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Monday, December 19, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
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Monday, December 12, 2011
A few months ago Autodesk released a mobile version of Design Review for the iPad on Apple's iOS. This was great because it meant that marking up drawings in a mobile setting was very easy to do, but only on an iPad. Fanboys!! Upon its release, Autodesk did state that they were working on an Android version. That was good news for real geeks like me that use Android.
All kidding aside, Autodesk is looking for some help testing Design Review Mobile on Android. And for good reason. Testing for the iPad is easy. There are only two versions of the iPad to test (the iPad and the iPad 2). Android on the other hand has several devices. That means that Autodesk needs to make sure their app works on several pieces hardware, each having different hardware configurations and specs.
Autodesk is not guaranteeing that they will pick you for the program but if you have an Android device you have a shot at it. Go to the sign up website and fill out the short form and wait. That's it. I signed up and hope to get in.
Good luck Android users!!
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
In this issue David Harrington, AUGI President, provides a great review of Autodesk University2011. There is also a story on this years Top DAUG contest, how it was different this year, and the final results.
Mark Kiker has a good CAD Managers article discussing users workstations.
At AU, AUGI presented Autodesk with their wishlist items. Check out what AUGI members want.
Don't forget the Tipniques column. This month's article is written by Patrick Hughes and is titled "Dr. Who and the CAD Manager"
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Right now the other nine apps for ten cents are:
- Great Little War Game
- Paper Camera
- Sound Hound
- Asphalt 6
- Fieldrunners HD
- Endomondo Sports Tracker Pro
- Color and Draw for Kids
AUGI is managed by its Board of Directors. The board manages all long range planning, vision casting, management, and member interactions. It is time to vote for the next AUGO BOD candidates. There are three open positions on the BOD. AUGI members are encouraged to vote. Voters must be a member of AUGI in good standing for a minimum of 30 days prior to the close of BOD nominations (which was October 9th, 2011.) Each voter gets three votes. The thre candidates with the most votes at the end of voting will be elected as the newest members of the AUGI BOD.
Voting ends December 15, 2011 so please don't forget to vote. Click here to become familiar with the candidates and vote. Now go and VOTE!!!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The GPS integration is said to allow users to position themselves inside their designs when out on a site visit! That’s amazing if it really works that well. We will have to wait and field test it. This is a huge deal for all sorts of design professionals and DIY’ers. I can take a set of civil engineering drawings and visit a site. I could then, depending on the accuracy of your GPS unit in your mobile device, collect locations of existing fire hydrants, valves, sidewalks, trees, buildings, etc. I’m skeptical on this because I know how inaccurate mobile devices are with regards to GPS. However, it could be accurate enough for many field location tasks.
The ability to print from a mobile device is not a game changer but a good feature to have especially when collaborating out of the office with a tablet and AutoCAD WS. I feel that the real use of this feature will be limited. If I am collaborating with an uploaded DWG file then printing it is not a problem once I return to my desk, where my printer is. If I am collaborating with another user then they already have access to the file. Since they have access they will be able to print the drawing as much as they want to. I can print to my mobile device to my home or work printer (Yes I’m a geek) but I have yet to need to use that feature. That being said, having the ability to print from AutoCAD WS if the need arises is a good thing.
- I am anxious to see these new features in place. There is no word (as of this writing) which, if not all, of these new features will be available on the Web Application (the website) or just on the mobile apps (for iOS and Android). I doubt that the GPS will be needed in the web app unless users plan on using it on a laptop, ok, so maybe the GPS but then the laptop would need a GPS radio. The Print from Mobile feature is rather obvious; besides, the Web App can already print. However, the 3D object abilities better be applied to both the mobile app and the web app. Then there is the stand alone Mac only version. I’m sure it will get whatever the Web App gets. By the way Autodesk, when is the Windows standalone version coming?
Friday, November 18, 2011
Once installed you will have access to many Android Apps. The big deal is that Amazon has a free app of the day every day. Most of the time is just a simple two dollar (U.S.) game. Other times it is a really great app like Sketchbook Mobile or Office Suite (which typically retails for $14.99 U.S.D.)
