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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 h…

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 compa…

Autodesk Plugin of the Month

Download Now      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. OVERVIEW
THIS MONTH'S PLUGIN 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 modell…


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AutoCAD Civil 3D Transportation Extension!!

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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.

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Export Layout Directly to DGNExport Civil DataImport Raw DataAnd Much More!

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


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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 classificationGround surface creationPoint cloud segmentationRoad feature extractionDownload 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.