Monday, October 27, 2008

Avatech Revit Utilities - Now Supporting 64-bit

It took a little while but the Avatech Revit Utillities supports 64-bit. You can read about the program on our website, or go to the Green Revit Blog for full information about this new development.

As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Autodesk Service Packs and Updates

The following have all be listed within the last 60 days. Be sure to read all the readme or FAQ files before you execute any update or service pack. We highly recommend you have a backup of your files before you begin as a precaution.

AutoCAD 2009 Update 2
Published date: 2008-Oct-10
Applies to:
AutoCAD® 2009

AutoCAD LT 2009 Update 2
Note: Autodesk has recently pulled this update off their website!
Published date: 2008-Sep-23
Applies to:
AutoCAD LT® 2009

AutoCAD Architecture 2009 Product Update 1 32-Bit
Published date: 2008-Aug-22
Applies to:
AutoCAD® Architecture 2009

AutoCAD Map 3D 2009 Update 1
Published date: 2008-Sep-05
Applies to:
AutoCAD® Map 3D 2009

AutoCAD Mechanical 2009 Service Pack 1
Published date: 2008-Aug-22
Applies to:
AutoCAD® Mechanical 2009
Autodesk® Inventor™ Professional 2009
Autodesk® Inventor™ Routed Systems Suite 2009
Autodesk® Inventor™ Simulation Suite 2009
Autodesk® Inventor™ Suite 2009

AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite 2009 Product Update 1 32-Bit
Published date: 2008-Aug-19
AutoCAD® MEP 2009
AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite 2009
Revit® MEP 2009

AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite 2009 Product Update 1 64-Bit
Published date: 2008-Aug-26
Applies to:
AutoCAD® MEP 2009
AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite 2009
Revit® MEP 2009

AutoCAD MEP 2009 Product Update 1 32-Bit
Published date: 2008-Aug-15
Applies to:
AutoCAD® MEP 2009

AutoCAD MEP 2009 Product Update 1 64-Bit
Published date: 2008-Aug-15
Applies to:
AutoCAD® MEP 2009

Autodesk FM Desktop 2009 Facility Link SP2
Published date: 2008-Sep-29
Applies to:
Autodesk® Facility Link 2009

Autodesk FM Desktop 2009 Facility Link SP1
Published date: 2008-Sep-29
Applies to:
Autodesk® Facility Link 2009

Autodesk Inventor 2009 Service Pack 1
Published date: 2008-Sep-19
Applies to:
Autodesk® Inventor™ Professional 2009
Autodesk® Inventor™ Routed Systems Suite 2009
Autodesk® Inventor™ Simulation Suite 2009
Autodesk® Inventor™ Suite 2009

AutoCAD Mechanical 2009 Service Pack 1
Published date: 2008-Aug-22
Applies to:
AutoCAD® Mechanical 2009
Autodesk® Inventor™ Professional 2009
Autodesk® Inventor™ Routed Systems Suite 2009
Autodesk® Inventor™ Simulation Suite 2009
Autodesk® Inventor™ Suite 2009

Autodesk Mechanical Desktop 2009 Service Pack 1
Published date: 2008-Aug-22
Applies to:
Autodesk® Inventor™ Professional 2009
Autodesk® Inventor™ Routed Systems Suite 2009
Autodesk® Inventor™ Simulation Suite 2009
Autodesk® Inventor™ Suite 2009
Autodesk Mechanical Desktop 2009 (AIP - Routed Systems)
Autodesk Mechanical Desktop 2009 (AIP - Simulation)
Autodesk Mechanical Desktop 2009 (AIP)
Autodesk Mechanical Desktop 2009 (AIS)

Productstream Professional 2009 Service Pack 1
Published date: 2008-Sep-02
Applies to:
Autodesk® Productstream® Professional 2009

Revit MEP 2009—English
Web Update #2 Service Pack – September 2008
Important Note:
Web Update #2 is not a full install; rather it is using Service Pack technology similar to AutoCAD based products. Prior to installing the Web Update #2 Service pack, please verify that you have already installed the First Customer Ship build or Web Update #1 build of Revit MEP 2009. Web Update #1 Full Install is available below.

