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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-04-14 08:51:00
As part of the Command Preview feature added to AutoCAD® 2015, AutoCAD® Architecture 2015 includes an in-command, dynamic preview of the results of grip edits, moves, fillets, chamfers, extends and trims on Walls. For example, in the 2014 release, grip editing a Wall gives you a "ghost" of effect of the grip edit on the Wall, but nothing else. In 2015, …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-04-10 06:30:00
A means to quickly get a visual comparison of geometry changes between two different versions of a drawing is now available whether or not you are working in the project management environment (Project Browser/Project Navigator), and without requiring a parallel folder structure. The comparison is only for visual changes; changing the Door Style of a Door will not be flagged if …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-04-05 11:14:48
Version Management has been added to the Drawing Management feature (Project Browser/Project Navigator) in the 2015 release of AutoCAD® Architecture. The newly added Check In/Check Out feature, available when right-clicking on a file in the Project Navigator, drives the Version Management process. A new version will be created every time that you check a file back in. Before using the feature …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-04-02 17:17:20
Those still using Autodesk® Revit® products from the 2012 and 2013 releases but who have installed a 2014 or later release product from Autodesk or have in some other way had .NET 4.5 installed on their computer will find that this creates issues with the contextual ribbons in Revit. Due to the recent overhaul of the Autodesk website and the introduction …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-03-28 17:19:00
A new way to import AutoCAD Architecture® styles into a drawing has been added in the 2015 release. When you start the "Add" command for or select one or more instances of certain style-based AEC Objects (Wall, Door, Window, Door/Window Assembly, Curtain Wall, Structural Member, Slab, Roof Slab, Stair, Railing and Space), a new pane has been added to the Design …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-03-27 17:53:14
In the 2014 and prior releases, there were two different themes offered, a Light theme and a Dark theme. The difference between the two was minimal, as seen in the image below. In 2015, the Dark theme is truly dark, with a dark background to the Ribbon and various palettes. The goal was to provide a lower contrast screen, when used …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-02-12 10:31:00
I had a request today to be able to double click on a Schedule Tag, such as a Room Tag, and have the Edit Property Set Data dialog open, so that the Property Data attached to the tagged object can be edited, without having to go to the Extended Data tab of the Properties palette. I was able to grant the …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-02-05 13:17:00
Having spent the last few days neck deep in Display System edits, including style-level override edits, I really wish that this add-on had become commercially viable and was available for AutoCAD® Architecture 2014. Or, given that that did not happen, I wish that the functionality it provided had been incorporated into ACA itself. I am making the same edits over and …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-01-30 09:47:00
AutoCAD® AutoLISP® Menu Source files have long been used to enable the loading of AutoLISP code and support files used by an AutoCAD Customization File (CUIX) and, if you go back far enough, the old AutoCAD Menu files. All that is required is that the file name (other than the file extension) of the MNL file match that of customization file …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2014-01-14 12:11:00
Once you have your Display System set up the way you want it in your template file, you generally do not have to spend a lot of time or effort with it. There are occasions where you need to copy display system settings from one file to another, and the Display Manager comes in handy here. We are preparing to deploy …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2013-12-30 13:10:25
There are times when you are creating a family to represent an object that can have multiple values for a particular parameter, such as a length, that you would prefer not to create a type for each possible length. Using an instance-based parameter allows you to do so, as this allows the end user to set the value as needed on …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2013-12-20 19:42:00
I was trying out the new version of Project Chronicle and decided to base my first video on my previous blog article. So if you prefer watching video to reading text with the occasional screen shot, take a look at the video below. You may notice a "jump" in the video after the first custom scale is added. I figured …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2013-12-19 08:12:00
The easiest way to add drawing scales that you want available for all drawings is is to use the SCALELISTEDIT command (on the Annotate ribbon tab, Annotation Scaling panel, Scale List tool; or on the Drawing Window Status Bar, use the Annotation Scale control and select the Custom item on the popup list) to add these scales to your drawing template …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2013-12-18 15:36:56
The need for a demolition phase has been a topic of discussion in my office. I do not see the need, in general, and feel that it creates more work to show essentially the same thing. Steve Stafford says it better than I can, so if you are dealing with this issue as well, you may want to read his article …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2013-12-15 00:59:00
I had been noticing that the file dialogs in AutoCAD® Architecture 2010 were opening somewhat slowly over the last several months and became exceptionally slow this past Wednesday. I was not experiencing that issue in ACA 2014. I suspected that somewhere in my Options I had a bad file/folder reference or a folder that had a broken Windows shortcut in it. …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2013-12-12 22:48:00
You can use the following code in an AutoCAD® Architecture Formula Property in a Property Set that applies to Block References to determine if the Block Reference is a Dynamic Block. set acadApp = GetObject(,"AutoCAD.Application")set obj = acadApp.ActiveDocument.ObjectIDToObject( [ObjectID] )RESULT = obj.IsDynamicBlockAs in the previous example, [ObjectID] is a properly created property reference to an automatic property in the same Property …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2013-12-10 13:19:00
While Dynamic Blocks and ACA do not always play nicely, there are some who want to take advantage of both Dynamic Blocks and the AutoCAD® Architecture Schedule feature. One challenge is that the Name automatic property source may return an anonymous block name rather than the Dynamic Block name; for example, when a Dynamic Block with a stretch action is stretched. …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2013-12-03 15:00:17
We ran into an issue at the office today, and I wanted to document the solution for my own future reference. Our firm has architects and engineers in-house, and each discipline typically works in separate models that are then linked into each other. This particular project was being done in the 2012 versions of Revit MEP, Revit Structure and Revit Architecture. …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2013-11-30 10:05:00
If you have ever externally referenced several files into one host file, and had Schedule Tags placed within the externally referenced files that displayed property values that were from or based on Location properties, you may have found that in the host file, the Schedule Tags did not display the expected values. One common example would be the use of a …


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Architect\'s Desktop 2013-11-27 12:55:14
Paul Aubin has a helpful tip on the use of Guide Grids in Revit. Read the post and watch the detailed explanatory video in his blog post.


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