Check it out. You may find something you like.
If your Android device doesn't have a mobile number, or you are having
issues using their proposed method as shown, try visiting this website:
It will help you install the app store. Enjoy.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
This training video has 108 lessons lasting a total of 12.5 hours long!!! Each lesson is designed to teach you how to use AutoCAD LT. The lessons are thorough, and deliberate. They build upon each other. Many of the chapters have a final project at the end where you will apply what you have learned. These projects build upon each other too. The video ends in a final project where you will create the plans for a small movie house. It's a simple design, but through it you will learn AutoCAD LT 2012.
These training classes use broadcast quality audio and video to deliver concise and informative training right to your desktop. You can watch the videos on a Mac or a PC. The lessons are self paced and repeatable. Go back as many times as you need to to make certain you understand the material. Pause the video while you work in AutoCAD LT. All example files are provided for your use. Many of the examples and projects have a completed version for your review as well. That way you can compare your work and to verify that you have been working correctly.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Download it here: TurboCAD 18 Updates
A full list of fixes is available here: TurboCAD 18.2 Update List
Some of the items fixed are:
- UI. Many icons-buttons are missing in 3D objects fly-out toolbar in Drawing tools toolbar.
- Config. House Wizard toolbar is missing in Customize/Toolbar page for 1024x768pro and 1024x768pro_pre18 configurations.
- Markers missing from the Architectural toolbar and menu in the default desktop.
- Angular Ray, Horizontal Ray and Vertical Ray are missing in the Construction toolbar.
- Purge. It is necessary to forbid using Purge tool in Edit Block Content mode. It can lead to Unhandled exception.
- Viewports in Quality render mode are printed incorrectly from TurboCAD v18.
- Slab not able to scale brush patterns
- Dimension Leader disappears.
- Revision Cloud tool missing from Both the Pro and Deluxe default desktops.
- Markers Tools are missing from the Architectural Pulldown Menu in Default Desktop configuration
- Markers Toolbar missing from Toolbars dialog list.
- Objects in the "uvnurbsboth.3ds" file are invisible in Wireframe render mode.
- Dialog messaging needs to be changed related to CR#8067
- TCW file crashes when saving to DWG/DXF.
- Unhandled exception at TCW export of DWG drawing from ACAD with mesh objects
- Crash TurboCad when switch to Model Space in "Mechanic with drafting.tcw"
- CGM. Unhandled Exception message appears when saving the file with raster Image to CGM format, if the raster Image is located on the large area.
- DWG Double-Line Width not saving properly after edit and close.
- mirror copy of groups produces incorrect reference point
- Multiple Crash System Reported Bug Fixes
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
This Technology Preview is a cloud based service for creating, sharing, storing and viewing isometric drawings. It has the ability to design and collaborate across desktop, web, and mobile devices with full DWG file type compatibility. There is a catch, you need a PCF file to upload. A PCF file can be created from Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD Plant 3D and other 3d parry applications. Upload the file and let the cloud do the processing for you. That's the idea anyway.
To get started, go to the AutoCAD Isometrics WS login page. Sign in (or sign up then sign in) and get started. Once in the process is quite simple. Select your PCF file to upload, establish your Isometric styles, and create. Once complete you will have a DWG file to play with. Your files can be saved in Autodesk Cloud or you can download them.
AutoCAD Isometrics WS is a simple tool to use that can save you much time and effort. Since it's in the cloud it will save you on resources and effort. If you don't have access to a PCF file, Labs will supply you with one to try it out. Ursula Sadiq has put together a video preview for you to look at.
Friday, October 28, 2011
This weekend I'm recording the last chapters of my next training video published by Infinite Skills. This one is on AutoCAD LT, one of Autodesk's best selling titles. If you want to learn, or know somebody that wants to learn AutoCAD LT stay tuned.
