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FREE Webinar: Dirty Laundry: Cleaning Up Your Sheets with AutoCAD Sheet Set Manager - Part 2

Sheet Set Manager (SSM), is one of the most underutilized tools available to all AutoCAD software users across the AutoCAD platform. It's designed to save time and money.
Understanding SSM can help improve your efficiency and productivity. Impress your colleagues and managers as you modify entire project sheet sets in minutes versus hours. Change common sheet elements, such as page numbering, sheet titles, dates, revision data, and custom fields.
In this session, in addition to the above, we will review:
The ease of how to set up a title block/cover sheet template with fields built into itBest practices for taking advantage of SSMFields and the ways to use them in a Sheet Set to improve your productivitySet up plotting for a Sheet Set so that SSM will plot your drawings for you, including e-transmitting those drawingsHere's the date and time:

Wed., December 5th, 2:00 PM (Mountain)

If you are interested in attending on December 5th, please register HERE.

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 Service Pack 1

In a continuing effort to provide high quality products, Autodesk has released AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 Service Pack 1, which fixes or addresses a variety of issues discovered by customers and by Autodesk's internal testing team.

This Service Pack includes all previous hotfixes for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013. It also includes the fixes included in AutoCAD 2013 Service Pack 1.1 and AutoCAD Map 3D 2013 Service Pack 1. 

Note: This update applies to all language versions and to versions of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 with previous hotfixes applied.
Find the download here:

Important tax planning implications updated for the 2012 tax year!!

Both the 'Tax Relief Act of 2010' as well as the 'Jobs Act of 2010' that passed in late 2010 affected Section 179 in a positive way for this 2012 tax year.  Following are the highlights for the 2012 tax year: 2012 Deduction Limit = $139,000

Section 179 Deduction limit after adjustment for inflation has increased to $139,000 (maximum allowance would have been only $25,000 prior to the new legislation).
2012 Limit on Capital Purchases = $560,000

Section 179 Threshold for total of equipment & software that can be purchased has increased to $560,000 (threshold would have been only $200,000 prior to the new legislation).
2012 Bonus Depreciation = 50%
The new law allows 50% “Bonus Depreciation” on qualified assets placed in service during 2012

Please Note: Section 179 Deduction is available for most new and used capital equipment, and also includes certain software. Bonus Depreciation can be taken on new equipment only (no used equipment, no software)

Get all of your Section 179 De…

FREE Webinar: QTO (Quantity Takeoff) in Civil 3D

QTO (Quantity Takeoff) in Civil 3D
AutoCAD Civil 3D software includes Quantity Takeoff (QTO).  Most people overlook that functionality, but it really is a useful tool.  You can use the model you have built as part of your design to measure and quantify the pieces needed to turn your project from paper to reality.  You can export to a number of formats and even to other applications for further analysis.  In this session we will review:
·Open and Review list of pay items ·Assign pay items ·Use QTO Tools to review items ·Generate QTO Output
Wed., November 7th, 2:00 PM (Mountain) If you are interested in attending, register at:

Subscription Productivity Tools for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2013

Just in case you forgot, in August Autodesk announced that the Productivity Tools for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2013 have gone live on Subscription Center. This is a collection of tools and content supporting regional and/or industry specific workflows that can be downloaded and installed by Civil 3D subscription customers to enhance the value of the Civil 3D product.
Watch for a ProSoft Webinar on these tools coming up soon!!
Download now at the Subscription Center

The following are some of tools that were launched: 

Borehole Utility for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2013 The imports data files containing borehole information in AGS and CSV format and creates Civil 3D points and/or borehole diagrams projected onto a Civil 3D Profile View.

Bridge Modeler for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2013
The Bridge Modeler for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2013 enables users to create bridge models based on critical geometry in the Civil 3D corridor model and existing ground surface. Users can also create AutoC…

ArcGIS for AutoCAD

ESRI's latest release of ArcGIS for AutoCAD simplifies the communication between CAD and GIS platform.  For those using AutoCAD and not Map 3D or Civil 3D this is a pretty good tool.  You can use ArcGIS for AutoCAD to do the following:

Use ArcGIS for AutoCAD to Streamline information sharing between GIS and CAD groups.View live, rich cartographic GIS maps in AutoCAD.Include the results of GIS analysis in AutoCAD designs.Add imagery to your AutoCAD drawing.Create, manipulate, and define how CAD data is organized and attributed as GIS content so it can be used in ArcGIS for Desktop or AutoCAD.Navigate your AutoCAD session based on street address or place names.

