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Turning plastic into sleeping mats - ProSoft Helping Hands (May)

This was our first service project of our ProSoft Helping Hands initiative. Our goal is to participate in a service project at least once a month. For May, we decided to collect plastic grocery bags to help make plarn (plastic yarn) sleeping mats with Stitching Hearts Worldwide. This organization makes plarn sleeping mats, pillows, quilts, backpacks, and more for refugees in foreign countries and homeless persons in our community!https://stitchingheartsww.org/

We folded around 4,000 bags prior to the service day and collected hundreds more that we donated with the folded bags.


We worked with Krysti's team to cut, tie, and weave the plarn into sleeping mats! It takes around 300 - 400 bags to make one mat.



The weaving process, when done with two people, takes around two hours.




The end result is a beautiful sleeping mat! They're lightweight, easy to clean, and comfortable! Ethyn got a good nap.





It was a pleasure working with Stitching Hearts Worldwide! This was such a fun, easy s…
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How to upgrade the Autodesk Network License Manager (LMTOOLS) on Windows

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The ProSoft Perspective: What is new in Revit 2020?

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Collaborate & Connect: PDFs into Revit: You can now use PDFs directly in Revit, gain access to full BIM 360/Connected Desktop Support, and snap geometry in the view.Publish Could Models on Revit Home: Easier access and tighter integration with the BIM 360 platform.Cloud Models for Revit Update: Store and access workshared and non-workshared models in the cloud, cloud storage use through Bim 360, and BIM 360 now allows individual and larger internal teams a connection to the platform.Support for Sketchup 2018 Import and Link: Supports up to 2018 version of sketchUp, and Colors from SketchUp are imported into Revit.Revit Extension for Fabrication exports: Setup data exports, reuse formats in fabrication databases, and extend data to fabrication and procurement.
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PowerLaunch 2019 - What You Need to Know

ProSoft, your premier solution for Autodesk products and services, is excited to announce the first stop of their 2019 PowerLaunch Tour. This is our 10th ANNIVERSARY for this amazing event and it's time to celebrate!

Join us on May 29th in Salt Lake City for an incredible FREE day of industry-specific breakout sessions, panel discussions, prizes and a networking social. Lunch will be provided!

Here's a look at this year's breakout sessions:



Registration is FREE (http://www.prosoftnet.com/powerlaunch2019/) but seating will be limited! Don't miss out on this incredible one day event!

Stay tuned for new updates and additional PowerLaunch location announcements.

We'll see you there!

What You Need to Know About Moving to Subscription

We now live in a subscription-based world where multiple corporations have switched to this business model.  Autodesk is evolving with the flow and making a huge move to subscription plans. Companies like Microsoft and Adobe are great examples of this. Here's what you need to know about switching to a subscription plan:

First of all, what is the difference between an Autodesk maintenance plan and a subscription plan?
Think of leasing vs. owning. Subscription plans are term licenses that are renewable annually.  If you don't renew, you no longer have access to the license. With a maintenance plan, you purchase rights to your Autodesk license and pay to maintain your perpetual license. If you stop making payments, you still keep your license, but it will stay on the version that you paid for.


Why switch at all? Many of our customers prefer to keep their maintenance plans because they prefer to own their license, but here are a few benefits to switching to subscription:
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AutoCAD 2020 Block Performance Hotfix

AutoCAD 2020 is out! Hopefully you've all had a chance to play around in it and check out the new features. As with all new things, sometimes we hit bugs. Autodesk released a Hotfix that applies to the 2020 versions of AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, and AutoCAD 2020-based specialized toolsets. It addresses an AutoCAD performance issue when opening DWG files with large numbers of block references.

Here's how to fix it from Autodesk's Knowledge Network: "You must have administrative privileges on your Microsoft Windows operating system to complete the installation process.
This installation requires you to replace the following files:
• accore.dll
• acdb23.dll

Download the correct Hotfix for your application to a location on your local computer:  
AutoCAD_2020_Block_Performance_Hotfix.zip, or AutoCAD_LT_2020_Block_Performance_Hotfix.zip
(This is the site to download: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad/downloads/caas/downloads/content/autodesk-C2-AE-autocad-C2-AE-2020-bl…

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