AutoCAD LT 2012 has many new features that really add to its toolset in a fantastic way. It has most of the 2D tools in it that were added to AutoCAD 2012 like associative array, array to path, nudge, and AutoCAD WS integration. This version has also added Sheet Set integration! That's right, now AutoCAD LT has sheet sets! That's a huge deal!
If you are new to AutoCAD LT or are going to be, check back soon. If you want to get up to date in what's new in AutoCAD LT 2012 there is a chapter covering the new features.
I will be posting more info later on and will let you know when the video is available.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The Amazon Android App Store is significant for two reasons: the free app a day program and the Kindle Fire (Coming November 15th.) If you already have an Android device then getting free apps is a good thing. If you plan on getting the Amazon Kindle then the only access you have to Android Apps will be through the Amazon App Store. So if it's not there then your Kindle can't get it. That's why I got this app today. I didn't need it but there is a chance that I will be getting a Kindle Fire. If so then I will want an office suite on it. Now I don't have to buy one because the Amazon App Store knows which apps you purchased and you can reload them on all of your android devices, up to 5 I believe. I just saved $15, if I get a Kindle Fire that is. Yes I am an app hoarder. If you don't like it then cast me in a reality show.
Office Suite Pro 5 is a pretty good mobile office suite. It can open and edit Word, Excel, and Power Point files. It can also open (not edit) PDF files. But then most mobile office suites these days can. It can handle these file types:
- Text formats - Microsoft Office 97 to 2010 text documents - DOC and DOCX, RTF, TXT, LOG
- Spreadsheets -Microsoft Office 97 to 2010 spreadsheets -XLS, XLSX andCSV
- Presentations - Microsoft Office 97 to 2010 presentations -PPT, PPTX, PPSand PPSX
- Other formats -PDF, EML, ZIP
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
To enter this drawing complete the required form that can be found at http://bit.ly/qcWJii. Submissions will be accepted through midnight U.S. PDT on November 7th, 2011. Make sure to check out the terms and conditions page before you fill out the forms. The winner will be contacted by email or phone on November 8th, 2011 and will have 3 days to claim there prize.
Are you or your company about to get a new printer? Before you do, check out my latest article for CADspeed. It's part three of a three part series.
In this series, I discussed ways to determine your needs and the different types of wide-format printers. Now let’s talk about setting it up.
Check it out!
Monday, October 24, 2011
Here at CAD-a-Blog a typical post will contain tips, tricks, and other techniques. This time I want to provide an example of what not to do.
Typically a drawing set will require a set of notes. AutoCAD has a multiline text feature. Do not create a set of notes out of single lined text, especially when there are 17 different notes, many of which require more than one line. Also do not create a wipeout object for each line. Yes. It is a waste of time to create a wipeout object for each line of text.
If I ever hear of any of my readers doing this on purpose I may block you! I know, idle threats.
This is how it should have been done. One multiline text object with the background mask option turned on. See, now it wasn't that difficult now was it?
Use the tools in AutoCAD that are there to help you. Don't do things the hard way.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Check it out!
Here it is circled in red:
Turns out it's a notification that there are viewport layer overrides! I use viewport layer overrides all of the time so why haven't I seen this before? I don't know why but I bet that now that I am aware if its existance I will see it all if the time.
To test it out, activate a viewport. If the icon pops up there are overrides. If not, then chances are you haven't messed with anything yet.
Click the icon and the layer manager will open up set to a Viewport Overrides filter. Nice!
I love AutoCAD.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Check it out!
Friday, September 16, 2011
Obviously you want to learn more about AutoCAD because you came to CAD-a-Blog.com. If you are interested in more in-depth AutoCAD training then take a look at my AutoCAD 2012 training Videos;
Learning AutoCAD 2012 and Advanced AutoCAD 2012.
Each video contains about thirteen hours of training sessions and come with hands on files to use during each session. Many of the chapters end with a project that will incorporate what you learned. The Learning AutoCAD title has a final project that incorporates several chapter projects. These projects build on top of each other and naturally progress through the training sessions. This helps to demonstrate the development process of making drawings in AutoCAD. The Advanced title ends with a discussion and example of Best AutoCAD Practices.
