Showing posts with label Revit. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Revit. Show all posts

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Release 4

For Revit users there are a bunch of good reasons (see below at Update Enhancement List) to install the 2015 Update Release 4:

Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Release 4

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2015 Update Release 4

Autodesk Revit MEP 2015 Update Release 4

Autodesk Revit Structure 2015 Update Release 4

Autodesk Revit LT 2015 Update Release 4

Note: Once Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Release 4 is installed, Autodesk Revit 2015 R2 for Subscription Customers will not be able to be installed. If you are an Autodesk Subscription Customer, please refer to the Autodesk Revit 2015 R2 subscription download page prior to installing Autodesk Revit Structure 2015 Update Release 4.

Autodesk Revit 2015 R2

Release Date: 2014-09-17

With Autodesk® Revit® 2015 R2, Autodesk Maintenance and Desktop Subscription customers get access now to new features that add powerful capabilities, make Revit perform faster, and can improve modeling productivity. Fully compatible with Revit 2015 releases, Revit 2015 R2 installs without disrupting ongoing work in Revit 2015.
Power: Revit 2015 R2 includes new features that enable you to do more with Revit.

  • Share more accurately predicted energy performance information in custom dashboards with Project Solon integrated into Revit.
  • Use existing geometry in a linked IFC model as a reference for dimensions, alignment, snapping, and hosting of some families in a Revit model.
  • Troubleshoot models better with the Reveal Constraints mode making all dimension alignment constraints in a view visible.
  • Explore visual programming with the Dynamo interface for computational design which now installs with Revit so you can more easily enhance and extend the power of the Revit API.

Performance: Autodesk Revit R2 meets requests for faster software performance with the goal of making your work easier.

  • Edit and regenerate complex toposurfaces, subregions, and building pads.
  • Get better performance of the energy analytical model in Revit, with Revit R2 using less memory when analyzing large models.
  • Experience faster updates to views that contain multiple instances of families.
  • See faster display of Revit links within views.

Productivity: You’ll welcome multiple enhancements in Revit R2 designed to improve your modeling and work productivity.

  • Work in perspective views, making quick adjustments without having to change views with some modeling capabilities now available in perspective views.
  • Save more time by editing multiple wall joins together
  • Find content more quickly with Search capabilities in the Type Selector and all drop-down lists.
  • Navigate PDFs exported from Revit more quickly with hyperlinked views.
  • Experience easier interaction with structural elements through user interface improvements.
  • Improve productivity with more streamlined Rebar modeling and shop drawings creation.


Update Enhancement List

* Indicates an issue that was reported by a Revit user.

** Indicates an issue resolved within the Multi-Category Schedules Hotfix for Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Release 3.

Improvements made in Update Release 4 build (20140903_1530):

Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2015 Updates

· Updates graphics certification file.

· Improves visual display of filled regions, loss of color and pattern, when view is set to Realistic display style.*

· Improves export of fill patterns on transparent faces.*

· Improves stability when family-related corruption is encountered.*

· Improves transmitting models with multiple external linked files stored on Revit Server when using eTransmit.*

· Improves stability while tab-selecting into an element to add detail lines using the Pick Lines option.

· Improves stability when using names longer than 128 characters in the Family Types dialog.

· Improves stability when deleting an element that is in an invalid state.

· Improves stability when clicking the door type preview button in some upgraded models.

· Improves visual fidelity with surface types which contain singularities.

· Improves stability when using file upgrade operations.*

· Ensures the file name is populated within the upgrade dialog box.*

· Improves stability when splitting a wall with an edited elevation profile.

· Improves stability when iterating different wall join configurations.

· Improves stability when splitting a wall.

· Improves data integrity with Multi-Category schedules which include elements from a linked file.**

· Improves stability when trying to rotate a view during the placement of the view on a sheet.

· Improves stability when trying to Tag All in a view of a workshared model that is owned by another user.*

· Improves stability when a user edited a wall structure with the preview window open.

· Improves stability when placing a wall in files upgraded to Revit 2015.

· Improves stability when multiple users try to modify the same family in a workshared environment.

· Corrects the abundance of standard materials being created when repeatedly loading a family.

· Improves stability when editing wall joins.

· Improves stability when cancelling an IFC Link during the insertion of new IFC links.*

· Corrects the behavior of placing families in a project when the family type selector is expanded.

· Improves stability when adding a family to a design option set when the family type selector is expanded.

· Improves the visual fidelity of point clouds sections which have Far Clipping set to "Clip with Line."*

· Corrects the placement of an image or any element containing an image (such as a schedule) on a sheet when Autodesk Revit is installed on Windows 8.1.

· Improves stability when exporting to IFC with the second level space boundaries option enabled.*

· Improves visual fidelity of level head symbol within a legend view after file upgrade.*

· Improves stability when pressing Ctrl+Tab in the Material dialog.

· Improves stability when loading the layer export setting from a file.*

· Improves stability if the model was missing its revisions settings data.*

· Improves data integrity after saving a workshared model in Revit LT.*

· Improves visual fidelity of Space Tags placed on linked files after reopening a model.*

· Improves stability when reloading a circular nested family.

· Improves stability for WARP device.

· Improves visual fidelity of point clouds.*

· Improves exports with include images.

· Improves stability when modifying wall type layers of large thickness.

· Improves data integrity during worksharing Reload Latest when one user places the first instance of a family and another user renames the family.

Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2015 Updates

· Improves stability when running Heating Cooling Loads.

· Improves printing and exporting electrical families when the project base point is covered.*

· Improves visual fidelity for flex duct and flex pipe when rotating the view true north.*

· Improves data integrity for Duct Radius Elbow/Taps velocity parameter in Properties Palette and within Tags.*

· Corrects the length value of a beveled tap when it is calculated by a formula.*

· Improves MEP fitting sizing when based upon content settings.*

· Improves stability when changing system types.

· Improves display of selected electrical equipment families within the type selector.*

Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2015 Updates

· Improves stability when upgrading a project with the structural setting Check for Member Supports enabled.*

· Improves stability when creating an automatic beam system which results in short Joist elements.*

· Improves data integrity of column families location when a Revit model is inserted as a group.

· Improves stability when editing the base offset of a column.

· Improves stability when placing a structural column using improper family parameters.

· Improves stability when changing a variable floor layer to use the function ‘Structural Deck’.

Autodesk® Revit® API 2015 Updates

· Improves reliability of retrieving the current selection in an API Dockable Pane.*

· Restricts the deletion of the drafting solid fill pattern from a model by any method, including the API.*

· Improves API behavior to reflect the user interface by enabling the API user to 1) open a local model when ignorable worksharing exceptions occur, such as a central model missing; and 2) open a host model (local or central) when ignorable worksharing exceptions occur on loading the linked model, such as a linked model missing.*

· Improves stability when errors are posted during calling API Document.SynchronizeWithCentral by addons.*

· Corrects the API by changing the exception from SEHException to OperationCanceledException for API Selection.PickBox.*

· Improves stability when the Pick Points API was invoked from within a Dockable Frame.*

Improvements made in Update Release 3 build (20140606_1530):

Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2015 Updates

· Improves performance when placing a large number of adaptive components.

