Basic Autodesk Subscription Software Tips and Reminders

Autodesk is moving its software from a perpetual license to a subscription based license.  With this change are a couple of items a Contract Coordinator or Software Coordinator needs to be aware of when installing the software.

A user must be assigned for the software you wish to install on their computer.  This is done with a company email address usually.  Once you have set up a user, you can then assign them the software they will need.  With AEC Collections, you can assign certain software or the whole collection.  The user will get a confirmation email stating they have been assigned access to the software.

Make sure your computer is up to date with the Operating System you are using.  This includes video cards and devices.

Clean out your Temp folder regularly.  I recommend doing this prior to installing any software.  If you are not sure how to do this, here is a link to an article to help: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/search-result/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/How-to-delete-temporary-files-in-Windows.html Continue reading “Basic Autodesk Subscription Software Tips and Reminders”

New Downloadable Content: Revit 2018.1 and 2018.2

As Autodesk moves forward, users won’t be seeing simple fixes as updates are released. Rather, Autodesk is incorporating new features and content, treating each update as a new product release.

However, when new content to support the updates is available, they are not incorporated within the update itself. Fortunately the content is available online. Here are two of the content updates released this year.

In Revit 2018.1, Autodesk incorporated new ready to use content, including cubicle families, parametric windows, and numerous others. See here for additional information and download:

https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/revit-products/downloads/caas/downloads/content/autodesk-revit-20181-content.html

Revit 2018.2 also added new content, including a system family library with walls, floors, ceiling, roofs, stairs and railings, also precast content and more. See here for additional information and download:

https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/revit-products/downloads/caas/downloads/content/autodesk-revit-20182-content.html

Keep an eye out with each update as they may add some useful content that you don’t want to miss.

How To: Work with Linked Files with Collaboration for Revit

First things first, you cannot yet work with any other file type except RVT files. So you cannot yet link in IFC files, DWG files or any other file type using Collaboration for Revit (C4R).

Now that that’s out of the way, how do you work with an architectural model with a linked structural model, for instance?

There are two scenarios I’ll work through here:

1: The Host model have not yet been added to BIM360 through C4R.

2: The Host model has been added to BIM360 through C4R.

Scenerio 1: The Host model has not yet been added to BIM360 through C4R

You’re going to need to add both files, so open the Host file (the file you’ll be linking the other file into) and send it up.

Open the model you’ll be linking in, and send it up.

Open the Host file from BIM360, and link in the 2nd file from the External References >BIM360\*PROJECTNAME*\ path.

Collaborate > Synchronize > Synchronize with Central.

Collaborate >Manage Cloud Models and Upload a new version of the Host file.

Done:

Scenario 2: The Host model has been added to BIM360 through C4R

In this case, you’ll upload the model you’d like to link to the BIM360 project through C4R.

Open the Host model from the BIM360 project. Open the Host file from BIM360, and link in the 2nd file from the External References >BIM360\*PROJECTNAME*\ path.

Collaborate > Synchronize > Synchronize with Central.

Collaborate >Manage Cloud Models and Upload a new version of the Host file.

Done.

This video will help:

Switch to Subscription: Network to Single User

It’s not enough that you’re changing the whole licensing model, you’re going to change the license type as well?!?

Okay, we’ll here’s your guide.

If you haven’t read our post outlining the general guidelines, the baseline of what you’ll need to know, and what you’ll need to do:

Switch to Subscription: General Guidelines

After that, you’ll hopefully have a little better understanding of what’s going on. If you’re here, you have (or had) Maintenance Network products, and are switching to Subscription Single-User products.

It’s extremely important that you get familiar with Autodesk Account. It’s where you’re going to manage your licenses.

If you didn’t get there reading through the General Guidelines, start here:

Setting Up an Autodesk Account (Contract Manager/Software Coordinator)

Once you’ve added users and given those users permission to use your licenses, you’re ready to install your subscription software.

If you’re moving product to product, say – AutoCAD to AutoCAD, and the software you currently have running is version 2017 and/or newer, you’re in luck. All you’ll need to do is switch the license type to Sign-In, and you’ll be asked to sign-into the Autodesk Account. If the user account you’re signing in with has been granted access to the product you’re signing into, you’ll be granted access.

