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AutoCAD vs Civil 3D Study Highlights

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Autodesk Acquires Unifi: Enhancing the BIM Content Management Experience

Autodesk, a leading provider of 3D design, engineering, and construction software, has acquired Unifi, a cloud-based platform for Building Information Modeling (BIM) content management. Learn about the benefits of this acquisition for Autodesk customers.
Autodesk, a global leader in 3D design, engineering, and construction software, has recently announced its acquisition of Unifi, a cloud-based platform for Building Information Modeling (BIM) content management. With this acquisition, Autodesk aims to enhance the BIM content management experience for its customers and provide a more streamlined workflow.

Autodesk, a global leader in 3D design, engineering, and construction software, has recently announced its acquisition of Unifi, a cloud-based platform for Building Information Modeling (BIM) content management. With this acquisition, Autodesk aims to enhance the BIM content management experience for its customers and provide a more streamlined workflow.

What is Unifi and What Does it Offer?

Unifi is a cloud-based platform that provides a centralized location for BIM content management. It allows users to store, organize, and share BIM content such as 3D models, materials, and specifications. Unifi also offers advanced search and filtering capabilities, making it easier for users to find the content they need.

How Will Unifi Benefit Autodesk Customers?

By acquiring Unifi, Autodesk aims to enhance its BIM content management capabilities and provide a more seamless workflow for its customers. With Unifi’s advanced content management features, Autodesk customers can more easily manage their BIM content and collaborate with other stakeholders on projects. This will help to improve productivity and reduce errors in the design and construction process.

In addition, Unifi’s cloud-based platform provides greater flexibility and scalability for users, allowing them to access their BIM content from anywhere and on any device. This will enable more efficient collaboration between teams, whether they are working in the office or remotely.

What Does This Acquisition Mean for the Future of BIM?

The acquisition of Unifi by Autodesk is a significant development in the BIM industry, as it highlights the importance of effective content management in the design and construction process. By providing a more streamlined and efficient workflow for BIM content management, Autodesk is helping to drive innovation and improve collaboration in the industry.

Overall, the acquisition of Unifi by Autodesk is a positive development for BIM users, as it will enhance the content management experience and provide greater efficiency and flexibility for design and construction teams. With this acquisition, Autodesk is demonstrating its commitment to providing innovative solutions to its customers and driving the industry forward.

In conclusion, the acquisition of Unifi by Autodesk is a major step forward in BIM content management, and it is set to bring numerous benefits to Autodesk customers. With this move, Autodesk is well positioned to continue providing innovative solutions that enhance the BIM workflow and drive industry progress.

Learn more about Autodesk and Unifi:

  1. Autodesk Newsroom: https://adsknews.autodesk.com/en/news/connecting-aec-customer-data/ 
  2. Unifi’s website: https://unifilabs.com/
  3. Autodesk AEC Industry Solutions: https://www.autodesk.com/solutions/architecture-engineering-construction
  4. Autodesk BIM 360: https://www.autodesk.com/products/bim-360/overview
  5. Autodesk Revit: https://www.autodesk.com/products/revit/overview

 

Are you an Autodesk customer and want to get Unified?

If you an Autodesk customer interested in leveraging the benefits of Unifi’s cloud-based data platform for your AEC projects, and want be the first to know when Autodesk is ready to start supplying Unifi, contact us now to stay in the loop and take your AEC projects to the next level.

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ProModel: Your Autodesk® Process Analysis 360 Substitute

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After March 31, 2023, the Product Design and Manufacturing Collection will no longer include Process Analysis 360 as a part of the offering. See the FAQs below for more information on this change. We recommend ProModel by BIGBEAR.AI as an alternative option with similar capability.

With ProModel, you can create the perfect factory layout before you start any building works. Design, simulate, and optimize your factory layout before you build it, using one of the world’s leading computer-aided design tools.

ProModel

With ProModel AutoCAD Edition you can easily build spatially accurate layout and process simulation models of your factory simultaneously—all from within AutoCAD.

Simulate scaled models with just one click, view results, and easily make, test, and validate layout process changes in AutoCAD. You can then finalize your model and view it in 3D.

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Create, test and optimise a bottleneck free factory layout, long before any work evert takes place in your factory.  Be ready to hit the ground running with efficient factory layout and processes.

Autodesk® Process Analysis 360 End of Life.
Frequently Asked Questions

What is changing with Autodesk® Process Analysis 360?
After March 31, 2023, the Product Design and Manufacturing Collection will no longer include Process Analysis 360 as a part of the offering.

Why is this change happening?
Autodesk Process Analysis 360 does not have the integration or scalability required for modern factory planning workflows.

What are the recommended solutions with similar capabilities to Process Analysis 360?
Autodesk is working with ProModel to provide Autodesk customers with a trial version of the ProModel AutoCAD Edition. ProModel has capabilities similar to Process Analysis 360. ProModel also offers other standalone software solutions that may better fulfill your requirements.

