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Just released - a New Interface for the Autodesk Account Portal

Posted by Sarah Redick on Oct 4, 2018 2:47:53 PM

The Autodesk Account portal has an updated interface! Fear not – while the portal looks a little different, you’ll still have access to the same account information and menu options that allow you to manage your software subscriptions.

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Topics: Tech Tip, Subscription, Insider, Technical Tip, Autodesk, New Release, 2019, News

BIM 360 DOCS :  1st Step

Posted by Sarah Redick on Sep 12, 2018 2:47:33 PM

The first step to start using BIM 360 Docs, is the setup.  Who did you tell us to designate as the contract manager or software coordinator?  That person must receive an email from Autodesk. The instructions must be followed within that email in order to use Docs.

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Topics: BIM360, Installation, Technical Tip


Posted by Michelle Simayi on Sep 5, 2018 7:30:00 AM

What is it exactly? 

BIM 360 Docs is the Autodesk solution for construction document management. With BIM 360 Docs, construction teams can manage blueprints, 2D plans, 3D BIM models, and any other project documents. BIM 360 Docs is designed to streamline your document management processes. Consolidate all your sheets and designs and set up standard templates and workflows to maximize efficiency

How does it keep your team on-track with the latest drawings, documents and models?

BIM 360 Docs offers a common data platform for publishing, managing, reviewing and approving all project drawings, documents and models. The most current project information is always readily available, ensuring accuracy and reducing the frequency of RFI’s and change orders.

Users can review document changes in 2D or 3D, create and share markups, and use analytics to extract insights for better predictability. Docs provides access and coordination across distributed teams. Users can control document access and assign design issues to trades and project team members.

BIM 360 Docs Videos

This collection of videos from Autodesk walks through several of the document management and get started with BIM 360 Docs.

  1. BIM 360 Docs Overview: Construction Document Management
  2. Add Members
  3. Set up Project Folders
  4. Set Folder Permissions
  5. Add Documents
  6. Add Markups
  7. Add and Manage Issues
  8. Create a Project and Activate BIM 360 (Account Admins only)

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Topics: BIM360


Posted by Michelle Simayi on Aug 28, 2018 12:45:54 PM

What is it exactly? 

BIM 360 Design is a cloud worksharing, design collaboration, and data management product for improved project delivery, built on the new BIM 360 platform.

How does it co-author shared Revit models and coordinate deliverables?

BIM 360 Design provides a common data platform for sharing and accessing project data in a controlled work-sharing environment.  Users have the ability to connect and collaborate with multi-discipline teams across the project life-cycle. Change visualization allows teams to track progress using aggregated models and coordinate deliverables throughout the design process.  Designers, contractors, and trades are then able to access this important information in real-time.  All project data is collected on a common platform, facilitating data flow between Autodesk software programs, as well as with third-party applications.  The streamlined access and integration of BIM 360 Design ensures accuracy while mitigating risk, lowering costs, and keeping projects on schedule.


BIM 360 Design Videos

This collection of videos walks through several of the Design Collaboration capabilities and workflows.

  1. Setting up a Project
  2. Creating and Managing Teams
  3. Uploading Revit Models
  4. Uploading other Files
  5. Creating and Consuming Packages
  6. Cloud Work-sharing in Revit
  7. Sharing Design Changes
  8. Working with Changes in Design Collaboration


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Topics: BIM360

A360 Desktop Retirement

Posted by Michelle Simayi on Jun 14, 2018 1:32:45 PM

Autodesk will retire the A360 Desktop application on June 19th, 2018.

What does this mean for me?

If you are using A360 Desktop, you will receive desktop notifications 2 weeks prior to the retirement date. After retirement, your data will remain available online in A360 Drive , but it will no longer be synchronized with your desktop.

If you are syncing files with A360 Drive, this discontinuation will not affect you, and you have no action to take. You can determine if A360 Desktop is running on your system by checking for the A360 icon in your Windows or Mac system tray.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. I don’t use A360 Desktop, or sync files with A360 Drive. How can I prevent A360 Desktop from running in Windows, and stop expiration notifications?

The recommended way to stop A360 Desktop from running is to remove it from your start up programs.

- Windows Users:

o In the system tray, right click on the A360 Desktop icon and click on “Preferences…”.

o Under “Application” uncheck “Start A360 Desktop when I log on to Windows”.

This will disable the A360 Drive Desktop component from starting up when you start your computer. A restart is needed - if you do not restart your computer the sync component will still be running and syncing files.

- Mac Users:

o In System Preferences, Users and Groups, select your name, check “A360 Desktop”, and click on the “-“ symbol below.

Restart you Mac for the change to take effect.


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Topics: A360, C4R, BIM, BIM360, News, 2019

Autodesk 2019 Product Keys

Posted by Sarah Redick on May 23, 2018 9:20:00 AM
As you know, 2019 has been released! A common question we have been getting at our Help Desk is: “What is my Autodesk Product key?” Here is a list of all of the product keys for 2019 software. If you have more questions, contact us today!
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Topics: Autodesk, Tech Tip, Installation, 2019

What do Revit users need to know the future of Collaboration for Revit (C4R)?

Posted by Michelle Simayi on May 7, 2018 3:19:09 PM

 From Collaboration for Revit to BIM 360 Design    

Autodesk just released BIM 360 Design, it is representing the next gen of Revit collaboration. BIM 360 Design lets users access a lot of functionality customers have requested, including bringing together design and construction on one common data platform and providing more user permission controls.

What happened to Collaboration for Revit (C4R)?

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Topics: 2019, Installation, Revit, C4R, BIM360

Update Your Autodesk Network Licenses for AutoCAD 2019

Posted by Michelle Simayi on Apr 30, 2018 11:21:51 AM


When & Why you need to update your Autodesk Network Licenses for AutoCAD 2019?

Autodesk recommends that network administrators always update licensing servers with the most recent version of Network License Manager, when it is released, to avoid any licensing issues and ensure compatibility with current versions of other Autodesk software products. In order to use AutoCAD 2019 software, customers MUST update their license file and network license manager to the latest version. 

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Topics: 2019, Installation, AutoCAD New Features, AutoCAD

AutoCAD 2019 New Features Guide 

Posted by Sarah Redick on Mar 22, 2018 11:06:28 AM

Autodesk has just announced the release of AutoCAD 2019.  If you have been staying current on Subscription and installing your product updates all along then you have likely been using some of  these great new features already. 

But, if you are using an older perpetual license, than there are a lot of reasons for you to subscribe to AutoCAD 2019! 

The best reason is the fact that there is now ONE AutoCAD - available with all the toolsets! 

When you subscribe to AutoCAD 2019 you now have all the specialized toolsets available to download: 

Architecture Toolset - Specialized building design features and 8,000+ intelligent architectural objects and styles to speed architectural drawing and documentation. Automate floorplans, sections, elevations, and other drawings with our architectural toolset.

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Topics: AutoCAD, 2019, Autodesk, New Release, AutoCAD New Features, News

Autodesk 2018 Product Keys

Posted by Sarah Redick on Sep 1, 2017 12:33:58 PM
What is my Autodesk Product Key?  We get asked this all the time! Every week we get a request for a Product Key - so here is a list to help you with your installation. 
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Topics: Autodesk, Tech Tip, Installation