BOGO with Red Transit

Steve Hill, an Autodesk Authorized Developer and owner of Red Transit Consultants, LLC,  has informed me that he has an offer to extend to the public a purchase for 1 license and receive a second license for free!!

For any of his apps, with the exception of Pipe Network Productivity Tools, if you purchase 1 license he will provide a second license for free.

https://apps.autodesk.com/en/Publisher/PublisherHomepage?ID=22SPPLFQU42A

For Pipe Network Productivity Tools – Purchase 10 licenses, get 1 free get 2 free, Purchase 15 licenses, get 2 free get 3 free, Purchase 20 licenses, get 4 free get 5 free.​ See the attached ROI document if you’re interested.

https://apps.autodesk.com/CIV3D/en/Detail/Index?id=5524458269357786704&appLang=en&os=Win32_64

To take advantage of this offer, login to the Autodesk App Store and purchase the apps from their respective pages and select the quantity you desire. Send Steve an email after you make the purchase, and he will credit your account with the free licenses in addition to the purchased licenses.

**This offer is not valid with any previous purchases of apps prior to the date of this email. This offer is only valid through Friday June 30th, 2017**

Steve Hill’s email address is Steve@RedTransitConsultants.com.

How to Place the Built-In Bing Imagery in Surface Coordinates

I had a customer call yesterday wanting to place an aerial image into the drawing. After logging into his machine and showing them how to use the built-in Bing imagery, I noticed that his drawing was in surface coordinates. The Bing imagery is in grid coordinates. If you have every tried to scale the imagery, then you have noticed it doesn’t work.

We came up with a workaround that seems to work pretty good.

Basically what you are going to do is perform a SAVEAS. Save the drawing somewhere and rename it. Your surveyor should supply you with a scale factor. Scale the entire drawing using the basepoint of 0,0 and entering the scale factor provided to you. 

Now, turn on the Aerial image from the built-in Bing Imagery. NOTE: You must be signed into A360 and a coordinate system set in your drawing settings. Now, capture an area. Once the area is captured, turn off the Aerial. Click on the area you captured and in the ribbon change from Optimal to Very Fine. This resamples the image for better clarity.

Next, close and save the drawing. Open up the original drawing. Once there, XREF in the other drawing. Now you can scale the XREF’d image. Scale it from basepoint 0,0 with the opposing scale factor (1 / Scale Factor).

A big thanks to John Guajardo with JAG Engineering for providing the data to create the instructional video below…

AutoCAD 2017 + Verticals Service Pack 1

Autodesk has released the service pack 1 for all AutoCAD based products. You will notice it show up in the Autodesk Application Manager. Some of the issues fixed are below…

As a result of the detailed information that Autodesk received from customers who used the Customer Error Reporting Utility, they were able to identify and fix the problems listed below:

Blocks

  • There were occasional crashes when inserting some blocks a second time.

Graphics

  • There were occasional crashes when zooming out of a drawing following the 3D orbit command.

Purge

  • There were occasional crashes when purging DXF drawing files.

Web and Cloud

  • There were occasional crashes when modifying the Online Options settings and signing in to Autodesk A360 from InfoCenter.

General

  • There were occasional crashes when launching AutoCAD in Windows 10.
  • There were occasional crashes when inputting the system time in long string format, and then using the DIM command.
  • There were occasional crashes when switching layouts.
  • There were occasional crashes when performing a 3D rotate in drawings containing a point cloud.
  • There were occasional crashes when plotting to PDF using AccoreConsole.exe.
  • There were occasional crashes when performing an Undo after detaching a reference using the External References palette.
  • There were occasional crashes when PNG images were specified in a CUI resource file.

The following defects have been fixed:

Display

  • Xrefs on a frozen viewport layer would still be plotted.
  • AutoCAD in Citrix might not default to the primary display adapter.

Open and Save

  • Opening a drawing file using an Excel hyperlink was repositioning the AutoCAD application window.

PDF Import

  • Importing a PDF Underlay that was attached with relative path could fail.

Xref

  • The Xref status incorrectly displays the “Needs reloading” message when the dataset is opened from a UNC path to a shared folder.

