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Thursday, August 21, 2014

To Auto Route or Not... I Share With CAD Notes.

Hello!

This week I made good on a promise to share one of my CAD tips with a good friend online.  Edwin Prakoso runs the CAD Notes web site filled with a treasure trove of CAD tips for all kinds of users.  Edwin had invited me to write an article for him months ago, and I have been so buried in work that I just finally got around to it.  (Sorry Edwin!)

Anyway, here is a link to the Article, called Using Constraints & Work Features in Inventor® Tube & Pipe. 

Enjoy!


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Returning Soon

Hey out there. I've been away from the keyboard for a while. Actual work got in the way, followed by a fantastic family vacation through northern Michigan. I've lived here almost my entire life, and never spent any time in the Upper Peninsula! What a shame! If you ever get a chance, Michigan really is a beautiful state. Tomorrow I will append this post with a sampling of some of the pictures I took.

EDIT:  Added some pictures.

Lake Superior form Hotel Balcony, Munising MI

Grand Island, MI


Indian Head Rock, Pictured Rocks, Munising MI

Waterfall near Munising, MI

Pictured Rocks, Munising MI

Pictured Rocks, Munising MI

Tahquamenon Falls, MI

Tahquamenon Falls, MI

The vacation culminated with a family reunion of my mother's family. It was nice to see my remaining aunts and uncles, though it felt weird without Mom there. A lot of cousins showed up with their kids and grandkids, so we had a great time.

Tomorrow.... Back to the grind, and I promise soon to have a new cad tip of some sort. I also owe a good friend a few pages soon. So until then....

Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

AU 2014 - What?!

Well, this is becoming something of a whirlwind.

First, I get talked into submitting a proposal for a class at Autodesk ® University in Las Vegas this year, something I never thought I would do, as I am generally terrified of speaking in front of people.  Hiding back here behind these blog pages is more my speed.  But I thought... what's the worst that can happen, right?

So, then that class gets accepted, and now I'm heading off to Las Vegas in December for my fifth AU, and first as a speaker.  I'm getting used to the thought, and have gotten a fairly good start on making outlines for my class.  Then it just gets weird.

Last week I get an email from someone at Autodesk ®, telling me that I have been invited to present my class at Autodesk ® University.... in Moscow.  MOSCOW!  RUSSIA!  I've never been out of the western hemisphere!  But I can't really turn down a chance like this can I?  So... I bring it up to the boss here at work, and he's pretty excited at the invitation.  He goes to the big boss, the owner of the company, and... I'm goin' to Moscow!

That's right.  Yours truly will be attending Autodesk ® University Russia in October this year.  I'm pretty excited about going, and slight nervous as well.  So, if any of my readers happen to be from Russia, come on out the AU and introduce yourselves.  I warn you though, I don't speak any Russian other than a few words I have been trying to pick up just in case the trip got approved.

Wish me luck and...
Наслаждайтесь!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

DWF creation on Vault check in, how to set your preferences.

I saw this post last week linked on Twitter.  Kudos to David Gates at Cadline Community.  This went right along with a problem I was experiencing with Vault® 2015, that I had not seen in Vault 2013.

In Vault 2013 I set my visualization file preferences so that my drawing visualizations would be created 11" x 17" (ANSI "B" size), plotted to extents from paper space layouts from AutoCad® and full sheets from Inventor® drawing sets, black and white... no colors.  I have Vault set up to create my visualizations on check in, with no Job Processor in the mix.  When I upgraded to Vault 2015 I checked my settings, and they had migrated perfectly... as expected.

Vault Visualization Settings - 2015

My Inventor visualizations continued to be created as they had been, but suddenly my AutoCad visualizations were giving me full color, model space.  So what had changed?
I logged a case with Tech Support at Autodesk®, and described the problem.  The tech who took the case was trying to talk me through some changes in the DWG TrueView® drawing called TrueViewSetup.dwg.  He was walking me through changes in the publish command, the export command... none of it was making any difference.

Then I saw the Cadline post on Twitter, and had a bit of an epiphany.  The steps outlined in this post, applied to this TrueViewSetup.dwg might just make the difference.  The problem was, there are 5 of them spread throughout the installation of Product Design Suite.  Which one do I edit?

