Monday, October 26, 2009

Revit 2010 subscription advantage videos

For all those that need to know what’s included, check out Steve’s link.

Revit 2010 subs advantage – selection sets

This may have been blogged elsewhere and it was certainly highlighted by Autodesk at last Tuesday’s blogger day, but the Revit 2010 subs advantage pack introduces various enhancements.  The one I personally found particularly useful is the ability to make changes to the tool you are using once you have created a select set. Previous to this release, if you made a selection of items, picked a tool and you found you had picked the wrong tool, you had to drop the selection , reselect the items and then pick the correct tool! With the 2010 subs advantage pack, you can make a select, and then switch the tool you want to use. So if you pick “copy”, then change your mind to say “mirror”, you can do this on the fly without loosing your selection set. Take a look at this video to see what I mean……

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Revit AEC Blogger Day – Revit 2010 Subs Advantage Pack

The cat is out of the bag! Autodesk have been really busy… Autodesk ran what is described as a Blogger Day, where they presented the forthcoming Revit 2010 Subscription Advantage Pack. Hopefully due out this week, this release will have a number of enhancements over and above the out of the box version of Revit of 2010!!!

So what is the subs advantage pack???

This is like a point release and is only available to subscription users. Rather than releasing separate extensions like they have done in the past, Autodesk have bundled these all up as a complete release with a number of new features. So be aware, this is a complete new release!!!

So what do these improvements include:-

  • Additional shortcut commands
  • A UI to control the shortcuts (hooray) no more text file editing
  • Conditional formatting in all products
  • DWG export improvements
  • Text formatting – from shortcuts
  • Find and replace text
  • Model lines to Detail lines and back
  • Link file improvements
  • API improvements
  • Autodesk Revit Model Review
  • Revit DBlink
  • Image modeler will now be included so you can create point cloud data from images and export this to DWG and import this into Revit
  • Wood Wall Framing tool

3d Framing

Finally, all the Revit Structure feature will now be included to in Revit Architecture!!! :-) Hooray!!!!

  • Curved beams
  • Beam copping
  • Create Trusses
  • Tag beam systems
  • Slab directions and decking
  • Slanted columns
  • Split with Gap

Revit Structure advantage features will also include:-

  • Insulation tool
  • Placing 3d beams from geometry references in imported 3d drawings
  • Control beam length tolerance
  • Wood Framing
  • Interferences of Reinforcing bars
  • Bridge Design Modules

Slanted Columns

Revit MEP advantages features will also include:-

  • will see MEP performance improvements
  • Temp dims in layout mode
  • Content Countrification for China, Russia,UK, International
  • New Electrical content for the US

Thursday, October 01, 2009

The Sustainable Design Toolbox blog


Good Revit colleague of mine, Simon Gillis from Autodesk, has started a great blog called The Sustainable Design Toolbox; which as it says, provides a European view on sustainable design and Autodesk sustainable design tools.

I have known Simon for ages and is employed as a technical sales consultant for Autodesk in Northern Europe, focused on Revit Architecture and Ecotect Analysis. He has worked for Autodesk for 11 years and before that various architectural practices in the UK. All round good guy with a wickedly dry sense of humour, check his blog out here…

More Revit 2010 and Windows 7

Kyle B the Autodesk Product Manager for BIM Simulation & Emerging Tech, kindly for pointed me in the direction of this blog post about Autodesk and Windows 7 support that appear on BimBoom.

This is the response from Anthony Hauk the BIM Design Line manager

Hi folks.
I thought I’d clear up exactly what the Autodesk statement means to our users, so you can better make OS decisions moving forward. After reviewing this post, I don’t think it’s been interpreted as intended, so hopefully this helps.
Officially supporting an Operating System means that we at Autodesk have carried out a full set of testing across all versions of the shipping OS, and are committed to ensuring quality via our ongoing development. The process to achieve this for a major release such as Windows 7 is significant.
As Windows 7 was a beta at the time that we released the Revit 2010 family of products, and indications of a November or later release was our understanding, we did not carry out that extensive testing process to obtain formal OS support prior to the release. We understand the value of Windows 7 to our customers and are working to ensure that Revit is fully supported in a reasonable timeframe.
What is also important to know is lack of official support does not mean that the product will not run properly. By many accounts Revit 2010 runs smoothly on Windows 7 so far, and we are optimistic that we will validate this as we work through our testing process.
For those that choose to run Windows 7 on their machines, you should understand that you can still obtain technical support from us or your other support provider. Only if you uncover a unique issue to Windows 7 will there be limitations to the assistance we can provide.
Finally, as this post clearly proves, we can do a better job communicating this message to you as our users. Would you find this information helpful if added to our Technical Solution, or do you have other suggestions?
Anthony Hauck
BIM Design Product Line Manager

Revit Web Update 2

As posted on Steve Staffords blog, Revit 2010 update 2 has been released. Like Steve, I was aware this was coming.

Fixes include…

  • Annotation objects no longer disappear when panning a view that spans two monitors.
  • Improves stability when switching between Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 software and Google Earth™ software.
  • Improves the modification behaviour of hosted sweeps (i.e. gutters) attached to joined roofs.
  • Improves stability and performance when modifying walls.
  • Improvements to shared nested families.
  • Improves stability when modifying masses.
  • Improves design option rules adherence for walls in different design options and worksets.
  • Family and type information can now be read in Autodesk® 3ds Max® software from an FBX® file exported from a non-English version of Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010.
  • Improves stability when adding views to sheets.
  • Improves stability when making a design option primary.
  • Improves stability of printing views in wireframe mode.
  • Shadows will no longer be cropped when a view is printed or exported to a DWF™ file.
  • Subscription notifications are now available from InfoCenter.
  • Improves stability when reading IFC files.
  • Improves stability when opening a project with an inserted TIF image and when importing a TIF image.
  • ViewCube® navigation tool and the navigation bar will now display correctly after unlocking the computer.
  • Improves stability when removing panels from the ribbon.
  • Improves stability when cancelling a move, delete or copy command.
  • Improves performance of view renaming and the Workset dialog.
  • Mass floor schedules will now update when a level is renamed.
  • A form element that has a divided surface applied to it will now be correctly generated after a copy, paste, or move.
  • Improves stability when exporting to DWG.
  • Dimension and spot elevation values will now display correctly in a dependent view