General

  • When opening drawings created with AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD might crash if the drawing was saved again.
  • Plotting with certain visual styles might produce incorrect results.
  • Migrating custom settings might fail.

***IT HAS ALSO BEEN REPORTED THAT SERVICE PACK 1 BREAKS AUTOCAD APPS PLUG-IN AUTO LOADER MECHANISM. YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT THIS ISSUE HERE.***

AutoCAD 2016 Service Pack 1

Autodesk has released the AutoCAD 2016 Service Pack 1.

This service pack applies to…

AutoCAD and Verticals Products:

  • AutoCAD 2016
  • AutoCAD Architecture 2016
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016
  • AutoCAD Electrical 2016
  • AutoCAD Map 3D 2016
  • AutoCAD Mechanical 2016
  • AutoCAD MEP 2016
  • AutoCAD P&ID 2016
  • AutoCAD Plant 3D 2016
  • AutoCAD Utility Design 2016

Autodesk Design Suites:

  • Autodesk AutoCAD Design Suite 2016
  • Autodesk AutoCAD with Advance Steel 2016
  • Autodesk Building Design Suite 2016
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2016
  • Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2016
  • Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2016
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite 2016
  • Autodesk Revit Collaboration Suite 2016

Download here.

Live Maps Hotfix for 2014 & 2015

Due a recent Microsoft change, the Bing module has stopped working.
It has now be rewritten and a hotfix is available for the 2014 and 2015 AutoCAD based products

AutoCAD 2015 based product
Autodesk® Autocad® 2015 Geolocation Online Map Hotfix

AutoCAD 2014 based products
Autodesk® Autocad® 2014 Geolocation Online Map Hotfix

Cursor Badge Getting in the Way?

As most of you know, Autodesk’s 2015 products have what is called a cursor badge.  This is the little icons that show up next to the cursor while in a command.  See below for an example…

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This does not bother me one bit.  It just takes some getting used to.  However, this can be turned off. Keep in mind, this is only available with Service Pack 1.

It is a system variable called CURSORBADGE.

1 – Turn off all new badges
2 – Turn on all badges (Default)

Badges that will be disabled:

    • Selection – cross and window selection
    • Inspection
    • Deletion
    • Copy
    • Move
    • Rotate
    • Scale
    • Zoom
    • Add vertex
    • Covert to arc
    • Hatch inherit property

AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 2015 Has Been Released

AUTODESK AUTOCAD 2015 IS HERE

AutoCAD 2015 has been released!! Other 2015 products will be available within the coming weeks. Autodesk Subscription Contract Managers will receive email notifications from the Autodesk Subscription Team regarding 2015 availability. If you would like media for your new product upgrade, you can make a request through your Autodesk Subscription Center or have Total CAD request on your behalf by calling (281)445-6161.

Autodesk Subscription is no longer the name of the software maintenance program offered by Autodesk; it is now the umbrella brand for all of the Subscription offerings provided by Autodesk, including the following options:

The smart choice for the best value. Previously referred to as the Autodesk Subscription Program.

The flexible choice for ultimate freedom. Previously referred to as rental plans.

The powerful choice for cloud workflows. Subscription to various cloud services.

Customer Benefit:

Maintain perpetual software license
Latest software release
Autodesk 360 Cloud benefits
Flexible Licensing Rights
Technical Support

Customer Benefit:

Pay-as-you access
Stay up to date
Scalable Licensing
Autodesk 360 Cloud benefits

Customer Benefit:

Simplified collaboration
Streamlined workflows
Virtual infinite computing power
Access work, from anytime anywhere

With more purchasing options than ever before, you can choose the plan that best fits your current project needs and budget. Autodesk Subscription puts software, services, and support at your command to accelerate your entire workflow, now and into the future.

Call our office (281) 445-6161 for more information on the new Subscription offerings or on the 2015 products.

Autodesk is Giving Away $250 Million in Software

Autodesk is giving ALL U.S. Middle and High Schools free software.  They want to prepare these students to become more adapted to design.  This “project” is called STEAM (students training in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).

You can read the article in The Wall Street Journal here.