So much to do in the next 59 days, and for those counting down the days I have a live countdown clock on the left side of this blog.
Hope to see you at AU!
So much to do in the next 59 days, and for those counting down the days I have a live countdown clock on the left side of this blog.
Hope to see you at AU!
Recently I was pointed to a Yahoo video interview which featured Roderick Romero of Romero Studios who is a designer and builder of high-end tree houses or as he referred to them as “Human Nests”. The tree houses are not the stereotypical tree house you remember as a kid. These designs and constructions are a blend of art, creativity, sculpture, sustainable materials, design, and skillful craftsmanship.
The Yahoo SecondAct series - Real stories celebrating life, passion, and reinvention. Feature interview of Roderick Romero designing tree houses as unique sculptures using AutoCAD http://yhoo.it/pjtulb
It was not only great to see the designs and process in the video interview, but also that Roderick had never envisioned tree houses as a career but it just happened to this musician.
I contacted Roderick and his wife Anisa about their business Romero Studios, their projects, and also how AutoCAD helped him in these unique projects. The projects are each a unique design and he uses AutoCAD for the conceptual and layout design, client proposals, and then later for the material take offs.
“Here is our latest project for a Treehouse in East Hampton. The project goes from conceptual and then his wide Anisa take them into a AutoCAD design.”
“Here's the Lake Spectacle design for the beams, joist and decking and a few photos of the complete project.”
These are really amazing and some famous people have a tree house from Roderick like Sting, Donna Karan, and actor Val Kilmer. I cannot help but look at Roderick’s creations and then reflect at how poorly all the tree houses I ever built (assorted scraps of cardboard and plywood) were in comparison. I need to step it up someday and get a Romero Studios tree house complete for my home office complete solar powered with Wi-Fi,satellite tv, sound system, gaming system, small fridge, computer work area, spherical skylight, a stream below to fish from the tree house, a mounted spud gun for repelling attackers of my hideout, a retractable swing and stairs, and of course a hammock or perch. I would call it “Geek Nest”.
Contact Information if you want your tree house / human nest:
Roderick and Anisa Romero of Romero Studios
Questions for comments to the post:
Did you fall into a career like Roderick did? Something you did not plan for but some how ended up there. Some are truly blessed to take a hobby or passion and convert it to their life's career and also share it as a partner with their significant other.
Really, no self respecting Steampunk fan should be without their cool Steampunk style goggles without feeling overwhelming embarrassment. Now instead of paying over $200 at the Makers Faire for a pair already made I can make my own and have enough money leftover to make a Steampunk hat, jacket, arm mounted ray gun, and ornate nickel tipped boots.
Steampunk is a genre based on a steam powered themed look combined with science fiction and Victorian period. Really quite a mix but the result is interesting and very creative.
The ultimate Steampunk appliance would be a Steampunk styled laptop. http://www.datamancer.net/laptop-preorders.htm
Some of the Instructables projects to learn and make something.
There is a large Halloween related section http://www.instructables.com/halloween/
And for those bacon fanatics there are several pages of Bacon related projects!
And my favorite <drum roll> How to make a Bacon Bomb! This is not what you think.
Checkout the Instructables community and learning to make something or share your project with others.
The goal for this event is to provide an informal setting for customers to convey their ideas and wishes for the product, talk about the great work they are doing with AutoCAD and network with fellow AutoCAD users in the area.
So if you are in the Bay Area and use AutoCAD mark your calendar and RSVP below for a great time with the AutoCAD Team as well the amazing exhibits in the Autodesk Gallery including the Project Photofly Photo booth.