Where can I learn more about the ProModel AutoCAD Edition evaluation?
Visit the ProModel website where you can find more information and download a free trial of the ProModel AutoCAD Edition.

What will happen to Process Analysis 360 after March 31, 2023?
Autodesk Product Design & Manufacturing Collection subscribers will no longer have access to Process Analysis 360 after March 31, 2023. Customers will still be able to access existing files, but you will not be able to use the software to modify those files.

More Information

Contact us on 1800 490 514, info@designconsulting.com.au, by live chat or fill out the form below to get more information on how to best manage your design and engineering software.  Our team of experts have saved our clients thousands of dollars by helping them make smart decisions around how to best structure their investment in technology for maximum return on investment.   We’d be happy to audit your existing technology and recommend any changes that you could benefit from.

 

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Autodesk Access Replacing Autodesk Desktop Application (ADA)

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On March 15, 2023, Autodesk Desktop Application (ADA) will be replaced by Autodesk Access. This will provide a firm foundation  for future capabilities, making it simple to manage new Autodesk product updates.

The new Autodesk Access has been built with trust, security and choice in mind, providing many benefits, including:

  • Easy access to updates, new features, and defect fixes, keeping you productive without interfering with your workflows
  • Improved control over your user update experience
  • Enhanced security features while improving performance
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How To Update To Autodesk Access

You will automatically receive Autodesk Access if you currently have the Autodesk Desktop App or if you install a new Autodek product on or after March 15, 2023.

Starting March 15, you can download Autodesk Access here

Important Notice: User Permissions

Please note that when Autodesk Access is installed, by default, users will have access to install updates if they have administrator rights. To prevent users from manually installing updates via the new Autodesk Access, use the following Registry Key. We recommend completing this step before March 15th. For more guidance on how to set this key for your users, please see this support article. See key details below:

  • Create a new key in the HKCU/Software/Autodesk/ODIS folder.
    • Key name: DisableManualUpdateInstall
    • DWORD value: 1

This is Autodesk’s first step in an exciting roadmap to give customers a simple, transparent update experience with full control and easy access to new product features.  Stay tuned for further updates from Design Consulting as Autodesk continue to release new features and improvements.

More Information

Contact us on 1800 490 514, info@designconsulting.com.au, by live chat or fill out the form below to get more information on how to best manage your Autodesk software.  Our team of experts have saved our clients thousands of dollars by helping them make smart decisions around how to best structure their investment in technology for maximum return on investment.   We’d be happy to audit your existing technology and recommend any changes that you could benefit from.

 

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February 2023 Autodesk Update: What’s New

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Discover the latest news and new features from Autodesk, Click the links below for more information.

 AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT

 Architecture, Engineering & Civil Engineering

 Design & Manufacturing

 Media & Entertainment

 Admin resources and more

 More Information

Contact us on 1800 490 514, info@designconsulting.com.au, by live chat or fill out the form below to get more information on how to best manage your Autodesk software.  Our team of experts have saved our clients thousands of dollars by helping them make smart decisions around how to best structure their investment in technology for maximum return on investment.   We’d be happy to audit your existing technology and recommend any changes that you could benefit from.

 

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Modern File Workflow Management Saves Time & Tracks Changes At Defence Contractor Daronmont Technologies

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Modern File Workflow Management Saves Time & Tracks Changes At Defence Contractor Daronmont Technologies

Automating tired design document and file management processes can transform a business in more ways than one. Read on to see how defence contractor Daronmont Technologies engaged with Design Consulting to improve its manufacturing processes.

With rapid growth and an expanding team of designers, Australian defence product engineering firm Daronmont Technologies was looking to further improve process efficiency with automation of design document and file management.

Manual processes and disconnected workflows resulted in a lot of time spent working with CAD files and publishing export file formats for production. And in manufacturing, design delays can have a flow on impact on orders, production, and deliveries.

Adding to the challenge were compliance and security problems. If multiple staff wanted to access the same dataset there was limited security or access control structure, opening the possibility of files being modified without an audit or revision trail.

Ensuring that the published data was created based on the latest CAD design is crucial for Daronmont.

Improved File Handling Was An Immediate Goal

With multiple people working on developing the product design, the team at Daronmont called for a better approach to structure and automate design export assets.

For example, if a team member needed to process more than 100 files, exported in a mix of formats, it was a largely manual process taking upwards of eight hours depending on the complexity of the files.

A more modern, less time-consuming system that leveraged the existing Vault Pro database for file handling was the clear goal. 

John Dineen, Senior Draftsperson and Drawing Manager at Daronmont Technologies, said using Autodesk brings many time, quality and data control benefits; however, revision control of product design documents is a must in a multi-user environment.

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Design Consulting Stepped In With Automation

As an Autodesk customer, Daronmont Technologies has been designing unique products for some time and uses the Vault Pro product data management solution to extend automation throughout the business.

The company worked with the Design Consulting team to implement custom automation tools for data management and job processing alongside Vault Pro.

