Unique Visitors
Top 10 Countries (visits came from 220 countries/territories)
1. United States
2. United Kingdom%
Top 5 Operating Systems
1. Windows 92.03%
2. Macintosh 6.16%
3. Linux 0.72%
4. iPad 0.30%
5. iPhone 0.29%
In the past several years it was no question that Internet Explorer was the top used browser used by visitors. Most of the time it was averaging about 80%+ of all visitors of this blog by browser. Now just like the browser market as more options became available the numbers have changed. Internet Explorer is down to less than half of visitors at 47% in the past year.
Top 5 browsers of Between the Lines blog visitors:
1. Internet Explorer 47%
2. Firefox 31%
3. Chrome 13%
4. Safari 5%
5. Opera 2%
Certainly reading a blog by web browser is mostly used by those using a web search engine or link from another page, but now about half visit by mobile device or actively subscribe to the RSS feeds for the many feed consuming apps and programs. I read most blogs and content by Google Reader or my iPad using Flipboard & Pulse Apps. Be careful seeing the Flipboard app will make you really crave an iPad.
There are an average of 23,000 individual daily subscribers to the Between the Lines RSS feed. In just the past 30 days RSS feeds for blog posts were 55,427 views and 22,648 click through.
I have recently celebrated recently the milestone of 2000 followers on my Twitter account @mrcadman. To celebrate I am personally awarding goodies to the two people that tied for number 2000 follower, and will over the next month be giving random goodies to my longtime followers.
I always encourage and welcome your comments, suggestions, as well as guest posts that are of value related to Autodesk products such as AutoCAD or Autodesk technologies such as Autodesk Labs Project Photofly. You can email me at email@example.com.
It has been amazing to watch social media as it has continued to develop and mature over the past few years.
AutoCAD WS Mobile just hit 1 million downloads in less than 6 months!
The currently free AutoCAD WS allows you to view, markup, collaborate, and edit your AutoCAD DWG files on the web or on an Apple iOS device such as iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad with the AutoCAD WS Mobile App.
The files are stored on a secure web location also commonly called “cloud” storage but instead of that “cloud” term, think of it as portable data access anywhere.
At TED 2011, Autodesk launched a new book that celebrates the impact of design. Imagine Design Create tells stories of how technology is transforming the very nature of design and shows several amazing examples.
Bringing together stories of good design happening around the world, Imagine Design Create shows how people are using fresh design approaches and new capabilities to solve problems, create opportunities, and improve the way we live and work.
This very nice book perfect for a coffee table was edited by Autodesk’s own Tom Wujec who holds the title of Fellow at Autodesk. He worked with several within Autodesk as well as several people outside Autodesk.
Here is photo taken with my iPhone when Lynn Allen any myself were invited to see the Autodesk book in it’s layout process by Tom.
Every attendee at TED 2011 received an exclusive complimentary copy. Additional copies of the book will be available for purchase in the coming weeks.
If you are familiar with 3D modeling, lighting, rendering, or visual styles, either in AutoCAD or in other software, we're interested in finding out more about how you work.
The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and your feedback will help improve future versions of AutoCAD.
Here is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/72HDGVG
We are also conducting a series of paid research sessions over the next few weeks. At the end of the survey, you will have a chance to sign up for sessions if you are interested.
Who we're looking for:
People who are familiar with lighting, rendering, or visual styles
What it involves:
If you are selected to participate, we will get in touch with you to set up a study time. During the 1-hour session:
Dates: We are conducting studies during the week of March 7th and the week of March 14th.
Help improve AutoCAD by participating in this research.
For those interested in cutting edge ideas, technology, and speakers the TED conference has been the source of a brain stimulating smorgasbord to feast on since its founding.
The focus of TED is “T”echnology, “E”ntertainment, and “D”esign.
As you may be aware Autodesk is passionate about all three of the focus points in TED but perhaps best known for the big “D” in Design. Autodesk is a sponsor of the TED 2011 conference and has exhibits this week at the event being held in Long Beach California.
Autodesk has several cool exhibits from the Autodesk Gallery at One Market as well as technology demos like the Autodesk Labs Project Photofly custom setup where you can in one-click capture your head in 3D. Don’t worry it wont capture what you are thinking, just yet.
Read more about the Photofly Project camera setup behind the scenes from my fellow Autodesk Labs geek Scott Sheppard on the It is Alive in the Lab blog.
Join Jason Medal-Katz for a video tour of "The Gallery" presented by Autodesk at TED2011 http://youtu.be/cGdcrytmHX0
Autodesk VP of Corporate Strategy Jon Pittman is tweeting on Twitter during TED. @JonHPittman.
Autodesk’s Tom Wujec presenting at TED 2010 Build a tower, build a team
@BillGates @ "The Gallery" at #TED2011 presented by #AutodeskTED #TED http://yfrog.com/h2gd2aej
If you are at TED 2011 staring at the cool balloon sculpture, be sure to check out “The Gallery” presented by Autodesk nearby.