· Updates graphics certification file.

· Improves multi-reference annotation tag grouping when tags contains more than one label.

· Improves preview image retention when families are saved in Project Browser.

· Improves stability of Revit user interface.

· Improves stability when opening Revit project by double-clicking RVT files in Windows Explorer.

· Enables display of project names containing apostrophes in Energy Simulation dialog.

· Improves stability of Energy Simulation when project includes sandwiched Revit elements.*

· Improves stability of rendering in the cloud when the selected view is missing light group data.

· Improves stability of Suite Workflows after double-clicking Workflow Manager.

· Improves rendering results when adaptive components are rendered in the cloud.

· Improves stability when upgrading legacy Revit projects.*

· Improves data integrity when copying or reloading groups that contain shared nested families between projects.

· Improves stability when loading a family while adding a Family Type parameter.

· Improves stability when editing a filter that is owned by another user.

· Improves performance when saving new central file to Revit Server.

· Improves data integrity in projects that contain large elements, such as ImageHolders.*

· Improves stability while opening IFC files.*

· Improves performance when editing masses with applied divided surfaces.

· Improves stability when exporting to SAT format with projects that contain linked files.

· Improves stability during use of the Paste command.

· Improves stability when opening IFC files and modifying Phasing settings.*

· Improves data integrity when swept surfaces are exported to SAT format.*

· Improves stability while exporting to ODBC database when project is missing assembly code settings.

· Improves data integrity in projects created from UK templates.

· Improves stability when canceling out of worksharing permission error while in Design Options.

· Improves stability when closing the Rendering dialog.

· Improves data integrity when closing a local file without synchronizing with central.

· Improves stability when creating material takeoff and then adding parameters.

· Improves stability when exiting Revit.

· Allows proper display of schedules on sheets when fields are sorted or grouped.*

· Allows proper display of selected elements when shadows are enabled in view.

· Improves stability when opening projects that include corrupt families.

· Improves data integrity when copying elements between projects.

· Improves stability when deleting family types from Project Browser.

· Improves stability when working with workshared files.

· Improves results when angular equality constraint

· Improves data integrity when default material for a host that is used by families is deleted.

· Improves stability when importing DWG files.

· Improves stability when exiting Revit while Ray Trace visual style is active.

· Improves stability when working with point clouds.

· Improves stability when loading nested families while in Family Editor.

· Improves stability when editing groups.

· Improves regeneration of families that include a reporting parameter.

Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2015 Updates

· Improves calculated airflow results when using a combination of imperial and metric units.

· Improves performance when working with mechanical and piping systems.

· Allows ducts to retain proper alignment after elevation of levels is modified.*

· Improves data integrity when using the Pipe Sizing tool.

· Improves consistency of undo/redo commands while editing a panel schedule template.

· Improves stability when generating pipe layouts.

· Improves data integrity of piping systems when calculation level is set to volume only.

· Allows proper updating of circuit numbers after circuits are moved in panel schedule.

· Allows proper assigning of ASHRAE tables to duct fittings.

· Allows proper display of 3-pole circuits in panel schedules.

· Allows proper retention of circuit loads after assigning a space circuit in a panel schedule.*

· Allows proper retention of circuit assignment after synchronizing with central.*

· Allows taps to remain connected to main duct when taps and ducts reside on different levels and then levels are modified.

· Allows proper updating of electrical fixture parameters when dependent on volts/poles instance parameters.

· Allows duct transitions to remain connected after changing the duct size.*

· Improves stability when dragging cable tray and/or conduit.

· Allows proper connection between circuit and panels to be retained when editing circuit information and panel schedules.

· Improves stability when creating in-place masses while System Browser is open.

Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2015 Updates

· Improves retention of beam annotation settings in projects that were not created from a template.*

· Improves results when mirroring rotated beams and columns.*

· Improves appearance of intersections between concrete beams and walls.*

· Improves stability when editing slanted columns.

· Improves stability when moving shape handles on bar joists while in a section view after disallowing joining.

· Improves stability when using the beam Change Reference tool.

· Improves results when modifying the cross-section rotation of vertical braces.

Autodesk® Revit® API 2015 Updates

· Improves retention of device connections when using Wire.Create to create new wire connecting to a device.

· Improves display of wire connection points when using Wire.ConnectTo and Connector.Connect.

· Enable changes to MEPSystemType.CalculationLevel via public API.

· Level parameter correctly set when elements are placed via NewFamilyInstance().

· Improves retention of parameters in line boundary condition objects.

· Improves stability when using CompoundStructure.SetLayers.*

· Allows proper assignment of a Phase Created value when using DirectShapes.

· Improves alignment of text created via API.

· Improves stability when the API is in Automatic TransactionMode.

Improvements made in Security Release build (20140323_1530):

· Addresses Heartbleed vulnerability - a security bug in the open-source OpenSSL cryptography library. Heartbleed is registered in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures system as CVE-2014-0160.

For more information, please visit the CVE dictionary at

Improvements made in Update Release 1 build (20140322_1515):

Autodesk® Revit® Platform 2015 Updates

· Improves data integrity when editing nested families.

· Improves stability when editing nested families.

· Improves stability when editing when expanding schedule columns.

· Improves upgrade of projects which contain rebar elements.

· Removes format constraints for assembly codes.

· Improves data collection when Customer Involvement Program is enabled.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Slow to license and start Revit

A customer run into this issue: “It takes approximately 90 seconds or longer to license Revit 2013/2014, even though our Flex licensing server is on the LAN. It only takes 20 seconds to license AutoCAD, but 7x longer for Revit.”

I was not able to find the solution but eventually the customer found out that “we discovered that we were running an antiquated version of the FlexLM server. When we set up our new server, we used the latest version. This solved the Revit licensing delays. It just takes 10 seconds for all versions of Revit to license.”

So in case you also run into this kind of slow startup of Revit or possibly other programs try to upgrade the FlexNet license manager/Autodesk network license manager.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Release 3

Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Release 3 can be download here. There are many fixes, stability and performance improvements making this an update you for sure want to apply.

The number of updates are:
Architecture: 45
MEP: 18
Structure 7
API: 9

JTB World has many years of experience programming for Revit for customers with both small and large complex projects so if you have anything you need to automate in Revit please feel free to contact us.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Autodesk tips, tricks and news like the AEC Feed

AEC Feed keeps you up-to-date on AEC industry news, trends and the latest updates from your favorite Autodesk AEC software products. You can download the app from Apple App Store (note: iPad 6.0 or higher required). Via Beyond Design

Autodesk University 2013 has ended and the Recorded streams of keynotes, forums and some classes are available if you missed it live or online.

