4.06.2018

What's New in AutoCAD 2019

What's New in AutoCAD 2019

The following is an overview of the changes made to the AutoCAD 2019 release, including the AutoCAD 2018 Update, AutoCAD 2018, and AutoCAD 2017 Update releases.
AutoCAD 2019
The following is a summary of the primary improvements to the AutoCAD 2019 release.
Shared Views
You can Share designs with clients and colleagues within or outside your organization without releasing your drawing files. This feature replaces Share Design View.
The Shared Views feature extracts design data from your current drawing, stores it in the cloud, and generates a link that you can share with colleagues and clients. The Shared Views palette displays a list of all your shared views, where you can access comments, delete views, or extend them beyond their 30-day lifespan.
When your colleagues or clients receive the link from you, they can use Autodesk Viewer, which operates from their web browser, to view, review, comment, and mark up views from any web-enabled PC, tablet, or mobile device.
Primary commands: SHAREDVIEWS, SHAREVIEW
Save To AutoCAD Web & Mobile
Save To AutoCAD Web & Mobile



You can now open and save drawings online with Autodesk Web & Mobile from any remote location in the world with internet access, and on any device--desktop, web, or mobile. Access your online drawing files with the new commands, Save to Web & Mobile and Open from Web & Mobile.

After you install the app when prompted in AutoCAD, your drawings become accessible for viewing and editing from any of your internet-connected devices, such as a tablet when you're in the field or using a desktop computer in a remote location. Subscribing to AutoCAD provides you with editing capabilities from web and mobile devices.
This feature is available only on 64-bit systems.
Primary commands: OPENFROMWEBMOBILE, SAVETOWEBMOBILE
DWG Compare
With the DWG Compare feature, you can highlight the differences in model space between two revisions of the same drawing or different drawings. Using colors, you can differentiate between the objects that are unique to each drawing and the objects that are in common. You can exclude objects from being compared by turning off their layers.
Primary commands: COMPARE, COMPAREINFO
Cyber Security
Potential security exploits are continuously being researched, identified, and closed. For AutoCAD 2019-based products, a new system variable, SECUREREMOTEACCESS, is introduced, which can be set to restrict access to files from internet or remote server locations.
Due to persistent and accelerating cyber security threats, the AutoCAD Security feature team continues to strongly recommend that you install all AutoCAD-based product updates as they become available.
Performance Initiative
For this release, Autodesk invested the software engineering resources equivalent to a new AutoCAD feature dedicated to improving software performance. Additional work continues to improve 2D and 3D graphics performance. Performance gains vary significantly depending on your system resources and the size and content of the drawing.
For example, here are some typical results in one of our test drawings that included a number of attached images. The time required for commands that changed the color, layer, or linetype properties in the drawing was reduced from around 4 seconds to around 0.6 seconds, QSAVE in that same drawing was reduced from 1.4 seconds to around 0.5 seconds, and a REGEN was reduced from about 0.7 seconds to 0.1 seconds. While performance varies in each situation, it's more crisp overall. Additional investment in fixing customer-reported defects also contributed to increasing product quality.
Have You Tried . . .
The Help home page includes a heading called Have You Tried. If you click the link under it, you'll see that the topic is organized into two sections:
·        The first section provides an introduction to a useful product feature that you might not have tried yet. Included are short exercises that will get you started quickly with things you can use for immediate productivity.
·     The second section, Updated Help Topics, lists the Help topics that we've recently updated or revised directly in response to your comments in Help and on the AutoCAD discussion forum.
You can also access the Have You Tried topic by clicking here: Have You Tried .
Source: Autodesk Help

3.27.2018

AutoCAD Do's and Dont's

autocad dos and donts
Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash



AutoCAD Don’t
  • Never explode a dimension. When you think it’s necessary to explode one, don’t.
  • Never explode a hatch.
  • Do not place the Titleblock or border in Model Space.
  • Do not scale the Titleblock or border, larger or smaller, than 1:1
  • Do not scale or rotate reference files. The only exception to this is when you are dealing with a consultant who uses a different scale of units or a different origin. For example, Architectural units and Civil units are different by a factor of 12.
  • Do not “plot to fit” when plotting a drawing. Force the drawing to an accurate scale. Plot 1:1 or 2:1. Contractors and clients will most likely take scale measurements off your drawing. If the scale is off even a small amount it could be very costly, or dangerous.
  • Do not draw on layer “0”. (LAYER 0 is default layer when you open a blank drawing)
  • If you do, move it to the appropriate layer after it’s complete.
  • Do not draw on the “defpoints” layer. This layer is for AutoCAD to use for dimension information.(as for indicative purposes only)
  • Do not use cracked copies of AutoCAD Products. More info about cracked copies software products

