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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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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.

 


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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!


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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:


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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:

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


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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:

AutoCAD

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:

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