2015-06-30_9-05-04 Read more

Finding Extensions, Service Packs and Hot Fixes

If you are new to the Autodesk world, or haven’t seen the changes to subscription center, you will need to know how to locate extensions, service packs, and hot fixes.  In all honesty, within the last year Autodesk has spent a lot of resource updating how these items are distributed, so this is a good […]

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Updating Plugins

Due to constraints on our time, we do not always have our plugins available in the store immediately (much to our chagrin). However, because we use .Net to develop our plugins, in general you can modify the xml to have them load in the latest version (ie 2016).  This article will show you how to […]

2015-04-24_8-22-28 Read more

Top Updates for Plant 3D 2016

Because most of the new features for AutoCAD Plant 3D 2016 were released as Extension 1 for 2015, the platform build (2016 proper) had a strong emphasis on updates existing features and fixes.  To that end, we have gone through the product and picked some of our favorites. 1. Tolerance – In 2016, the program […]

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FastTrack Align View Cube Tool

Sometimes we need to re-align an angled section of our Plant 3D model when creating an Ortho view. ECAD Inc.’s Fast Track plug-in for AutoCAD Plant 3D has a tool that does this for you. Re-alignment is accomplished through the use of the “Align View Cube” tool found on the 2D Fast Track tab of […]

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Structure Explode to miter handrails

If you want to miter handrails,  you will first need to explode the rails since all of the structural members are grouped and cannot be mitered. Instead of using the regular AutoCAD EXPLODE command, use the Structure Explode button on the Structure Ribbon. This will make sure that each structural member is free of the railing […]

2015-01-15_10-15-44 Read more

Renaming referenced catalogs in Plant 3d specs

Sometimes users want to rename the catalog they created, after having created specs. While this can be tedious, it is still possible. Each spec consists of two related files, the pspc, and the pspx.  This article will demonstrate part of the relationship between catalogs and specs. 1.  The first step is to rename/move the original […]

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Can’t edit Equipment nozzles

Ok, so this is more of a personal issue than anything else. For the last little while, I’ve been unable to edit equipment nozzles without the dialog disappearing and pipe starting to get routed.   If this happens to you, make sure GRIPSUBOBJMODE = 0, and your life can go back to normal.

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Dell PC Recommendations for 2015

Pretty regularly I get asked by clients what they should get for a laptop.  So, here are my 2015 recommendations. While this is geared towards AutoCAD, these recommendation exceed the basic requirements for most Autodesk products, and should provide good performance for users.  Note that because mobile video cards are not certified, you will not […]