I settled on one in this path (may be slightly different on your systems): C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Vault Professional 2015\Explorer  But, when I edited the page view setup in this drawing using DWG True View, as outlined in the Cadline post, I found I could not save the file.  Well, I had been told to make these changes using DWG True View.  Obviously this was not going to work.  So I opened the file using regular Autocad, edited the page view setup, and saved the file.  Voila, since that my Vault visualizations have (so far) been working exactly as expected.  So simple, but I had to combine ideas from tech support and a blog post to make it all come together.  Thanks again to David Gates at Cadline for pointing me in the right direction.

Enjoy!

“Autodesk ® screen shots reprinted with the permission of Autodesk, Inc.  Autodesk ® , AutoCAD ® , DWG, the DWG logo, Vault ®, Autocad Electrical ® and Inventor ® are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and other countries.”  Programs and programmers' information used with permission.  Thanks guys!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Autodesk® Vault Professional 2015 - Microsoft® SharePoint® 2013 - Can they get along?

Hello again!

In an earlier post I mentioned that I had been working on the Vault - SharePoint integration.  This was a lot of fun, with a few unforeseen bumps, and a few added grey hairs to an already grey head.  I told a lot of my online friends that I would write about this when I was finished, and I've kept that promise.  However, I will not write about it here.  I was approached by the rock stars at Design & Motion, and asked if I would guest write the article for their website.  No one has ever asked me to write something for them... well, not since I was in school.  So, I agreed and got busy writing.  The article took on a life of it's own and turned into 4 articles.  I'm proud and happy to say that these are now up on the Design & Motion website, with yours truly as the author.  Special thanks to Mr. Scott Moyse for his help and patience.

As with everything I write, I offer my opinions and experiences.  I don't claim to have all the right answers, or the only answers.  Someone else doing the same implementation might run into entirely different issues, and come up with different solutions.  This article... is my Journey into The Unknown....

http://designandmotion.net/autodesk/vault/a-journey-into-the-unknown-autodesk-vault-professional-2015-microsoft-sharepoint-2013/

Enjoy!

“Autodesk ® screen shots reprinted with the permission of Autodesk, Inc.  Autodesk ® , AutoCAD ® , DWG, the DWG logo, Vault ®, Autocad Electrical ® and Inventor ® are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and other countries.”  Programs and programmers' information used with permission.  Thanks guys!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

AU 2014

Well, it looks like it's official as long as all of the logistics work out.  My AU2014 class proposal on Inventor Tube & Pipe got accepted.  Now I just have to write it up and find the courage to speak in front of a room full of people... and convince them that I know what I'm talking about!  :D

I hope to include some of the tips I've written about on this blog, as well as some of the basics of getting started.  I hope to see some of my readers there, but please be gentle!


Friday, June 6, 2014

Vault 2015 Visualization Previews

Hello again!  I've spent the last month playing with Autodesk ® Vault Professional 2015 in a test environment, trying to figure out the integration with Microsoft ® SharePoint 2013.  Finally loaded Vault 2015 into our production environment the other day, and have found a few annoying, if not show stopping problems.  But I'm not going to rant about it here, it's more productive to work on solutions.  Like this one I want to share.

In Vault 2015, when you select on a file in either the Project Explorer or the Item master, there is no longer simply a view of your visualization file in the right hand window.  There is, in it's place, a thumbnail that you have to click to get to the visualization.  Now, I'm not sure of the reason for this... I'm guessing there was one... but I hate extra mouse clicks.

File Viewer with Thumbnail
For the first two days I lived with it, then I got tired of it and went looking around.  I found this in Tools\Actions on the main toolbar of Vault Client.

Document Preview Options
Simply check the boxes of any file types that apply, or as I did, check them all.  Hit OK and Apply on the Options menu.  Close out and return to Vault Client.  Click on the file again, and it should look like the preview you are used to (at least going back to Vault 2013... I can't speak to Vault 2014).

Visualization Preview is Back to Normal.
You can pan and zoom in this window as you used to be able to, with no extra mouse clicks!  You're welcome.

Enjoy!

“Autodesk ® screen shots reprinted with the permission of Autodesk, Inc.  Autodesk ® , AutoCAD ® , DWG, the DWG logo, Vault ®, Autocad Electrical ® and Inventor ® are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and other countries.”  Programs and programmers' information used with permission.  Thanks guys!