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

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: Tech Tip, autodesk, 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: BIM360, Revit, installation, 2019, C4R

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: AutoCAD, AutoCAD new features, installation, 2019

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, autodesk, New Release, AutoCAD new features, News, 2019

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: Tech Tip, autodesk, installation

Revit Global Parameters with a Formula

Posted by Nick Maguy on Aug 31, 2017 3:19:28 PM

Revit Global Parameters with a Formula

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Topics: Technical Tip, Tech Tip, autodesk, Revit, Parameters

Maintenance Customer Changes

Posted by Sarah Redick on Apr 10, 2017 12:07:43 PM

What is changing for our customers with Autodesk Maintenance plans?

As part of our ongoing effort to provide our customers with greater value and streamlined software management through subscription, beginning in June 2017, customers with eligible products on Autodesk maintenance will have the ability to easily switch to a subscription at the time of renewal for up to 60% less than the cost of a new subscription. Customers can take advantage of this offer once per seat of a product on maintenance. The price to switch will increase 5% in 2018 and another 5% in 2019, so the earlier customers switch to subscription, the less it will cost.

While we will continue to offer customers the choice of renewing their maintenance plan on an annual basis, effective February 20, 2017, multi-year maintenance plan renewals will no longer be offered. In addition, because managing two business models (subscription and maintenance plans) is quite costly, in order to continue supporting maintenance plans, beginning May 7, 2017, maintenance plan renewal prices will increase by 5% in 2017, 10% in 2018, and 20% in 2019.

 READ ALL DETAILS HERE :  Maintenance plan changes FAQ 

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Topics: MicroCAD News, Subscription, autodesk, 2018, News

AutoCAD 2018 - Whats New

Posted by Tony Carollo on Apr 7, 2017 5:44:18 PM

The new AutoCAD 2018 was released near the end of March and many are now starting to download it and discover the new features.  Here is a quick summary to refer to. We'll be doing webinars and live events soon to show all these features in use. Keep checking our events page for info on those live events. 

New Features : 

Enhanced PDF Import

Import geometry, including SHX font files, fills, raster images, and TrueType text into a drawing from a PDF.

  • When you select a PDF file to import, a preview image helps you visually identify the file.
  • Improved scaling of PDF geometry.
  • SHX text recognition tool that enables you to select imported PDF geometry representing SHX text and convert it to AutoCAD text objects.

  Enhanced External file references

Save time and minimize frustration with tools to fix broken paths for externally referenced files.

  • When you attach an external file to an AutoCAD drawing file, the default type is now set to relative path instead of full path, which helps avoid problems associated with broken reference paths. If relative path isn’t your preferred path type, you can use the new REFPATHTYPE system variable to modify the default reference path type.
  • In previous releases of AutoCAD, you can’t assign a relative path to a reference file when the host drawing has not been saved and is therefore unnamed. In AutoCAD 2018, you are able to assign a relative path to a file even when the host drawing is unnamed.
  • The contextual menu of the External References palette offers two new options when you right click on a file that is not found. The option to select “New Path” allows you to browse to a new location for a missing reference file. While fixing the path for that selected file, you’re given the option to apply the same new location for other missing references. The Find and Replace option provides another method for changing the saved path for multiple references.
  • To further minimize problems with broken external reference paths, if the current drawing includes relative references and you save it to a different location, you’re prompted to automatically update the relative path based on the new location of the host drawing.

  Enhanced Object Selection

Selected objects stay in the selection set, even if you pan or zoom off screen.

  • Sometimes, especially in large crowded drawings, you may want to zoom into a specific area of a drawing to begin a selection set and then continue the same selection as you pan and zoom around the drawing. In AutoCAD 2018, you can do that.
  • If you’re using a rectangular window or crossing selection for example, or even polygonal, fence, or lasso selections, you can begin the selection window in one part of your drawing and then pan and zoom to another part while maintaining selection of the off screen objects. You can control the behavior of off screen selection using the SELECTIONOFFSCREEN system variable.
  • Selection of linetypes is also improved in AutoCAD 2018. With LINETYPEGAPSELECTION enabled, you can select and snap to complex and DGN linetypes, even on the gaps between the line segments! And you’re not limited to simple geometry like lines and circles; it’s supported by all objects such as polylines that have a width, and splines.


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Topics: Training, Technical Tip, AutoCAD, autodesk, AutoCAD new features, 2018

Custom Generic Annotations & Note Block Schedules

Posted by Nick Maguy on Jan 9, 2017 10:57:01 AM

Tip for Revit Users -  

Revit users all over the world probably share the same nagging feeling while creating a set of construction documents.  “There must be a better way to do this.” Whether it’s a modeling, detailing, or annotation operation, you always feel like there is someone out there who is smarter than you and has figured out a superior technique.  Here is just one solution that could be that “Superior Technique”....

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Topics: Training, Technical Tip, autodesk, Revit