The Eventbrite invitation for the event:
John Evans wrote a nice summary of the Autodesk Cloud offerings in his Design & Motion blog: http://designandmotion.net/autodesk/autodesk-cloud-computing-is-here/
Autodesk has just announced their first official full cloud initiative, including two cloud computing features. They call it Autodesk Cloud. Included in this feature set are:
- Cloud Document Storage
- Cloud based and mobile DWF viewing
- Mobile AutoCAD WS
- Multi-user real time editing of dwg files
- Revit Conceptual Energy Analysis
- Green Building Studio
- Cloud Rendering
- Inventor Optimization
Commentary by Shaan not related to John’s article:
Before people get freaked out and consider the Autodesk desktop products and the cloud in the future as I had seen in Twitter. I want to make sure people understand with regard to the cloud or remote hosting of Autodesk products. Autodesk does not believe in making desktop products only available in the cloud and removing the desktop as it would be an option for people to choose for themselves.
Choice is an important thing for customers as each customer has their own needs and data control preferences in addition to IT and security policies. For some desktop will always be what they want and for other the ability to immediately run your applications from anywhere without installing or finding the files is a great option to explore.
The Autodesk Cloud Press Release
View the official news release online Autodesk Cloud Enables Access to Design Capability from Anywhere, at Anytime
Currently there are several features and products available with a cloud option even document storage at https://documents.cloud.autodesk.com/
Learn more about the Autodesk Cloud at http://www.autodesk.com/cloud
Stay tuned for more future cloud enabled features and product options. The future is bright even with clouds in the sky.
The new Design Review mobile is now live on the Apple app store, and free! View your 2D or 3D DWF files from anywhere on your iPad or iPhone. This is a mobile version of the very popular and also free Autodesk Design Review desktop application.
You get 1Gb of file storage on this free viewer and upload them to your Autodesk Cloud or Autodesk Labs Project Nitrous account.
The description from the App Store:
Expedite the design review process by viewing and redlining design files in the field. Autodesk® Design Review mobile app enables you to review Autodesk 2D and 3D design files directly on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. View, mark-up, and annotate drawings on the spot, reduce the need to carry around over-sized paper drawings, and enjoy an all-digital design review workflow.
• Open and view 2D and 3D DWF files from your Autodesk Cloud account
• Use multi-touch to zoom, pan, and rotate drawings
• View meta data and other details about elements within your drawings
Markup & Annotate
• Use simple and intuitive redline and markup tools to communicate changes
• Add text or comments using familiar callouts and drawing tools
A few weeks ago I held a Google+ Hangout a fun and live webcam and audio discussion with some Autodesk Labs Project Photofly technology preview users. One of the requests from that discussions was to please create a wiki so all tips, tricks, and known issues could be found in one place.
We now have Photofly Wiki for everyone to share their collective knowledge of Photofly and tips, tricks, and pitfalls.
Make sure to use your Autodesk single sign-on account (or create one) the same one you use for the Autodesk Discussion forums to log in. Watch and read how to edit and contribute to the Wiki and that all edits are not instant they do go though a quick review before they go love for all. Other Autodesk products such as AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, and Vasari are also on the Wiki.
Main Wiki Help Page: http://wikihelp.autodesk.com/enu
Here is a look at the Tips and Tricks page I edited yesterday.
I just published the survey page (http://svy.mk/nIpQLI) to gather information on those wanting to be considered for a limited number of invitations to the Autodesk University 2011 Blogger and Media Reception. If you blog or Tweet in social media about Autodesk or Autodesk products and plan to attend AU 2011 then this is the event.
This event organized by a small team including me will be held the evening of November 28th by invitation only since we have limited accommodations. Last year it was standing room only with almost every single Autodesk executive and product manager in attendance. It is not a event for marketing or sales but rather focusing on you and social networking in real life (IRL). Mingle and meet your press, social media, and those rascally blogger peers in a casual setting. Meet that one Autodesk product manager or executive before AU 2011 starts. You can plan out your week having met many like minded people and instead of strangers have new friends.
If you will be attending Autodesk University 2011 AND can commit to going to the reception November 28th between 6-8 pm then complete this survey to get the ball rolling. Due to the limited space we are unable to accommodate guests of those that receive an invitation. We really wish we could invite everyone but that is just not possible and would most likely need to be held in the Venetian’s arena to hold everyone. Notification of invitations will be in October and based on your survey responses and availability of space.