Design Consulting Managing Director, Damien Jovica, said manufacturers like Daronmont Technologies have a good opportunity to use automation to improve what they already have.

“We integrated our JP-Pro app to automate file management, making file export processing on multi-page documents less manual and time-consuming,” Jovica said.

JP-Pro provides a mix of automated and manual (on demand) publishing options to export a range of file types, including pdf, dxf, step and parasolid.

In addition to JP-Pro, a Visio plug-in for Vault was used to synchronise AutoCAD Electrical schematics and Visio Shape Data to Vault Properties. This eliminated the need to manually enter and map the data in Vault for Visio files, thus saving time and reducing errors.

Automation Workflow Is Essential For Modern Manufacturing

The resulting business outcome for Daronmont Technologies was an immediate improvement in efficiency and a significant decrease in operating costs.

With a modern manufacturing automation workflow, staff are less burdened by manual file handling and this new level of efficiency enables faster product development and more creativity.

“Design Consulting worked with us to ensure their apps worked in a way that helped our entire business,” Dineen said.

Daronmont are also benefiting from improved document control compliance and enhanced security.

“Adding automation to manual workflows has delivered instant results for defence contractor Daronmont Technologies,” Jovica said. “By making use of Autodesk and our add-ons the company has saved time and money and reduced its exposure to errors.”

Daronmont Technologies is now better positioned to innovate faster across its engineering portfolio.

Download the full case study here.

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About the client

      • Daronmont Technologies

      • Adelaide, South Australia

    Autodesk Solutions

    Product Training

      • July 2021

     

    Learn More About Autodesk Vault Data Management Solutions

    Design Consulting are Autodesk Vault and Data Management specialists. From large multi-site environments with 500+ users, to replicated environments to small 1 user solutions, we know which Vault to deploy, the IT infrastructure required, how to configure and understand various industry requirements to provide the right data management solution.  C;lick below to learn more about Autodesk Vault Data Management Solutions or complete the from for a free consultation with one of our data management experts.

    Book Your Free Consultation

    Contact us on 1800 490 514, info@designconsulting.com.au, by live chat or fill out the form below to book in your free consultation with one of our workflow management specialists. We have a team of experts ready to help improve your workflows for maximum return on your technology investment. Discover how Design Consulting can help your organisation solve problems and take advantage of opportunities with seamless integration of the latest technology into your workflows.

     

        • Consulting

        • Programming

        • Systems Integration

        • Training

        • Documentation

      Project Duration

        • 180 days

      Delivery Date

        • July 2021

       

      Learn More About Autodesk Vault Data Management Solutions

      Design Consulting are Autodesk Vault and Data Management specialists. From large multi-site environments with 500+ users, to replicated environments to small 1 user solutions, we know which Vault to deploy, the IT infrastructure required, how to configure and understand various industry requirements to provide the right data management solution.  C;lick below to learn more about Autodesk Vault Data Management Solutions or complete the from for a free consultation with one of our data management experts.

      Book Your Free Consultation

      Contact us on 1800 490 514, info@designconsulting.com.au, by live chat or fill out the form below to book in your free consultation with one of our workflow management specialists. We have a team of experts ready to help improve your workflows for maximum return on your technology investment. Discover how Design Consulting can help your organisation solve problems and take advantage of opportunities with seamless integration of the latest technology into your workflows.

       

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      Learn More About Autodesk Vault Data Management Solutions

      Design Consulting are Autodesk Vault and Data Management specialists. From large multi-site environments with 500+ users, to replicated environments to small 1 user solutions, we know which Vault to deploy, the IT infrastructure required, how to configure and understand various industry requirements to provide the right data management solution.  C;lick below to learn more about Autodesk Vault Data Management Solutions or complete the from for a free consultation with one of our data management experts.

      Book Your Free Consultation

      Contact us on 1800 490 514, info@designconsulting.com.au, by live chat or fill out the form below to book in your free consultation with one of our workflow management specialists. We have a team of experts ready to help improve your workflows for maximum return on your technology investment. Discover how Design Consulting can help your organisation solve problems and take advantage of opportunities with seamless integration of the latest technology into your workflows.

       

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      Create 3D Rooms From 2D CAD With IMAGINiT Utilities For Revit

      IMAGINiT Utilities For Revit

      IMAGINiT Utilities for Revit 2023 comes with a range of exciting new features to help you get more out of your Revit subscription.  One of the new features we love is the new “Rooms from CAD” feature.

      With this new functionality, you can create rooms directly from your 2D CAD file. You simply specify your CAD layer and then there are 2 ways you can go about creating your new rooms. 

      1. Create your rooms surrounded by separation lines

      OR

      2. Create your rooms with walls on the polylines

      You can then also select to tag them all.

