Monday, February 28, 2011

What's the difference between the 3 Navisworks File Formats

I get this question a lot, so I thought i'd create a post to hopefully explain a little better to everyone out there.

NWC: This can be referred to a Cache file. This type of file can only be read into Navisworks and cannot export out or be saved as an NWC. NWC is created from products like Revit and AutoCAD, and is automatically created when Navisworks opens up directly from a DWG. When a DWG is opened, an NWC is created and used next time the Navisworks project is opened, unless the DWG is newer. If it's not, then the NWC is opened and is much quicker.

NWF: This is a project file. It contains all of the Navisworks data and pointers to the files that are loaded in the project. The content that is saved in an NWF is redlines, saved viewpoints, materials, etc. This is the working file for a project in Navisworks.

NWD: Navisworks version of a DWF. This removes all links and will nest everything in the NDW. This opens it up for the ability to share a project with someone without having to send all of the linked and appeneded files. An NWD can be opened with any Navisworks program.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Autodesk & Blue Ridge Numerics

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Feb. 17, 2011 — Autodesk, Inc., (NASDAQ: ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc., a leading provider of simulation software, for approximately $39 million in cash. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in Autodesk’s first quarter of fiscal 2012 (which ends on April 30, 2011).

What is Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc.?

Charlottesville, VA-based Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc. is a provider of fluid flow and heat transfer simulation software for industries including automotive, aerospace, medical, consumer products, electronics, industrial machinery, oil and gas and more. Founded in 1992, it is the fastest growing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software company in the world. Its CFdesign® CFD software helps engineers to determine ―will it work?‖ reducing the need for repeated physical testing in the lab. The company's CFD software integrates comprehensive fluid-flow and heat-transfer simulation into early phases of design and engineering, when companies can dramatically improve product quality, time-to-market, and ultimately profitability. The company’s software is based on finite element analysis, a numerical technique for comprehensive engineering simulations that can be widely applied to products like pumps, fans or turbines or to mechanical, electrical or plumbing systems in buildings.

What technology does Blue Ridge Numerics provide?

Blue Ridge Numerics software allows mechanical and building system engineers to virtually test and predict real-world behavior of new and existing designs and eliminate expensive physical prototyping cycles in the lab. Its CFD software allows engineers to make informed, up-front decisions about air flow, fluid flow or electronics cooling to help design and manufacture safer, quality products or construct more energy efficient buildings.
Blue Ridge Numerics has successfully broken down technological barriers that previously prevented the integration of CFD within the mainstream product development process. The company’s robust, general-purpose analytical engine produces accurate simulations from within a range of CAD systems with little human time or simulation experience required. Recognized by Desktop Engineering magazine as ―high-power CFD that operates from the designer's point of view,‖ CFdesign automates and removes the complexities of CFD set-up and meshing. Blue Ridge Numerics’ product line includes a broad spectrum of simulation capabilities focused on fluid flow and heat transfer. Engineers can visualize a digital prototype of a product, such as a hair
dryer, vacuum cleaner, oven, or blender, to test single or multi-scenario flow and thermal properties at once, so they can digitally optimize the design, placement, and performance of critical components. In the construction industry, engineers can use CFdesign with Autodesk® Revit® MEP to more accurately predict air flow and plan optimum ventilation for their building design to meet environmental regulations or energy efficiency objective

See the full press release here:

Friday, February 18, 2011

Autodesk Plugin of the Month

     This section of Autodesk Labs contains a “plugin of the month" brought to you by the Autodesk Developer Network (ADN). The plugins provided are simple productivity enhancing tools that streamline the use of our design applications. The plugins are developed by Autodesk or by other ADN members.
All of the plugins we provide come with full source code to show what goes on inside and will have taken a relatively small amount of time to develop (from half a day up to about a week). The idea behind this is that nothing we deliver will be especially "out-of-reach" for someone wishing to invest in learning and using our Application Program Interfaces (APIs). Hopefully you are inspired to create your own plugins.

Supported Applications
AveragePoint for AutoCAD
This plugin determines the average of a number of selected points inside AutoCAD. The plugin registers a transparent command that can be called from within 2D and 3D modelling operations, inputting the calculated point directly to AutoCAD's command-line.
  • AutoCAD 2007 and later
  • AutoCAD 2007 and later based applications
To download, use the links at the top of this page.
Still Available
To obtain information on prior plugins of the month (e.g., Screenshot for Inventor,DWF/PDF Batch Publish for AutoCAD,DimensionPatrol for AutoCAD), see the ADN Plugin of the Month Catalog page for descriptions and download links.
To download, visit:
Room Renumbering for Revit

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Coming in March...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


We are now an Autodesk reseller in Idaho! 

But... we're not just another Reseller! 

We are so much more!

Monday, February 14, 2011

0% Financing for a limited time!

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This is only for an extremely limited time!!
Restrictions apply so call your ProSoft representative today for more details.
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

AutoCAD Civil 3D Transportation Extension!!

Check out some of these new tools for Civil 3D. If you do any type of roadway or transportation design then you will love this!!

AutoCAD Civil 3D Transportation Extension
This AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 Transportation Extension is an application distributed to Autodesk customers for the purpose of enhanced transportation features and functionality of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011.This extension provides a 32-bit and 64-bit extension that can be installed on AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011, AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 Update 1, and AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 Subscription Advantage Pack.

Key Features Include:
  • Export Layout Directly to DGN
  • Export Civil Data
  • Import Raw Data
  • And Much More!

Caltrans Content KitThe Caltrans Content Kit can be downloaded and installed once above items have been downloaded and installed:

Friday, February 4, 2011


ProSoft, Utah’s leading provider of Autodesk sales and solutions is excited to announce we are expanding!! 

Beginning February 15st ProSoft will open a new location to support the great people in …………..!!!

Post a correct guess of the new location and win one of many different ProSoft prizes.  Check back on February 15th for the official announcement and see how to claim your prize!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


for AutoCAD Civil 3D

Point Cloud Feature Extraction for Civil 3D 2011 provides versatile tools to facilitate the processing of point cloud data. The technology preview is an intelligent point cloud shape extraction solution which allows you to import, load, and extract civil-specific shape and geometry information from point cloud data in AutoCAD Civil 3D.
The technology preview includes four main features specifically for civil users as following:
  • Point cloud classification
  • Ground surface creation
  • Point cloud segmentation
  • Road feature extraction
Download it here:

Autodesk Labs PLUGIN of the Month!!

Autodesk Labs PLUGIN of the Month!!
AveragePoint for AutoCAD

This plugin determines the average of a number of selected points inside AutoCAD. The plugin registers a transparent command that can be called from within 2D and 3D modeling operations, inputting the calculated point directly to AutoCAD's command-line.