Some images from last years AU 2010 Blogger & Media Reception standing room only event and even had a signature Autodesk’tini drink.
See you at AU 2011!
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You may not have heard or even been aware of this new partnership with earthmine, or perhaps know what earthmine is. While visiting the Autodesk office in San Francisco recently I chatted with Justin Lokitz who is not only one of the best home brewers of beer, but also the Product Manager for AutoCAD Map 3D. Justin mentioned what earthmine was and the availability of the new product extension for AutoCAD Map 3D and then the earthmine CEO Anthony Fassero demonstrated the technology live. It is amazing and only similar to Google Map Streetview being able to see panoramic photos of a location on a map, but that is where similarity ends. earthmine is a professional GIS tool with rich and accurate data where you can even take location and horizontal and vertical measurements and even see right down to locations of 2D and 3D objects such as mapping your cities bus stops, underground piping, trees, or manhole covers in context of your GIS datasets within AutoCAD Map 3D. You can also visualize the automatically created point cloud data behind the panoramic imagery.
earthmine for AutoCAD Map 3D delivers high resolution and immersive street level imagery alongside the traditional AutoCAD view. Map 3D features can be accurately displayed on top of the panoramic imagery via direct integration between the products - truly integrating GIS, CAD and earthmine data into a seamless solution. This integration provides a powerful way to visualize spatial data within its real world context, and enables users to gather and analyze additional information that may not be contained within their GIS.
Benefits for GIS professionals, Planners, and Civil Engineers
- AutoCAD Map 3D in combination with earthmine provides users with access to detailed 3D street level imagery that can be used to help visualize and interact with Map 3D assets in the context of the real world
- With earthmine for AutoCAD Map 3D, users can measure distances and areas within the visual environment to help inform the placement of Map 3D content relative to physical features in the imagery, such as an edge of curb
- earthmine for AutoCAD Map 3D helps you to validate the accuracy of Map 3D feature locations such as telephone poles and manholes, by visually comparing the locations of the data to the locations in the earthmine imagery and underlying 3D point cloud data
Once installed in AutoCAD Map 3D you get a earthmine ribbon tab.
Below are some screenshots showing the earthmine extension and various functions such as measurement, point cloud data, and viewing your map dataset objects in the panoramic imagery sweetness of earthmine.
Panoramic imagery and map with earthmine extension for AutoCAD Map 3D
|San Francisco Map Dataset||Point Cloud Measurement|
|Measuring Vertical Dimension|
Check out these resources for learning more about earthmine for AutoCAD Map 3D.
I need to get more of Justin’s home brewed beer! He really should start a brew pub but we at Autodesk don’t really want to lose a great employee or the internal company beer source.
Here is my iPhone photo of Justin and his amazing two types of home brewed beer.
In eight years of blogging I have received several questions on AutoCAD and Autodesk on this blog in comments and tried to answer each one. There is no real formal method to ask a question that is not related to a specific topic of a specific blog post and some have posted their questions to random other post comments. It is for this reason I am experimenting with a Open Mic post for AutoCAD & Autodesk Labs related questions or perhaps just a general comment about this blog, me, my hair or beard, you looking for a job, or the upcoming Autodesk University.
Social media and social networking is supposed to be 2-way and engaging like a conversation, not just a web page of posts sorted by date. I intend to keep the 2-way going with enabled comments to the blog as well as my participation in Twitter and other social media methods to connect with everyone and participate.
If you have a burning question to ask on AutoCAD, AutoCAD/Autodesk trivia, Autodesk University or Autodesk Labs such as how something works, a problem, wish list, or just something you love and want to pass a message top the product team post to the comments of this post. Try to ask questions that are not programming related or require me to research for the next month of my free time. Please understand as an Autodesk employee there are some questions such as dates of future releases, pricing, or future product plans I am unable to answer due to rules and lawyers.
Lets see how well this Open Mic idea works and if we should do more of them. The comments to this post will be open until the next Open Mic Wednesday posting. Please keep the comments g-rated and no spamming.
