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A product review by Michael Anonuevo
It’s been three weeks now since the SpaceMouse Wireless was released on October 1, 2013. The SpaceMouse Wireless is 3Dconnexion’s latest product. It is the world’s first wireless 3D mouse that provides users with 3Dconnexion’s superior and proven 3D navigation technology _without the restriction of the cord!
Being part of a select group of 3Dconnexion beta testers, I was sent a demo model a few days before the new 3D mouse was announced. To come up with this review, I temporarily replaced my SpacePilot Pro with the SpaceMouse Wireless and used it in an actual Revit project. For those who have not tried a 3D device, please check out the links to several articles I’ve written on all of 3Dconnexion’s products at the end of this article. For experienced users, here’s a close look at this wonderful new 3D mouse.
The World’s First Wireless 3D Mouse
_A Product Announcement by Michael Anonuevo
October 1, 2013: 3Dconnexion announced today its latest product _the SpaceMouse Wireless!
Aside from its navigation benefits, the obvious advantage of the SpaceMouse Wireless is that there is no cord to deal with, thus making our desktop less cluttered. It is the ultimate in portability as it can also be used with a laptop for those on the go. 3Dconnexion positions this product above the SpaceNavigator and SpaceNavigator for Notebooks.
Having written product reviews of all 3Dconnexion’s products, I am one of the few fortunate ones to get hold of this device a few days ago, allowing me to write this announcement. Although I am already impressed by its capabilities, I will be testing the SpaceMouse Wireless furthermore this week and will publish a comprehensive review next week. For now, check out its features.
Note: For those who have not discovered the benefits of a 3D device yet, please check out the links to reviews I’ve written on all of 3Dconnexion’s product line at the end of this article. They include YouTube videos on how each model is used in Revit and other applications.
A Product Review by Michael Anonuevo
In the Revit family modeling eBook I’m currently writing, the chapter on Computer Configuration includes a discussion on desktop and laptop workstations. While I have enough material pertaining to desktop workstation configurations, I barely have any relevant information on modern mobile workstations. I do have a laptop –an Intel Core 2 Duo-based laptop with a 16″ screen, which I use as a third computer backup. But by today’s laptop processor standards, it hardly qualifies as a mobile workstation (translation: obsolete!). Sure it runs Revit, but all functions are painfully slow.
With the gaining popularity of the new and more powerful Intel® Core™ i7 and Intel®Xeon® processors for the laptop, I needed information about them for inclusion in my eBook. I also wanted to write a review for the benefit of Revit users. Having previously dealt with BOXX computers in a review I had written on their XTREME 4920 workstation (http://www.clubrevit.com/2012/10/17/boxx-revit-workstation/), I reached out to their Director of Business Development, Shoaib Mohammad, who graciously sent me a laptop for review.
This article is about the GOBOXX G1840, a laptop classified by BOXX Technologies, Inc. as a mid-range mobile workstation. This model is part of their G1800 WS series. The laptop sent to me was a demo model used by Pixar in one of their trade shows. Knowing this, I expected this model to perform as a true mobile workstation, capable of running Revit and other graphics programs.
So does this model qualify as a desktop replacement? It’s a resounding YES, so please read on for more details.
A Product Review by Michael Anonuevo
In preparing to writing an instructional eBook on how to produce Autodesk Revit renderings and walkthroughs, one of the things I did a few months back was conduct a research on computer systems optimized for these types of Revit tasks. It is a subject matter that I know will occupy a chapter on its own in the eBook. I’ve looked at brand names such as HP, Dell, Lenovo, and Asus. However, I could not find any computer system specifically targeted for Revit modeling. By chance, I ran into a colleague who suggested that I look into BOXX computer workstations (www.boxxtech.com). I had never heard of the company, although I found out later that they had been around for the last 15 years! As a full time Revit modeler who is always busy creating complex families or writing about them, I never really got into the details of a good Revit computer workstation. And so with this new eBook project, I had a chance to look at a workstation made for Revit. After emailing my credentials and review proposal to a BOXX specialist, I was connected to the right channels and eventually was sent a unit for evaluation.
This article is about the 3DBOXX 4920 XTREME workstation. At the BOXX website, this model is referred to as The World’s Fastest Workstation for Autodesk Revit. On the internet, you’ll find great reviews about this workstation, including its technical details and specifications. To avoid being redundant, the main focus of this review is how effective this workstation is for Revit Architecture users. I will, however, highlight certain features worth taking a look at.
Is this really the fastest workstation for Revit? How can we users benefit from this system? What makes this workstation special from the rest of the pack? How does this computer compare to yours or other workstations? These questions (and many more) are tackled in this review. If you are in the process of upgrading your Revit workstations or want to add a dedicated power workstation for generating renderings and walkthroughs, this article will help you decide which system to purchase.