      The tool will then alert you if there is more than 1 room that has been created in the same region.  If this happens, you can simply drag the centre point of the overlapping room to the correct location and view your new 3D rooms!  You can also go back and re-create your 3D rooms using a different CAD Layer, for example, wall centrelines rather than room boundaries. You can very quickly generate your 3D model with walls and easily edit those rooms to get the desired final model.

      View the video below for a demonstration of how this all works. 

      What’s New In Utilities For Revit 2023

      The video above also shows a range of other new features from Utilities For Revit 2023, see the outline below to jump straight to your preferred topic:

      3:20 – Google Earth Connector
      9:22 – Dimension Update
      10:13 – Sheet Duplicator
      10:38 – Utility Management
      15:59 – Project Template Reporting
      16:21 – Rooms
      16:31 – Room Objects
      17:07 – Support Utility
      19:35 – Creting Rooms From Walls Or Polylines
      19:54 – Space Copying
      25:16 – Space Copy
      28:35 – Quick Items
      31:11 – Bar Graph
      32:21 – Clarity ROI Calculator
      32:29 – Named Ranges
      33:31 – Project Schedule
      34:08 – Auto Update
      38:50 – Project Report Export
      40:36 – View Templates
      44:48 – Rooms from 2D CAD
      45:10 – Room Boundary Lines
      48:25 – CAD Block Insert

      Subscribe To IMAGINiT Utilities For Revit

      IMAGINiT Utilities For Revit comes with over 50 enhancements to Revit. It is an indispensable time-saver with more than 50 tools to improve your Revit experience by expanding Revit’s capabilities and reducing tedious tasks in Autodesk Revit.

      Fully integrated inside Revit based on client feedback, each utility runs in Revit to improve your user experience.

      For more information on how to subscribe to IMAGINiT Utilities For Revit, contact us  on 1800 490 514, info@designconsulting.com.au, by live chat or fill out the form below.

       

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      Sync Clarity with Egnyte 

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      Egnyte and Clarity

      IMAGINiT Clarity now supports Egnyte, so users of the Egnyte Cloud File Sharing system can now connect their Revit projects to Clarity to automate tasks and analyse metrics.

      Adding your Egnyte Account

      Connecting Egnyte to Clarity is easy and you can add multiple Egnyte accounts to Clarity by going to Clarity’s Settings and clicking ‘Add or Update Credentials’. Clicking this link will open up a new tab where you sign into your Egnyte domain. Once that’s been done, your Egnyte account will show up in Clarity under the Egnyte heading next to Default. 

       

      How Clarity Works with Egnyte

      Clarity connects with Egnyte 3 ways:

      1. Clarity Projects – When you set up a Clarity project, you can point to the Egnyte network path to access your files
      2. Post Action: Egnyte Upload – Let’s say you’ve created a PDF task and want to publish PDF’s from selected rvt files on a schedule or on-demand. Using the post action option, you can upload the PDF to Egnyte is a specified location
      3. Egnyte Sync Task – This tasks either synchronises, uploads or downloads specific files to specific paths in Egnyte. 

      What is IMAGINiT Clarity?

      IMAGINiT Clarity is an Automation, Analytics and Access for Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD-based programs and BIM Projects that connects to the most popular construction management systems and cloud sharing platforms. 

      What is Egnyte?

      It is one trusted platform to secure and govern all your company’s files, no matter where work happens and supports large datasets which is very popular for managing large CAD and Point Cloud files. 

      Want to Learn More?

      Learn more about how IMAGINiT Clarity can save time on your projects or make an enquiry by filling out the form below and we’ll be in touch. 

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      Connect PDM and PLM with Autodesk

      Fusion 360 Manage

      Fusion 360 Manage

      Fusion 360 Manage with Upchain: Cloud PLM and PDM that easily connects your data, people and processes. 

      Fusion 360 Manage with Upchain is a true cloud-based SaaS solution for PDM and PLM. It delivers data and process management capabilities that enable manufacturers to digitally transform product development and collaboration workflows.

      Fusion 360 Manage with Upchain allows you to connect your entire organisation, including your PLM and PDM systems. You can connect across multiple departments and international locations seamlessly, helping you bring your products to market with speed. Using cloud data and process management, you can:

      • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders
      • Maintain one single source of truth with your latest product data

      Why use Fusion 360 Manage With Upchain?

      • Get the full picture of all data from all sources. Integrate your processes and do more with your data.
      • Give everyone access to the data they need. Provide secure access to rich CAD data and solicit feedback from internal and external stakeholders without requiring CAD licenses for reviewers.
      • Collaborate without barriers across multiple teams, suppliers, customers or other partners any time, from any location.

      What can you do with Fusion 360 Manage With Upchain?

      • Enjoy the flexibility to start quickly and scale easily over time.  Scale up and down as needed with modular processes and tailored workflows without having to implement customised coding.
      • Bring all your product data together in one place with an open system.  Create a single source of truth for all your product data including different file types with multi-CAD integrations and an open API.  Pull in upstream and downstream data from a range of systems including ERP or CRM systems.
      • Access your data from anywhere at any time. Access and review designs, view bill of material items, change lifecycle states, manage change orders and more all from a mobile device.