AutoCAD 2009 Update 2 for AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2009
Published date: 2008-Sep-23
Applies to:
AutoCAD® 2009
AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2009
Revit® Architecture 2009

AutoCAD 2009 Update 2 for AutoCAD Revit Structure Suite 2009
Published date: 2008-Sep-24
Applies to:
AutoCAD® 2009
AutoCAD Revit Structure Suite 2009
Revit® Structure 2009

Friday, October 10, 2008

You want to know how to display all annotative scale objects?

You notice when you change your annotative scale that some objects (Text, MText, Dimensions, etc) disappear or reappear.

A button to toggle the visibility of Annotative objects (based on the current Annotative Scale) is accessible in the drawing status bar. You can view all the Annotative objects by toggling the Annotative Visibility button in the bottom right corner of the screen. When this button is turned ON, ALL Annotative objects are displayed. When it's off, only objects defined with the current annotative scale are displayed.

The toggle to turn this setting on/off is in the bottom right corner of the Drawing Status Bar.


Alternatively you can use the ANNOALLVISIBLE system variable and set it to 1. Setting ANNOALLVISIBLE =0 reduces the need to have multiple layers to manage the visibility of your annotative objects.

For moreinformation about this variable enter ANNOALLVISIBLE at the command line, hit enter and hit F1.

Autodesk Releases Updates For All 2009 Revit Products

This just in! Autodesk recently released updates for the 2009 Revit product line. This release is different from any of those in the past however, this update is a true Service Pack. Historically when updates were released for Revit they were full builds of the software. This meant that when the update executable was launched, the previous version was uninstalled and then the new build was installed in it's place. Now, with this release being a true "Service Pack" the process is significantly different. It is installed on top of the existing build of the software. Another difference is that in the past you could skip builds. For instance, for Revit Architecture 2008 there were a total of 3 web updates released. If your Revit Architecture was still on the original DVD build you could jump straight to web update 3 without having to install web update 2 first. With this Service Pack, you can still skip straight to this update but you have to have the "installation media" available when you install the Service Pack.

This creates a complication.

If you are on the original build from the DVD you simply need to have the DVD handy when installing the Service Pack. If you are on Web Update 1, you may be in for a sour surprise. You will need the Web Update executable during the installation of the Service Pack. Like many people, I deleted this executable after updating my Revit software because it's half a gigabyte of data I no longer need. If you have all 3 Revit products on your machine like I do, that's 1.5 gigabytes of junk! This means I now have to download it over again so I can have it available when I go to install the Service Pack. Depending on your Internet connection speed this can add hours to your update process. I won't ramble on about the processes involved for updating deployments but that's not the most straight forward process either. What I will do is offer some very useful links for obtaining the updates and the readme files for each of them. I strongly recommend reviewing the readme files. This will add some much needed clarification to your updating headaches. I guess one benefit of Autodesk changing the updates to true Service Packs is that future updates will likely be much easier to implement. Another great benefit, the previous builds averaged around half a gigabyte each! The Service Packs below you'll notice are roughly half that or smaller!




Revit Architecture 2009


Revit Architecture 2009 Web Update#2 Service Pack - (112mb)



Readme File for Revit Architecture 2009 Web Update #2 (PDF)





Revit Structure 2009


Revit Structure 2009 Web Update#2 Service Pack - (252mb)


Readme File for Revit Structure 2009 Web Update #2 (PDF)





Revit MEP 2009


Revit MEP 2009 Web Update #2 Service Pack (114mb)


Readme File for Revit MEP 2009 Web Update #2 (PDF)





One last thing, following is a link to a Technical Solution written by Autodesk that briefly explains how to apply this web update to a deployment with shared content. Many of you will likely find this useful. For the Technical Solution, click here.