Help Improve Revit with the Revit Ideas Board

With the 2018 and 2019 releases of Revit, Autodesk has finally begun adding features that users have long requested. They have also added major improvements that help users overall, even though they weren’t a request. While it seems this is a hit and miss scenario, there really are two approaches.

Autodesk’s current approach is to include features and enhancements that they find useful. They have also opened up the API for editing using Dynamo. There are also a good number of add-ins, free and paid, to handle some very common features that Revit still does not include.

There is, however, a way for users to band together to have their suggestions heard which is the Revit Ideas Board. This is a central place for users to submit ideas and get other users to vote on ideas for approval. Just under the most voted section are two ideas that were actually implemented in 2019:

With a six month window to gather enough support, a lot of ideas die quickly. Here are some tips to get the most traction:

  1. Post one idea at a time rather than multiple ideas. This ensures that a specific idea gets voted and approved rather than 5 ideas getting passed over.
  2. Be specific. Don’t just say “make this like AutoCAD” when some users may not be aware of that AutoCAD feature. Provide detailed info, screenshots, and backup documentation, anything to get the idea across the first time
  3. Share with other users, user groups etc. and put a reminder to visit the site at least weekly to look at new ideas. The more users actively reviewing and voting the better chance your ideas will be heard

 

 

Stay Updated with Autodesk Health Dashboard

When working with Autodesk Cloud services, it’s uncertain when any one of these services might stop working for  period of time. Whether it’s C4R, BIM 360 Design, Autodesk Drive or others, you need to be in-the-know when users run into a connection issue.

Fortunately Autodesk has provided the Health Dashboard to stay informed on service outages:

Additionally, any user with an Autodesk account can sign in and subscribe to e-mails to get immediate notifications on these outages. The services a user can subscribe to vary based on the access they’ve been given

Don’t be in the dark when Autodesk Cloud services are down. Get immediate notifications to help minimize lost productivity.

Civil 3D 2019 – Backward Compatibility

Civil 3D 2019 is backward compatible with Civil 3D 2018!

This functionality is limited to objects shared between the two versions… and anything that is “enhanced” in 2019 won’t go back… but, you can see these objects in 2018, and when you open the file back up in 2019, everything is back and working.

 

Change an Autodesk Product from Network to Stand-Alone or Stand-Alone to Network

To change a product which has already been installed from network to stand-alone, or stand-alone to network – you’ll modify the LGS.data file with Notepad. Ensure the product you wish to modify is closed.

To find the appropriate LGS.data file for your application, you’ll start with C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\CLM\LGS\

From there, you’ll be looking for the product version first, and then the key.

The folder names are structured so that the product key comes first, and underscore, and then the version. It will look like this:

569K1_2019.0.0.F

That happens to be Autodesk Vault Professional 2019. In that folder, there is an LGS.data file. Select it, right-click on it, and pick Open With…

Select Notepad from the list of options.

Change the file. If it’s a network currently, you’ll see _NETWORK. You want that to be stand-alone? Change it to _STANDALONE

If it already says _STANDALONE and you want it to be a network license, you’ll change it _NETWORK

Save the file.

Launch the product. It should now take you through the process (network or stand-alone) for obtaining a license for your product.

What is Autodesk BIM 360 Design?

Autodesk has announced the introduction of BIM 360 Design. So, what exactly is this and what does it mean?

To start, a little history… The BIM 360 platform is not new, and it’s forever changing. Autodesk is positioning BIM 360 as the one place for cloud collaboration. For Revit users, cloud collaboration meant Collaboration for Revit. That was the tie-in to Autodesk’s BIM 360 Team, where project files for Collaboration for Revit resided. You created a “Hub” which was where all of your projects would be created and managed. When you bought a new seat of Collaboration for Revit, you would have gotten a prompt to set up this hub when you signed into your Autodesk Account. From there you’d set up projects and assign users and their access.

That process went something link this:

  • Buy Collaboration for Revit
  • Give end-users access to Collaboration for Revit through Autodesk Account
  • Create and name the Hub.
  • Create a Project
    • Create Project Members and assign their Access Level

Each seat of Collaboration for Revit came with a BIM 360 Team entitlement, as Team was the necessary component for Collaboration for Revit.

Today, you’ll buy a seat of BIM 360 Design. If you owned Collaboration for Revit, it’s now BIM 360 Design. Set-up is a little different. Where Collaboration for Revit needed BIM 360 Team, BIM 360 Design needs BIM 360 Docs.

(It will be interesting to count up the number of BIM acronyms that are in this post.)

So, you’ll need to sign-into BIM 360 Docs to create and manage projects.

From here, you’ll create a company (yours) and then you can create projects under that company. You’ll have the ability to create as many companies as you’d like, and when someone from outside of your organization shares a project or file with you, you can categorize it under any company in your Docs account. Nice and tidy.

Lots of other features too for user permissions, and a plethora of features and tasks you can perform with Docs. Make no mistake, moving away from Team and moving to Docs is an upgrade.

To wrap up… BIM 360 Design IS Collaboration for Revit. It’s important to mention that when you install Revit 2019, it will have BIM 360 Design already in it. When you installed Revit 2018, it already had Collaboration for Revit in it, too. If you choose to install Revit 2018.3, you’ll have access to both Collaboration for Revit projects and access to BIM 360 Design.

The BIM 360 button is still there, but now, you’ll see two options.

BIM 360 Document Management – which is BIM 360 Design Projects

BIM 360 Team – which is Collaboration for Revit Projects

You can access both in Revit 2018.3, but in Revit 2019, you’ll only have access to BIM 360 Design Projects.

As you can see, instead of the options, I’m taken directly to my Project home, or my company page.

We’ll have more info soon, and more introductions into Docs and it’s functionality, so stay tuned!