During the AUGI Annual Meeting at AU 2011, David Harrington presented the AUGI Wish Lists to Autodesk.
David Harrington and Dave Simeone
This was the culmination of an ongoing process of gathering your wishes, allowing you to rank them, and then voting on the final 30 or so per product. Your votes were tallied and the top ten were presented to Autodesk. The rest are available for them to review also.
Here are the Top Ten Lists.
2011 AutoCAD Wish List Vote
Layer Merge in Layer Property Manager
The ability to use the layer merge command in the layer property manager.
Smart Renumbering Tool
The ability to number and renumber objects, such as parking lot spaces, with an option to automatically renumber if a number is changed, deleted, etc.
Automatically reload changed xrefs
The ability to automatically reload changed xrefs
Rename Anonymous Blocks
The ability to rename anonymous blocks
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Automatic Wipeout for Blocks
The ability to automatically create and turn on/off a wipeout outlines for blocks.
Reference Manager to Change Folder Path Types
Reference manager to allow conversion from full paths to relative paths and relative paths to full paths.
Attributes to Control Dynamic Block Actions
The ability to have an attribute in a dynamic block control a parameter associated with that dynamic block.
Automatic Layer Control
The ability to apply a specific layer to a specific object type.
UNDO and REDO to not affect all commands
The ability to select which commands UNDO and REDO affect; giving the user the option to have things like OSNAP setting remain unchanged when using UNDO and REDO.
Tool Palette Update
For the tool palette to update when the folder is updated.
2011 AutoCAD Civil 3D Wish List Vote
Pressure Piping System
I would like AutoCAD Civil 3D to have Piping features for Water distribution design. Not gravity flow piping but piping under pressure.
Access C3D Object Data in Fields
Access C3D object data in AutoCAD Fields, such as, parcel area, alignment length or point elevation.
Wye Structure in Pipe Network
Add a wye structure to pipe networks.
Parts Builder Wizard
I wish I could add connection points and or penetrations to structures created in parts builder on the fly. These connection points and or penetrations should have the ability to be added on the fly and relocated if need be. This allows connections at the wall and elevation, giving the ability of true inside drop structure design and pump station design. 2.) Also the ability to rotate the cone section of the model part upon insertion or after the fact when field verified without changing connection point locations.
Profile Linetype Generation
Static, as well as dynamic, profiles should honor the PLINEGEN setting.
Snap to databands
Snap to all Civil 3D objects. (Moderator note: I made it a little broader.)
Vertical Curves in Feature Lines
Feature lines should support vertical curves.
Relocate profile leader labels to the top or bottom of structure.
Relocate structure label arrows to the top, middle, or bottom of the structure. (Moderator note: This functionality already exists, but it is very cumbersome. Perhaps the wish should be that this functionality was much easier to accomplish.)
Assemblies applied to Feature Lines
I would like to be able to apply an assembly to a feature line without having to first make an alignment, then a profile, from the feature line.
Pipe Network Table Control
On pipe network tables, to have the ability to order the pipes by name and not by the order in which they were created (or an unknown order).
2011 Inventor Wish List Vote
Show what components are adapted to
When a part or an assembly is adaptive, it is often difficult to know what it is adapting to. There is a need to be able to identify what is controlling a component's adaptivity to make it easier to understand the design intent and make it easier to modify the adaptive components.
Frame Generator Part File Creation
Identical parts should be reused; currently a separate part file is created for every frame member.
Better Interoperability With Other 3D Modelling Software
Make it easier to open solid models from other vendors by providing better interoperability with them.
Ability to Open File with Missing References
Recovery tools to be able to open files that have bad or missing links.
Allow Insertion of JPGs and BMPs into Title Blcks
Be able to insert JPGs & BMPs into title blocks, such as company logos.
Intelligent Drawing Views
Have intelligent drawing views that would know the limits of the drawing sheets and adjust the scale automatically.
Reference Parts Icons in Browser
Parts marked reference would have a different icon in the browser.
