Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Bluebeam Revu 2016 can now create legend for your markup

Legends allow anyone to have an immediate visual understanding of the annotations on a PDF. Create Legends to show symbols with a basic description, or include additional information from the Markups list such as takeoff quantities, annotations status and more. Watch your Legend automatically update as annotations are added or modified.

Here is how you create legend:

1.      1. Highlight the area which contains markups that you would like to create legend
2.      2. Right click on any markup and select “Legend” > “Create New Legend”


- 3.     Legend will show up as below. You can then change the properties at the properties tab to customize the colors, font, etc.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

How To Manage Open Licences and Enterprise Licences for Your Bluebeam Products

Are you looking for an efficient way to manage your Enterprise or Open Licences? The Bluebeam Gateway lets you manage these licences in a single, convenient location.

Getting Started

To get up and running, go to https://portal.bluebeam.com and sign up for an account. In order to successfully complete the registration, you must be the primary or secondary account contact listed on the Enterprise or Open Licence.
Bluebeam Gateway
Once you've clicked Register Now, you'll be prompted to enter your name, email address and company information, as well as the relevant serial number and product key.

Note: This information must match what's listed on the Licencing Certificate or the email you received when the software was first purchased. Please contact us to request another copy if you're unable to find your licencing information.

To complete the registration process, click Confirm in the verification email that you'll receive.
Email Verification

This is a very important step. Your account can't be created without this verification process. Clicking Confirm in the email takes you back to the Bluebeam Gateway, where you can log in and work with your licences.

Note: Please check your spam or junk email folder if the email doesn't appear in your inbox.

Managing Your Licences

Logging in to the Bluebeam Gateway takes you to the Licences page, which contains a list of all products and serial numbers associated with the information you'd entered while creating your account.
This is where you can click a product name or serial number to begin viewing and managing the seat allocation for the licence, or export a licencing report as a CSV file, as explained in the Bluebeam Gateway User Guide.

Adding Administrators

If you'd like to have a colleague help manage your licences, you can add them to the account as either a Global or Site Administrator. Click Users, located in the upper-left corner of the page. This takes you to the Manage Users page, where you can add them to the account as either a Global or Site Administrator.

Additional Functions

The Bluebeam Gateway also includes additional features, which are accessed by clicking on your username (email address) located in the upper-right corner of the page.

When you do this, a dropdown menu appears that offers the following choices:

  • Sign Out—Logs you out of your account.
  • Change Password—Lets you change the password for your Bluebeam Gateway account.
  • Download Software—Takes you to Bluebeam's Downloads and Updates page, where you can download the latest Bluebeam Software product updates.
  • Contact Bluebeam—Takes you to the Contact Us page, where you can send a message to our Account Services or Technical Support team. 
Do you have any further queries regarding enterprise and open licensing? Please do not hesitate to contact our sales consultants for more information. We are always happy to help. sales@advancedspatial.com.au

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Start Sketching to Scale in Bluebeam Revu 2015

Bluebeam Revu 2015 introduces highly requested new features such as the new Sketch tool and the Dynamic Tool Set Scaler to automate and expedite critical work processes and to give you more control and flexibility when it comes to project collaboration.

Sketch Tools
The most requested annotation feature is now here. Sketch Tools allow you to quickly create Polygon, Polyline, Rectangle and Ellipse annotations based on a PDF's calibrated scale. A convenient display provides real-time length and angle feedback as you sketch details with your mouse, or enter precise dimensions with your keyboard. Now you can not only insert simple shapes in scale with the rest of the document, but also use Revu for complex as-builts or new design!

Dynamic Tool Set Scaler
Eliminate the need to manually rescale your tool sets multiple times. Annotations can now automatically resize precisely and proportionately when used on documents with different scales or viewports. Grouped annotations can also resize proportionally, regardless of scale setting. This tool 
is going to save tons of time because instead of having to shrink or maximize your tools to be scaled to drawings, your tools will automatically match the scale that's set to that page when placed on the drawing

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Workstation Recommendations for BIM

We often receive questions regarding the requirements of hardware to run Building Information Modelling (BIM) successfully. 

