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.
With a new release of Revit every year, it makes it increasingly difficult not upgrade an active Revit project. What makes it even more difficult is the uncertainty when Revit upgrades your project. Are all my objects there? Is everything in the right place? In this post and video we are going to go thought the steps to upgrade your Revit project from 2013 to 2014. Then we will use Bluebeam’s Revu to help us find any items that may have changed or gone missing after the upgrade process.
Here are the steps I use in the video:
Step 1 Backup
You should always create a backup of your or your companies work when ever you make a change that will impact the entire project, this would be one of those times. Here are some ways that you can backup your project:
- Copy to local workstation
- Copy to USB drive
- Rely on your I.T. department to have a backup.
- Use a service like CrashPlan or Dropbox to copy your project files off site.
- You only need to archive/backup the .RVT files and its links.
Step 2 Check your Project
You should always check each central file before the upgrade process. It is always a good idea to know what errors are in the file before you begin the upgrade process.
- Open each .RVT file and check for errors.
- Document what files are linked to where.
- Use Bluebeam to create a PDF of each sheet and view in your project.
Step 3 Copy the Project to a new folder
You may or may not want to have a new folder for you project, but I find that its a good idea to do so. you don’t need to make an entirely new project folder just a new folder to store your central files.
- Create a new folder.
- Copy the RVT central files to that folder.
- Rename the central files if necessary to have the version number in the name.
Step 4: Upgrade Project
- You will want to start with the files with the least amount of links.
- Here is the order for my example project:
- Use Bluebeam to Create a PDF of each sheet and view in your project.
Step 5 Check your work with Bluebeam
Now for the fun part; we will use Bluebeam Revu to compare both PDF files created in the earlier steps.
- Use Bluebeam Revu to compare the 2013 and the 2014 project files.
- When you select the 2013 PDF you will see all the changes in the Markup List.
- Double click the markup to see both the 2013 and 2014 versions.
- Using Bluebeam Revu you can quickly find all the differences.
If you want more information regarding Bluebeam please drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Congratulations John Fout and Duarte Couto for ousting the top spots in Architecture and Structure for week 4.
If you are one of those that asked us to extent the challenge for another couple weeks. We have heard you and the Challenge will continue until May 31, 2012. If you have not taken the time to enter in the challenge you now have 3 more weeks.
As of today May 14, 2012 we have had 169 of you take the Club Revit 2012 Knowledge Challenge. As an over all group you have created an average score of 67.8%. Leading the way is the Architectural group with 120 participants and an average score of 70.1%. In second place is the MEP group with 27 participants with an average score of 65%. The Structural group with 22 participants and an average score of 58.9%. This week in the Industry race the Architects are still on top, MEP in Second and Structure in Third. Both the MEP and Structure teams are still well behind in the number of participants.
I know we have lots of Revit MEP members of Club Revit and Don Bokmiller has dominated MEP for 4 weeks now. So I have to put the call out to all the MEP folks, take the challenge and see if you can not get me to write another name next to MEP for next weeks updated results.
We had a couple higher scores that would have changed the leader board this week, but those individuals we disqualified because they took the challenge more than once. Remember you can only take each version “Discipline” of the challenge once. Multiple entries into one discipline challenge will disqualify you.
As of today the High Scores belong to:
Duarte Couto: Week 4 leader for the Architectural Group this is the first week that Duarte has held the top spot.
Don Bokmiller: Week 4 leader for the MEP Group this is the fourth week that Don has held the top spot.
John Fout: Week 4 leader for the Structure group this is the first week that John has held the top spot.
If you want a chance at $100 Amazon gift card and bragging rights all over the world use the link below and take the challenge. The more of us that take the challenge the more fun the effort will be. It is just 24 questions and you have 30 minutes to finish.
Have Fun and Good Luck
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