FLEXnet Licensing error:-15,10 when performing Status inquiry on LMtools - TS22754152
Issue: FLEXnet Licensing error:-15,10. System Error: 10049 "WinSock: Invalid address" When performing Status Inquiry on LMtools.
Windows firewall interfering with license server

Educational Watermarks [Plot Stamp] + AutoCAD 2014 SP1. Please be very cautious when using an Educational version of AutoCAD 2014 SP1.  There is a STILL an EDU watermark [plot stamp] but the warning is now suppressed in SP1. - via Up and Ready
Check also out EduFinder by JTB World to find and identify AutoCAD drawings (DWG) that contain the educational stamp.

Stability issues and unexpected exit when you click on a command in the contextual ribbon tab in Autodesk Revit - TS22753368
Customers have been able to solve this issue by updating the WACOM drivers installed on the system.

Some map features are not labeled - TS22745944
Although you've created labels in the Style Editor, many features do not display their labels. Applies to AutoCAD Map 3D and AutoCAD Utility Design.

QSAVE does not work because AutoCAD considers the drawing to be read-only - TS22745933
Suddenly you are unable to save an open drawing because AutoCAD considers the file as read-only. The drawing you are working with is saved on a network. Applies to: AutoCAD Map 3D 2014

Extraneous spatial data types showing in Style Editor in AutoCAD Map 3D/AutoCAD Civil 3D - TS22757634

Cannot select schema in Bulk Copy target field in AutoCAD Map 3D - TS22754136

FDO connection still shows Oracle feature classes in Map 3D that were removed - TS22754647

Error: "Failed to create the Data Source file" when trying to Attach Access Database in Map 3D - TS22754416

Dialog box for Define Query does not appear in Map 3D (ADEQUERY command) - TS22753406

Productstream Professional 2011 Client Update for Windows Internet Explorer 10 - DL22757907

Strange graphics behavior and frequent crashing on launch of AutoCAD - TS22754147
Issue: Your AutoCAD-based product either crashes while launching, or when AutoCAD loads,or you notice abnormal behavior in the user interface.
Symptoms: AutoCAD launches but then immediately crashes.
The AutoCAD dmpuserinfo.xml file shows "32-bit" within the <DisplayMode> tag, even though your system is 64-bit.
If AutoCAD launches successfully, and you switch to a Classic workspace, some of the tools and tabs disappear from the user interface.
A repair and/or reinstall of AutoCAD has not resolved the issue.

When I try to install I get an Internal Error 2738 (this can apply to many different Autodesk products) - GS22754600

Objects not visible after zoom extents in AutoCAD - TS22757632
In paper space, the xref and other drawn entities are shown. While in the model space, none of the objects are visible. Performing a zoom extents results in multiple small dots appearing. While trying to zoom to one of these dots, nothing is showing and you cannot see the xref or other drawn entities.
Cause: Objects in the drawing were grouped far away.

Zero upstream distance error for Culvert model in River and Flood Analysis in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 - TS22757720

Zoom to profile view does not work in River and Flood Analysis Module in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 - TS22757610

Monday, November 25, 2013

Autodesk support for Windows XP ends in 2014 and other Autodesk news

Here’s some recent news from Autodesk:

Autodesk Community has been updated. Check it out the new look.

123D Catch 2.0 for iOS makes 3D photography and model creation epically better.
Guided capture tools give you dynamic feedback as you take your photos.
The new gallery provides a streaming showcase of captures from around the world.
And underneath the hood is an entirely new pipeline that makes better, faster, more amazing 3D models. More here.

Microsoft Windows XP support for AutoCAD products FAQ - GS22683753
Autodesk support for the Microsoft Windows XP operating system ends on January 1, 2014 for all new and upgraded versions of AutoCAD products released in 2014 and later. Versions of AutoCAD products (AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD Electrical, AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD MEP) released prior to January 1, 2014 will continue to be supported on the Windows XP operating system.

The Revit 2014 Daylighting Analysis (RDA) plug-in uses the Autodesk 360 Rendering cloud service to perform very fast and physically accurate daylighting analyses from within Revit. More here.

Hotfix - Autodesk Inventor 2014 (Polish only) Flat pattern text parameters missing - DL22712527

Revit LT 2014 Update Release 2 - DL22607186

Friday, November 8, 2013

Revit in a browser and other Autodesk news

Here’s some recent news from Autodesk:

  • Autodesk Provides 3D Design in a Browser via press release and with some comments by Shaan. Collaboration with Amazon Web Services, OTOY and NVIDIA Enables Developers to Access Powerful 3D Modeling from Anywhere, Anytime, with Any Device Using a Simple Web Browser. Even though the press release says it’s available now I don’t find it available yet to test.
  • Autodesk Vehicle Tracking Product Center is Autodesk’s Vehicle Tracking software based on AutoTrack that was acquired by Autodesk. It is a transportation analysis and design solution for vehicle swept path analysis that helps to predictably evaluate vehicle movements on transportation or site design projects.
  • Project Shapeshifter Now Available via Autodesk Labs. See this post.
  • Hotfix - Hebrew language is switching backward while printing and print preview - DL22524059
  • Update 3 for Inventor 2013 Service Pack 2 - DL22436649
  • Hotfix - Frame Generator length results are inaccurate - Inventor 2012 - DL22499412
  • Hotfix - OnPopulateFileMetadata suggests same name for different occurrences in Copy command - Inventor 2012 - DL22499409 

See also Revit 2014's Web Update Release 2 and other Autodesk updates

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Revit 2014's Web Update Release 2 and other Autodesk updates

Revit 2014's Web Update Release 2 is available.

Autodesk® Revit® Platform 2014 Enhancements
 Disables the ability to paste spot elevations into a Sketch mode.
 Improves stability when using Results and Compare for Energy Analysis.
 Improves stability when exporting to AutoCAD 2000 DWG format.
 Improves Online Help experience by properly redirecting help inquiries to Autodesk Help.
 Improves stability when enabling Sun Path.
 Improves graphic display of Analytical Model Walls.
 Improves data integrity of user defined parameters when utilizing temporary view templates.
 Improves stability when editing dimensions.
 Improves upgrade reliability of projects created with a different language version of Revit.
 Improves stability when selecting materials within the Material Browser.
 Restores the appearance of area color fills within linked files, when setting the view as By Linked View.
 Improves stability when upgrading projects which utilize Keynotes.
 Improves stability when importing IFC files.
 Improves stability when editing Filters within the Visibility/Graphics Overrides dialog.
 Improves stability when saving projects which were upgraded.
 Improves stability when combining Phases.
 Improves accuracy of Analytical Volumes.
 Improves display of Imported Categories for DWG files linked into the project using the “Current View Only” option at time of import.
 Improves stability when attempting to turn on sun path while temporary view properties mode is active.
 Improves data integrity when export model to FBX.
 Improves display of hidden lines on walls in Floor Plan and Elevation views.

Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2014 Enhancements
 Improves the visual fidelity of point clouds in MEP discipline views in regards to underlay elements in the view.
 Improves connection reliability between fittings when upgrading MEP projects.
 Improves connection reliability between fittings when changing the size of MEP elements.
 Improves the data integrity of the Outside Air per Area value for a HVAC when exported to gbXML.
 Removes the “Multiple Values” values for Flow, Velocity and Friction parameters and replaces it with the highest value applied to the entire segment length.

Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2014 Enhancements
 Improves display of vertical rebar when the rebar extends past the View Range.
 Improves the location consistency of Structural beams when upgrading projects.
 Improves stability when viewing a sheet which contains Structural Reinforcement Areas.

And here are some more Autodesk updates.

  • Update 1 for Inventor 2014 Service Pack 1 - DL22436654
  • Hotfix - Custom OE derived from a simple AutoCAD entity class - DL22520257
  • Navisworks 2014 SP1 NWF Refresh Hotfix - DL22506086
  • Hotfix - Autodesk Revit LT 2013 - Spot Elevation - DL22511641
  • While installing Inventor 2013 or Inventor 2014 you might get a dialog box with a red X and the text PLACEHOLDER and the installation fails. The only solution is uninstall the the Avast software before installing Inventor. - Up and Ready

See also this recent post about Windows 8.1 and Autodesk products.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Spot Elevation Hotfix for Autodesk Revit 2013

This hotfix improves product stability when placing Spot Elevations within Section Views in Autodesk Revit 2013.

Autodesk Point Layout released

Another acquisition by Autodesk. “Autodesk, Inc. has completed the acquisition of technology assets from Colorado-based Get The Point, LLC and today introduced Autodesk Point Layout, new software for layout at construction sites… Autodesk Point Layout automatically creates points from BIM and CAD models within Autodesk Revit, Autodesk AutoCAD and Autodesk Navisworks software. The point data drives robotic total station hardware, such as Topcon’s line of positioning systems and related hand-held devices or tablets, to give contractors and sub-contractors laser-guided pinpoint accuracy for the placement and verification of building elements.” See more on this Beyond Design blog post.

Autodesk Point Layout is available now in English in the following countries: the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. It runs in conjunction with the following Autodesk families of products: AutoCAD products 2011-2014 (including AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD MEP); Revit products 2011-2014 (including Revit Structure, Revit Architecture, Revit MEP); or Navisworks Simulate or Manage 2011-2014. For more information, please visit  

See also AutoTrack and Sam acquired by Autodesk

Monday, July 22, 2013

Autodesk Software Rental Plan FAQ

Here are details from Autodesk’s FAQ about software rentals. It’s a pity that network licenses are not available to rent. Many years ago on an engineering company I worked for we rented software like PDMS from AVEVA and could change it quite often based on current need and with the help of JTB FlexReport it was easy to make sure we had just enough licenses. This was great as we used consultants to handle the ever changing ups and downs.

But if the terms fits your needs it can be a great way to get access to AutoCAD, Revit and other Autodesk software.

What is an Autodesk software rental plan?

A software rental plan is a term license with associated benefits, which enables you to license Autodesk software on a short-term basis to meet a variety of business and budget considerations.

What is the difference between perpetual and rental plans?

Traditional perpetual software licenses grant license holders the right to use the version of Autodesk software that is purchased for as long as they want.  Rental plans grant license holders the right to use the software for a specified period of time.

Rental plans offer many of the same features and benefits as a perpetual license of Autodesk software and Autodesk Subscription.

What are the benefits of Autodesk rental plans?
  • Pay when you need it: Pay for access to software only when you actually need it, giving you the flexibility to control costs.
  • Stay up to date: Get access to the latest software releases and product enhancements at any time.
  • Scalable licensing: Add and remove licenses to easily manage a variety of temporary staffing needs like the addition of consultants, interns, and part-time employees.
What are the technical support benefits of rental plans?

Rental plans include access to technical support.

Is Autodesk Subscription available for rental plans?

No. Autodesk Subscription is not applicable for rental plans but rental plans do provide similar benefits, including technical support, software updates (if available), and access to cloud services for certain rental plans.

Will rental plans be made available for Education versions of Autodesk software?

No. For more information on purchasing Autodesk Education software see

When does a rental plan begin?

The rental plan begins once you receive your order confirmation email. For example, if you place an order on August 31, 2013 and receive your order confirmation on the same day, the rental term begins on August 31, 2013.

Does the software license which comes with my rental plan sit in the cloud or on my desktop?

Software licenses which are part of rental plans are installed on your desktop; however, many of the rental plans include access to cloud services which are not installed on your desktop.

Does the software that comes with my rental plan have to connect to the Internet to work?

The desktop software will work when offline for up to 14 days, at which point you must connect to the internet for the software to continue working. An Internet connection is required in order to access cloud services that are part of the rental plan.

Where do files created with the software license that comes with my rental plan reside?

Files and projects saved with the desktop software licenses which are part of my rental plan are saved locally on the desktop. Although an actively licensed rental plan or perpetual software product is required to open and edit files, you retain your data on your desktop.

Are files created using the software license which comes with my rental plan different from those created in a perpetual license of that software?

No. There is no difference in files created. They are 100% compatible with each other.

What happens to data stored in the cloud after a rental plan is not renewed or terminated?

Cloud services entitlement continues until the end of the billing cycle, at which point all documents stored in Autodesk 360 Storage remain available for a further 30 days (25Gb). If your rental plan has expired, you can continue to access and view existing design and documentation files during this period, but you will not be able to edit or add information to the files. After 30 days, your Autodesk 360 account will revert to the free offering and storage limitations will be reduced from 25Gb to 5Gb.

How do I renew my rental plan?

The renewal process for a quarterly rental plan purchased from a partner and directly from Autodesk is the same as the Subscription renewal process. You will receive renewal notifications at 45, 30, and 4 days prior to expiration and 10 days post expiration.  The renewal process for monthly plans executed through the eStore is automatic unless and until you cancel your automatic contract for your monthly rental plan. Your credit card will be charged each month per the rental agreement and a confirmation sent to you.

What is the Return policy for rental plans?

Quarterly rental plans purchased directly from Autodesk can be returned within 30 days post purchase. Customers should contact their reseller for details of the reseller’s returns policy in relation to returns of quarterly rental plans purchased form that reseller. Customers can view the returns policy relating to purchases of monthly rental plans on the Autodesk Store.

