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Shared Views – A New Feature in AutoCAD 2019

There are several new features for AutoCAD 2019. This is an introduction on one of those new features, Shared Views. The Shared View gives people on a project access to project drawings with out having to go through the process of eTransmitting the .dwg’s or sending .pdf’s with the latest version. With the move to subscriptions and user controlled access, AutoCAD has included this new feature based on your Autodesk user account. It is also available with AutoCAD LT subscriptions and AutoCAD vertical products. There is a 10 minute video without audio that gives a tour for using Shared Views.

Let’s get started:
1. Open up a drawing in AutoCAD, go up to the ribbon and click on the “Collaborate” tab in the ribbon. The Collaborate Contextual Tab opens.
2. Move your tool tip/curser over to the “Shared Views: button to to open the Shared Views palette. The palette opens up on the left side of your drawing area.
3. With the Shared Views palette open, you can either open an existing Shared View or create a new Shared View. In the video, the New Shared View button is selected. The Share View dialogue box opens. At this point you can name your Shared View and choose the options. When finished, click on the Share button.
4. The Share View processing notification opens. It is notifying that it will process in the background. Click on Proceed. There is an icon in the Status Bar to show that it is processing. This can take several minutes based on the size of the file. You will get a notification balloon with a link to the location of your Shared View. You can click on it or click on the link in your email to access it.
5. Once the link has been clicked on, The Autodesk Viewer opens up in you internet browser and begins loading the model. This can take several minutes due to file size and internet.
6. In the Autodesk Viewer, a user has a lot of tools available. For Instance: turning layers and Xref’s on or off, orbiting, panning, zooming, measuring, section views, explode views and marking up the model for additional updates and modifications.
7. Additional tools a user can apply are comments, print, screenshot or share links to additional collaborators and/or stakeholders for the project.
8. When finished, save the markups and comments and go ahead and exit the browser.
9. The Shared Views Palette can be accessed anytime in AutoCAD. A user can can come back to the shared view drawing by selecting the view in the palette. They can be sorted by date, title and expiration date. The expiration date can be extended. The Shared View can also be deleted.

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Help Improve Revit with the Revit Ideas Board

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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



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

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

To find the appropriate 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:


That happens to be Autodesk Vault Professional 2019. In that folder, there is an 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.

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New Downloadable Content: Revit 2018.1 and 2018.2

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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:

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:

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