      Fusion 360 Manage With Upchain Options

      There are multiple versions of Fusion 360 With Upchain including:

      ProfessionalFusion 360 Manage with Upchain Enterprise
      For organisations with enterprise level needs. It has all the features of the professional version, plus a sandbox environment, it caters for third-party users, single sign-on and includes expanded cloud storage.

       

       Professional Fusion 360 Manage with Upchain Professional

      The best option for power users and design engineers. Integrate your CAD tools with PDM. Create and manage BOMs, workflows, workspaces, templates and engineering changes.

       

      fusion 360 manage with upchain standard thumb 788x444 1 Moving at the Speed of BusinessFusion 360 Manage with Upchain Standard
      Suitable for both extended engineering and non-engineering teams. Harness the full capabilities of PLM. Define and manage your processes, workflows, engineering changes, workspaces and templates.

      ParticipantFusion 360 Manage with Upchain Participant
      Suitable for management, project stakeholders, data consumers and ticket-raisers. View documents, create and run reports, participate in workflows and view dashboards.

      Not sure which option is best for you? Want more information?

      Complete the enquiry form below or contact us to discuss Fusion 360 Manage with one of our experts.

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      Bluebeam Switches to Subscription – what you need to know

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      Bluebeam Switches to Subscription – what you need to know

      Bluebeam like many other software companies have moved to a Subscription model, however, they still offer a perpetual option for Bluebeam perpetual customers on an active maintenance agreement.

      Check out the FAQ below to learn more.

      FAQ

      What does Bluebeam changing to subscription mean for me?

      Upgrading to subscription allows Bluebeam to better support your work by delivering greater flexibility, peace of mind, and lower total cost of ownership (TCO). This includes the ability to:

      • Easily and securely access your work from anywhere, in the office or in the field, through your Bluebeam ID (BBID).
      • Quickly get stakeholders and teams up to speed with more integrated onboarding options and access to Bluebeam University at no additional cost.
      • Seamlessly manage and administer licenses across your entire organization, reducing administrative overhead.

      Can I transition to subscription and keep using an older version of Revu?

      We recommend transitioning to Revu 21, the latest version, as soon as possible, so you can leverage up-to-date functionality and get the most out of your investment with Bluebeam.

      That said, you can choose to use an older version of Revu — even after you transition to subscription — to minimize disruption on your active projects.

      If you have Revu 20, you’ll continue to receive future updates/patches we may release to address critical bugs, but we won’t be releasing any new product features/functionalities. If you have Revu 2019 or below, please see our EOL FAQ.

      Will you continue to offer a concurrent user subscription, similar to Open license (OL)?

      While we’ll no longer offer a concurrent user model, our new simplified self-serve licensing system allows you to effortlessly switch devices using your Bluebeam ID (BBID).

      If you have Revu 20, you’ll continue to receive future updates/patches we may release to address critical bugs, but we won’t be releasing any new product features/functionalities. If you have Revu 2019 or below, please see our EOL FAQ.

      What’s the renewal schedule for subscriptions?

      Subscriptions are renewed on an annual basis, giving you uninterrupted access to products, services, support, and Maintenance. If you decide to not renew your subscription after one year, you’ll still be able to access your project data (in Studio and Bluebeam Cloud) and have the ability to export it.

      If you decide to not renew your subscription, you won’t be able to continue using Revu 21 and must go back to the previous version you used (Revu 20 or below).

      Please keep in mind that Revu 2019 & below will reach End of Life on March 21, 2023.

      How do Bluebeam subscriptions differ from previous Revu editions?

      Revu will no longer be available via the editions (Standard, CAD, eXtreme) we offered historically. Each subscription plan includes varying levels of functionality for Revu and Studio.

      Basics doesn’t include the ability to create new Studio Projects or Sessions.

      In terms of Revu functionality, is Complete similar to Revu eXtreme?

      Our most comprehensive subscription plan, Complete, gives you full access to the functionality you’re familiar with in Revu eXtreme — plus brand new features to help you extend your work into the field on web and mobile.

      Click here for the full FAQ and visit our Bluebeam page

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      Design Automation Improves Efficiency and Workflows at Melbourne Furniture Manufacturer Jardan

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      Design Automation Improves Efficiency and Workflows at Melbourne Furniture Manufacturer Jardan

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      With local manufacturing booming, Melbourne-based furniture maker Jardan was heavily reliant on manual, file-based workflows. Read on to see how Jardan worked with Design Consulting to transform its operations with and be at the forefront of manufacturing automation.

      With rising sales thanks to its local manufacturing and delivery capability, the team at Jardan was looking to further improve data management efficiency to automate its furniture design and production.

      Challenges with Processes and Compliance

      Jardan has always been a premium furniture manufacturer, however manual processes and disconnected workflows often resulted in duplication of work and wasted production time.