The foundation of a BIM implementation is the organized management of its deployment, upkeep, compliance and performance. At the core of BIM are modeling workflows and deliverable standards that specify the asset model and its downstream use in other lifecycle phases. A collaboration and accompanying data management framework solution controls the sharing of relevant and accurate information to all project stakeholders. During each lifecycle phase, people need to analyze integrated asset models. Analyses start at 2D, then proceed to 3D, 4D (time), 5D (cost) and to greater complexity. There are so many components to BIM, hence to work effectively and efficiently with BIM, you need a good running system. 

Better hardware, increases performance. Better performance increases the likelihood of a large BIM project succeeding.
In this post, we will have a look at the recommendations for a BIM workstation.

- Minimum for 64-bit: Windows 64-bit (XP, Vista, 7) Intel Pentium, AMD, 4 GB RAM, 5GB free disk space.
- Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit Enterprise, Ultimate, Professional
- Multi-Core Intel Xeon, i-Series processor, or AMD equivalent with highest affordable CPU speed.
- 16 GB RAM recommended for typical editing sessions. 32 GB RAM recommended for management of large models.
- DirectX 10 capable GPU with Shader Model 3

Workstation Hardware Recommendations

Processor Cores
- Revit only uses one core for non-rendering processing
- Overclocking has been found to be a solutions (MHz = good, more MHz = better)

System Memory
- Memory availability is top priority for large Revit projects
- Fill all channels with same memory type
- Fill all memory slots (dual/triple channel)  as much "dual-rank" (2, 4, 8 GB) memory

- Use an Autodesk certified graphics card that meets rendering and output needs
- Alternative: go beyond spec and buy gaming cards
- Impacts performance in Revit when navigating
- Allow for best graphical user experience by not skimping

- SSD or 7200-RPM SATA disks unless large volume rendering is required
- Will impact performance of certain Revit tasks beyond just rendering (regeneration of multiple views) 
- Printing of large multi-model Revit projects may force Revit to tap into the Virtual RAM.

Hope this post helps you make an informed choice for the implementation of BIM on your workstation.


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Why Stay Subscribed with Autodesk?


That’s one frequent question we get from our customers when they purchase software with us.

It is essential to be aware of what you’re paying for, and get the most value out from it.

Subscription has become more important than before. Due to the changes happening with Autodesk, all upgrades path will cease by 1 February 2015. Without subscription, your software will always remain as it is, and to get the latest version next time, you have to purchase a full cost seat. Why spend more in the future when you can save now?

Stay Current to Stay Competitive
      Get the latest updates and enhancements as soon as they're released, to keep your tools current and your skills sharp

     Find More Freedom for Where and How You Work
      Preceding version right
      Use both current and earlier versions (up to 3 previous versions) of your software
      Home use rights
      Easily switch between your office computer and your home computer with convenient licensing that extends to multiple machines.

      Extra territory rights
      Feel free to roam. Extra territory rights let you work from  anywhere outside your country of purchase for up to 90 days

      So how to get your upgrades/previous versions?
     1. Log in to Subscription Center (subscription.autodesk.com)
2. Select the correct Product and Year
3. To retrieve Serial number and Product Key, click on the Serial Numbers Tab
4. On the Software tab, select the correct installation

      Specialized Expertise, Right at your Fingertips
  • Installation and configuration troubleshooting
  • On-line knowledge base, including tutorials, training videos and Autodesk technical solutions
  • Web support
  • Expedited community forum support
   Exclusively for ASt Subscribed Customers
   Phone and online support with ASt technical specialists
      Create, Store and Share in the Cloud

        1. 25 GB Cloud Storage
        Access, Share and Upload Design Files Everywhere
        Go to https://360.autodesk.com/Login to login to your account

        2. Energy Analysis for Revit
        Energy Analysis for Revit® software is a cloud-based energy simulation service powered by Green Building Studio that supports sustainable design. You will be able to determine energy consumption levels and building lifecycle costs using this tool.