Can I convert an existing perpetual desktop license to a rental plan?

No, you cannot convert a perpetual license to a rental plan.

Can I convert a rental plan into a perpetual license?

No. You cannot convert a rental plan into a perpetual license. You will need to cancel your rental plan and place a new order for a perpetual license.

Can rental plan customers purchase cloud credits?

Yes. Rental plan customers can purchase cloud credits through their partner, eStore, or directly from Autodesk. See our cloud credits FAQ for more details about the procurement and use of cloud credits.

Can I purchase a combination of rental plans and perpetual licenses?

Yes. You may purchase a combination of perpetual licenses and rental plans on separate contracts, through separate orders.

Will network licenses be available under rental plans?

No. Rental plan licenses are named user licenses; each license can only be used by one named end user, who accesses the rental software and associated benefits of the rental plan with his or her individual Autodesk ID.

Will rental plans include previous version usage rights?

No. Access to previous versions is not available at this time.

With the new ‘Pay As You Go’ deal JTB FlexReport can be an invaluable tool to monitor and understand your actual need of licenses.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Revit 2014 Update Release 1, Scale List Cleanup Utility and more

Autodesk has released Revit 2014 Update Release 1:

Revit 2014 Update Release 1

Revit Architecture 2014 Update Release 1

Revit Structure 2014 Update Release 1

Revit MEP 2014 Update Release 1

Revit LT 2014 Update Release 1

This update may be applied through the Live Update system. The Autodesk Revit installer allows you to download and include the update with an install of the original version of Autodesk Revit 2014. Also, InfoCenter, within Autodesk Revit 2014, allows you to apply the update.
Note: If Autodesk Revit 2014 is not closed during the install of Update Release 1 it is required that you restart your PC to ensure that the update has been installed properly.

Scale List Cleanup Utility is now available for AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD 2014. Download it here.

If you run into this Fatal Error: "Unhandled Access Violation Reading 0x0000 Exception at bcbdad73h" there is a solution found here. I suggest first to update the drivers for the video card.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Autodesk 2014 portfolio release

Autodesk has announced their 2014 portfolio of tools for design, engineering and entertainment and they invite you to join for a special webcast on March 26, 2013 at 8am Pacific, 11am Eastern, 3pm UK and 4pm Europe to learn more. Via In the Fold.

Stay tuned for more news about AutoCAD 2014, AutoCAD Architecture 2014, Autodesk Building Design Suite 2014 (includes Revit) and much more…

Autodesk Official Show Reel 2013

BTW. Check out the new look on Autodesk’s website.

Autodesk focuses a lot on suites so some products are only available as part of a suite like for example Revit.

AutoCAD Design Suite Standard 2014 AutoCAD Design Suite Standard 2014

Building Design Suite 2014 Building Design Suite 2014

Entertainment Creation Suite 2014 Entertainment Creation Suite 2014

Factory Design Suite 2014 Factory Design Suite 2014

Infrastructure Design Suite 2014 Infrastructure Design Suite 2014

Plant Design Suite 2014 Plant Design Suite 2014

Product Design Suite 2014 Product Design Suite 2014

Press release below:

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The new Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) Design and Creation Suites offer unprecedented access to the Autodesk 2014 software portfolio spanning the desktop and cloud and allow building, product, plant, and factory design; engineering, construction and infrastructure; and entertainment creation professionals to innovate more. For the first time, the 2014 Design and Creation Suites include new reality capture software and services that more easily incorporate both laser scans and digital photographs of the physical world into the 3D design and engineering process.

“Autodesk’s commitment to making our 3D design, engineering and entertainment software portfolio accessible to customers through suites workflows that connect to value added services in the cloud is unwavering.”

The flexible, economical software access provided by Autodesk Suites means designers and engineers have a broader palette of tools to choose from — they can choose the best tool for the job at hand and better respond to changing business requirements. Suites customers on Autodesk Subscription will also have access to select Autodesk 360 cloud services that extend designers and engineers’ workflows to explore more design alternatives, collaborate more effectively and experience greater mobility. Subscription customers now can purchase additional cloud capacity as well.

“With our 2014 portfolio, organizations large and small across every industry can simply innovate more,” said Andrew Anagnost, senior vice president of Industry Strategy and Marketing at Autodesk. “Autodesk’s commitment to making our 3D design, engineering and entertainment software portfolio accessible to customers through suites workflows that connect to value added services in the cloud is unwavering.”

The 2014 family of Autodesk Design and Creation Suites includes:

Comprehensive Industry Workflows Include Reality Capture

A key addition to the 2014 portfolio of suites is Autodesk ReCap, a family of new reality capture software and cloud services that simplify the process of creating intelligent 3D data of physical objects and environments using laser scans and photos, allowing customers to bring the actual job site or physical objects into their design and engineering process.

Rather than beginning with a blank screen, designers and engineers can add, modify, validate and document their design process in context. For example, a civil engineer can bypass an existing bridge or expand the road underneath digitally and test feasibility with accurate survey data. At construction phase, builders can run digital clash detection to truly understand if existing utilities will be in the way. Urban planners can get answers to specific design questions about large areas, such as how much building roof surface is covered by shadow or vegetation.

The 2014 suites’ industry specific workflows address specific user needs and strengthen compatibility between products. For example, suites containing Autodesk Revit products and Autodesk AutoCAD software enjoy tighter interoperability so when it is time to import forms from AutoCAD into Revit products, the forms retain much greater integrity, or when it is time to output drawings in AutoCAD, users can generate 2D documentation within Revit products. Suites containing Autodesk Revit and Autodesk Inventor software will benefit from tighter interoperability that allows customers, such as building product manufacturers, to simplify and export an Inventor model into a Revit file format for the construction environment without exposing any sensitive intellectual property.

Better Together: Desktop and Cloud

Autodesk 360 extends the suites workflow advantage by connecting the desktop to secure and virtually infinite computing power in the cloud, helping subscribers rapidly design, visualize, simulate, and share their ideas anywhere, anytime.

Illustrating the power of a combining the cloud and desktop, Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2014 and Autodesk Building Design Suite 2014 introduce Autodesk InfraWorks software and Autodesk InfraWorks 360 cloud services. These new tools help accelerate the adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and cloud-based workflows for the planning, design, construction and management of civil infrastructure projects. Helping improve the civil infrastructure design process by engineering in 3D from the start, the software and services allow collaboration with a broad set of stakeholders on mobile and desktop platforms, and enables communication in new and visually compelling ways. Autodesk InfraWorks allows civil engineers and planners to design within the context of the real-world environment, helping to deliver projects, both large and small, by more efficiently managing even large-scale infrastructure models.