If you have an answer on something feel free to answer another persons comment and exercise the power and community of the readers of Between the Lines!
Sign up for the monthly email that highlights the latest free technology previews posted to Autodesk Labs. It is super simple and ensures you will be on the leading edge of Autodesk technology and research.Here you can see the archive of past newsletters:
All you need to do is sign up at http://labs.autodesk.com/ and select the option for the updates. If you are already a member of Autodesk Labs make sure you have the option selected in your account. You will not receive sales emails just notifications of Autodesk Labs news of the latest posted technologies.
Go to http://labs.autodesk.com and then in the upper right select “Register with Labs”.
And that’s it you are guaranteed to get the monthly update newsletter highlighting the latest in Autodesk Labs Technologies.
Google announced today that they have added public sign up for the new social media as well as have seriously added new features I have been begging for since the early preview started that prevented my full attention.
I have held a few experimental Google+ Hangouts sessions including a conversation with users of Autodesk Labs Project Photofly where we got into deep discussions with up to 10 people live in video and audio “hanging out”. It like a casual conversation in the same room or a lounge at Autodesk University and seeing people facial reactions unlike a webcast or phone conference call. You get some dimension of a group conversation than other remote options and best of all it is FREE.
The feedback from participants was this was an awesome and easy way to have a real conversation among people that typical web casting did not provide. What we really needed was a way to share screens and show what we were doing or to share a slide or demo a feature or product. Google have now added the ability to share screens in a Hangout session as well as use Hangout on a mobile device. They finally added search.
Some of my posts on the Hangout Session Experiments and photos of participants:
The jury is still out on Google+ as another complete social media platform to replace other social media such as Twitter or Facebook, but the Hangout feature is well worth the effort to join. Imagine a company client design review, product demos, usability studies, classes, or AU planning or practice you class with multiple people in multiple locations sharing their screens video and audio for immediate feedback!
I wonder if some Hangout sessions live from AU 2011 would be a blast so others could stop by and talk with people over the web from the AU Exhibit Hall or beer bust, yes a virtual beer bust and toast.
As I have been saying Google+ is great, but it is still +1 more (pun intended) social media to have to keep up with in this age of information overload and distractions The jury remains out but experimenting with the new social media platform.
Go ahead join it and experiment, +1 me, and place me in your Google+ circles.
Enough geeky rambling for now.
In an ideal world, passive design systems would be enough to heat, cool and ventilate whole cities. But we don’t live in a perfect world, which means there will be times when passive energy systems won’t be enough.
In those moments, you’ll need mechanical Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems to help keep building occupants comfortable. The problem today is that HVAC systems are usually designed by mechanical engineers and typically account for 30% or more of a building's total energy use.
To achieve net zero energy buildings, you’ll need an effective HVAC strategy. So, without further ado, here are three simple rules to keep in mind when designing for mechanical HVAC systems:
1. Don't oversize the system
2. Choose efficient components
3. Design passive and mechanical systems to work together
More information from the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop
Efficient HVAC Design
I received my October 2011 copy of Wired Magazine and to my delight both Autodesk Labs Project Photofly and the Autodesk Gallery were in this issue. On page 68 there is a full page story on Autodesk on Reality Capture covering the free technology preview Project Photofly. Project Photofly converts photos taken with your digital camera to 3D models. The article features images of the 3D model of Wired Magazine Editor in Chief Chris Anderson’s head.
As a double bonus near the end of there magazine around page 142 there is a 3 page fold out “The Wired Traveler Optimizer Visit” for “Hot Spots Geeky Destinations” and Autodesk Gallery and the dinosaur constructed of Legos is shown on the far left side.
The Autodesk Gallery
San Francisco California
If you’re in the Bay Area on a Wednesday, head to the Autodesk Gallery at One Market Street to see the best work done by customers of the design software firm. We’re partial to the 62,500-piece dinosaur built by Lego.