Here is the link below to get your FREE add on:

FREE Webinar: The Power Of Search Sets in Navisworks

The Power Of Search Sets in NavisworksAre you using static selection sets in Navisworks? What happens when your files are updated and things change? You will have to recreate those static selection sets. This Webinar will discuss the versatility and power of using dynamic search sets instead of the static selection sets.
Here's the date and time:
Wed., October 24th, 2:00 PM (Mountain)

If you are interested in attending on October 24th, register at:

Revit Extensions for Autodesk Revit 2013

If you are a subscription customer, check out the new "Revit Extensions for Autodesk Revit 2013" under the "Product Enhancements" section of the subscription website.

There are quite a few nice features; especially if you are a Revit Structure user.

From the website:
"Revit® Extensions for Autodesk® Revit® 2013 extend the capabilities of Autodesk® Revit® 2013, Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2013, Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2013, and Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2013 software in key areas, including structural analysis, modeling, reinforcement, interoperability and construction documentation. This download contains all previously released Revit Extensions and updates. The Q3 Update includes enhancements to bridge modeling, integration with Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis Professional 2013, and improvements to the reinforcement extensions. Refer to the “Feature Summary” for details."

Update Release 2 Available for Revit 2013 Products

A new update is available for Revit 2013.  Read more here:

Update Enhancement ListImprovements made in Update 2 build (20121003_2115): Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2013 Enhancements • Improves stability when upgrading 2012 project which contains analytical walls. • Improves stability when adjusting multiple sketch lines of a floor at the same moment. • Improves stability when editing the gutters on a roof object with the Add/Remove Segment tool. • Improves stability when renaming a Stair run type or landing to ‘none’. • Improves stability when using the ribbon Cancel Edit Mode button to exit Stair Edit Mode.  • Improves stability when using an open profile for a wall sweep. • Improves stability when splitting a wall. Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2013 Enhancements • Enables the Area, Area Boundary and Tag Area ribbon commands. • Improves stability when using Beam Systems. • Im…

Civil 3D - Field to Finish Event

Come join ProSoft for yet another FREE event in Boise, Id!!
Angel Espinoza from Autodesk will be demonstrating some very useful survey tools within Civil 3D.  Come enjoy, sit back and let Angel take you from "Field to Finish"!!
Wednesday October 24th
7:30 – 8:00    Check-In & Continental Breakfast 8:00 – 11:30  Field to Finish Presentation (By Autodesk and WH Pacific)

Autodesk VAULT: Collaboration and Data Management Software

Collaboration and Data Management Software
Autodesk® Vault data management software helps organize, manage, and track data creation, simulation, and documentation processes for design and engineering workgroups. Get more control over design data with revision management capabilities and quickly find and reuse design data, for easier management of your design and engineering information. Tightly integrated withAutodesk Digital PrototypingandBuilding Information Modeling (BIM)applications, Autodesk Vault data management software helps manufacturers, engineers, architects, and construction teams to more efficiently collaborate and meet tight deadlines.
Data Management for Workgroups The Vault family of products improves team productivity without disrupting natural design workflows.
Data Search and Reuse Shorten product development time—don’t waste your work. The Vault product family helps you find digital design data, and reuse it whenever possible.
Revision Control Keep control of revisions, …

View Navisworks Models on Your Tablet!

The new app is called "BIM 360 Glue" and is available now.
Here are the key features of this first release: Easy access to up-to-date, multi-discipline BIM 360 Glue projects "One-click to BIM" access from email notifications to a precise model viewNavigate through saved views and access object propertiesSecure authenticated, anywhere access to BIM 360 Glue projects Intuitive exploration of multi-discipline BIM projects in the field Navigate using intuitive gesture-based pan, zoom and orbit, optimized for BIMWalk through the model with gravity-assisted navigationView project model details with immersive, gyroscope-enabled look around Integrate with your BIM ecosystem Coordinate over 50 design file formats in BIM 360 Glue for mobile accessPublish Navisworks models to BIM 360 Glue for access in the fieldAccess large project models and data - online or offline

Very exciting news.  Read more at the "Beyond Design" blog.

Project Basemap for Civil 3D and Map 3D 2013 back up and running!