Economical Access

Finally, each suite offers an economical way for customers to access their primary design software—plus the complementary software and cloud services needed to more effectively complete design, engineering, or entertainment creation tasks. The 2014 Suites, which come in Standard, Premium or Ultimate editions, offer greater value than ever before:

  • Standard editions of all suites containing AutoCAD have added AutoCAD Raster Design software.
  • Autodesk Building Design Suite subscribers gain access to Autodesk Green Building Studio and energy analysis cloud services in the standard edition, as well as InfraWorks 2014 and the Optimization for Inventor cloud service in the Ultimate edition.
  • Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite customers will benefit from new workflows like the ability to easily generate moving or idle crowds with populate, improved viewport display and shading, and the ability to create production-quality meshes with the new retopologizing options.
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite includes more than 300 new factory assets.
  • Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite Premium now includes Autodesk InfraWorks 2014, Autodesk Roads and Highways Module for InfraWorks, Autodesk AutoCAD Utility Design software and for the first time, a single, comprehensive version of Autodesk Revit products that combines tools for architectural design, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering and structural engineering.
  • Autodesk Plant Design Suite Ultimate adds Autodesk Inventor with Routed Systems, and the Plant Design Suite Premium edition now includes Autodesk 3ds Max Design software.
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite Premium now includes Autodesk Inventor Professional, and Autodesk Navisworks Manage has been added to the Product Design Suite Ultimate edition for clash detection. Both Product Design Suite Ultimate and Premium customers on Autodesk Subscription now have access to the Optimization for Inventor cloud service.


Availability varies by country. Suites customers on Subscription have access to select Autodesk 360 capabilities, and subscribers can purchase 100 additional cloud credits for only $100. See details and purchasing options at

About Autodesk

Autodesk helps people imagine, design and create a better world. Everyone—from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists—uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. For more information visit or follow @autodesk.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Hotfix - Autodesk Revit 2013 - Stability, Productivity and Server

This hotfix for Revit addresses issues in the following areas so you surely want to install it:
Revit Stability and Productivity:

  • Prevents data loss during upgrade of families containing specific material parameters.
  • Improves stability and memory usage within graphics display.
  • Improves vector print output of transparent elements and masking regions.
  • Prevents accidental data loss during cancellation of the in-place family editor.

Revit Server:

  • Revit would occasionally report that an operation could not be completed when attempting a worksharing operation after a period of inactivity, if Riverbed devices were used in conjunction with Revit Server. A subsequent retry of the operation would then succeed. When this hotfix is applied to Revit, this behavior is eliminated. No changes to Revit Server are required.

Get it here: DL21147820

See also Autodesk Revit 2013 Update Release 2

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Autodesk’s Official support for Windows 8

Have you started using Windows 8 or plan to do it? If so you may wonder what Autodesk says about support for their products.

Is compatible with ?

Windows 8 Support for Autodesk products

According to KB id TS19048377


You want to know which Autodesk products are supported on Microsoft Windows® 8.

Note: Unless indicated otherwise, this information applies to the 2013-2010 versions of all Autodesk products. Autodesk product versions of 2009 and earlier are no longer supported and are not included in considerations of Windows 8 compatibility.


Autodesk intends to support many of our key products on Windows 8 and will add additional products to the list of products supported on Windows 8 as updates and future versions are released. Product Support will provide its best effort to assist customers who have issues with products that are not currently supported.

The Autodesk products listed below have been tested and are confirmed as working correctly on Microsoft Windows 8 operating system:

  • Autodesk 3ds Max 2013
  • Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2013
  • Autodesk Maya 2013
  • Autodesk MotionBuilder 2013
  • Autodesk Mudbox 2013
  • Autodesk Softimage 2013
  • Autodesk SketchBook Designer 2013

Note: This technical solution will be updated as new Windows 8 compatibility information becomes available.

See also Windows 8 and Autodesk product compatibility

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Windows 8 and Autodesk product compatibility

If you like to know about Microsoft Windows 8 compatibility of Autodesk products you can visit the Windows 8 Compatibility Center and search for your product.

What does Microsoft say?

Here are a couple of examples:

AutoCAD 2013 is compatible with Windows 8.

Autodesk Revit 2013 is compatible with Windows 8.

But what does Autodesk say?

This is according to TS19048377

You want to know if you can run AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, or AutoCAD-based vertical products on Microsoft Windows 8.

At this time, Windows® 8 and the Windows® 8 Consumer Preview are not supported operating systems for any AutoCAD versions.  The AutoCAD team is investigating compatibility with these new platforms, but we do not have any further information at this time. In the meantime, please refer to Operating system compatibility for AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for details on currently supported operating systems.

Windows 7 was released July 22, 2009 not a long time after AutoCAD 2010 was released in March 24, 2009. In the case with AutoCAD 2010 Windows 7 became supported by Autodesk. We have to wait and see if Autodesk officially will support some or all of their 2013 products on Windows 8 or not.

UPDATE: Autodesk’s Official support for Windows 8

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Autodesk Revit 2013 Update Release 2

Update Release 2 for Autodesk Revit 2013 products is not a full install; rather it is using service pack technology similar to AutoCAD-based products.

Downloads here:
Autodesk Revit 2013 UR2
Autodesk Revit Architecture 2013 UR2
Autodesk Revit Structure 2013 UR2
Autodesk Revit MEP 2013 UR2

Autodesk Revit Platform 2013 Enhancements

  • Improves stability when Save to Central or Sync with Central.
  • Improves stability when utilizing Create Assembly Views from the project browser.
  • Improves stability when editing a label within the family editor.
  • Improves stability when saving file to a location with low disc space.
  • Improves stability when launching Export gbXML – Settings dialog.
  • Improves stability and memory usage within graphics display.
  • Improves stability during IFC data import which contains openings with no usable geometry.
  • Improves stability when importing IFC data which imported into Revit 2012 with warnings.
  • Improves import of clipped solids during IFC import.
  • Improves IFC Export to support buildingSMART International IFC certification.
  • Improves stability when linking or attached DWG files.
  • Improves stability of printing after Export to DWG or DXF format.
  • Improves stability when creating, duplicating or deleting a material in the Material Editor.
  • Improves the retention of part parameters within a part upgraded from Revit 2012.
  • Corrects ribbon tab population after installing .NET 4.5
  • Improves stability while editing calculated values within a schedule after deleting a parameter used in a formula.
  • Improves stability with schedules which contains a filter based upon a user defined parameter and elements in linked files do not contain the user defined parameter.
  • Improves stability when opening Sun Settings dialog.
  • Improves stability when editing Text Notes.
  • Improves stability when upgrading Revit 2012 project to Revit 2013.
  • Improves stability when moving a Crop Region which utilizes the disjoin option.

