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Tuesday, 31 August 2010

AutoCAD on the Apple Mac is back!

I remember in the early 1990's seeing a version of AutoCAD running on an Apple Mac, I can't for the life of me remember where it was, I know it was during my days of "studying" but it was something that quickly dissapeared......................until today!

Today, Autodesk have officially announced what many people have been expecting, blogging and tweeting about for a few months - AutoCAD is once again available for the Apple Mac.

This announcement cements the rumours that users of Apple Mac hardware can now install and work with a native version of AutoCAD for the Mac without the need to use emulators like Parallels or Bootcamp. This new version of AutoCAD 2011 takes advantage of many of the Apple Mac user interface tools such as menu-bar to the integration of cover flow support to visually scroll through your DWG file previews, multi-touch gestures and making use of the track pad; which all go towards providing users with an experience that fits in with any of the other native Apple Mac software used.

It's worth pointing out that this is not a port of the Windows based AutoCAD to run on Mac OSX it is a complete re-write of the AutoCAD application!

AutoCAD for Mac is currently going through some final beta testing and should hopefully be available in the Autumn to trial, purchase & download from the Autodesk Student Community.

Have a watch of the AutoCAD on the Mac launch video:

For more information about AutoCAD for Mac, click on the link below:


Autodesk also announced the AutoCAD WS mobile application, a new app soon to be available through Apple’s App Store that will extend AutoCAD to Apple’s iOS. The AutoCAD WS mobile application will enable AutoCAD users to edit and share AutoCAD files on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch so they can have real-time collaboration even while on the go.

Make sure you visit back regularly as I'll have more information about AutoCAD WS in the near future.

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Autodesk Inventor 2011 Service Pack 1

Hot off the press, Autodesk Inventor 2011 Service Pack 1 is now available for download for all users of Autodesk Inventor. This service pack applies to users of:

- AutoCAD® Inventor® Professional Suite 2011
- AutoCAD® Inventor® Routed Systems Suite 2011
- AutoCAD® Inventor® Simulation Suite 2011
- AutoCAD® Inventor® Suite 2011
- AutoCAD® Inventor® Tooling Suite 2011

The 32-bit and 64-bit versions of service pack 1 can be downloaded from:


Make sure you have got your original Inventor 2011 media (DVD or download) to hand as you will need it during the service pack install.

For more information about this service pack and a list of issues addressed, have a look through the on-line readme file:


Thursday, 26 August 2010

Expose your assets at Autodesk University!

Following on from my earlier post Autodesk have recently announced that we are looking for great visulisations that have been created using Autodesk technology that can be featured in the Autodesk 2010 showreel.

We are particularly interested in visuals that have been created using Autodesk® 3ds Max Design®, Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Autodesk® Showcase®, Autodesk® Civil3D® and Autodesk® Maya® software. If you have been creating your assets in HD then even better, but it doesn't matter if it's not HD, all formats are most welcome!

The Autodesk 2010 showreel will be aired during Autodesk University 2010 in Las Vegas on the main stage and breakout sessions and is a great stage for your work to be shown.

For more details about the submission process, follow this link....

Friday, 13 August 2010

I love this stuff......

I love working in manufacturing, I love spending time with design engineers, manufacturers and production teams. I love walking through shop floors watching things being produced from raw materials to something useful and wanted. And I love the smell of swarf!! (and thats not the guy off Star Trek with the funny forehead before you ask!)

However, I also love something almost as much as I love manufacturing, and that's watching the amazing output that users of the Autodesk media and entertainment tools like 3ds Max, Maya and Softimage are creating. I watched Wall-E again last night (which was created using Autodesk Maya) with my 4 year old son and still sit in amazement at the wonders Pixar are able to come up with - both story and visually!

To give you an idea of the kinds of things users of 3ds Max, Maya and Softimage are coming up with, have a watch of this showreel that was aired at the recent Siggraph exhibition in Los Angeles:

Now, enough of that and lets get back to raw stock, cnc machines, grease, oil and bills of materials!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Autodesk Vault for users of Autodesk Revit

Manufacturers have been using Autodesk Vault for many years to help them better manage their 2D, 3D and non-CAD data. Those outside of manufacturing that are using tools like 3ds Max Design, Civil3D and AutoCAD have also benefitted from using Autodesk Vault to help them version control, find and share their data quickly and easily.

One question that we get asked a lot is when with Autodesk Vault be available for users of our Revit BIM (Building Information Modelling) solutions?

Well, wait no more!! The following video recently posted to the Autodesk YouTube Channel shows how Autodesk Vault can be used with Autodesk Revit Architecture:

Happy Vaulting!

Monday, 2 August 2010

Re-using Adobe Illustrator data in AutoCAD & Inventor

Do ever find that someone asks you a question and you think "that's a great question, I must do some research into that", only to then find you get asked the same question by totally unrelated people within just a few days? Well that has happened to me recently when I was asked on 3 or 4 separate occasions about re-using Adobe Illustrator data in AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor!

Today, I got some time to look into it a bit deeper and produce a quick video of the process of getting Adobe Illustrator vector data into AutoCAD based applications and Autodesk Inventor:

Adobe Illustrator allows users to output files in either AutoCAD DWG or DXF formats. The thing to remember is when outputting to either of these formats and your Illustrator data contains text, make sure you select "Maximum Editability" from the output options. This will bring the Illustrator text into AutoCAD\Inventor as editable text.

If layers and colours are used in Illustrator then these will also be honoured in AutoCAD and Inventor.

What will be different though is that arcs will be converted into a group of small sections, rather than one spline, circle or arc. What you will have though is all of the correct positioning and layout to replace the imported geometry with single entities if you want to.

Hope this helps you to make best use of any Adobe Illustrator data you might create or receive.

Happy Illustrating!