      And in manufacturing, design delays can have a flow on impact on orders, production, and deliveries.

      Adding to Jardan’s challenges was compliance and security. If multiple staff wanted to access the same dataset there was limited security or access control structure opening the possibility of files being modified without an audit or revision trail.

      The company was ready to transform with digital.

      Better Data Management a Clear Goal

      A reliance on file-based workflows called for a better approach to structure and automate Jardan’s design assets.

      Windows Explorer offered little in the way of automation and the team knew they had to do things a different way.

      By adopting a product data management solution Jardan could achieve its goal of a more streamlined manufacturing process and make day-to-day workflow a lot easier.

      Julian Tsakirakis, head of research and development for timber furniture at Jardan, said the plan was to take more advantage of Autodesk products in an automated and consistent way so the team can focus on the furniture designs.

      From Digital Prototyping to Manufacturing Automation

      As an Autodesk customer Jardan has been digital prototyping for some time and uses the Vault Pro product data management solution to extend automation throughout the business.

      The company worked with Autodesk partner Design Consulting to implement its custom automation tools for data management and job processing alongside Vault Pro.

      Design Consulting also deployed JP-Pro for advanced job processing automation and WhereUse Pro app to automate file filtering and batch plotting. This makes image processing on multi-page documents less manual and time-consuming.

      WhereUsed Pro also saves hundreds of hours in change management, batch printing and file publishing when they are sent to machines for furniture manufacturing.

      “With Autodesk and Design Consulting we have saved days’ worth of work so we can focus on designing,” Tsakirakis said.

      This transformation established a new era in operational efficiency at Jardan.

      Faster Production for Business Growth

      With the help of Design Consulting, Jardan is now at the forefront of manufacturing automation and staff are less burdened by manual file handling.

      This new level of efficiency enables faster product development and more creativity. The business also benefits with improved security and compliance.

      “Design Consulting’s apps were tailored to our workflow and delivered instant time saving. The investment was worth it,” Tsakirakis said.

      Adding automation to manual workflows has delivered instant results for Jardan. By making use of Autodesk and partner add-ons the company has saved time and money and reduced its exposure to errors.

      Jardan is now better positioned to innovate in style. Download the full case study here.

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      Please contact us by calling on 1800 490 514, by filling out the form or clicking the live chat in the bottom right-hand corner.

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      What’s new in Autodesk Vault 2022

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      What's New in Autodesk Vault 2022

      The Vault team has worked on bringing a more modern, connected and insightful experience in Vault 2022.

      With a focus on features per persona and roles within the company, enhancing how users are connected to design data and better integration and better access for participants who need access via the desktop or mobile devices.

      Show Details in Dockable Window

      Inside of Inventor, Autodesk has added an Integrated data experience to access and organise all design information in a dockable panel.

      Inside of this panel, the designer can see where a design is used before making changes.

      The designer can assign an Item and derive engineering BOM information within the environment without leaving the application.

      In addition, they can access Change Order information related to the design to understand why change has been triggered & the goal of the change request.

      Released Date and Approver Properties

      Autodesk has added the Latest Approver and Latest Released Date properties which can be exposed in revision tables and title blocks.

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      Model States

      • Check In, Open/ Place operations support model state
      • Assign Item for each model state
      • Manage BOM variants

      Inventor and Revit Interoperability

      The Inventor and Revit interoperability provides the option to check-in and archive Revit files referenced within Inventor assemblies.

      In Inventor, Revit files can be used by selecting them in the Open from Vault and Place from Vault dialogs. This gives the designer the ability to update Inventor models that references Revit models seamlessly.

      Duplicate Reduction

      • Exclude mirror parts
      • Identify the exact match
      • Exclude different materials
      • Advanced metadata search combined with geometric search
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      Administrators

      Based on our Vault Pro customer analytics, more than 70% of the customers enable Active directory integration with Vault user & group management.

      To align with other Autodesk services, you might be leveraging today like Shared Views, Fusion 360, or BIM 360, Vault 2022 supports Autodesk ID Authentication as an additional option along with Vault User and Active Directory support. With multi-authentication support, an administrator can choose the best way for the Vault users to log in and access the data.

      Vault 2022 adds the ability to include profile attributes to user and group profiles similar to user-defined properties on files, folders, and items. These attributes can be user locations, departments, divisions, or any other custom attribute you might want to manage.

      These profile attributes can be mapped to Active Directory properties for quick access and easy management.

      Lastly, administrators can configure friendly display names inside Vault to quickly identify who created or modified objects. The friendly display name can also be mapped to title blocks and other file properties for improved record keeping.

      Additional Audit Logs

      • Track who (user) has accessed What (vault name) and when (date and time)
      • Track how user authenticate and which client did the user used
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      Replication

      Vault 2022 has a new replication technology, so that the Publisher is the only read\write location in the environment. This change improves usability by eliminating the need for object Ownership and improve replication stability and reliability.

      Participants

      The Thin Client has been improved for Participants for a more modern experience.