3. Green Building Studio
Autodesk® Green Building Studio is a flexible cloud-based service that allows you to run building performance simulations to optimize energy efficiency and to work toward carbon neutrality earlier in the design process. The information achieved from the simulation includes
•       Whole-building energy analysis
•       Detailed weather data
•       Energy Star and LEED support
•       Carbon emissions reporting
•       Daylighting
•       Water usage and cost
•       Natural ventilation potential

4. Rendering in Autodesk 360
Reduce time and project costs with rendering in the cloud. Produce compelling, photorealistic visualizations—without tying up the desktop or obtaining specialized hardware.

There are a lot more cloud services that come with Autodesk Maintenance Subscription, such as Buzzsaw, Mockup 360, Optimization for Inventor, Process Analysis 360 and Structural Analysis for Revit

Monday, 4 August 2014

Work Smarter and Quicker with Bluebeam Tips and Tricks

Here are some Bluebeam tips and tricks that will help you work smarter and quicker.

1.Autosize text-box and call-out
      Why spend time adjusting the size of your markups to fit your text, when you can simply set it as a preference. Go to Settings > Preference > Markups, and check the autosize box. Now you will have perfectly sized boxes and callouts

       2. Bluebeam Keyboard Shortcuts
       Using shortcuts can save you so much time. You no longer have to navigate the tabs to search  for the tool.  Go to Help > Help dropdown > Keyboard Shortcuts and start memorising!

3.   3. Closing Multiple Tabs quickly
 It is common to have multiple files opened at one time, and to close it, we click on “X” to close one file at a time. But what happens if you would like to close all tabs except one? Instead of spending time clicking on “X”, you can easily right click on the file tab you want to keep open, and you’ll see the option “Close Other Tabs”. Enough Said.

      4. Multiple Leader Lines
Sometimes, one markup may refer to a few locations in your PDF. Instead of creating multiple similar markups, you can add multiple leader lines coming out from just one markup which point to different parts of your document. Simply right click on the markup and select Add Leader Line.

      5. Maintaining Revisions
It seems that Bluebeam had simple document management function too! By default, Bluebeam does not maintain revisions on save. This feature, if enabled, will retain every saved version of a PDF, allowing you to still return to the previous versions if required.

Go to Settings > Document and select Maintain Revisions as its Save Mode.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

How to Create New Wire Types with Different Linestyle in Revit

Wires in Revit are presented as 2D lines. There are 3 different wire types one can use in Revit – Arc, Spline and Chamfered. All 3 wires have similar line styles – they are all drawn as continuous lines.

A question frequently asked by student was – “Am I able to assign different line style to different wire types?”

Regardless of whether you are using Arc, Spline, or Chamfered, the following steps will be able to create new wire types of different line styles.

The common way of creating new types for families is to first select the component, and with the tool still active, proceed to Properties Palette and click on Edit Type. When the dialog box opens, select Duplicate and give a new name for the new type before changing the type properties to suit the type requirement. This is the same method to create new wire type XHHW 2 as well. However, note that there is no option in the Type Properties to change the appearance of the wire linestyle.

To change the graphics of the new wire type XHHW2, I have to create a new Filter for XHHW 2

1. Open Visibility/Graphics dialog box ( shortcut key: VV)
2. Go to Filters Tab, and click on Add
3. When Add Filters dialog box appears, click on Edit/New
4. To create new filter, right click on Filters area and select Duplicate. Rename new filter as XHHW 2
5. For Categories, select Check None and then select Wires
6. For Filter Rules, filter by: Type Name equals XHHW 2

7. Once that’s done, add XHHW 2 Filter to Visibility/Graphics Overrides dialog box, and click on Override for Lines
8. Change Line Colour to Red, and line pattern to Aligning Line

 Now each time XHHW 2 wire is used in that view, it will be drawn as red aligning line.