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2013 Enhancements

  • Improves stability when upgrading 2012 project which contains analytical walls.
  • Improves stability when adjusting multiple sketch lines of a floor at the same moment.
  • Improves stability when editing the gutters on a roof object with the Add/Remove Segment tool.
  • Improves stability when renaming a Stair run type or landing to ‘none’.
  • Improves stability when using the ribbon Cancel Edit Mode button to exit Stair Edit Mode. 
  • Improves stability when using an open profile for a wall sweep.
  • Improves stability when splitting a wall.

Autodesk Revit Structure 2013 Enhancements

  • Enables the Area, Area Boundary and Tag Area ribbon commands.
  • Improves stability when using Beam Systems.
  • Improves the respect of the Top In-Plane parameter for Analytical Models Walls after wall is modified.
  • Improves the joining of Rebar to the host surfaces.
  • Improves retention of Rebar Shapes upgraded within Revit 2012 projects.
  • Improves stability when editing Rebar Shapes in the Family Editor.
  • Improves display of underlay items in non-wireframe Structural Views.

Autodesk Revit MEP 2013 Enhancements

  • Improves stability when sizing Duct.
  • Corrects the use of tees when specified in duct routing preferences within projects upgraded from Revit 2012.
  • Improves stability when upgrading a pipe fitting connected to multiple systems.
  • Improves stability when editing duct fitting size in the active view and then editing the duct fitting type in the Property Palette.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Autodesk Revit LT

Just like with AutoCAD there is AutoCAD LT, there will be a Revit LT with lower price than Revit but limited functionality. Take a look and see if it may be relevant for you.

Here’s some info about the upcoming Autodesk Revit LT 2013.

Revit LT could help to make the move to BIM.
The features in Autodesk Revit LT are specifically built to support Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflows for high-quality design and documentation. Use the intuitive 3D modeling tools to visualize and communicate your designs more clearly, and meet the demand for BIM deliverables. And create photorealistic 3D architectural renderings in the cloud with Autodesk 360 Rendering, available with Autodesk Subscription.

How does Revit LT support the BIM process?
Revit LT supports the BIM process by creating coordinated, consistent, and quantifiable information about a building project throughout design and construction. BIM helps give design professionals insight to their projects with the ability to keep design information upto-date, and extract information from the building model during any stage of design. This insight helps professionals design more efficiently, obtain earlier approvals, and deliver higher quality, more easily constructible projects with fewer complications during the construction process.  

Who is Revit LT for?
Revit LT is intended for building design professionals working on projects that can be completed independently or with limited internal collaboration but could benefit from a BIM-based workflow to produce more accurate, coordinated designs and documentation. Revit LT is ideal for single users who do not need to collaborate in the same project file simultaneously with others in the firm, and who do not need access to energy or structural analysis tools. 

What is AutoCAD Revit LT Suite 2013 software?
AutoCAD Revit LT Suite 2013 is a bundle consisting of Autodesk Revit LT 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013 software with a single serial number and a single authorization code. This combination enables you to maintain your investment in AutoCAD LT, while, when you’re ready, offering the flexibility to move to BIM with help from Revit LT.

What are the differences between Autodesk Revit and Revit LT?
Autodesk Revit LT contains a subset of the features in the Autodesk Revit software, available in Autodesk Building Design Suite Premium and Ultimate editions. A basic summary of additional functionality included in Autodesk Revit is below:

Included in Revit LT: Single, Coordinated Model, Autodesk 360 Rendering, Intelligent (Parametric) Components

Not included in Revit LT: Worksharing (Multiuser Environment),Autodesk 360 Energy Analysis for Autodesk Revit, Near-Photorealistic Rendering within the Product, Conceptual Massing, Adaptive Components, Exports to gbXML, and  IFC file format, Interference Checking, Copy/Monitor, Construction Modeling - Parts and Assemblies and Autodesk Revit LT does not support 3rd party API.

Autodesk Revit LT 2013 stand alone price will be $1200 (MSRP in USD) and the AutoCAD Revit LT Suite 2013 will be $1500 (MSRP USD). You can save up to 50% when you upgrade from AutoCAD LT to AutoCAD Revit LT Suite.

Sounds interesting? If so visit September 18, 2012 the 30 day trial for Autodesk Revit LT will be available and to purchase it you also have to wait a while more.

  • Launch Territories: North America, Northern Europe, UK, Central Europe, and Japan
  • Launch Languages: English, German, Japanese

The old Project Spark Technology Preview (pre-Revit LT) is still available on Autodesk Labs at:

Monday, July 23, 2012

Revit 2013 Update Release 1

Revit 2013 Update Release 1 is now available and this time there is no need to do a full install instead service pack technology is being used. Download links below as well as a list of all enhancements.


Revit Architecture 2013 Update Release 1: DL20121970 (Applies to: AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2013 and Autodesk Revit Architecture 2013)

Revit Structure 2013 Update Release 1: DL20122015 (Applies to: AutoCAD Revit Structure Suite 2013, Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite Ultimate 2013, Autodesk Plant Design Suite Ultimate 2013 and Autodesk Revit Structure 2013)

Revit MEP 2013 Update Release 1: DL20122070 (Applies to: AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite 2013 and Autodesk Revit MEP 2013)

Revit 2013 Update Release 1: DL20121968 (Applies to Autodesk Building Design Suite Premium 2013, Autodesk Building Design Suite Ultimate 2013 and Autodesk Revit 2013)

Improvements made in Update 1 build (20120716_1115):

Autodesk Revit Platform 2013 Enhancements
- Improves stability when opening projects from previous versions of Revit.
- Improves stability during Copy/Paste operations.
- Corrects display of solid filled regions with transparent backgrounds.
- Allows exporting of materials painted on elements to ODBC.
- Improves performance of opening and closing sketch mode in projects with many families.
- Improves stability when setting a Design Option as the Primary.
- Improves stability when Fixed Distance option for a divided path.
- Improves stability while browsing to Revit Server when there is no network connectivity.
- Improves export consistency of Space and Zone elements when multiple elements have the same name and number.
- Allows Raytrace mode to work with DirectX 9.
- Improves stability when using Raytrace mode with Hardware Acceleration disabled.
- Improves Raytrace mode rendering output.
- Improves Surface Transparency override by element for multiple selection.
- Improves printing consistency when tone mapping is enabled.
- Disables Sun and SunPath from being rendered in Raytrace mode.
- Improves stability when using manual exposure in Raytrace mode.
- Improves stability when rendering views.
- Improves stability and performance when using visualization features like Sky, Exposure, and Anti-Aliasing.
- Improves stability when importing IFC data which contains special characters.
- Improves the setting of custom parameter values during import of IFC data.
- Improves stability when importing IFC data which contains an invalid line pattern.
- Allows Markups from DWF to be exported to DWF.
- Improves stability when drag and drop a DWG file into a Revit project.
- Improves stability when importing DXF data.
- Improves dimension fidelity when exporting to DWG with export units set to Meter.
- Improves alignment of hatch and fill patterns when exporting to DWG.
- Improves stability when selecting a new host for an element within an In-place Wall.
- Improves section creation within a project with linked model.
- Improves stability when working with Materials.
- Improves the displayed Pattern Type assigned to an element with the Material Editor.
- Corrects the display of the materials category within the Paint interface.
- Corrects the printed display of fill patterns within perspective views.
- Improves stability of Type editing when multiple element types are in the selection set.

