Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Nice Tutorial from Down Under on Architectural Desktop

There is a very nice tutorial on space sketches in Architectural Desktop on the blog RobiNZ by Robin Capper of New Zealand.

Check Out RobiNZ Space Sketches in Architectural Desktop Tutorial


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Sunday, June 06, 2004

Great CAD Resource "RobiNZ Blog"

Robin Capper has a great blog going on CAD, Design, and other great stuff. Robin is located in New Zealand and is a CAD Manager for a retail company.

RobiNZ Blog: http://rcd.typepad.com

Example Articles:

  • ADT Workflow - Modelling Benefits
  • Site Mass Studies in Autodesk Architectural Desktop


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    Friday, April 09, 2004

    HIDE in AutoCAD® and Architectural Desktop 2004 - 2005 Article by archidigm.com

    Nice online article showing the HIDE command options and results.

    Link to Article

    Also check out the site http://www.archidigm.com


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    Thursday, April 08, 2004

    Combining Autodesk Network Licenses

    Are you aware that you can combine multiple network licenses into one license? If you have a mix of network licensed products, you can combine them into a single license file for running a mix of licensed products or releases.

    This could also be the products you upgraded in Autodesk Subscription program. Then when you roll out the new version you could continue to use the prior release until all your users have migrated or moved to a new project to start the new release.

    Knowledge Base Article from http://support.autodesk.com

    Link to Knowlege Base Article


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    Thursday, April 01, 2004

    UK Architecture Firm Specializing in Timber Framing Using ADT

    Chris Yanchar wrote a very nice blog article on Timber Framing and ADT. It is always amazing to see what our customers do with our products and their success.

    If you have an exciting or interesting use of our products or the products you design using our products, send me an email at [email protected] with the subject line of "Blog" and the details and I will spotlight it in this far reaching blog with thousands of unique readers per day. This is the most active CAD/Autodesk related blog currently on the web.

    Here are some screenshots (click thumbnail for larger image):




    The Link to the Blog "Between the Walls" article


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    Wednesday, March 03, 2004

    Beau Turner - Fan of AutoCAD/ADT 2005 Fields

    Beau Turner writes in his blog "Will Render for Food" that he really likes the Fields feature of AutoCAD 2005.

    Link to Beau's blog post


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    Monday, February 23, 2004

    New Autodesk Blog! Between the Walls by Chris Yanchar of the ADT Team



    Fellow Desker Chris Yanchar of the Architectural Desktop team now has a blog. I forced him into this fun side-work project as I know he is perfect for the task and does not sleep just like me.


    Make sure to bookmark his blog.


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    Sunday, February 22, 2004

    Steven Papke's Vizdepot.com Posts AutoCAD and ADT 2005 Articles

    Check out what Steven likes about the upcoming releases.



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    Cadalyst Magazine - Autodesk previews Architectural Desktop 2005, Building Services 2005

    Cadalyst magazine article on Architectural Desktop 2005 and Building Services 2005



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    Friday, February 20, 2004

    HOT NEWS! AutoCAD 2005 Beta and ADT 2005 Beta Available to all Autodesk Subscription Customers

    AutoCAD 2005ADT 2005
    If you are a current Autodesk subscription customer, you can now get the AutoCAD 2005 and ADT 2005 Beta releases by download. Keep in mind this is not the final released products, but beta releases.

    Go login to your Autodesk Subscription website to get the details and instructions. Make sure to read the installation instructions and documentation carefully and also have a broadband connection to download.


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    Tuesday, February 17, 2004

    AutoCAD 2005 and 2005 Based Products Announced "Go Further"

    AutoCAD 2005AutoCAD LT 2005ADT 2005
    Civil Des 2005LandDtp2005.gifMap 3D 2005

    Official Autodesk 2005 Preview Site

    AutoCAD 2005 Preview Guide - PDF

    AutoCAD® 2005 Information

    Creating a single drawing as efficiently as possible is important. Delivering a coordinated set of drawings in a timely manner directly benefits your bottom line. With AutoCAD® 2005 you can do both. Everyday tools like the table object and tool palettes boost productivity, and the new Sheet Set Manager helps you control content across entire sets of related drawings, enabling you to lower the risk for errors. Then, in a single view, you can compose and collate sheet sets and share them with your project team using plots, eTransmit, or DWF™ (Design Web Format™) files.