AutoCAD Do’s
  • Always check over a drawing before you plot it. And assign it to proper plotystyles.
  • Always save a drawing before you print. Most often a drawing crashes right around the time you finish it and go to plot it out.
  • Whenever possible, use a reference when you have the same information that is shown in more than one drawing.
  • Limit the number of reference files you create. Don't use a reference file when a layer will do!
  • Zoom Extents before closing a drawing.
  • Set "SAVETIME" to 10 minutes, 15 minutes max.
  • Change the default temporary save location to something like C:\TEMP or you could even
    create a C:\AutoSave folder so you can find the files easier. The default location is buried in your windows user configuration folders.
  • When drawing dimensions, avoid dog legs (more than three lines in a leader), crossovers, and draw the leaders at a consistent angle whenever possible.
  • Make sure the leader actually touches the object it is calling out. Use your object snaps.
  • Lock your Model space viewports and assign to appropriate layer.
  • Practice purging the drawing whenever possible (especially bloated file). 
  • Populated with .bak files, Create a folder in your local C-drive, then in command "movebak" and copy your local folder to the command prompt and press enter. 
  • Practice using CAD standard in your drawings to enforce consistency and particularly useful in collaborative environments

2.27.2018

FREE Alison Courses To Level Up Your Current AEC Knowledge

Top FREE Alison Courses to Level Up your Current AEC Knowledge

Alison was founded in Galway in 2007 and has grown organically to become a major force in online education. Today, with more than 11 million learners in 195 countries, Alison is changing how the world learns.

Alison is free of charge to you. But it’s still a business – albeit a socially-focused one. They're are a social enterprise. They make money through advertising, merchandise and the sale of Certificates and Diplomas, should a graduate choose to buy one.

Alison’s vision is to be the world’s leading provider of free high quality knowledge and workplace skills training.


construction-drone
Image credit: lindleylaw office


Learn how drones can be used to make sophisticated maps and the technology that is used to do it by studying the course Mapping Techniques Using Drones.
The course begins by describing how drones are used to create accurate maps using GPS functionality. You will learn about different types of maps that can be created using a drone and what is involved in planning out a flight for creating a map. The course describes the common aerial views used in mapping and how to achieve good image quality.
sketchup


Google SketchUp is a free online 3D modelling program designed for architects, civil and mechanical engineers, as well as graphic artists involved in filmmaking and game developing. It is an ideal introduction for both professionals and students who want to learn more about this software program or 3D modelling.

Alison’s course will teach you the fundamentals of Google SketchUp. In this SketchUp training course, you will be introduced to the navigation tools so you can orbit, pan and zoom around your model, then create a simple house with a few drawing and modification tools.

3d printing with windows 10


The course 3D Printing with Windows 10 introduces you to the world of 3D printing and how it has developed to become an accessible tool for different users and developers. This course will teach you about 3D printing through the use of videos to help you gain a clearer insight into the practical side of how 3D printing works.

The course begins by explaining the tools in Windows 10 that help the developer of 3D printing and how the 3MF consortium has helped to improve file formats that will be used in 3D printing. You will be informed on 3D print bureaus and their abilities as well as the variety of materials that can be used in 3D printing. You will learn about 3MF design considerations and also what the future holds for 3D design

project management



Project management skills and expertise are in great demand internationally, and you can improve your project management skills and techniques, and enhance your career prospects by studying Alison's Diploma in Project Management course.

This course offers a comprehensive review of project management and the factors that need to be considered when planning a project. The course begins by explaining the various phases of the system development life cycle, including analysis, planning, design and evaluation.
The course then describes project management methodology in detail, and you will learn about project.

electrical studies



Skilled electricians and engineers work behind the scenes to ensure that electricity lights up our streets and buildings, and enables us to use and enjoy the many electronic devices that make our lives more comfortable. In order to do this, they need to have a thorough understanding of the basic concepts and practices of the electrical trade that enables them to install and maintain functional electrical systems.

The course Diploma in Electrical Studies teaches you about key aspects of the electrical trade. The course begins by teaching you about electrical safety, electrical circuits, and electrical theory. The next section of the course focuses on what constitutes an electrical wiring system. This section explains the installation procedures.

My review:

Cons: Some interface don't have the Q&A portion where you can interact the instructor. Can't bookmark the topic where you left off. Since its free course, you will always see adverts before you start the course.

Pros: Self paced learning. You can refer friends and get rewarded your FREE Pdf certificate.


alison