If you’ve never used AutoCAD before and want to learn or it has been a long time then check out the Learning AutoCAD 2012 video. If you have been using AutoCAD and want to know it better, check out the Advanced AutoCAD 2012 video. Each vide comes on a DVD that can be played on a PC or on a MAC.
Don’t want to wait for the DVD to ship? There is an instant download version available for each title.
Can’t decide which title to get? Get both! Don’t pay full price for each title. Save some money and get the AutoCAD Bundle. There are two; one fore AutoCAD 2011 and one for AutoCAD 2012.
Do you have an iPad? The publisher of these videos, Infinite Skills, has a free iPad app that allows access to some of the AutoCAD training videos as well as a many other training titles produced by Infinite Skills.
Learn AutoCAD 2011 Quickly and Easily app from Infinite Skills. It takes my training videos and allows you to watch them on your iOS based device. This app is available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. They are AirPlay enabled to allow you to view your videos on your television if you are set up to do so. They also include the working files so you can watch the video on your iPad while you use AutoCAD on your computer.
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Regardless of which video your purchase or on which platform you watch them on, you will be receive quality training. Each video was scripted, prepared and taught by me, Brian Benton. I have been working with AutoCAD professionally since the early 1990’s in many different design fields. I write for Cadalyst magazine and am active with AUGI, writing for their publications and also serve as the Hotnews Manager. You aren’t purchasing generic, low quality YouTube videos. These are high quality screen recordings and voice overs. Each lesson provides in-depth insight on the various AutoCAD tools. I don’t just tell you about the command and where to click to start it. I go into detail on why you want to use specific tools and when to use them. I share with you my decades of experience in using AutoCAD in real life situations. I show you what to do and what not to do!
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If you are in the market for high quality AutoCAD training you have come to the best place. Check out the videos and purchase the one that is right for you. Don’t forget about the bundles. If you are getting the beginners videos then spend just a little more for a full training session that will take you from an AutoCAD noob to an AutoCAD expert! Well, close anyway! If you are not yet using AutoCAD 2012 there are also AutoCAD 2011 versions available. We also have an AutoCAD 2010 video for beginners.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Get a Sneak Peek at Upcoming AutoCAD Features!
The AutoCAD User Experience Team is hosting its annual AutoCAD Sneak Peek events in late September. 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 (Sept 22), San Jose, CA (Sept 28), and Denver (Oct 4-5)
Sign Up for the Web & Mobile Sneak Peek Here
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: San Francisco (Sept 23), Portland/Lake Oswego (Sept 29-30), and Fullerton, CA (Sept 29-30)
Sign Up for the Model Documentation Sneak Peek Here
Sunday, August 28, 2011
IMSI Design, developer of TurboCAD and the TurboViewer app for iOS announced today TurboViewer Pro also for iOS (for iPhone and iPad.) TurboViewer is a free application for iOS that allows users to open and view native DWG files. There is no editing but users can navigate freely in either a 2D or 3D file. DWG and DXF files can be opened with TurboViewer. Files can be share via email, FTP, Dropbox and WebDav systems.
TurboViewer Pro has everything the free version has but with more features of course. Visual styles support, Layer Manager support, support for 14 languages and no onscreen advertising.
- Hidden line
- Shaded with Edges
- Adjust edge color range from white-gray-black
- Adjust x-ray transparency factor
- Option to use default or model lights (if any in drawing)
- Option to render both inside and outside model (force two-sided rendering)
The layer manager tool allows users to turn layer on or off, invert layers, or to turn all layers either on or off.
Additional settings include the ability turn off or on the 2D/3D autosense navigation feature. There is an option to use two fingers to rotate in 3D or to constrain an orbit view, and more.
The languages supported are: Chinese (simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.
TurboViewer Pro will be available Tuesday, August 30th in the App Store at an introductory price of $9.99. For more information you can visit their website: www.IMSIdesign.com/TurboViewer
Now for you Android lovers IMSI Design let me know that an Android version is in the works but no info on when it will be available, but it is in the works!
