Thursday, April 24, 2014

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Per-document data in AutoCAD .NET applications – Part 4

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 09:16 AM PDT

In yesterday's post, we looked at a mechanism that has been introduced in AutoCAD 2015 to simplify associating custom data with a Document. In today's post we're going to swap out the custom manager class to make use of the...

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Per-document data in AutoCAD .NET applications – Part 3

Posted: 23 Apr 2014 04:03 AM PDT

I almost named this post to make it clear it's about a new API capability in AutoCAD 2015, but then I wouldn't have had the slightly perverse satisfaction of resurrecting a series of posts after 7.5 years. Here are the...

Implementing a custom AutoCAD object snap mode using .NET (redux)

Posted: 22 Apr 2014 02:25 AM PDT

I had an email from Martin Duke about this old post a couple of weeks ago. I started to update the original post but then realised that a) I couldn't easily go that far back using Windows Live Writer and...

Novidades GraphicSpeak

Novidades GraphicSpeak

Cl3ver adds offline option

Posted: 23 Apr 2014 12:12 AM PDT

Online presentation authoring tool Cl3ver adds offline publishing to extend the availability of content.   Cl3ver is an online presentation authoring tool designed for architects. It offers an easy way to share visualizations of projects and has features such as annotation to add information to 3D models. Now the company has also added an offline [...]

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

“What is Leapfrogging for Sustainability?” plus 1 more

“What is Leapfrogging for Sustainability?” plus 1 more

What is Leapfrogging for Sustainability?

Posted: 22 Apr 2014 09:56 AM PDT

What is leapfrogging? The first thing that could pop up in your mind is the game we all played as kids:

Leapfrog game 1950

In the theory of innovation

In the theory of innovation (and in particular in Schumpeter’s) however, leapfrogging refers to the ‘breakthrough innovations’ leading to the ‘creative destruction’ cycle, as opposed to smaller, incremental innovation steps. The new breakthrough innovation often comes to swipe away the previous technology consequently becoming obsolete. In most cases, the new breakthrough comes in at a time where the current technology has already saturated the market: think of electrical locomotives replacing steam locomotives, or mobile phones replacing landline phones (in developed countries).

Innovation LifeCycle

But with leapfrogging, the breakthrough comes in even before the current technology has reached market saturation or has even been introduced at all. A typical example is the adoption of mobiles phones instead of landline phones in emerging countries, such as Vietnam shown below (click on the picture to enlarge):

Fixed line vs mobile penetration rates in Vietnam

Leapfrogging in sustainable development

In the context of sustainable development and in particular for developing countries, leapfrogging refers to “skipping inferior, less efficient, more expensive or more polluting technologies and industries and move directly to more advanced ones” (source: Wikipedia article on Leapfrogging). Because there is an opportunity to learn from mistakes of the so-called “brown economy”,  the green economy is a ”chance for emerging and developing economies to leapfrog unsustainable and wasteful production and consumption patterns” (source: OECD report on ‘Green Growth and Developing Countries’).

Less efficient, more polluting technologies founder Alex Steffen clearly explained this concept in his TED talk as a fundamental and preliminary step among others on the route to a sustainable future (jump at 8″36′):

Click here to view the embedded video.

Introducing… the Leapfrog Project

With these concepts in mind we started the Leapfrog Project, an innovative approach to boost the leapfrogging potential of the next generation of eco-imagineers in emerging countries. For this matter, we’ve partnered with best-in-class organizations: the TU Delft University (Netherlands), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and instances of National Cleaner Production Centres (NCPC).

The Leapfrog Project

In the coming weeks and months, we will drive you through the journey and backstage of this project with a series of blog posts. So bear with us and… follow the frog :wink:

My company is small, but my products are increasingly complex

Posted: 21 Apr 2014 05:12 AM PDT

Small business cloud computingUntil now, the best product development tools were within the reach of only large companies, with teams of IT technicians and administrators.

Small companies have often had to compromise and make do with second best. But the pressure on increasing product, process and eco-system complexity makes second-best uncompetitive.

Cloud solutions level the playing field, removing the “barriers to entry” for small engineering companies. The infrastructure, system security, administration, installation and maintenance is automatic, allowing engineers to concentrate on innovation.

Watch BHR Aerospace describe on video how CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE on the Cloud provides  the framework for an innovative new helicopter program.

Click here to view the embedded video.

The installation was fast and simple; Secure and Collaborative tools are available at the click of a mouse; the right data is available anytime, anywhere and easy and flexible   mechanical simulation means no more physical prototyping!

Find out how large company product development capabilities are now available to SMBs.

Paul Mackin is a member of the CATIA Brand Marketing team.

