Big announcement at Autodesk University AEC keynote today about integration of BIM 360 platform and its collaboration extension to other platforms: Civil 3D and AutoCAD included.
This is a significant change from "BIM 360" being a collection of cloud products, some on different clouds, to a single cloud infrastructure running all the BIM 360 functions. New capabilities stemming from this include insight into cloud and project data, a unified development & services platform, and integration of other design platforms (beyond Revit) for collaboration. This creates a true common data environment living in a single cloud infrastructure with the Forge platform for customisation, AI enhancements and extension to other services and data sources.
Huge innovations to a platform that is already powdering thousands of projects.
Mine is an ancient one that doesn’t even have a button in the current ribbon user interface: OOPS!
OOPS predates the current Undo/Redo commands and, from my sketchy memory, was used to restore the geometry AutoCAD deleted when you created a block. This was in the AutoCAD DOS era (yes I’m that old!) but the command is still in the current version.
Software Updates, Service Patches, Bug Fixes. Call them what you will they come around fairly frequently. However, this AutoCAD 2018 & AutoCAD LT 2018 update for an earlier update comes with a rare instruction to install this month! Check out Heidi’s blog post for more details and how to install via the desktop app or direct download.
A few weeks ago, we explained a mistake that was made with the 2018.0.1 Update, and quickly resolved the issue by releasing the AutoCAD 2018.0.2/AutoCAD LT 2018.0.2 Update*. As this update fixes a defect that would cause the product to not start, it is critical for users who installed the initial 2018.0.1 Update to install the AutoCAD 2018.0.2/AutoCAD LT 2018.0.2 Update as soon as possible and before June 1, 2017…
If you are trying to assist someone troubleshoot any software or hardware problem knowing the machine configuration can be a big help. If you have AutoCAD installed there is an easy way to get it in a format that is easy to share.
Start AutoCAD then from Command: GRAPHICSCONFIG click the Tuner Log button.
You’ll get a text file with detailed system information for processors, disks, monitor drivers/display resolution, operating system version, physical & virtual memory and more.
While some of it is AutoCAD specific the “Additional System Info” is a great resource for support staff.
If you have an AutoCAD question check out the upcoming answer day (May 7th US Pacific). Post your question and get an answer direct from AutoCAD Platform team members. Their post below has all the details:
We’ll be kicking off the Autodesk Answer Days series with the one and only AutoCAD®! Join us at our first AutoCAD Answer Day online event on Thursday, May 7th from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM Pacific Time.
Have AutoCAD® or AutoCAD LT® questions that you’ve always wanted to ask? Come spend a minute, an hour, or the whole day in the Autodesk Community to interact directly with the folks who bring you your favorite CAD software!
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Come to the Autodesk Community and post your AutoCAD® or AutoCAD LT® questions! Engage in real time conversation with the teams and experts that develop and support AutoCAD®:
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Millions of customers come to the Autodesk Community every month; we hope that you’ll join us on this special event, May 7th!
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.