For more information about IMSI Design and their products, visit their website:
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
That last bit is disappointing to hear, but it is nice to see Autodesk try new things, like the Mac App Store as a product delivery method. Perhaps one day Uncle Carl and Cousin Steve can work it out so everyone can get AutoCAD LT for Mac and AutoCAD WS for Mac through the Mac App Store, but for now, it’s limited.
AutoCAD WS for Mac is a free download (for those that can download it.) AutoCAD LT for Mac is a down load on the App Store and will be priced near $900. AutoCAD for Mac 2012 will be priced just under $4000. There will be a Free Student version of AutoCAD for Mac available. For a better price guide go to Autodesk’s website.
Since AutoCAD LT is a download, up to five machines can license it under the same username. That’s nice for those that have multiple Mac’s or Mac Books. Also, if you have a license for AutoCAD (for PC) you can choose to download the Mac version instead. Check with Autodesk’s website for exact details. AutoCAD for Mac 2012 will also feature network licensing and is available for subscription.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
AutoCAD's Facebook page has a banner on it that says, "The AutoCAD team is announcing something new. Many would say it's long-awaited. Even revolutionary. Fans will rejoice..."
If you are interested, Autodesk has set up a page so that AutoCAD users can upload images and or videos on how you use AutoCAD. Go to the link on their Facebook page or click here.
I don't know what it is. Maybe AutoCAD is going to Linux! Maybe Autodesk and their frequent partner HP are teaming up and putting AutoCAD on their mobile operating system WebOS? (I have been begging for this.)
Whatever it is, Autodesk will make the announcement live on their AutoCAD Facebook page during a Facecast (That needs a different name.) I don't know what it is but it seems to be AutoCAD related. Well, what have I been waiting for from AutoCAD for a long time that I will rejoice about? We will find out on the 16th.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I like contests. I especialy like contests that are easy to play. Well here at CAD-a-Blog.com we have some CAD related things that we need to get rid of, or so I'm told. Stay tuned for contest details.
This contest will be easy. It serves three purposes; clean my closet, increase this blogs exposure, and getsome great CAD training materials in the hands of our readers.
So stay tuned...
Monday, July 25, 2011
I have been writing for AUGI for a long time now. Recently I served as the AUGI World AutoCAD Content Manager. That torch has been passed on to Curt Moreno, and the Kung Fu Drafter. I am now the AUGI HotNews content manager. I am looking for potential writers. You must be a member AUGI and are willing to volunteer your time to write. If you are interested please contact me and we will figure out what to do next.
Monday, July 18, 2011
You can help to shape the future of the Ribbon by filling out this online survey from Autodesk. It took me about 5 minutes to fill out but it could take some as much as 10. If you love or hate the Ribbon, or just parts of it, take the time to fill out the survey.
Autodesk does care about its users and wants to know how you use its products. This is a good chance to voice your opinion about the Ribbon.
Do you think they will get rid of it in AutoCAD 2013?
Please submit your requests for Ribbon enhancements to the AutoCAD team by taking this survey:
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Learning AutoCAD 2012 starts off with a basic tour of AutoCAD. Then we take a look at the new features that were added to AutoCAD 2012. From there we of navigating the AutoCAD 2012 user interface. Once the student has figured out how to navigate inside AutoCAD we move on and learn to create fantastic designs.
The lessons are progressive, meaning that they build on top of each other. Most chapters have a project at the end and several build on each other. The title culminates with a final three part project using some of the chapter projects you created along the way. Head over to the website to see some example videos from the title.