Autodesk Inventor Suporte

Autodesk Inventor Suporte

Inventor 2015 startup crashes

Posted: 22 Apr 2014 12:50 AM PDT

This is an issue we are seeing with few users trying to launch Inventor 2015

The crash is caused by the following registry key missing from the users system:


The product never launches but instead goes directly to the CER dialog. 


If you are experiencing the same problem after having installed Inventor 2015, please try the solution below.

The solution requires admin privileges:


  1. Download this zip file and extract it to the user machine
  2. Rename the file from .txt  to .reg
  3. Double-click on the file
  4. Inventor 2015 should now be able to start


The first update to 2015 should take care of this once it's available.

Thanks to Mike Dickason for having provided the solution.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Novidades GraphicSpeak

Novidades GraphicSpeak

Maya LT to launch on Steam gaming platform

Posted: 18 Apr 2014 10:26 AM PDT

For $50 a month Steam enthusiasts and developers have access to a full commercial license of Maya LT.    Autodesk will launch Maya LT 2015 on the Steam gaming platform next week, making its animation and modeling feature set available to more than 65 million gamers, developers and artists. For $50 per month, Steam users [...]

Friday, April 18, 2014

Offer more products while decreasing the number of parts. Get your personalized white paper about modularity!

Offer more products while decreasing the number of parts. Get your personalized white paper about modularity!

Offer more products while decreasing the number of parts. Get your personalized white paper about modularity!

Posted: 18 Apr 2014 04:29 AM PDT

According to J. Källgren of Modular Management,

Industrial Equipment companies have every interest in working with their clients as early as possible so that they can suggest design improvements or convince the client to use their type of equipment. In this way, lead times go down for everyone and customers obtain a more cost-effective price than if everything is specifically tailored for them.

If you’d like to know more about modularity here is a short extract of the white paper we prepared for you:

A company's survival depends on its ability to manufacture products that people are willing to buy. In today's market economy, companies have every interest in monitoring market shifts and adapting their product mix to continue to satisfy demand. Part of what they have learned in recent years is that customers seek solutions tailored to their needs. It is no longer enough to focus on producing quality products to make a sale.

There is much more inside, so get a copy tailored to your company’s profile now :wink:

Get your customized whitepaper on modularity

Talk to you soon:-)

Diana is a member of the Industrial Equipment industry team.


Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Autodesk ReCap Connect: a partner program for ReCap

Posted: 18 Apr 2014 01:04 AM PDT

It's Good Friday, so much of the world will be offline today, but I thought I'd post quickly on some (good) news that may be of interest to people. The ReCap team has officially launched a new partner program. This...

Novidades GraphicSpeak

Novidades GraphicSpeak

Bentley Systems reports revenue, income, and plans

Posted: 17 Apr 2014 11:19 AM PDT

Bentley Systems reports an 8% increase in revenue to $593 million in 2013; increases family and employee ownership to 98%.  Bentley Systems, a private company, announced its 2013 annual results in a call to press and analysts on April 16. The company has made a practice of annual reporting even though it is private and [...]

Shotgun adds secure client review and annotation

Posted: 17 Apr 2014 09:04 AM PDT

Created with a single click, the new review site extends shot tracking to client review. Shotgun Software has released an update adding a new, integrated Shotgun Client Review Site to its production management system. Shotgun says the toolset enables creative companies to share media with clients or anyone outside the studio "securely, with one click," through [...]

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Novidades AutoCad 2013

Novidades AutoCad 2013

Save Your Valuable AutoCAD Settings to the Cloud!

Posted: 16 Apr 2014 04:50 PM PDT

If you're like me - you've customized your AutoCAD environment to work the way you want to work.  You set up your profiles in Options, you've personalized a workspace and maybe event customized your menu.  Or how about your tool palettes - maybe some custom linetypes or icon?  Do you shudder at the thought of losing all this awesome customization?

With AutoCAD 360 you can save all of your valuable AutoCAD settings to the cloud!  Check out my latest Cadalyst video to see how easy it is to save your settings to your Autodesk 360 account and pull those settings down to any AutoCAD...anywhere!  Just imagine that!



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Fun in the UK

Posted: 16 Apr 2014 01:47 AM PDT

It's been a great week of holidays, so far. There's been a lot of driving: we booked our flights in and out of Stansted – as our main purpose was to attend a good friend's wedding in Suffolk – but...