Project Basejump for AutoCAD®Map 3D® 2013 and AutoCAD®Civil 3D® 2013 software is a free*technoloy preview that provides functionality that enables users to access Microsoft® Bing® web mapping services (WMS) maps within AutoCAD Map 3D and AutoCAD Civil 3D. With Project Basejump, AutoCAD Map 3D and AutoCAD Civil 3D software users can access Microsoft Bing data including aerial imagery, road, traffic, and other information within an AutoCAD environment.

Download Here:

The Calm Before the STORM Event - Autodesk Storm and Sanitary Analysis

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 Hotfix 2

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 Hotfix 2 In a continuing effort to provide high quality products, Autodesk has released AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 Hotfix 2 which fixes or addresses a variety of issues discovered by customers and by Autodesk's internal testing team. This Hotfix includes the updates contained in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 Hotfix 1. Download link:

Revit Mystery Lock Icon

Have you ever had a lock icon that you weren't sure what it was locking?

Did you know that you can ask it what it is locking and it will tell you?
Simply right-click on the lock icon, and choose the "Show Related" tool.

This allows you to cycle through the associated objects. You can also "Show" those objects if they aren't already in view. Pretty cool.

ProSoft represents well at Autodesk University 2012!!

It is about that time to register for classes at Autodesk University 2012!!  
ProSoft is represented very well this year by having three separate speakers present a class.  See Gabe Cottam, Tim Douglas and Shawn herring in action at AU.  Their classes are listed below:
Gabe Cottam

Class ID - MP1448
Class Title AutoCAD® Revit® MEP: Space Schedules for Design Verification and Validation
Description Space schedules are one of the most underused tools in the AutoCAD Revit MEP software arsenal. This class will give you the tools to go beyond how you are using Revit for your design. In this class we will explore the diverse possibilities of Revit MEP space schedules for verifying and validating your design in a straightforward and easily understood format. We will focus on using space schedules to verify LEED® points, compare design calculations to actual modeled conditions, create and use calculated values, resolve improper units, and implement conditional cell formatting for quick design conditi…

Augmented Reality Plug-In For Autodesk Showcase

Imagine taking a live video, or pre-recorded video with some QR code looking "markers" and then digitally replacing that marker from the video with your design model.  Effectively overlaying you design into the real world, or augmenting reality with your design improvements.
Yep, we can do that.

See the augmented reality plug-in for Autodesk Showcase in "The Lab"

Here's a very crude sample video I recorded from my laptop webcam using the techniques described in the Getting Started Guide, and the "Basic Sample Project" that comes with Revit Architecture.

Some very amazing potential for this technology.  How would you like to see it used?

Begs the question "How much longer until this is integrated into mobile devices?"
It's good to live in the future.

Autodesk 360 Cloud Units & Storage FAQs

Ever wonder what you are getting with the Autodesk Cloud services??

How many Cloud Units will it take to use different cloud services?There are only three specific Autodesk 360 cloud services that require cloud units in order to perform a job:

Autodesk 360 Rendering = 5 CU per Rendered Image
Autodesk 360 Optimization for Inventor = 5 CU per Optimization Run
Autodesk 360 Structural Analysis = 3 CU per Analysis Run
How many Cloud Units do I get with my Autodesk Subscription?Cloud Units are currently only available through purchase of Autodesk Subscription with a stand-alone product or suite:

100 CU per seat – Stand Alone Products or Standard Suites 250 CU per seat – Premium Suites 500 CU per seat – Ultimate Suites
For example, if you have 10 seats of a Stand Alone Autodesk product (such as AutoCAD) you'll receive 1,000 Cloud Units (10 seats x 100 Cloud Units per seat = 1,000 Cloud Units).
A very detailed explanation can be found at the following link:…

Inserting North Arrows into PAPER SPACE

A little AutoCAD tip for you!!   I always ignore this ribbon when it pops up, but it is pretty useful!!

Inserting North Arrows You add a north arrow in paper space. When you add a north arrow, you assign it to a specific viewport and you specify its location. You can use a built-in north arrow or load a custom north arrow. You can use any AutoCAD block as a north arrow. You can create north arrows using the AutoCAD Block Editor. You can copy and paste north arrows within the same paper space layout.
Adjusting North Arrow If you rotate the north arrow, the map adjusts automatically. Each north arrow has a floating toolbar. Use the toolbar to rotate the north arrow, or to reset it to true north after you rotate it. If you delete the associated viewport, the floating toolbar will display a warning. To resolve the issue, use the floating toolbar to associate the north arrow to a different viewport, or delete the north arrow.
Adding a North Arrow Create a display map and add any viewports you need.E…

ProSoft PowerLaunch Kindle Fire Winner!!!

