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I’ve been doing a few software installs recently; updates to Autodesk Building Design Suite 2015 at the previous workplace and a fresh install at the new one. As a result I’ve come to really appreciate Autodesk Application Manager; one of the best support applications Autodesk have ever made.
Remember the pain?
Install an app — or more like a dozen for the Design Suites — then spend hours finding which have been updated, downloading patches and installing (or updating deployments) on the machine. That is history as Autodesk Application Manager makes it a one click process, well nearly. You still do have to select which updates and click install but that is trivial compared to the alternative!
Updates tailored to your device:
The Application Manager looks at the software installed (not just the software in the suite), the user subscription rights, the device and existing patches to decide what is needed. I was impressed that the same Design Suite installed on my Tablet (where had just picked AutoCAD Architecture & Revit) only got a those updates, my desktop picking up the full set for all the installed applications.
Download overhead shared:
If you have multiple machines to update Application Manager can eliminate duplicated download overhead and time.
In Settings>Files tick the “Use shared storage or content downloads” and set the path to a common network folder all your PCs can access.
The first machine to encounter a new update will download the install file to the shared folder. Other machines will check the folder first and install from the existing download. With some updates being up to a gigabyte (Recap) you can save a lot of download data and time.
You can export and import Application Manager settings to easily configure multiple machines.
First phase of a cloud delivery framework:
The Application Manager framework currently delivers:
For the User:
Desktop notification of update availability
Delivery and install of updates: 'The best experience is no experience', not to get in the way of productivity
For Administrators/CAD Managers:
Discover and download updates
Manage updates distribution
Manage users access to notification updates and install
There are still some limitations — local user rights may need admin permission, users can ignore notifications — but the system is a vast improvement.
Updates are just the start:
Autodesk have put in place the framework to support a far more comprehensive solution. The future could include full installs and possibly even Microsoft Office 365’like click to run. In that case you can start using the core software almost immediately while the rest of it installs in the background.
And using Autodesk PLM 360 to do it!
It was interesting to hear the data source for the system is a case of Autodesk ‘eating its own dog food’. The Product Data Master, a complex mesh of products, applications and applicable updates is being managed with Autodesk PLM 360. The only glitch I’ve seen was Navisworks wanting to install a language update for a language pack I hadn’t installed. This disappeared off the list after a couple of days, presumably after the Product Data Master was updated.
As the complexity of software increases it is nice some attention is being given to making it easier to manage.
It was an early start for a call to learn about some big changes to Autodesk software purchases from 1 February 2016 onwards.
New commercial seats of most stand-alone desktop software (not Design Suites) will only be available on ‘pay as you go’ Desktop Subscription, not as Perpetual Licenses or the current annual Maintenance Subscription.
Purchases before 1 Feb 2016 will continue to receive existing benefits:
Existing perpetual licenses will continue to work forever.
Existing Maintenance Subscriptions (annual updates & bundled services etc.) will be honoured for as long as the subscription payment is maintained.
If current Perpetual or Maintenance Subscription customers require additional seats after 1 Feb 2016 the new Desktop Subscription will apply.
This is a response to changes in the way people design and make products;
Projects using multiple applications, at multiple sites.
Changes in how people expect buy products and software: more durable, flexible, local and personalised to them.
Expectations products are connected, responsive and updated.
Flexible teams, project not company or task specific
What does this mean?
A move towards cloud based services for better software delivery.
Simplified deployment update process. Ongoing updates rather than annual releases through the Autodesk Application Manager and cloud.
More integration between products (enabled by cloud nature)
Better & new cloud services.
Full year notice
New multi-year subscriptions for desktop applications
No change to current Maintenance Subscriptions
New programs like floating licenses (not tied to user/hardware) without current network license overhead.
Details in the Autodesk news release and links below:
SAN RAFAEL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TodayAutodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADSK) announced that new commercial seats of most standalone desktop software products will be available only by Desktop Subscription beginning February 1, 2016. Through these changes, Autodesk is continuing its transition to subscription-based offerings for its products, which provide customers a simplified product management and deployment experience, and makes it easier to introduce new tools and technology into the workflow with lower upfront cost and the ability to pay as you go.
"How the world is designed and made is changing, and how software is delivered is changing as well. The companies that embrace these changes will lead their industries toward a more nimble, connected and richer future,” said Andrew Anagnost, Autodesk senior vice president of Industry Strategy & Marketing. "Our customers have long asked for greater flexibility and more value from their software investments. The shift to subscription allows Autodesk to deliver both, as well as an improved user experience and easier access to a broader portfolio of technology.”
Autodesk Desktop Subscription offers a simplified installation, management and upgrade experience, flexible payment terms, and broader access rights across multiple devices. Autodesk plans to continually innovate and improve Desktop Subscription products to more tightly integrate them with Autodesk cloud services and reduce file compatibility issues.