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2013 Enhancements 
- Improves stability when closing a sketch editor, such as slab, site, etc., which create a large number of points. 
- Improves creation of U-shaped winder stairs. 
- Improves stability when editing winder stairs.
- Improves performance when many railings exist within a project.
- Improves stability when support type is not defined for stair. 
- Improves railing representation in coarse view.

Autodesk Revit Structure 2013 Enhancements 
- Improves placement of analytical nodes when in 3D views. 
- Improves stability when enabling “Show Analytical Model Categories in this View” when the Warning dialog is open.
- Improves creation consistency with Physical Wall when coping an Analytical Model Wall.
- Improves stability when editing an Opening within an object which spans to the boundary of an Analytical Surface.
- Corrects the reporting of the “Structural Parameter” on slabs.
- Improves masking of linked files by Mask and Filled regions in Structural Views.
- Improves stability when placing Rebar.
- Improves stability when copying Area or Path reinforcement between projects which have differing value for the Reinforcement Project Setting: “Host structural rebar”. 
- Improves visibility of round rebar when displayed in fine detail level.
Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2013 Enhancements
- Corrects the Slope value on placeholder pipe when slope is greater than 15 degrees. 
- Improves consistency when applying a slope to a layout which contains a transition. 
- Improves stability when splitting pipes which belong to different systems. 
- Corrects visibility of the center line when displaying rise/drop symbols.
- Improves stability when opening a Revit 2012 project which contains a pipe placeholder schedule. 
- Improves consistency of unit formatting within Panel Schedules .
- Improves consistency of adding circuits to equipment that are connected to a pipe or duct system.
- Improves stability when adding a device, which is connected to a wire, to a circuit.
- Improves display of annotation on duct and pipe transitions. 
- Improves stability when inserting duct fittings. 
- Improves stability when viewing Routing Solutions.

There are also several Autodesk Revit API 2013 Enhancements:
- Allows Document.PostFailure to be used to post multiple errors during a single transaction that do not reference an ElementId.
- Improves stability using UIApplication.DoDragDrop when a Revit command (such as the Wall tool) was active.
- Improves stability by disabling keyboard shortcuts (except view zoom shortcuts) when a PreviewControl is active.
- Improves stability in ReferenceIntersector.FindNearest() when no matching target pick is found.
- Corrects validation logic to allow NewFamilyInstance to place face-based families on transformed family instances.
- Dimension.Above and Dimension.Below now update the dimension after their data is changed without requiring any user action.
- The properties MechanicalSystem.SystemType, ElectricalConnector.SystemType,
PipeConnector.SystemType are obsolete in Revit 2013. Instead query the parameter
- Corrects data reported with ConnectorManager.UnusedConnectors.
- Fixes a file corruption that could occur when extensible storage data was added to an element in a central file.
- Improves stability when saving a file with extensible storage data that overwrites an existing file that also contains extensible storage.
- RVT Links created with RevitLinkType.Create will remain loaded when the RVT containing the link is reopened.
- Previously, setting 'suppressBendRadius' to true in method Rebar.GetCenterlineCurves() would cause both fillet bends and user-drawn, parameterized arcs to be omitted from the collection of curves returned by the method.  The method now omits only the fillet bends; the drawn arcs are included along with the straight edges.
- Updates Rebar.GetCenterlineCurves() method with an additional argument: a MultiplanarOption (enum), which should be set to IncludeAllMultiplanarCurves or IncludeOnlyPlanarCurves.  This argument controls whether all curves of a multi-planar Rebar instance are returned, or only those which lie in the primary plane.
- Enables method Rebar.ComputeDrivingCurves().  This method returns a collection of curves that includes the lines and arcs that drive the shape, but excludes fillets and hooks.  It is equivalent to calling GetCenterlinCurves(adjustForSelfIntersection=false, suppressHooks=true,  suppressBendRadius=true, multiplanarOption=IncludeOnlyPlanarCurves)
- Improvements have been made in RebarShape methods that deal with matching RebarShapes to collections of curves: CreateFromCurvesAndShape(), RebarShapeMatchesCurvesAndHooks().
- Corrects behavior ot RebarShape.Create() method to not ignore the out-of-plane bend diameter specified in the RebarShapeMultiplanarDefinition argument object, and always used an internal
default value.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Software Vendor Audits are Increasing

Gartner has recently published the study “The Software Vendors That Are Auditing Now and What to Do About It”.

At Gartner's IT Financial, Procurement and Asset Management Summits in September 2011, they asked 228 attendees about software vendor audits. That survey revealed that 65% of respondents reported at least one software vendor audit in the previous 12 months, up from 61% the year before. Back in 2007 only 35% of respondents had been audited.

The vendors doing most audits were IBM, Adobe, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP and during recent years the audits has increased. Other vendors mentioned were McAfee, Attachmate, HP, Autodesk and VMware. Even WinZip Computing was included (if you can’t afford or want to pay for WinZip there is the 7-Zip open source).

Gartner recommends that CIOs and IT managers should proactively look at SAM and license compliance as ongoing disciplines, to manage audits and improve financial responsibility and accountability, rather than leaving them as audit-driven projects when it may be a case of too little, too late. There is also the recommendation to identify the significant financial risks facing from software license compliance issues to help justify investment in the software asset management (SAM) discipline.

One solution that can help with companies SAM is JTB World’s JTB FlexReport.

JTB FlexReport is a report tool for applications using the FlexNet / FLEXlm (flexlm license manager), IBM LUM (IBM License Use Management), SPLM (Intergraph SmartPlant License Manager), SLM/Sentinel LM/Sentinel RMS, LM-X, Solidworks SNL License Manager, T-Systems license manager product LICMAN, Primavera from Oracle or 12D software licensing.

See also our free JTB FlexReport LT that can easily be distributed within your company to anyone that needs to see current usage of FlexNet/FLEXlm based products.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Turn point clouds into pipes in AutoCAD and Revit

ClearEdge3D has a pretty groundbreaking technology for extracting features from laser scan point clouds.  Their clients are reporting time saving in their modeling workflows of more than 50%. The company is exhibiting at Autodesk University where they are debuting their plug-in for AutoCAD and Revit, which will allow users to extract geometry from point cloud data directly in the AutoCAD and Revit platforms.  Check them out at booth number 919.

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