01 Getting Started
02 New Features in AutoCAD 2012
03 Interfacing With AutoCAD
04 Basic Operations
05 Drawing & Drafting Tools
06 Editing Tools
07 Utilities: Tools To Know What's Going On
08 Precision Tools: Tricks To Help You Draw Accurately
09 AutoCAD: Using Layers
12 Model Space And Paper Space
13 Plot & Publish
14 Final Project
15 About The Author
Monday, June 27, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
This TwitterChat is scheduled to begin on Thursday, June 23 at 1 p.m. PST/4 p.m. EST. The Hashtag will be:
This TwitterChat is sponsored by Dell and presented by Cadalyst (@cadalyst_mag). The chat will be hosted by Lynn Allen (@Lynn_Allen)
The topic of conversation will be centered around collaboration, specifically using AutoCAD WS. To join the conversation remember to search on twitter for the hashtag #DellCAD ! Everyone is invited! If you miss the chat, don't worry. The hashtags shouldn't go anywhere, there just won't be anyone live tweeting. I think Cadalyst is going to create a transcript of the chat for later. Cadalyst is also planning to have more of these chats. If you are on "the twitter", join in and ask some questions.
Monday, June 13, 2011
A Facecast is a live video stream presented through Facebook. Go to Autodesk's Facebook page to watch it.
Or, if you don't have a Facebook account, or if your boss has blocked Facebook, you can watch the live video stream right here!!
You're welcome. Enjoy the news.
UPDATE: Autodesk has expanded the Autodesk Exchange App Store to include more than just AutoCAD. Click the link for the new Autodesk Exchange App Store.
Autodesk announces their June 13th release of the Autodesk Apps Tab that runs within AutoCAD 2012 (only.) Initially, it will be available for AutoCAD 2012 only. The Autodesk Apps Tab is an online marketplace where users can purchase, sell and rate apps from within AutoCAD 2012. These “apps” are companion products for AutoCAD that have been created to provide additional functionality to AutoCAD. At its launch, the Autodesk App Tab is expected have approximately 150 different apps to choose from ranging in price with several apps being free.
|The AutoCAD Apps Tab in AutoCAD 2012|
The Autodesk App Tab is an effort by Autodesk to centralize the distribution of AutoCAD add on applications. It is also an attempt to provide a safe means of distribution for these apps. It is also an opportunity for users to share and or sell the applications they have created.
Monday, May 30, 2011
I will be updating everyone, and my blog, with new links and pricing when the video is complete and ready for purchase.
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Thursday, May 26, 2011
So what do my pants have to do with CAD? Well, for the past month I've been laid off but working nearly everyday. I worked hard finishing my AutoCAD 2012 Fundamentals training video. It is in final editing and should be available in the coming weeks, just in time for summer.
While working at home, i would lock myself in a room and record videos. I typically wore shorts and a T-shirt. I didn't have to wear pants. I didn't even wear shoes! Being a professional place of business (my new employer) I am required to wear pants, socks and shoes! What a concept!
I'm very excited about my new employment. I enjoyed working out of my home, but it wasn't paying much. I didn't expect to find work, good work, this quickly. I am truly blessed.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Imagine having the chance to hear from a lead developer on your favorite program! Autodesk is doing this again but for AutoCAD WS. This Facecast will feature the co-creator of AutoCAD WS Tal Weiss. During the facecast you will be able to log on and ask questions. Not every question will be answered but many of them will be. Maybe you want to learn what AutoCAD WS is. Maybe you've been using it but have a few questions. Come to the facecast and fine out.
If you aren't using Facebook that's ok. Aotudesk has provided me with a link so that the facecast will also be broadcast here on CAD-a-Blog!! That's right! If your boss has blocked Facebook you can watch the facecast here.
Make sure to watch the Facecast here on May 26th at 9 am PST.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Autodesk is making it possible for current Subscription customers to upgrade to one of their new Design Suites for free, sort of. The criteria for upgrade eligibility is simple enough, you have to request an upgrade for current, one year active subscriptions. Simply go to their request form web page and fill out the form. The upgrade is free, but limited to the Standard Suites. There are three versions of each suite; Standard, Premium, and Ultimate. The standard suites don't pack the same punch as the ultimate suites of course, but you will be getting more software.
*The upgrade is free, meaning that you will not have to pay the additional cost for the new license, but you will have to pay for the new subscription fee when your contract is up. That being said, it is not a completely free upgrade, but it will only cost you if you want to keep the subscription. I suggest that you talk with your Autodesk reseller to get an idea of what the new subscription fee will be before you upgrade. I suggest that you consider it. Yes your software coast will go up, but it might not be as much of an increase as you think. Plus you will be getting more tools at your disposal.