Unfold Curved 3D Surfaces to a Flat Pattern
Have the ability to unfold a curved 3D surface to a flat pattern.
Coinciding LOD with the BOM
Have the BOM match only what is in the LOD or Design view.
Slider Bar to Control Driven Constraints
Have a slider bar to control driven constraints instead of hitting the forward/reverse buttons.
2011 Revit Architecture Wish List Vote
Improved text editing
Add text editing similar to AutoCAD's capabilities.
More Stair options
More landing options and rail returns and clean ups.
Depth effect on line weights for sections/elevations
Revit needs a method to create depth effects in sections/elevations -- more automatic than the Override Elements tool provided in RAC 2008.
I wish Revit supported active links to Microsoft Excel and Word, and Adobe PDF.
I wish Revit supported active links to Microsoft Excel and Word, and Adobe PDF.
More control of railings
More control on the sloping of railings, for example by associating railings to: - in place families - slabs with edited points - walls top profiles
Graphical Fill Pattern editor
Allow creation of complex fill patterns in Revit and allow rescaling of imported hatches without needing to reload the pattern file.
Fix an error message problem
The ability to "fix" an error message problem.
Ability to use totals/subtotals from schedules as formula fields in calculated values
We need a method to take a total or subtotal value from a schedule in Revit and use it as a parameter in other schedules (often to create other calculated value parameters).
Batch pdf’s with automatic file naming.
When printing multiple pdf's it allows you the option to automatically name and uses the label, drawing number, drawing name, and the current revision number to create the name. This then can go through the whole job without needing to enter names in for every sheet.
We want all wall properties avaible in the schedule tables
See all wall geometry in schedule tables
2011 Revit MEP Wish List Vote
Revit needs a more powerful text editor
Add better functionality to the text editing capabilities, similar to Microsoft Word or even AutoCAD.
Piping Schematic View
Create a new feature to port piping systems and components to a smart piping schematic view.
Improved duct calculations
Make duct calculations more transparent. Make duct sizing more helpful rather than confusing.
Electrical One-Line Schematic View
Create a new feature to port electrical circuits and components to a smart electrical one-line view.
Add a "loop" style arrowhead to leaders. Used for plumbing and single line schematics.
Add multiple shared parameters at once
Create a utility to add multiple shared parameters at once. Also add the ability to pre-set which parameter group shared parameters will go into.
Better Warning Explanations
Improve the warning and debug messages to be more helpful, specifically when it comes to V/G issues.
Element too small
Remove the "element too small" error when you try to draw a small annotation line or move something a small distance.
Add additional features to the Visibility/Graphics overrides that help with the analysis and representation of MEP systems.
Control Family Category
Implement a family category be created for HVAC controls. This category could include thermostats, sensors, and low voltage control panels.
2011 Revit Structure Wish List Vote
Advanced Text Editor
The ability for the text editor to have: 1. A ruler to drive indents 2. Bulleted list with multiple indents 3. Stacked fractions 4. Super and subscripts 5. Direct access to symbols 6. Different height text in one text object
Curved Reference Planes
Enable a means to to create a curved reference plane.
Free Tag Rotation
Allow Tags to be freely rotated at a desired angle. At present the user can only rotate the tags just horizontal or vertical.
The GCS needs a major overhaul so it could be usable.
The ability to customize the schedule.
Structural Column Cut Priority
Structural columns should cut every other item they are joined with. They already cut beams; they should do so with walls and floors as well.
The ability to create a wall with an angle similar to how slanted columns are drawn.
In-line View Reference
Enable the ability to embed in-line in a text string a dynamic string such as a view reference. For example, REFER TO 10/S302. The detail number and sheet number would live and reference a view in the project browser.
Framing Member Disallow
Provide a "disallow join" option for framing members. This will allow them to be infinitely controlled as needed.
Create foundation footings that are not associated with structure above
The ability to use the foundation/footings function to create footings that are not associated with a wall.
Introduce a stretch command, similar to AutoCAD. Aligning and locking works but is time consuming. A stretch command that can affect lines and line based detail components would save time while drafting.