Posts Tagged ‘Rendering’
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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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 is starting to release videos about Autodesk 360. We will be posting them to this area so you can keep up with them. You can also goto http://www.autodesk.com/cloud-getstarted for more info. These are incredible new tools that are available to you as part of your subscription. They are well worth a look.
Autodesk® 360: Storage, Sharing and Viewing
Autodesk® Subscription now provides a greater advantage with Autodesk® 360 capabilities that can help you increase mobility, improve collaboration, and optimize your designs—advancing the way you work.
The SpaceExplorer, SpaceNavigator and SpaceNavigator for Notebooks _ a multiple products review by Michael Anonuevo
It has been two months now since I started using 3Dconnexion’s SpacePilot PRO. Without a doubt, 3D navigation devices are definitely here to stay.
For those of you who just happened to stumble on this article, please read my previous review of the SpacePilot PRO at : http://clubrevit.com/2011/06/15/will-revit-users-fly-with-this-device/.
The way I use Revit has completely changed. I’ve incorporated the SpacePilot PRO and its powerful programmable buttons in my daily work. I am now automatically reaching for it with my left hand. I’ve also learned how to configure the buttons to my advantage. You’ll find out all about this at the end of this article with my follow-up review of the SpacePilot PRO.
I’m happy to tell you that I’ve gotten a tremendous amount of good feedback from readers saying how helpful my article was. And just as I had anticipated, I’ve gotten inquiries about 3Dconnexion’s other models. Well, after communicating with 3Dconnexion, they sent me the rest of their product line. And so guys, here’s the lowdown on the SpaceExplorer, SpaceNavigator and SpaceNavigator for Notebooks…
I’m happy to announce that the 2010 Fall issue of AUGI AEC EDGE Ezine finally came out on New Year’s day (Saturday_January 1, 2011)!
It was supposed to come out last December but for some reason, the release was delayed. As of the date of this post, the online version is not out yet. However, you can download a PDF copy at:
On page 27, I wrote a 12-page article on creating complex family shapes in Revit. Included are Revit family tips and tricks with accompanying video clips (available on the online version). Here is an image of the front cover showing the title of my article: “Little Details Count Too”. Enjoy!
Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011 Certified Professional
Family Modeling in Revit Architecture 2011
This is part of a series on creating complex family shapes in Revit. In my previous post (Creating Complex Family Shapes in Revit: Introduction _June 7, 2010), the Beer Mug example was modeled in Revit Architecture 2010. However, from here on, I’ll be using Revit Architecture 2011 (RA 2011) to take advantage of its new features and enhancements.
Hello everybody! I thought I’d drop by to announce a new product I’ve just added to my website.
This product is significant because it will be one of the topics on my next post which will be out hopefully by next month. Other topics will be as follows:
Putting Revit Architecture 2011 to a modeling test
Creating a tournament size pool table family and its accessories
Comparison of rendering speeds (Revit Architecture 2009, 2010 & 2011)
Family file size in Revit Architecture 2011
Rendering tips for beginners
And last but not least, the specifications of my new…i7-930 processor based computer!
Please click on the image below to find out more about my new product.