Congratulations to Brian Sanderson from CTA Architects Engineer in Boise, ID for winning the drawing for a Kindle Fire at our ProSoft PowerLaunch 2013!!!

Looking forward to seeing everyone throughout the year and at next years event!!

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 Hotfix 1

Autodesk has released a HOTFIX for Civil 3D 2013 This hotfix will address the following issues: This hotfix resolves an issue with the Survey Figures Property Dialog. In the lower section of the panel you can now see the vertex properties for chain type figures.This hotfix resolves an issue when opening an AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 drawing in Navisworks Manage 2013 with the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 Object Enabler installed. After applying the hotfix, importing a drawing using Navisworks Manage 2013 no longer results in the application becoming unresponsive or closing unexpectedly.Access it here:


Corridor Solids for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2012 software provides functionality to create AutoCAD solids from AutoCAD Civil 3D Subassembly shapes that are contained in an AutoCAD Civil 3D Corridor Model. By creating solids from subassembly shapes, representative real-world objects such as tunnels, retaining walls, and pavement layers can be more easily used for visual analysis, design verification, and construction coordination through enhanced model sharing between various project team members who are using applications such as Autodesk® Navisworks® 2012 products, Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2012, Autodesk® 3ds® Max Design 2012, and the new Autodesk® Infrastructure Modeler 2012 software. The technology preview has ended, and the technology is available as an add-on in the Autodesk Subscription Center.

Download @

Revit Schedules with Graphic Yes/ No Parameters

You've probably seen what happens to your Yes/ No parameters when you place your schedule on a sheet. Revit automatically replaces the check mark with text.

Have you ever wanted to maintain a graphic representation in that Yes/ No column?  Well, you can with a little workaround.  You just need to create a new "Calculated Value" parameter in your schedule and fill out the formula with a simple IF() statement.  

The syntax should read:
if(*test*, *YES*, *No*)
Where *test* is the name of your actual Yes/ No parameter (choose this through the ellipses button)
and *YES* is the symbol you want to show if yes
and *NO* is the symbol you want so show if no

The symbols can be copied from the Windows Character Map.  Take care to use the same font that your schedule body uses or it will not show you the character you thought it would.

Use the "Copy" button inside the character map and inside the "Calculated Value" dialog box, use the keyboard shortcut "Ctl+V&q…

Revit Family Not Cutting Wall Properly

Ran into a case the other day where a wall hosted family (a towel dispenser in this case) that was cutting through the stud wall just fine, but wasn't cutting through a veneer wall (tile in this case) that was placed along side the stud wall.

If you run into a similar scenario, check the "Unconnected Height" of the wall.  If the unconnected height is less than 6'-0", the wall will behave different from other walls.

From the help file:
"Walls shorter than 6 feet are not cut, even if they intersect the cut plane.
The 6 feet are measured from the top of the bounding box to the bottom of the primary view range. ... When the top of the wall is less than 6 feet, the entire wall shows as projection even where it intersects the cut plane. This behavior always occurs when the Top Constraint property for the wall is specified as Unconnected."
So, to avoid this undesired behavior, simply "Attach" the top of the wall to the floor level or the level above and …

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER!!! Come join us for the 3rd Annual ProSoft PowerLaunch in Salt Lake City!!!!!

Registration for ProSoft's PowerLaunch 2013 featuring AUTODESK'S LYNN ALLEN is now available online.  Whether you're looking into converting to BIM or just want to see the new features in AutoCAD 2013 this unbelievable no-cost event is a day you don't want to miss!!

Register here:

Choose From Over 15 Incredible Breakout Sessions: PowerLaunch Agenda & Workshop Sessions ProSoft Welcome – 8:45 to 9:30 Intermountain West's most dynamic Autodesk support, sales and solutions team welcomes you. Keynote by Autodesk's Lynn Allen – 9:30 to 10:30 Join Autodesk Evangelist Lynn Allen as she discusses Autodesk 360—Enter the Cloud. Session 1 – 10:45 to 11:45 Lynn Allen 60 AutoCAD Tips in 60 Minutes Angel Espinoza Civil 3D Workflows that WORK! Gabe Cottam Revit MEP Space Schedules Scott Davis [Executive Track] Visualization is More than a Pretty Picture! Lunch (Provided) – 12:00 to 1:00 Lunch in the Main Hall Ses…