      • Support desktop as well as tablets
      • Multiple tab browser support
      • New View tab to view 2D/3D designs using the Autodesk Viewer
      • Access Change Order Information
      • Support folder/ project links
      • Multi-select to View & Download
      • Share desktop or web browser links

      The Thin Client user has access to Change Order information, folder\project links, the ability to multi-select files for viewing or downloading.

      Users can also share desktop or web browser links via email.

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      Mobile App

      The Vault mobile app for Vault Professional allows users to use a tablet or mobile device to:

      • View 2D/3D designs
      • Check non-CAD files in and out
      • Review, approve, and sign documents
      • Perform QR, barcode, simple, and
        extended searches
      • Create and participate in change orders,
        and more.

      Design Consulting are the Vault Experts

      Design Consulting has considerable experience in deploying Vault on-premise and in the cloud and have our own advanced Job Processor for Vault.

      If you are looking at deploying Vault for your business, contact us to learn more.

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      If you would learn more about Autodesk software, please contact us by calling on 1800 490 514, by filling out the form or clicking the live chat in the bottom right-hand corner.

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      What’s New In AutoCAD 2022

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      What's New In AutoCAD 2022

      It is time for another innovative release from AutoCAD 2022 and they have really stepped up their game this time providing us with what we desire most in this continuously moving industry.

      AutoCAD 2022 automation boosts productivity and design through the inclusion of connected workflows and seven specialised toolsets proven to increase performance. 

      These new multiplatform features include web and mobile apps which allow for editing on the go with no software install is required. 

      Here we will dive further into the new attributes of AutoCAD 2022.

       

      Autodesk® AutoCAD LT® enables precision and collaboration through best-in-class 2D design . Experience relentless innovation to improve productivity and design work. Share drawings quickly and securely from any device, eliminate manual tasks and personalize your workspace through the power of possibility with AutoCAD.

      Here is a full list of the top new features in AutoCAD 2022

      New Features and Enhancements  

      • Trace
      • Share 
      • Count 
      • Floating Windows 
      • Graphic Performance & Installation Improvements 
      • Push to Autodesk Docs 
      Top Improvements 
      • Customizable installation
      • Enhanced 2D and 3D performance
      • Floating windows 
      • AutoLISP
      • Save in half a second
      • User interface
      • High-resolution monitor support
      • Save, move/copy performance boost
      • Autodesk App store
      AutoCAD Web & Mobile Apps
      • AutoCAD web app
      • AutoCAD mobile app
      • Collaborate with ease
      • Continuous connectivity
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      New Features of AutoCAD 2022

      Trace

      Enhance collaboration through streamlining the review process across desktop, web and mobile devices. This multiplatform feature allows teams to provide feedback without altering existing drawings.
       

      Share

      Securely send copies of drawings to colleagues under different levels of access through view and edit mode efficiently.
       
       
       

      Count 

      Automate counting tasks to save time and reduce errors. Overlapping or exploded blocks will be flagged for review. Easy updates and exportation. 
       
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      Floating Windows

      Pull drawing tabs away and view or edit two drawings simultaneously side by side.
       
       
       
       

      Graphic Performance & Installation Improvements

      Reduce time setting up software with customizable installations you can work through. Experience faster performance. 
       
       
       

      Push to Autodesk Docs

      Improve productivity and reduce steps by publishing CAD drawing sheets as PDFs from AutoCAD to Autodesk docs. Access anywhere. 
       
       
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      Top Improvements for AutoCAD 2022

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      • Enhanced 2D and 3D performance: Pan and zoom faster in real time. automatic regeneration operations and more responsive 3D orbit.
      • Customizable installation: Reduced waiting times 
      • Floating windows
      • AutoLISP
      • Save in half a second
      • User interface
      • High-resolution monitor support
      • Save, move/copy performance boost
      • Autodesk App store
       
       
       
       

      AutoCAD Web & Mobile Apps

      Edit and share drawings anytime, anywhere!

      Enjoy a connected experience from any device and easily take measurements wherever they are.

      Make assessments and changes on the go allowing for real time feedback and collaboration.

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      New 2022 Specialised Toolsets

      AutoCAD 2022 includes seven specialised toolsets with industry-specific workflows, libraries, and automation for architecture, mechanical design, 3D mapping and more.

      Studies showed an average productivity gain of up to 63% for AutoCAD tasks completed with the help of specialised toolsets.

      Key benefits: Intelligent, Automations, Faster, Trusted

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      Electrical Toolset: 95% Overall productivity gain, providing real time error checking and comparisons of requested changes to the current project. comprehensive project reports such as components, wires and bill of materials can be automatically generated. Quickly design panel layouts and schematic diagrams using a library of over 65,000 electrical symbols. 