Come visit the Autodesk Gallery and the Lego dinosaur as well as many other great exhibits every Wednesday from 12-5 pm when it is open for tours to the public.
You can even get a 3D model of your head using our Project Photofly Photo Booth that fires ~18 DLSR cameras all at once to capture your image and then processes them automatically using the cloud and then emails you a link to your file.
This Project Photofly Photo Booth is quite amazing and even has a hacked Microsoft Kinect to instruct the person to place their face in the right location and then when aligned fires all the cameras at once.
My head in 3D created by the Project Photofly Photo Booth.
The Autodesk Gallery is a great place featuring some of the best in design and technology as well as being in a great location and having an amazing view. It is great visit for anyone and perhaps even a super geeky first date.
I am currently building two online surveys to start collecting the people interested in participating in these special limited events occurring at Autodesk University 2011. I plan to post the surveys next week after and will of course announce them on this blog when they go live.
This event organized by a small team including me will be held the evening of November 28th by invitation only since we have limited accommodations. Last year it was standing room only with almost every single Autodesk executive and product manager in attendance. It is not a event for marketing or sales but rather focusing on you and social networking in real life (IRL). Mingle and meet your press media, social media, and those rascally blogger peers in a casual setting. Meet that one Autodesk product manager or executive before AU 2011 starts. You can plan out your week having met many like minded people and instead of strangers have new friends.
The formal press member invitations will be handled by PR as I am only handling the blogging and social media invites.
This will be held on the Friday and Saturday following AU. The event will be for photographers to get outside a casino in the fresh air and sunshine to photograph the beautiful Southern Nevada landscapes and the unique Las Vegas strip. We will also hold some Project Photofly shooting workshops during the Shutterbug so you can learn how to turn your photos into 3D models for free. Imagine having that “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign in 3D or perhaps that odd statue, desert rock, or capture some of the weirdest people on the street as 3D head model.
Your design could be the next 3ds Max Design box art and splash screen. CGArchitect is holding the 3ds Max Design Hero Competition. Submit your design and it could be the next 3ds Max Design box shot and splash screen as well as win $20,000 in prizes. All you need to do is to creatively use the 3ds Max logo (the dual snake’ish yin-yang looking thing) in your design. Also try to be tasteful and appeal to a wide audience with talent as I do remember some years ago a 3ds Max splash image entry that was of a hairy chest with the logo shaved in the hair, suffice to say that design never saw the light of day publicly.
Here are two splash images created by talented 3ds Max customers Neoscape & Spine3D and used in past releases of 3ds Max. Notice how they worked the 3ds Max logo into the nice architectural designs, that’s how to make jaws drop and win a competition.
I know a person that would do very well given his mastery of 3ds Max modeling and rendering. Lucio Da Silva has been using Autodesk products for well over 25 years and has the skills to prove it. Lucio now runs www.cadsolver.com and sent me a few images of his latest architectural renderings.
The competition runs from Friday, September 9, 2011 to Sunday, October 31, 2011.
If you don’t have a copy of 3ds Max Design 2012 there is a full 30 day trial available HERE. Students get a copy of 3ds Max Design 2012 as well as 30 other Autodesk software packages for 3 years in the Autodesk Student Community (http://students.autodesk.com/).
Don’t be afraid to blow our minds, that’s what we want!
The free technology preview of Autodesk Labs Project Photofly allows you to take standard digital photos taken from your camera and convert them to a 3D textured mesh model, point cloud, or even video posted on YouTube.
Here are some ideas on what you could capture on your vacation:
Yes dinner. I was in San Francisco attending a meeting last week with many members of Autodesk product teams. Some of us went out for some spicy Szechuan Chinese food in Chinatown. This was a great spontaneous opportunity to capture something in 3D.
Using 12 photos from my small compact camera and the free technology preview Autodesk Labs Project Photofly http://www.autodesk.com/photofly I created my dinner in a 3D textured mesh with no manual intervention or point editing and then uploaded it directly to YouTube. The entire process took less than 30 minutes.
