Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tip of the Week

Wow what a crazy day it has been. Anyways, todays tip of week comes from a email question I received today. I want to thank everyone that reads my blogs, follows me on tweeter and emails me.

Problem: How do I show the deflection angle for an alignment PVI?

  1. Go to your Annotation Contextual Tab and select the Add Labels feature in the Labels & Tables ribbon. (Or General pull down menu and select Add Labels)
  2. The Add Labels dialog box will appear. Change the Feature options to Alignment and Label Type to Tangent Intersection.


3.  Now go into the label Editor by clicking the down arrow on the right and select “Edit Current Selection”.


4.  The Label Style Composer dialog box will appear. Select the Layout Tab. Click on the small icon button just right of text Contents to make our edits. The Text Component Editor dialog box will appear. 


5.  Highlight and delete all information in the window. Then in the Properties options select the Delta Angle option. Change the format to DD’MM’SS’’ and hit the right arrow icon at the top right to add our label property.


6.Click Ok, APPLY, then OK. Now we can add our new intersection label to our alignment. Make sure that your alignment style is set to show line and curve. I hope this will come in handy to some of you. Have a great day.


New Autodesk Cloud

Hi everyone. Today Autodesk introduces Autodesk Cloud. These new package is for subscription members only of course. Autodesk Cloud allows for storage, sharing and viewing of your of design anytime and anywhere. In addition, you can view your design with the AutoCAD WS to edit your drawings. I have provide some cool links below for more information.

The main benefits of Autodesk Cloud are:

  1. Storage, Sharing and Viewing
  2. DWG Editing
  3. Mobile Viewing
  4. Rendering
  5. Optimization
  6. Energy Analysis

Benefits With Subscription to Select Products and Suites


Autodesk Subscription

Design Review Mobile



Additional cloud services exclusive to Autodesk Subscription customers give designers, engineers and digital artists sophisticated new capabilities, such as high-performance 3D visual communication, simulation and collaboration that were once limited to organizations with privileged access to expensive, high-end supercomputing centers.

These exclusive services include:

  • Autodesk Cloud rendering ― Customers with an Autodesk Subscription to the Premium or Ultimate editions of Autodesk Design Suite or Autodesk Building Design Suite will have access to powerful rendering capabilities, helping them better visualize designs, increase the number of renderings they can create and reduce hardware investments.
  • Autodesk Inventor optimization ― Customers with Subscription to the Premium or Ultimate editions of Autodesk Product Design Suites will gain an intuitive cloud-based simulation tool, enabling them to test multiple design options in the cloud, and to create more sustainable designs and higher-quality products while reducing material, transportation and energy costs.
  • Autodesk Revit Conceptual Energy Analysis ― Customers with Subscription to Autodesk Revit Architecture or Autodesk Revit MEP software, or select suites containing these products, can extend design beyond the desktop with powerful cloud-based energy analysis capabilities, helping them to quickly gain insight into the energy consumption and building energy costs of early design concepts from within the design application.
  • Autodesk Green Building Studio web-based energy analysis software ― Customers with Subscription to Autodesk Building Design Suite and other select products have access to this cloud-based service that can help designers, architects, engineers and building energy analysts perform faster, more accurate energy analysis of multiple building design iterations, optimize energy efficiency and work toward carbon neutrality earlier in the design process.
  • Autodesk Buzzsaw software as a service (SaaS) ― Customers with Subscription to Autodesk Vault Collaboration AEC software now have access to cloud-based document, data and design management solutions for architecture, engineering and construction firms and owner-operators, helping them centralize and securely exchange project information and enhance team collaboration.

Autodesk works with multiple partners, including Amazon and Citrix, to provide a scalable cloud computing infrastructure to meet customer needs. Autodesk has been working with Amazon Web Services for more than three years in order to securely host high-demand, scalable applications such as Autodesk Homestyler software and Autodesk Seek web service. Amazon Web Services provides Autodesk with the flexibility to scale computing around the world with Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and resilient storage capacity with Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) and Elastic Block Store (EBS), as well as the ability to more efficiently deliver applications and content to customers. Autodesk also teams with Citrix to provide customers with greater efficiency in their use of Autodesk applications. Delivering solutions to end users with Citrix XenApp can help customers reduce workstation costs while still providing the software performance they need.

“Our relationship with Autodesk demonstrates how innovative and forward-thinking software companies can leverage the power of AWS to provide greater value to their customers,” said Terry Wise, Director of Business Development at Amazon Web Services. “We are pleased to work with Autodesk to provide secure, on-demand, pay as you go cloud services, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the design and engineering market.”

In addition to the new Autodesk Cloud services, Autodesk Subscription continues to provide the most up-to-date software, online technical support and flexible licensing privileges for customers looking to maximize their competitive advantage.

Subscription Advantage Pack for Autodesk 3dx Max Design 2012

Good morning everyone. I just wanted to let everyone know that Autodesk just added the Advantage Pack for Autodesk 3dx Max Design 2012 for subscription member. I have listed  some of the new features below. The advantage pack is great for presentations that needs 3D rendering and a realistic look. See below for me info. More documentation and videos can be found in the subscription website. Have a great day.

  • Render pass system—Segment your scene for downstream compositing with an entirely new render pass system that features a visual interface.
  • After Effects and Photoshop interoperability—Enjoy significantly enhanced interoperability with Adobe® After Effects® and Adobe® Photoshop® software.
  • ActiveShade for iray*— Experience a truly iterative creative process for finalizing renderings with new ActiveShade support for the iray® renderer from mental images. This feature is a GPU rendering system. It’s a photometric accurate rendering.



Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tip Of The Week

Good afternoon everyone. Well I have decided to try my best to post once a week now with a tip of the week. Hopefully these tips will come in handy for you. Ok today’s tip of the day deals with pipe networks.
Problem: When I swap a pipe or structure, the description name displays as the part family name and not the part list description name.


Solution: Open your Toolspace. Then select the Settings Tab. Right click on Pipe Networks and select Edit Feature Settings. The Edit Feature Settings dialog box will appear. Expand the Pipe Network Defaults. Change “Use Size Name From Part List As Description” option to YES. Then click APPLY and OK.

Now you can swap any pipe or structure and it will change the description to the Part List Name. Notice below that my sewer manhole description now matches my part list description name.