    AutoCAD 2005 System Requirements

    Intel® Pentium® III or later, with 800 MHz or faster processor, or compatible Microsoft® Windows® XP (Professional, Home Edition, or Tablet PC Edition), Windows® 2000 Professional 256 MB RAM (recommended) 300 MB free disk space for installation 1024x768 VGA with true color (minimum) Microsoft® Internet Explorer 6.0 CD-ROM drive Mouse, trackball, or compatible pointing device
    AutoCAD 2005 Customer Quotes
    David Stein, AMSEC LLC The new table entities and table features are awesome! We develop software for the shipbuilding industry and their design processes demand tables of all sorts and shapes. This new functionality makes our jobs (as well as the jobs of our end-users) much easier and more productive.

    Darren J. Young, Cold Spring Granite Company
    This next release of AutoCAD is one of the best releases to date. The Sheet Set Manager and Field features are robust and just plain well thought out. By utilizing these features, as well as the table objects, users will see tremendous productivity gains. I don't know that I've seen a release whose new features have the potential to impact such a large segment of the AutoCAD user base across all disciplines in such a huge way.

    Steven D. Papke, KBJ Architects, Inc.
    I really can't say enough good things about the new layers dialog box. I really appreciate the count of the layers displayed versus what is in the drawing. The design delivers information in a manner which is very simple, straightforward and intuitive.

    Brian Allen, McKEOWN INC.
    The next version of AutoCAD has the best feature set of any AutoCAD release since AutoCAD 2000. The use of fields alone will save our company huge amounts of time. When we use fields with the new tables feature, we’re able to quickly produce material lists, legends or notes. The Sheet Set Manager is also a great time saver - no more searching directories for drawings that are related to the current project, it's all part of the sheet set now.

    Darren Myles, LHT Ltd. (New Zealand)
    The latest version of AutoCAD provides the answers to some of the workflow issues that I have been trying to resolve for some time. The sheet set manager, fields and tables will improve consistency and accuracy of drawing information."

    Robert Pappas, Norfolk (Virgina) Redevelopment and Housing Authority
    Sheet Sets are an extremely efficient way to organize the project drawings. By keeping all the drawings sheets in one place and automating the information in the title block, the Sheet Set Manager creates a consistent and easily managed set of project drawings that can be transmitted with ease, through either DWF or traditional internet formats.

    AutoCAD LT® 2005 Information

    With AutoCAD LT® 2005 you can easily create, plot, publish, and share your 2D designs. You get more done in fewer steps with a streamlined plotting interface and drafting features that boost your productivity. Quickly create tables, better manage large groups of layers, and conveniently access frequently used content to work more efficiently. Sharing your data widely is a snap: even team members without AutoCAD LT software can view and mark up your published DWF™ files, and you can instantly distribute multiple DWG files in a single step. Plus background plotting frees you to work while you print out your drawings.

    New Table Functionality
    Tool Palette Enhancements
    Easier Layer Management
    Enhanced Multiline Text Editing and New Symbols
    Simplified Publishing
    Easy Data Sharing with DWF Files
    Streamlined Publishing to DWF
    Working with AutoCAD 2005 Users

    What are the key differences between AutoCAD LT 2005 and AutoCAD 2005?

    Both the AutoCAD 2005 and AutoCAD LT 2005 software programs use the same software architecture and technology, and both create the same native DWG file format and the new DWF™ (Design Web Format™) file format. Both products offer collaboration functionality that enriches, expands, and simplifies your design processes to save time and money. But AutoCAD 2005 provides additional capabilities in the following key areas:

  • 3D capabilities
  • Sheet set management
  • Customization (LISP, ARX, VBA)
  • Presentation graphics
  • CAD standards management
  • Network licensing
  • Links and More Info

  • Autodesk.com AutoCAD 2005 preview site should be up at http://www.autodesk.com/preview2005. Main site to launch in the next few weeks. As well I will be updating my AutoCAD History Site with 2005 details and customer drawing gallery.