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In response to Revit users from Australia, UK, Europe and other countries, I’m happy to announce the release of the Metric Editions of my eBooks:
- Creating Custom Revit Architecture 2012 Families, Metric Edition
- Creating Custom Revit Architecture 2013 Families, Metric Edition
They are free with the purchase of the 2012/2013 US Editions. Please click this link to get a PDF sampler containing sample images and Forewords written by Jeff Pinheiro (theRevitKid.com) and Jay Zallan (Perkowitz+Ruth Architects).
Revit Architecture Certified Professional
Autodesk introduced Revit LT 2013 today, I bet you are wondering “Is Revit LT right for me?” Let’s try to answer that with another Micro Review.
First is cost, A new seat of Autodesk Revit LT is$1,200.00 or $1,500.00 for the suite. You can take 50% off if you upgrade from AutoCAD LT to Autodesk Revit LT suite. Autodesk Revit LT Suite includes Revit LT and AutoCAD LT, so if you have AutoCAD LT you may just want to go with the Suite.
The second thing to look at are the features. Here is a link to Autodesk’s feature comparison chartbetween Revit LT and the Full version of Revit Architecture. After I reviewed the chart here are a few missing features that stood out:
- No in-place families, although I disliked in-place families they are one of the necessary evils in Revit.
- No worksharing, this is a HUGH feature in the full version of Revit that I used everyday. Not having worksharing could be a deal breaker for you company.
- No Customizing the visibility of linked models. This could also pose a problem, changing the visibility settings of a linked model is a feature that we all know and love.
- No photorealistic rendering within the product. For me this is not as big of a deal as the lack of worksharing is.
- It also looks like massing is lacking some features as well. I did not use massing so I won’t miss it.
Third thing to look at is the system requirements, in short the system requirements are the same for Revit LT as the are for the full version Revit. If you need 8GB of RAM now for your Revit model, you will need 8GB of RAM with RevitLT.
Revit LT 2013 Conclusion:
. At first glance for the price and if you don’t use worksharing this may be the way to go. If you already have a full seat or three of Revit, for close to the same money you can migrate to the network version of Revit and allow more people in your office to use the full version Revit by taking advantage of the floating license.
Autodesk will have the product trial is available on the 18th of September. I look forward to playing with Revit LT and learn more about it, as I am sure you are.
Follow me on Twitter @bim9bill, where I will announce updates to the post as well as new posts on Revit LT.
This was re-posted with permission from CloudsCarsCameras.com
I just released the 2013 update to my 2012 eBook: Creating Custom Revit Architecture 2013 Families: A Practical Guide for Beginner and Intermediate Users
Join Revit users nationwide and all over the world who have discovered the valuable information in this eBook. There is nothing like this in the market right now. The eBook teaches the efficient ways to create families. It also explains the subtle little details that go with family creation that no other books explain. In response to Revit users from Australia, UK and European countries, I’m happy to announce the Metric Editions of these eBooks. They will be released on or before November 2012. They are free for those who purchase the 2012/2013 Imperial (US) editions.
PDF format, 16 Chapters, 777 pages, over 2000 images. All the new 2013 features are explained in-depth. Download my PDF sampler (163 pages) containing the full Table of Contents (2012 & 2013), Forewords by Steve Stafford and Lonnie Cumpton, and sample images here.
Revit Architecture Certified Professional
I’m happy to announce the release of my eBook entitled:
Creating Custom Revit Architecture Families 2012
A Practical Guide for Beginners and Intermediate Users
for an introductory price of $19.95. The price includes a free update to the 2013 version of this eBook (slated for release on or before October 2012) and four free Revit families from my website.
Although the book was written with architects in mind ,it is also a useful guide and resource for interior designers, recent architecture graduates, Revit MEP and Structure users, and AutoCAD users transitioning to Revit. It is also a handy reference for BIM managers and advanced users.
PDF format, 16 Chapters, 751 pages, over 2000 images. Tutorial files are also included.
Requirement: Basic knowledge of Revit.
Download the full Table of Contents, Foreword by Steve Stafford, and sample images here.
Certified Autodesk Revit Architecture Professional
Autodesk has released new videos showing features of Revit. We have organized them below for you enjoyment.
We have also created pages for each product and organized the videos on that page as well.
Revit Feature Videos
Autodesk Revit: Creating a Winder Stair
Demonstrates how to use the L-Shape winder tool in Revit to create a winder stair and add parallel treads to the upper and lower run ends.
More Videos after the break
Knowledge Smart and Club Revit are happy to welcome you to the Club Revit 2012 Knowledge Challenge.
“A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.”
We invite you to put your Revit knowledge into action, by participating in our global Revit knowledge challenge. We have three different challenges Revit MEP, Revit Structure and Revit Architecture. Each challenge has 24 questions and you have 30 minuts to answer them. We expect Club Revit members from all over the world to participate. So come out and represent your country, your company or just yourself. We will be posting updates each week so you can see how the challenge is going. Remember you only get one shot per challenge so make it count.
Did we forget to mention that we will be awarding $100 Amazon gift card to the winners of the challenge.
Please take the time to reed the rules before you start the challenge. Click Here for the Rules