Autodesk 2017 Release Information

Many people are now aware that Autodesk has released the 2017 version of its various software packages.  There are many great blog posts about the enhancements in the packages and I really like some of those enhancements.  Before discussing any of those 2017 enhancements, I thought I would post some links to official Autodesk pages for you to peruse.

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Autodesk Bundles More Software

With the new Autodesk 2012 releases being announced this week, Autodesk also announced some new suites of software.  These are bundles of multiple software packages that Autodesk offers and is meant to give you a significantly better value than buying each of the packages separately.  With each of the new suites, Autodesk has 3 different levels of packages available (Standard, Premium, and Ultimate) which get progressively more expensive.  As the AEC industry moves more into Building Information Modeling, utilization of multiple software packages becomes more integrated into organizations and makes purchasing suites more attractive.

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Creating a Default 3D View with Autodesk’s ViewCube

It seems that navigating the 3D world of a design software file can sometimes become a pain and it is easy to end up in a strange viewing angle causing you to just want to get back to a default view that you like.  Most of the Autodesk products now utilize a tool that allows you to create a default viewing angle and save that view so that you can get back to it with one click of the mouse.  That tool is part of the ViewCube.

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Navisworks Product Differences

As Autodesk® Navisworks® becomes more common in the AEC community; I thought I would touch base on the basics of the differences of the various Navisworks® products.  If you are venturing into the world of Navisworks®, hopefully this will help get you started.

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Autodesk Navisworks Service Pack Available

On September 14th, 2010, Autodesk released Service Pack 1 for their Autodesk Navisworks 2011 products.  The service pack applies to Navisworks Freedom 2011, Navisworks Manage 2011, and Navisworks Simulate 2011.  When running the service pack, any and all of the 3 Navisworks packages installed on the computer will be updated.

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Navisworks Exporter for BIM Models

Autodesk has released a utility that will benefit users that need to create a file to be used with the Autodesk’s Navisworks 2010 program.  This is excellent news as users no longer must have a licensed copy of Navisworks Manage installed on their computer to create this file.  This has real benefits to companies needing to create the exchange file.

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