For instructions on switching your license type:

Changing Autodesk License Types

If you’re moving from a Suite to a Collection or downgrading to a product, for instance, going from a Suite to just Revit, you’re going to have to uninstall everything you’ve got… a complete re-install is needed here. For more information, check out this post:

Switch to Subscription: Suite to Collection

Switch to Subscription: Stand-Alone to Multi-User

It’s not enough that you’re changing the whole licensing model, you’re going to change the license type as well?!?

Okay, we’ll here’s your guide.

If you haven’t read our post outlining the general guidelines, the baseline of what you’ll need to know, and what you’ll need to do:

Switch to Subscription: General Guidelines

After that, you’ll hopefully have a little better understanding of what’s going on. If you’re here, you have (or had) Maintenance Stand-Alone products, and are switching to Subscription Multi-User products.

First things first, you’re going to need to identify a license server. This doesn’t actually have to be a server, it just needs to be a network connected device that meets the following criteria:

LMTools System Requirements

Once you’ve identified the device, you’ll want to get LMTools installed and configured:

Installing and Configuring the Autodesk Network License Manager (FlexLM)

You’ll need a license file too. This is where the Autodesk Account information will come in handy. If you missed it in the General Guidelines post, you’ll want to get your Autodesk Account set up. That’s where you can request and obtain the license file for LMTools. Here’s how:

How to Obtain an Autodesk Network License File

Once you have the network license manager set up and serving licenses, you’ll be ready to switch your products.

If you’re moving product to product, say – AutoCAD to AutoCAD, and the software you currently have running is version 2017 and/or newer, you’re in luck. All you’ll need to do is switch the license type to Use a Network License, and you’ll be asked for the License Server type and name(s). If you aren’t familiar, here are the network license models available:

Choosing A License Server Model – Autodesk

For instructions on switching your license type:

Changing Autodesk License Types

If you’re moving from a Suite to a Collection or downgrading to a product, for instance, going from a Suite to just Revit, you’re going to have to uninstall everything you’ve got… a complete re-install is needed here. For more information, check out this post:

Switch to Subscription: Suite to Collection

Switch to Subscription: Product to Product

If you have a seat of AutoCAD, or a seat of Civil 3D or Revit, and are switching to subscription, your path is the easiest!

To switch products you currently have installed, follow the steps here:

Changing Autodesk License Types

To install your new subscription software, follow the steps here:

1: Download:

Downloading Autodesk Software

2: Install:

Installation on a Single Computer

3: Activate (either Single or Multi User)

Activating A Subscription License (Single User)

Activating a Network License (Multi-User)

Switch to Subscription: Changing License Types

With a Maintenance plan, you had two license types:

  • Stand-Alone
  • Network

With a Subscription plan, you have two license types:

  • Single-User
  • Multi-User

A Single-User license is the equivalent to a Stand-Alone license.

A Multi-User license is the equivalent to a Network License.

Single-User:

Before, you would use a serial number and product key to activate a product on a workstation. With Single-User licenses, you may still need a serial number and product key, but you’ll also need access to that serial number and product key – granted by the Autodesk Account. When a company purchases subscription software, a Contract Manager is assigned. The Contract Manager will set up the Autodesk Account, and add users via email address. Once the users have been added to the account, they’ll get emails asking them to log-in, activating their Autodesk Accounts. The Contract Manager can then allow those users access to the Subscription software seats.

Multi-User:

Not a lot changes here. You’re still using LMTools and a license file to license the software. While you don’t have to sign-in to Autodesk Account to access Multi-User software, the benefits, like cloud rendering and various analysis tools will require permission. So even though it isn’t needed to launch Revit, it’s a good idea to add users and configure the Autodesk Account so that those users can take advantage of the Subscription benefits.

There are two things happening in this scenario, you’re switching license models (Maintenance to Subscription) and switching license types as well.

So, if you’re switching to Subscription and moving to Multi-User licenses, this post is for you:

If you’re switching to Subscription and moving to Single-User licenses, this post is for you: