Revit 2016 R2 brings bunch of enhancements and new features. Haven’t had a chance to play with them yet but from the intro videos ‘draw visible elements’, ‘global parameters’ and ‘enhanced Revit Links’ look the most useful of the improvements. Check these, and 17 other updates, out in this series of short videos (below) and blog post from Autodesk.
What's New in Revit 2016 R2 by Autodesk Building Solutions
The videos in this playlist covers the new features in Autodesk® Revit® 2016 R2, Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2016 R2 and Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2016 R2. The videos cover platform, architecture and MEP features and enhancements.
While there are lots of examples of using point clouds for modelling reference I thought this example using them to avoid modelling was impressive. Why model if it isn’t needed?
Hear from SSOE Group how they are using ReCap for breaking up scans in order to simplify projects and to utilize the scans as the sole basis of truth for existing conditions. Project strategy will be discussed to highlight how projects also use the ReCap web service to share the project data with key stakeholders and project leadership across multiple office locations. Software shown in this demo will be Autodesk ReCap
Often the Revit product team is asked how the Revit product line takes advantage of multiple processors and the workstation GPU, so we thought we'd provide a list for your reference, and a video that shows a new feature of Revit 2016 that uses multiple processors to accelerate model navigation to speeds comparable to the Navisworks 2016 model.
This post has some useful comparisons between 2014, 2015 and 2016 with the same file;
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
It’s a busy time for Revit related events. Just a reminder of those coming up this month in addition to the usual RUGAKL Meetup on Wed 15th May.
Revit Technology Conference on-line registration deadlines looming & AUGI offer:
There is only about a week left for On-line Revit Technology Conference Australasia 2013 registration (available until May 10th). You can register on-site from 11th until the start date but at a slightly higher price. I have also been told there are “only a handful” of conference/accommodation package deals available if you want to stay at the venue at conference rates.
Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) is a Gold Sponsor of RTC Australasia 2013 and is giving AUGI members the chance to win a conference pass and 4 nights' accommodation! If you are an AUGI member all you need to do is register by end of day Wednesday 8 May. If you are the lucky winner you will then receive the registration package complimentary (and be refunded as applicable).
Event: Thursday, 16 May, 2013 - Saturday, 18 May, 2013, The Langham, Auckland
RTC is coming to Auckland, New Zealand. I’ll be there and the organisers just announced another incentive to attend. In addition to the best of Revit training, networking, fun and frolics there is a chance to win a mobile workstation:
Register before 12noon on Wednesday May1 to WIN!!!!
With only two weeks to go, we are offering delegates registered by 12noon (AEST) on Wednesday 1 May, the chance to win a 'Dell M6700 17" Mobile Workstation' thanks to AECOM, simply by registering as a Full Conference Delegate or Principal. This is your chance to take home more from RTC Australasia…don’t worry all of you who have already registered as a Full Conference Delegate/Principal, as you have an entry into the competition too. With presentations, labs and accommodation filling up fast, it’s time to secure your place at RTC Australasia! Register today.
The good news is a bunch of Autodesk 2014 applications and suites are now available for download. The bad news, based on my experience, is getting them may not be so easy. It must be said I do live in a country at the end of the world not famed for its Internet connectivity but still…
Subscription not quite ready for Windows 8
The 2014 applications have been built for Windows 8 but the site where you get them isn’t. With the IE10 browser in Windows 8 the instant you start typing in the User ID or Password sign in fields the entire panel, outlined in red below, disappears.
I found this is just a graphic problem and if you keep typing (use tab between fields) then hit enter the subscription site opens correctly. If you get your details wrong a new page loads with just the sign in panel and it works normally too! Once inside there everything appears to work normally.
The download manager which doesn’t manage
There is an option to install a download manager. I found this to be less reliable, if maybe quicker than the browser, and lacked the one feature I expect a download manager to have. You can pause/restart downloads but if it fails, and I learnt this by experience several times, there is no recovery or resume to save downloading the entire file again.
Another thing I found confusing is the website shows the compressed file size, 15.4GB for my suite, but the download manager reports the uncompressed 58GB size as it receives the file.
Browser download not a pop-up free zone
Browser download was more reliable (for me) but comes with a potential snag. The suite I was downloading is packaged as a multi-part zip file and for the first attempt I only got part 1, just 4GB of the 15GB I was expecting.
It seems hard to believe given the ubiquity of pop-up blockers that the browser download relies on pop-ups but it does (thank you @ScottMoyse!). I wondered if it was another Windows 8 thing but after disabling the pop-up blocker IE10 downloaded the components with none of the failures I experienced from the download manager.
So after a couple of hours I finally got the package I needed and it was time to install. That is another saga I’ll save for a future post as I have a GP2 race to watch!