Novidades GraphicSpeak

Novidades GraphicSpeak

New EdgeWise Structure extracts structural elements from point cloud data

Posted: 15 Apr 2014 09:50 AM PDT

The advanced algorithms behind other ClearEdge products can save 50% of the time it takes to model as-built structural members. ClearEdge3D today announces the launch of its newest software, EdgeWise Structure, which can quickly and accurately extract properly specified steel, concrete or wood structural members from laser scan point clouds. ClearEdge3D claims EdgeWise Structure can [...]

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SolidWorks e as Dicas do Kastner

SolidWorks e as Dicas do Kastner

Soldagens – Parte 1 – Introdução

Posted: 15 Apr 2014 04:23 AM PDT


Desde o SolidWorks 2005, existiram duas mudanças radicais no produto

  • Ambiente de trabalho com recursos de múltiplos corpos sólidos
  • Ambiente de estruturas metálicas soldadas baseadas em no ambiente de múltiplos corpos.

Lendo o que escrevi, sempre há uma pergunta no que diz respeito ao SolidWorks.

Ele possui ambiente para estruturas metálicas?

A resposta

Para estruturas metálicas soldadas, sim… Para estruturas metálicas detalhadas com conexões aparafusadas, não nativamente.

Continuem lendo

Mais informações »

Advanced notes in SolidWorks drawings: Pattern Instance

Posted: 15 Apr 2014 02:16 AM PDT

Want to stuff some sweet automatic pattern instance updates into your drawing notes?
Many times when people get to the point of creating a drawing they are stretched for time causing failing back to basic techniques and manually labor.
In this short video we are going to get some quick advanced drawing fun into our Solidworks notes. Getting your pattern instance into your drawings can safe you a lot of hassle when there is a design change.


Like to see more SolidWorks drawing tips, check out this blog post.

Novidades GraphicSpeak

Novidades GraphicSpeak

Cloud storage expert Panzura finds gold in AEC

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 11:48 AM PDT

Global file system addresses construction collaboration pain point. Autodesk CEO joins advisory board. Venture-funded startup Panzura has in recent months found a ready market among architecture and construction firms for its cloud-based global file management technology, and has decided to pivot its business to focus on AEC. "We have traction in AEC because we uniquely [...]

CADfeature update supports quality assurance workflow

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 10:13 AM PDT

A new browser-based interface speeds reporting engineering data to the supply chain. Elysium says its latest release of CADfeature simplifies and improves the creation and exchange of master CAD models between OEM manufacturers and their supply chains. The software offers a feature-based translation system to transfer design intent without releasing original CAD files. Enhancements in [...]

Monday, April 14, 2014

SolidWorks e as Dicas do Kastner

SolidWorks e as Dicas do Kastner

Biblioteca de perfis para Soldagens

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 11:06 AM PDT


Com muito orgulho que eu concluí junto com o pessoal de apoio as bibliotecas de elementos estruturais para o SolidWorks 2014. Coisa simples mas que impedia que muitos usuários utilizassem os elementos estruturais, acreditem.

Eu me surpreendi com a lista dos voluntários que me ajudaram no cadastro e os que realmente executaram o trabalho. Os atuantes foram os listados abaixo

  • Italo Picolomini (SKA)
  • Enderson de Moura (SKA)
  • Tiago Barbosa
  • Diego Azevedo
  • Ricardo Barredo

Pra quem desejar realizar o download, segue o link para o meu skydrive contendo os arqivos.

As instruções de uso dos arquivos deverá ser executada nos próximos dias através de uma série de vídeos no you tube e posts aqui no blog.


Why do Fashion brands and Retailers have to adopt an out of the box PLM solution?

Why do Fashion brands and Retailers have to adopt an out of the box PLM solution?

Why do Fashion brands and Retailers have to adopt an out of the box PLM solution?

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 03:13 AM PDT

Fast fashion, right fashion, on-time fashion, think global, act local, these are not just buzz words, they are real challenges big and not so big fashion brands must meet to satisfy consumers. The fashion landscape has changed because consumer buying habits have undergone a tremendous swing from the 1980s when clients used to shop at departments stores all stocked with the same product offering. These temples of fashion, which enjoyed a comfortable 10% share of the retail market at the time, have since lost their shine (attaining only a 2.6% share in 2011) in favor of smaller, more intimate specialty channels that cater to the specific tastes of the local consumer.

So what happened?

Fashion Collection for SMBPeople are tired of the global, impersonal model and want to be taken for who they are individuals. The popularity of mobile technology and social networks confirm thisindividualization.  So, if brands want to reach these new consumers, they must speak their language so to speak, get closer to them, and cater to their local cultures, their likes, and their "individual-ness". In an article published this month on whichPLM the author mentions another trend in which consumers long for a return to the friendly and available local shopkeeper of yesterday. The challenge is therefore twofold: on one hand brands can no longer exploit one channel with a uniform offering and hope to satisfy a global population that has become ever so "individual" and on the other, they need to take into account a consumer's desire for a more personal and intimate shopping experience. SH Lee, chairman of Tesco's Korean Home, declared the "age of imperialism" over and urged retailers to tailor their offer to local cultures. And bingo! Focusing its efforts on the Korean consumer helped propel his company from 12th to 2nd largest retailer in Korea.