Friday, April 22, 2011
I will consider full time employment, part time employment, contract or freelance work. I will take on one time projects.
In the meantime, if you have immediate AutoCAD Training needs I can help out. I have two fantastic videos on using AutoCAD 2011: AutoCAD Fundamentals and Advanced AutoCAD Techniques. There is also a bundle package providing a great discount price for both titles. Check out my store page for details.
If you like CAD related Shirts, hats, shoes, and even iPhone covers, check out my CAD Store. There are several items available and we will be expanding. All items are customizable to better fit your needs as well.
Try it out. it only takes about 5 minutes and you could win $30 (USD.) Plus your answers will be used to help influence Autodesk!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
- Anywhere Storage - Now you can connect your AutoCAD WS web and mobile account to a variety of storage sites. Click on the following tutorials to learn how to connect to: Buzzsaw, Box.net, Dropbox (via DropDAV),MobileMe, Egnyte and even your own Fille server or SharePoint site.
- Plot-to-PDF/DWFx -- You can now create PDF or DWFx files from your DWG files for plotting or sharing with others.
- PDF Support -- You are now able to open markup and share a PDF in AutoCAD WS in the same way as a DWG file.
If you are going to use Dropbox with AutoCAD WS, you will need to set up an account with DropDAV. Once you've done that you can use Dropbox.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
3Dconnexion has just released a new driver for its line of 3D Mice. According to their press release and website, this new driver will let users use their 3D Mouse ( SpaceNavigator, SpaceNavigator for Notebooks, SpaceExplorer USB and SpacePilot PRO) with any application they are running! That's an interesting concept.
So what does this mean? For most people not much. But for users it means that these 3D mice will (should) work out of the box with all applications. No need to wait for the driver. However, being able to use these 3D mice with "everything" is not that big of a deal. It's not because it doesn't add much more functionality to the programs. But if you already have one then use it. If you were concerned about getting one (face it they aren't cheap) because you weren't sure if they would work with your program or maybe you wanted more bang for your buck, then now, maybe you don't have to worry about it.
There are drivers for Mac OS, 32 bit Windows, 63 bit Windows, Siemens (3DxMagellanProxy), and a few others. I didn't see any Linux support. These drivers are still in Beta and are not officially supported. If you have any issues with them, well, use them at your own risk, they are beta.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
The Pogo Plug is a very simple device that is easy to use and inexpensive to run. It is a device and a service all in one that helps you create a personal cloud. “Cloud” is a common buzz word these days in technology. Put simply, “the cloud” is online storage. Instead of keeping your files on your computer (desktop, laptop, netbook, tablet, mobile device) they are kept in “the cloud.” This gives you access to your files on any device from anywhere. The Pogo Plug from Cloud Engines (based in San Francisco, California, U.S.A.) provides this for you. There are several models each of which provides the same basic cloud service. Purchase the Pogo Plug model that suits your needs, set it up and start computing in the cloud. No monthly fees, no service charges, nothing except for the one time purchase of the device. This was one of the biggest selling points for me. Yes I have a Pogo Plug and I love it. It isn’t perfect of course, nothing is, but it does what I need it to and more.
The Pogo Plug provides three main services: remote access to files, file sharing, and live streaming. There are a few more services but these are the three main reasons to get a Pogo Plug.
Once set up, the Pogo Plug gives you access to your files through an internet connection. The Pogo Plug needs to be hooked in to your internet access from home (or small business, church, little league, etc.) Once installed users can gain access either through an internet browser or through one of Pogo plug’s free downloadable applications. There are two types of applications; for the desktop and for a mobile device. You name the operating system and they have an application that applies. It can be installed on Windows (XP, Vista, and 7 in either 32 or 63 bit), Linux and MAC OS. They also have it available on mobile devices for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile and WebOS. Like I said, you name it they make it. The people at Pogo Plug want you to be able to access your files.