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      Architecture Toolset: 61% overall productivity gain. Use your 3D model to generate evaluations and sections without the need to project lines from the floor plan, saving time to focus on valuable design decisions. 8,500 intelligent architectural objects and styles with features specifically for architects

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      MEP Toolset: 85% Overall productivity gain – Tasks that could take 100 hours, only take 15 hours with the MEP toolset. Efficiently draft, design, and document building systems with over 10,500 intelligent mechanical, electrical, and plumbing objects.

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      Plant 3D Toolset: Produce P&IDs efficiently and integrate them into 3D plant design models using specialized plant design and engineering features.

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      Raster design Toolset: Convert raster images into DWGTM objects with raster-to-vector tools. Easily edit and clean up raster images while transforming them into vector drawings within a familiar AutoCAD environment.

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      Map 3D Toolset: Improve planning and design by incorporating GIS and CAD data. Manage spatial data with standard data schema, automated business workflows, and report templates.

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      Mechanical Toolset: 55% Overall productivity gain through speeding up product design through automated mechanical engineering tasks. The intelligent layer management system places items on the correct layer, colour, and linetype as the drawing is created. Assists in making complete machine parts along with access to over 700,000 intelligent manufacturing parts, features and symbols.

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      AutoCAD 2022 vs. AutoCAD LT 2022 Comparison table

      • AutoCAD 2022
      • AutoCAD LT 2022
      AutoCAD 2022AutoCAD LT 2022
      Drafting, drawings and documentation
      Working from anywhere with the included AutoCAD web and mobile apps
      3D modeling and visualization
      Customization of your software, including built-in programming capabilities
      Ability to set CAD standards
      Specialised toolsetsSpeed up your work with specialized toolsets for Architecture, Mechanical, Electrical, MEP, Plant 3D, Map 3D, and Raster Design. Each toolset gives you industry-specific capabilities: • Access libraries of 750,000+ symbols, parts, & detail components • Automate the creation of floor plans, sections, elevations, annotations, layers, & properties • Easily create details and views from 3D models, and simply generate schedules, lists, & tables • Create rules-driven workflows to enforce design standardsNo specialised toolsets included
      What you can do• Create and edit 2D geometry • Annotate drawings with traces, text, dimensions, leaders, & tables • Customize the ribbon and tool palettes • Attach and import data from PDF files • Share and use data from DGN files, Navisworks, & Bing Maps • Create and edit 3D models with solids, surfaces, & mesh objects • Customize with add-on apps and APIs • Extract object data to tables • Create renderings with lighting, materials, & visual styles • Apply and monitor CAD standards • Automate counting objects and blocks • Share drawings with colleagues directly from AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT You can: • Create and edit 2D geometry • Annotate drawings with traces, text, dimensions, leaders, & tables • Customize the ribbon and tool palettes • Attach and import data from PDF files • Share and use data from DGN files, Navisworks, & Bing Maps • Automate counting objects and blocks • Share drawings with colleagues directly from AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT• Create and edit 2D geometry • Annotate drawings with traces, text, dimensions, leaders, & tables • Customize the ribbon and tool palettes • Attach and import data from PDF files • Share and use data from DGN files, Navisworks, & Bing Maps • Automate counting objects and blocks • Share drawings with colleagues directly from AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT
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      Factory Design Suite 2016 Beta Videos

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      Take a sneak peak at the Factory Utility enhancements with the upcoming 2016 Release here. Here’s a summary of the enhancements: Asset Properties have added functionality allowing more metadata. Copying and editing of assets is easier in Inventor. You can batch publish block libraries as Factory Assets in AutoCAD. New Update Assets functionality inside Inventor. Better Point Cloud Integration…

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      The Suite just got a whole lot more… As of today all existing and new customers who have Product Design Suite Premium or Ultimate and are on subscription, will now receive Fusion 360 as part of their subscription. Premium customers will get Fusion 360, Ultimate customers get Fusion 360 Ultimate. What additional benefits do Product Design Suite Customers get by…

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      With 3D CAD Giving Users So Many Benefits, Why Is AutoCAD Still As Strong As Ever? It’s been around since ’82 and I still get calls today wanting to buy it no matter what other CAD packages out there can do. Even though Autodesk’s AutoCAD is 2D with limited 3D functionality (compared to 3D Solid Modellers) there are some…

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      Motion Assembly Constraints Made Easy

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      Autodesk Showcase – More Than Just Rendering But Is It Better Than Keyshot?

      Showcase, once a $40k platform, is now an affordable HDRI Visualisation tool, but is it as good as Keyshot? It opens all major CAD formats, has Kiosk features via the web or ipad, updating scene’s if the model changes without loss of work, photo-realistic rendering and animation capabilities. Keyshot has been an great choice for users of 3D CAD packages…

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      Alias Design: Class A Surfacing for the Mainstream

      When People Buy Your Products Because They Look Better. A Class A Surface can be defined as one without physical imperfection. In the Automotive world, Class A Surfaces are mandatory as any reflection while highlight any imperfections, and have been used for Automotive surfaces for years, but what about consumer products, why doesn’t this market segment demand Class A…

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