AUGIWORLD May 2016 Issue

AUGIWORLD May 2016 Issue


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New Release Rollout

Spring arrives just ahead of the new Autodesk product releases. And, as with every new release, product users begin contemplating whether to upgrade now, later, or wait for the next one. Luckily for AUGI members who are on the fence, there is a community of peers from whom they can gain insight about the new features in the 2017 releases of AutoCAD, Revit, 3ds Max, and more.

From conversations in the AUGI Forums to the information in the May 2016 issue ofAUGIWorld, AUGI members will have no shortage of information on what’s new in the latest Autodesk products.

In “New Features, Great and Small,” Brian Benton investigates AutoCAD 2017 and finds a lot of nice little updates and a big-deal feature—the ability to import PDF geometry.

Brian Chapman dives into 3ds Max 2017—a “New Release, Packed with Improvements.” From enhancements in the software’s interface to ART, the new renderer, the new release of 3ds Max is sure to please. There is plenty to ponder in this issue… read on.

Also in the May 2016 AUGIWorld…

Features, Fixes, and Enhancements — Jay B. Zallan takes you through new features and enhancements in Revit Architecture, then explores improvements at the Revit platform level.

Making New Connections — Kimberly Fuhrman discusses enhancements in Revit Structure 2017 including Structure Connections, a new add-in.

FABulous — Todd Shackelford has been following Autodesk’s steady improvement in fabrication workflows and he reviews fabrication capabilities in the new Revit MEP release.

Performance Enhancements in ACA — Melinda Heavrin takes a deep dive into AutoCAD Architecture 2017’s improvements in the user interface, styles browser, roof outline editing, and PDF support, among others.

Enhance Your Workflows — Shawn Herring calls AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 the most productive release to date. In this article, he hits the product’s highlights.

Also in this issue...

• Helping 2D Subcontractors in a 3D World — Matthew Hill draws on his experiences as an AEC BIM Services provider to help subcontractors navigate the BIM landscape.

• Resistance Is Fruitful — CAD Manager Mark Kiker observes how employee resistance to management-driven change can actually benefit managers—if they follow some simple guidelines.

• Why You Can’t Afford Cheap Computers — Robert Green does the math and shows you how old, slow computers actually cost you more over time.

• Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents three new offerings for Autodesk and related software. This month, new capabilities in the FormIt app, which allows users to easily capture building design concepts; an application for easy creation of wood beams, joists, rafters, plates, hips and valleys, along with tags and beam schedule; and Photosynth, a set of 3D viewing tools.