The plate was of "Chicken with Explosive Peppers" from a Chinatown restaurant. The dish was about 90% peppers and 10% chicken. The peppers were both standard small red hot peppers as well as Szechuan peppers which are not really a pepper but have a weird lemon flavor and numb the mouth.
When using Project Photofly make sure to know how to compose your photos and other tips and tricks. http://bit.ly/kcI0aj
What crazy spontaneous vacation objects have you captured with Project Photofly?
Get a Sneak Peek at Upcoming AutoCAD Features!
The AutoCAD User Experience Team is hosting its annual AutoCAD Sneak Peek events in late September and early October. These are free half-day events held in a few different locations, and they’re a great way to get hands-on experience with in-progress features and give your suggestions and feedback directly to the team designing those features. This year the team is running two events that focus on different functionality. To sign up, click one of the survey links below.
Web & Mobile Sneak Peek
This sneak peek highlights features for people who work on AutoCAD from multiple computers or different locations -- such as using different workstations, or switching between the office, home, or working out in the field. CAD Managers and day-to-day AutoCAD users of all levels are welcome to attend.
Locations & Dates:
San Francisco California September 22, 2011
San Jose California September 28, 2011
Denver Colorado October 4-5, 2011
Model Documentation Sneak Peek
This sneak peek is geared toward people in the Mechanical/Manufacturing industry who use AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical, or/and Inventor, and who create and annotate model views (such as section, detail, and projected views) of 3D models (mechanical parts, components).
Locations & Dates:
San Francisco California September 23, 2011
Portland Oregon September 29-30, 2011
Fullerton California September 29-30, 2011
With only 82 days until Autodesk University 2011 the General Registration opened today.
When registering don’t forget to sign up for my classes covering Autodesk Labs and Reality Capture topics:
PD4069 Extract Piping Features from 3D Point Clouds – Virtual AU Session November 29, 2011
DL4044 The Very Latest in Cool Technology from Autodesk Labs November 30, 2011 1:00PM
AC4058-L It’s a Snap! Take a photograph and Create a 3D Model - Hands-On Lab December 01, 2011 5:15PM
AC4056 It’s a Snap! Take a Photograph and Create a 3D Model - Lecture December 01, 2011 1:15PM
In a continuing effort to improve our products and address customer feedback and CER reports we have released the AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD LT 2012 Service Pack 1 for download. One highlight is the pre-AutoCAD 2012 Classic Array behavior now as the ARRAYCLASSIC command.
We wish to sincerely thank the many customer beta testers that provided feedback during the beta cycles of this Service Pack. Their feedback and CER reports are critical to shipping the best product quality we possibly can.
AutoCAD 2012 SP1 http://bit.ly/qYEa3k
AutoCAD LT 2012 SP1 http://bit.ly/otx1KO
Please join me for a fun walk through of the recently released AutoCAD for Mac 2012 at the San Francisco Autodesk Users Group SFAUG September 2011 monthly meeting. I will cover the new AutoCAD for Mac 2012 and aim wide for those that are Mac curious or newbies to the Mac as well as for the Mac experts and answer questions.
AutoCAD for Mac 2012 software includes familiar AutoCAD capabilities, such as 2D and 3D design tools, and includes 3D free-form modeling capabilities; 3D visualization and rendering; network licensing; advanced customization of the menus; support for LISP and ObjectARX and ObjectDBX applications; and more.
Being a multi OS platform and software kind of guy I can also answer your AutoCAD for Windows and other Autodesk product questions. I will also be showing some cool "FREE’ technologies we are working in in Autodesk Labs.
Not a member of SFAUG, not a problem they welcome new members: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/SFAUG/
Fun Autodesk fact for those that compete in geeky Autodesk trivia: AutoCAD 2012 for Mac was codenamed Iron Maiden while AutoCAD 2012 for Windows was codenamed Ironman while in development and beta testing. We seem to be in a music theme recently.
It has been quite awhile since I had presented at SFAUG but I am really honored and excited to get back and see everyone.