Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Creating AutoCAD Structural Detailing 2011 Network Deployment

Finally getting around to preparing the network deployment for AutoCAD Structural Detailing 2011 today. Yesterday I needed to scramble to create the Revit Structure 2011 network deployment for a fast tracked bridge modeling project located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. We're attempting to take advantage of the Bridge Modeler Extension from Autodesk Labs to produce our initial model of the existing bridge structure for visualization purposes.

AutoCAD Structural Detailing 2011 64-bit network deployment creation.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Creating AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 Network Deployment

Decided to keep going today and create the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 network deployment being that we have a new BIM project starting in the next week or so that I'd prefer we move to the new native 64-bit version to avoid RAM issues.

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 64-bit Network Deployment Creation

Creating AutoCAD MEP 2011 Network Deployment

I'm taking some time this morning to create our AutoCAD MEP 2011 network deployment so we can begin preparing for migration in the near future.  We've been standardized on the 2009 product since shortly after it's release, but recently received requirements from one of our larger clients requesting all submissions to be in the 2010 DWG format.  Prior to the 2011 products being released we were forced to deploy the 2010 product to support this requirement, but we're now planning to transition to the 2011 release over the next couple months.

AutoCAD MEP 2011 64-bit Network Deployment Creation

Monday, April 19, 2010

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 Subscription Downloads Available

Some time between last Friday and today the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 Subscription download was made available. I managed to find a few minutes today to kick off the downloads to possibly create the network deployment packages later this week.  I'm looking forward to working with the 64bit final product after being involved in the beta testing group.

Friday, April 16, 2010

It's been a while, and the 2011 Autodesk products are rolling in the door

It's been quite some time since my last post but I'm hoping to post a little more often.

Yesterday Autodesk subscription customers started to see a few more of the 2011 Autodesk products available for download from their Subscription sites. I've begun downloading the first of four products we currently have on Subscription.

Downloading from a slower connection today in a remote office.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

PAUG Meeting on July 15, 2009

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The Philadelphia AutoCAD User's Group, Inc. (PAUG) is scheduled to meet for the third time this year on July 15, 2009. Board Members met two weeks ago and ironed out a detailed agenda for our next meeting which will include a continuation of PAUG Vice President Jesse Moore's presentation on AutoCAD Dynamic Blocks. PAUG Webmaster, Rob Smith will be giving us a look into AutoCAD Menu Macro creation as part of a potential series of presentation on the subject. I'm going to push for handouts to be produced for these next presentations so people have details on these topics to use as a reference back in the office. I'll possibly suggest using information in Autodesk University (AU) handouts as a basis to simplify matters a bit.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

John Hodgman roasts President Obama

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John Hodgman, known best as the PC in the "I'm a Mac" commercials and ads, spoke to Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner about nerds, Trekkies, and President Obama's favorite "name-brand smartphone [he] shall not name, for contractual reasons."

Personally I feel relieved that President Obama pushed to use technology. The obvious name-brand smartphone John Hodgman was not able to elaborate on due to contractual reasons is the Blackberry that Obama pushed to continue using after becoming President. It's true that this type of request has not been traditional in the past, it can only force better security technologies to be implemented. I think this type of push drives improvements in security technology that will eventually make its way into public use.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Freeware Options to Replace Those Pricey Apps

Here are some freeware options to possibly replace those pricey apps such as AutoCAD LT, AutoCAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, QuarkXpress, Dreamweaver, and many others during these hard economic times:

CAD (AutoCAD LT, AutoCAD, MicroStation)
Office Suite (Microsoft Office, Corel WordPerfect)
Graphics (Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW)
Photo Editing (Adobe Photoshop)
Photos & Video
  • Google Picasa
  • VLC
  • Foxit Reader
  • Notepad++
  • Texter
Page Layout (QuarkXpress, Adobe PageMaker)
PDF Creation (Adobe Acrobat)
HTML Editor (Adobe Dreamweaver, Microsoft Frontpage)
  • 7-Zip
  • Everything
  • ĀµTorrent
File Backup/Syncing
  • Dropbox
  • Mozy
  • WinAmp
  • Songbird
  • KeePass
  • AVG Free
  • Spybot Search & Destroy
  • Ad-Aware
I'll continue to add, update, and remove items from this post over time.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

AU 2008 - day 2

I began today having breakfast with a representative from my employers Autodesk VAR (Microdesk). Following that I attended the "AU Keynote: Autodesk AEC - Out of the Box!" which was lead by Jay Bhatt, Autodesk Sr. Vice President, AEC, and a team of AEC experts that covered how BIM and Integrated Project Design (IPD) process, and how BIM and Integrated Project Delivery have revolutionized the new Autodesk LEED-certified AEC Division Headquarters. This Keynote also contained a few live demonstrations by Autodesk application experts showing a proposed project design and delivery workflow from concept to construction which I found to be impressive.

My next scheduled session was "Preventative CAD Management" which I chose to replace with attending one of the AU Unplugged sessions titled "Create and Deliver Custom Video Training for Your Users" which was an open discussion focused on methods of creating video content using various software applications and choosing appropriate publish formats for sharing that content over corporate Intranets/Extranets, the Internet, as well as offline. I was able to gather some new methods of sharing video content from those who attended this session and were gracious to share the methods they currently use within their companies. My hope is to develop a robust video training library in the coming months to aide my company in some current and future training initiatives.

During lunch I was invited to a "Civil Direction Briefing" where we reviewed the future direction of AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Civil, and the Autodesk Civil Solutions in general. I was required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) so I'm not able to talk about any details discussed during this enlightening meeting, sorry. Following that special lunch I attended two sessions titled "Learn to Hack AutoCAD Installations for Custom Deployments" and "Get Your Head Out of the Point Cloud: Using AutoCAD Civil 3D for Large Surface Data Sets" which I found both to be filled with excellent information.

Later is the AUGI Annual Meeting followed by the AUGI Beer Bust which I plan to check out for a short time but expect to head back to the hotel room early to get a good night rest for tomorrow. During the AUGI Beer Bust which will be in the Exibit Hall the AU Design Slam Preliminary rounds will be held which looks to be an exciting competition for some of the elite design professionals in attendance and those watching. Quite a day!

I plan to post additional details about everything AU 2008 following this week so be sure to check back.

Till then...happy CADing!

AU 2008 - day 1

I finished up AU 2008 day 1 attending the AU Keynote focused towards Design Innovation, Lunch, a brief look at Enterprise Data Interoperability with US National CAD Standards, Tips & Tricks for printing from Autodesk applications, AU Blogger Social (Mixer), International User Community Meeting / Technology Main Stage, and finally a first look at the Exhibit Hall. Obviously my first day was quite busy with much information to share but that will need to wait till later.

Till then...continue CADing!