Autodesk customers who have purchased perpetual licenses prior to February 1, 2016 will be able to continue to use those licenses, and customers on Maintenance Subscription will continue to receive corresponding benefits for as long as their subscription remains active. Autodesk will also continue to offer Cloud Services Subscriptions.
“With today’s announcement, we are giving our customers a full year to plan for these changes, and will continue to be transparent about our plans,” continued Anagnost. “Autodesk will be working closely with our customers and partners to ease the impact of these changes, and we are committed to making the transition as smooth as possible.”
I arrived back from Tibet to find some very welcome news from Shaan Hurley. Autodesk now provides students, teachers and schools WORLDWIDE with free* access to Autodesk software: 3-year licenses of 80 titles of the exact same software that our commercial customers use.
Hooray! I have been anxiously awaiting this for years. Effective today, Autodesk provides FREE access to our software to students, teachers and schools around the world. If you are an engineering school or teach CAD drafting or design classes, or a computer lab facing tight budgets, you can now get the software free without limitations. There is no catch or fine print or restrictions on use in school… [cont]
* Free Autodesk software and/or cloud-based services are subject to acceptance of and compliance with the terms and conditions of the software license agreement or terms of service that accompany such software or cloud-based services. Software and cloud-based services provided without charge to Education Community members may be used solely for purposes directly related to learning, teaching, training, research or development and shall not be used for commercial, professional or any other for-profit purposes
Autodesk have unveiled a new look Autodesk.com and announced their 2014 product updates. The new look Autodesk, hinted at earlier this month, comes with updates to existing products, new applications, revised industry specific Design Suites and Autodesk 360 Cloud Services.
Shopping for a laptop (not for me!) recently it was good to see 64 bit OS installed on all but entry level products. Given that level of acceptance in the consumer space I find it surprising to find some dedicated CAD workstations are still running the 32 bit flavour of Windows. I thought Windows 8 would be all 64 bit but it seems Microsoft are still going to offer an 32-bit (x86) flavour.
So, why 64 bit for CAD?
If you have any doubt 64 bits are better take a look at this post from Revit Clinic:
64 Bit Revit and Stability - revitclinic.typepad.com “In general, 64 bit operating systems running 64 bit Revit are about twice as stable as 32 bit operating systems running 32 bit Revit. Our Customer Error Reports (CER) and Customer Involvement Program (CIP) help confirm this.”
Not just for Revit!
I’ve seen AutoCAD happily consume gigabytes of RAM when the system has it on offer.
Our AutoCAD Architecture fitting layouts are typically 6–10MB .dwg files. Before using a 64 bit OS “out of memory” was the most frequent cause of crashes.
The machine many have had free memory but a single 32 bit process can only use about 2 GB and shaded 3D views caused AutoCAD to hit that limit.
With a 64 bit OS you frequently see ACAD.exe gobbling upwards of 6GB ram, on its own, to display these views. No wonder it struggled to fit into the 32 bit limit.
How much RAM is enough?
I have found 8-16GB Ram generally is sufficient for most AutoCAD/AutoCAD Architecture users, 16-32 for Revit. With Windows 7, and 8, 64 you can access up to 192GB RAM and you can never have too much!
On paper, the 64-bit architecture can address 16 exabytes of memory (2^64), or more than 4 billion times that of its precursor. Consumer editions of Windows Vista permit from 8GB to 128GB of physical memory to be accessed, depending on the version. Windows 7 bumps that up to 192GB with the Professional version and above...
Last year I found some of our AutoCAD Architecture Spaces displayed strangely when imported, as exploded AutoCAD hatch, into Revit 2012. Many looked fine but a few hatches (exploded spaces) displayed solid black instead of the colour assigned. It didn’t matter as the AutoCAD Architecture Spaces were only used as a reference.
RGB = Black?
Now I have found the same display glitch appearing inside AutoCAD Architecture 2013 itself. Spaces look fine in Modelspace, Print perfectly but display incorrectly in a layout viewport. You can click the image below to enlarge:
Window 1: Shows the spaces displaying correctly in Modelspace (in an AutoCAD Architecture Project Element)
Window 2: Shows the Paperspace view of the same element. Notice how some spaces turn black
Window 3: The same element, as part of a View, placed on an AutoCAD Architecture Project Sheet. Spaces still display black
Window 4: The print preview of the sheet. Note the spaces display (and will print) showing the correct colour.
The Style Display settings dialog shows the cause. “Black” spaces have a RGB colour specified rather than the old AutoCAD Colour Index. I wondered if it was related to the display driver but loading the Autodesk Certified one didn’t help. The only fix, well workaround, I’ve found is to revert the space back to ACI colours. Thankfully AutoCAD Architecture Project Standards pumps that change into every project as its used.
While you can create multiple nested views in an AutoCAD Architecture View drawing the automatic labels won’t initially show the correct values.
Below you can see a partial location plan with the Stockroom Plan inside it. Both tags will initially show the same values (for the larger view). Just select the tag & drag/drop onto the correct view in Project Navigator.
They will update to show the appropriate values, and will maintain them when the views are dropped on a sheet.