Keeping a profitable balance, however, between producing en masse but with a local twist is not easy. Not only do brands have to manage local differences in their product offerings, they have to turn out new collections fast to satisfy consumers' desire for renewal. Success depends on whether brands and retailers can stay in touch with consumers' changing needs and interests. PLM technologies can give brands better visibility when managing consumer feedback as well as assortments, designs, suppliers, manufacturing, and merchandising. As a matter of fact, industry experts predict fashion brands will invest billions in technology. IDC foresees that as product assortment refresh cycles quicken, 25% of mid-sized retailers will initiate new PLM or sourcing projects in 2014. And according to, the PLM market, "could grow up to 40% annually by 2014" boosted by medium-sized apparel firms that are planning to implement this technology.

Big vs. not so big

Fashion Collection for SMBAs speed to market and evolution in consumer tastes accelerate, apparel companies will need the power of PLM technology to  survive. But are all PLMs equal? Can large brands and not so large or niche players use the same PLM? When faced with the  question "to PLM or not to PLM", how does one choose? When it comes to investing in PLM technology, big and not so big  brands pay attention to different things. 5 years ago a Tech-Clarity study had already pointed out that SMBs have their own wish  list for PLM that includes ease of use, rapid implementation, pre-defined templates, built-in best practices and a solution that  evolves as they grow. Yet today, PLM can still scare some SMBs away because they think it is too complex or too expensive to  implement. They do not have the same resources the big players have. But if the PLM in question is powerful yet packaged as an out-of-the-box pre-configured solution, it levels the playing field by reducing investment and cost of ownership for an SMB whose limited cash flow is not uselessly invested in functionalities that are too broad for its needs. Fashion Collection for SMB is for those not-so-big fashion companies that want to have the power of a PLM solution but scaled to their requirements. This out-of-the-box solution is also easy to learn and implement a critical factor for user adoption.

The numbers speak for themselves

Brands that have adopted the 3DS solutions have produced some pretty impressive results: 200% increase in technical design productivity for a European outdoor brand that is able to review and approve 5 times more samples in the same amount of time or a medium size ready-to-wear apparel company that experienced threefold growth in product breadth and overall product lines. So if you are an SMB looking to grow your business and strengthen your brand, Fashion Collection for SMB is your door to PLM.

Blog post courtesy of Dora LAINE

Learn more about Fashion Collection for SMB.


Autodesk Inventor Suporte

Autodesk Inventor Suporte

Inventor - Open From Vault "Pauses" for 10 minutes

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 09:26 AM PDT

Whilst Autodesk investigates a solution, I thought sharing a newly discovered issue to reduce its impact might be appreciated by our partners and customers using the Place From Vault command in Inventor. 

Under certain precise circumstances Inventor 2014 appears to hang\freeze\pause for 10 minutes.

Here are the steps to reproduce this behaviour.


  1. Create 1.IAM
  2. Insert a new ipt into that 1.IAM
  3. Check 1.IAM into Vault (2014)
  4. Rename the .ipt in Vault
  5. In Inventor, create a second new IAM
  6. Place 1.iam into 2.iam
  7. This starts the "Connectivity.Resolve.ResolveService.exe" process
  8. Crash Inventor (Or simulate a crash by killing Inventor.exe in Task Manager). The Connectivity.Resolve.ResolveService.exe from the first session is still running
  9. Start Inventor
  10. Place 1.iam from Vault
  11. Hang for 10 minutes

The gap between steps 8 and 10 could be immediately or several hours.  The important point is that the ResolveService.exe from the first Inventor session is still running when Inventor is restarted.

The workarounds for this are as follows:-

  1. Wait until Inventor eventually becomes responsive
  2. Kill the "Connectivity.Resolve.ResolveService.exe" process at step 11


Thanks to Erik Gilsdorf, who first reported this issue to us and helped us reproduce it when it was very difficult to isolate the precise steps to recreate this from scratch. Thanks for your patience Erik!


Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

One month to go until the AEC Technology Symposium

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 10:49 PM PDT

As Jeremy has pointed out on his blog, in lieu of a dedicated AEC DevCamp – as has been run every other year for some years – Autodesk and the ADN team will be supporting the upcoming AEC Technology Symposium...