Monday, January 30, 2012

Virtualizing applications myths and realities

I’ve used and managed virtualized applications several years ago and at that point it worked fine with office applications and the like but not so good with CAD applications. Today I know that it works much better with CAD applications even though I don’t have any experience of it myself. I think the below is not taking GPU and CPU intensive applications into account that much but could be worth considering if your company have virtualizing in mind.

Virtualizing applications myths and realities according to two IDG Research Services studies on behalf of EMC Corporation and VMware Inc.

To learn more, visit

Monday, January 23, 2012

How to select all entities passing through a point in AutoLISP

In AutoCAD if you want to use AutoLISP to select all entities/objects that crosses a point the ssget function can be used by passing the same point twice like this:
(ssget "c" pt1 pt1)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

AutoCAD 2011 Hotfix for Complex PLine Measurements

This hotfix repairs the area calculation problem of polylines positioned at a great distance from the origin and is for AutoCAD 2011 with Update 2. When a complex polyline with excessively large curves is positioned far from the origin, its area calculation is incorrect. This hotfix does not fix issues when calculating areas of the polylines including curves that are self-intersecting or contain interior loops.

Download it here: DL18225251

Friday, January 6, 2012

Project Inspire for AutoCAD Map 3D

If you’re in Europe and use AutoCAD Map 3D you may find this Technology Preview from Autodesk interesting. Project Inspire for AutoCAD Map 3D. Description about it:

Today, Government organizations and an increasing number of private sector companies are adopting Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) specifications when implementing new geospatial solutions, helping drive interoperability and easier data exchange across borders and between communities. In Europe, this is primarily driven by the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE) directive. // more

Developed in support of the INSPIRE directive, the free* Project Inspire Technology Preview for AutoCAD® Map 3D® 2012 software, helps AutoCAD Map 3D users to find, bind, and publish INSPIRE compliant metadata using an open standard CSW (catalog service for the web) interface. With Project Inspire, Map 3D users can more easily share environmental spatial information locally and over the web.

You find Project Inspire for AutoCAD Map 3D at Autodesk Labs.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Kenesto beta opportunity

Here is some of what Alex Neihaus (that moved from Vuuch to Kenesto) emailed me: “Kenesto is developing a new kind of process automation system – one that is elegant in its simplicity, native to the cloud and which can become as universal as email and spreadsheets. Kenesto’s objective is to make it easy for everyone in the company to participate in product-based processes.”

Raykurland’s Blog post mentions that Mike Payne is CEO and explains: “Aimed at the category called business process automation, this cloud-based application allows asynchronous spawning of processes. Different from similar systems that try to model processes, Kenesto builds processes on the fly. Users wanting to track a process they are initiating, for instance an ECO, initiate a process, attach documents to it, and add users to the next process by adding their email addresses. Different types of “next processes” can be defined, such as “review and approve.” At each step in the process the recipient can add additional processes that add steps to the overall process. Kenesto builds the process diagram as steps are added. Note that this differs significantly from the BPM (Business Process Modeling) approach that models processes using a cumbersome programmatic approach. Kenesto calls it Business Process Automation (BPA).”

Press release:

Kenesto Announces Beta Program
New System Attacks the Complexity, Costs of Legacy PLM

Waltham, MA, January 4, 2012 – Kenesto, developer of a process automation system designed to deliver unprecedented ease of use and immediate productivity, announced today the opening of its beta program for customers and value-added resellers (VARs) in the manufacturing industry.
Kenesto is a completely new, 100% cloud-based system that allows users in all departments of the manufacturing enterprise to create processes and manage work easily. With Kenesto, users create processes graphically by simply naming participants and attaching documents, drawings, bills-of-materials (BOMs) and any other required information. Kenesto then manages the flow of that process through the enterprise, keeping information secure and delivering enhanced visibility across the business.
Kenesto automates common manufacturing processes including engineering change proposals, requests for quotation and new product introductions. Processes like these share attributes with many common tasks in an enterprise, including the need to securely share intellectual property, the requirement to involve people outside the R&D group and the desire to include vendors and suppliers in the process. These processes also involve a company’s product and/or service, making them vital to the success of the business. Through its intuitive understanding of what users want to do, Kenesto brings new productivity to a company’s crucial work processes.
“Until Kenesto, users wishing to automate their work were caught in a bind between simple but inadequate tools or very complicated, inflexible and pre-programmed PLM processes,” said Michael Payne, CEO, Kenesto. “Our ‘big idea’ in Kenesto is to use cloud technologies to deliver a system that is as universal as email or spreadsheets without the difficulty, delays and costs of using legacy PLM systems. The customers and VARs who have seen Kenesto during our pre-beta demonstrations have all been excited by Kenesto’s potential. Now, we are ready to bring this new way of working to more customers by means of our beta program.”

How to participate in the Kenesto beta program
Manufacturing companies and industry VARs are invited to participate in the Kenesto beta program. Send a request to with your contact information, type of business and, if possible, an idea of a process you might wish to try in Kenesto. The company will contact you to discuss your participation in the beta program.
Kenesto is seeking companies whose work processes can be completed successfully in the beta version of Kenesto. In this way, beta program participants will be able to measure the real productivity of using Kenesto. Resellers who have clients with processes that have been attempted in legacy PLM systems but which have not delivered the desired level of results or user participation are encouraged to apply for the beta program.
To learn more about Kenesto, download An Introduction to Kenesto at

About Kenesto
Kenesto ( is a new kind of process automation system. In contrast to legacy PLM systems, Kenesto is people-centric, product-based and enterprise scalable. Kenesto combines these three attributes into the first system that can be widely deployed across an enterprise to improve a company’s teamwork and efficiency. Kenesto revolutionizes process automation by making process automation more widely applicable, more affordable and easier to use than ever before. Kenesto is privately-held and based in Waltham, MA.

Let’s see how this will compete with Autodesk 360 for PLM.

AutoCAD 2012 for Mac Service Pack 1

This update resolves compatibility issues that have been reported while using the software on the latest versions of Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8) and Mac OS X Lion. It also resolves problems reported by the Customer Error Reporting (CER) utility and other general problems identified after AutoCAD 2012 for Mac was made available. Please refer to the associated readme for more details and installation instructions.

Get SP1 here: DL18344661.

UPDATE: AutoCAD LT for Mac version 2012.1 is also available. Open Mac App Store and check the Updates.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Sheet Set Manager for AutoCAD LT videos

Kate Morrical, LT Unlimited has put together some videos showing usage of Sheet Set Manager usage in AutoCAD LT.

  1. Introduction to the Sheet Set Manager
  2. Creating Sheet Sets from Existing Drawings
  3. Organize and Display Sheet Lists
  4. Use a Sheet Set to Plot Drawings
  5. Create Transmittal & Archive Sets
  6. Add Layouts to an Existing Sheet Set
  7. Use a Sheet Set to Create New Drawings
  8. Add Content to Sheets
  9. Place View Labels
  10. Automate View Label Data
  11. Automate Callout Label Data
  12. Create Custom Properties
  13. Automate Title Block Data

But if you would like to edit properties on multiple sheets SSMPropEditor can save a lot of manual work. Change properties like a revision, date or name on two or more sheets at the same time something that cannot be done using only Sheet Set Manager.

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