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Decrease Design Time, Increase Profits

How many of you out there hold onto those old work stations because they “work just fine”?  I know many people who refuse to purchase newer work stations because they don’t want to spend the money.  I recently had a call from a guy who was upset because he just purchased AutoCAD 2015 and was having trouble installing it on a Windows 2000 system.  REALLY!?!?!?!? Continue reading

AutoCAD Tip: MATCHPROP works between two drawings

Did you know that you can use the MATCHPROP command between two drawing that you have open side by side?  Give it a try. It will save lots of time.

Install the RIGHT Revit 2015 Update 4!!!

Last week I reported the availability of Autodesk Revit 2015 Update 4 R2 – and I stated that if you are on subscription it includes a variety of new features – a list of which can be found here:

Revit 2015 Update 4 R2 – new features

However I neglected to mention one really important thing…

Make sure you are installing the CORRECT update! There are actually two – one for subscription customers, that includes all the new features, and one of non-subscription customers that doesn’t. If you are on subscription and you install the non-subscription version, you will need to completely uninstall Revit and reinstall before you can install the Update 4 R2 version for subscription customers.

As I said in the previous article, access the version for subscription customers from your subscription web site. If you are NOT on subscription, go to the normal Autodesk product update downloads page for that version.

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Revit R2 (Update 4)

Revit Update 4 (or Revit R2) is now available for subscription customers:

http://inthefold.autodesk.com/in_the_fold/2014/09/autodesk-revit-2015-subscribers-get-slew-of-new-capabilities-with-r2-update.html

To download, go to your subscription site and check the listings for new product enhancements. Click the link for the appropriate Revit download and follow your nose from there.

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Note that you should have Revit Update 3 installed before installing Update 4 (R2).

In particular, I’m excited about the prospects for much more viable site creation/editing tools in the Site Designer – which you can download and install from the App Store – again for subscription customers only.

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AutoCAD Architecture Project Browser Crashes

Recent Windows Updates are causing issues with the AutoCAD Architecture (and AutoCAD MEP) Project Browser.  A recent Knowledgebase article points to Microsoft updates  MS14-037 (KB2962872 – July 8, 2014) and MS14-051 (KB2976627 – August 12, 2014) as the culprits. I’ve had a couple of customers call with this issue and following the uninstall procedures in that article resolved the issue. (Remember to hide them to prevent re-installation at a later date).

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Revit 2014 Model Performance Technical Note – and More

Autodesk has updated the model performance technical note – it’s got tons of information on how to get the most out of your Revit installation – from hardware recommendations, including Revit Server, to modeling “best practices” and worksharing suggestions. You can get your copy here.

And as a bonus, there is also a technical document on running Revit on a Mac.

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Missing Revit Family Templates – and Other Stuff?

We’ve been getting a lot of calls since people started installing Revit 2015 about missing content – no “stock” families, error messages about the Family Template Path being invalid, no family templates installed, no project templates installed, etc. This is apparently a fairly common problem with the installation of Revit – it was a problem for a few people with Revit 2014, but it seems to be much more prevalent with Revit 2015, and is addressed in great detail an Autodesk Knowledge Base article.

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Pay Attention to the Check Engine light…

When your car starts making that strange noise or that check engine light comes on, we’ve mostly learned (sometimes the hard way), the longer we wait until we address it the more expensive it can become.

The same thing can happen with your Revit Projects if you don’t pay attention to warning signs.

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Revit 2014 Update 3 Released

Update 3 for Revit 2014 has been released, including the Suite product. You can find the link appropriate for your flavor at the Revit Clinic.

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Your Annual Anti-Virus Warning

It’s Spring again, which means it’s the time of year when everyone gleefully installs all of their new Autodesk software. And this is the time of year when we see the most install-related tech support calls. One that you can avoid having to make has to do with what can result if you leave your anti-virus software enabled when installing Autodesk products.

I know… if you’ve not heard this before, you probably think I’m nuts. But trust me. DISABLE YOUR ANTI-VIRUS when installing Autodesk software. In most cases the install may actually appear to go just peachy. Until you start trying to run the applications. Then things just act… weird. There’s really no other way to describe it. Sometimes it’s obvious – the software just won’t run. More often it’s more insidious.

One that is particularly nasty to installation attempts this go-round is Trend Micro’s antivirus. I ran into this with a customer recently – when they disabled the anti-virus everything went just fine. And today I’m vindicated, as it appears on Autodesk’s “Up and Ready” blog.

So if you don’t want to believe me, or if you need ammo for your skeptical IT people, go here: Up and Ready

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