  • Lee Ambrosius of www.hyperpics.com A great resource on AutoCAD 2005
    What's New in 2005 PDF

    References updated for 2005:
    AutoCAD Quick Guide Reference PDF
    System Variables Quick Guide PDF
    System Variables General Overview PDF
    Environment Variables Quick Guide PDF
    Environment Variables General Overview PDF
    Command Quick Guide PDF

  • Jimmy Bermarks AutoCAD 2005 site

  • Terry Dotson of Dotsoft's article on AutoCAD 2005

  • WorldCAD Access AutoCAD 2005 Top Ten

  • From Patrick Emin of CADxp.com AutoCAD 2005 site in French

  • Belgrade (Serbia and Montenegro) story on AutoCAD 2005 and based products.

    Do you have a link to an AutoCAD 2005 or based product? Send me an email with the link.

    Do you have a question regarding AutoCAD 2005? If so post your question as a comment to this blog entry. I will try to answer when I can as I am traveling this week.

    More details, images, tips and tricks, articles, and resources very soon as there will be a lot of press articles and more over the next day.

    Trivia tidbit on the AutoCAD 2005 image. It is the Yokohama Ferry Terminal in Japan.


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    Wednesday, January 28, 2004

    Print on Demand User Guides from Autodesk Now Available


    For those that want the printed user guides, you can now purchase all of your printed user guide product manuals at the Autodesk eStore. I agree that sometimes I need a paper-based manual but do use the online Help the majority of the time. No more killing trees for those that were not going to read the paper versions is what started as a trend with many software companies a few years back. In fact I heard personally the complaints from customers with hundreds of seats of products, and they were shocked to get hundreds of printed manuals back a few years ago. Of course all of the product documentation is in the product's help system, but we now give you multiple options to suit your needs. Most products at least have a printed user guide and install guide in the box, but if you want more just go order them from http://estore.autodesk.com/.

    Currently listed User Guides on the eStore:

  • AutoCAD 2004 User Guide
  • AutoCAD 2004 Customization Guide
  • AutoCAD 2004 Command Ref Vol I/II Doc Pack
  • AutoCAD 2004 Network Admin Guide
  • AutoCAD 2004 ActiveX/VBA Dev Guide
  • AutoCAD 2004 Visual LISP Tutorial
  • AutoCAD 2004 Visual LISP Dev Guide
  • AutoCAD 2002 User Guide
  • Architectural Desktop 2004 New Features
  • Civil Design R2i User Guide
  • Land Development Desktop R2i User Guide
  • Survey R2i User Guide

    Direct link to the eStore page with the User Guides: Click Here


    Now back to your regularly scheduled program. ;-)

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    Monday, January 26, 2004

    Autodesk Design Awards 2003

    Professionals and students submitted their designs for the Autodesk Design Awards in the Fall of 2003. Winners were announced in December at Autodesk University in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Have a look at the winners as there are some really impressive designs:
    Click Here


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    Friday, January 23, 2004

    Wow! Some Really Nice Architectural Desktop "ADT" Examples


    Autodeskers Chris Yanchar and Julian Gonzalez of the Autodesk Architectural Desktop "ADT" team showed me some really nice examples of the power of their product. Of course I have to mention ADT is built on AutoCAD as a platform for the architectural specific industry.

    You can find many awesome examples posted by ADT users in the discussion groups:
    Autodesk Architectural Desktop Customer Gallery
    Other discussion groups both web based and news reader and hopefully soon by RSS syndicated feeds.
    ADT Discssion group list where many ADT Team members also participate in the active discussions with cusomters.

    Some Awesome Examples of ADT Users Work:

    HOK S+V+E: Kansas City Stadium
    ADT/hok_sve_stadium_1 ADT/hok_sve_stadium_2

    HOK S+V+E: Kansas City Ballpark
    ADT/hok_sve_ballpark_1 ADT/hok_sve_ballpark_2 ADT/hok_sve_ballpark_3 ADT/hok_sve_ballpark_4

    HOK S+V+E Kansas City School Stadium

    GEPA Bruneck: Italy
    ADT/gepa_bruneck_arch. Oberlehner1 ADT/gepa_bruneck_arch. Oberlehner2 ADT/gepa_bruneck_arch. Oberlehner3



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