Thursday, November 19, 2015

AXYZ Design's 3D Human Characters Now in RPC format‏

I received this information in an email from ArchVision yesterday...

ArchVision and AXYZ Design are pleased to announce that AXYZ Design's 3D Human Characters are now available in RPC format. In 3D+ RPC format, AXYZ Design 3D Characters Libraries are now compatible with RPC tools for Revit, SketchUp, 3ds Max, AutoCAD, Photoshop and more.


Add these libraries to your RPC Subscription for a one-time cost of $199 each. For a limited time, you can purchase all 21 collections for only $2,499 (over 40% off).

FEATURES INCLUDE
  • Full 3D Geometry - Viewable from Any Angle 
  • High-Resolution Textures 
  • Realistic Shadows 
  • Precise Placement 
  • Realistic Mesh Representation 
  • V-Ray Materials Included

ArchVision strives to identify a problem, create a solution and provide you with tools that'll give you high quality results with a dramatically simplified workflow. This addition will bolster the content in your RPC Subscription and make it easier for you to impress clients.

And from the press release...

“AXYZ Design has a beautiful collection of human entourage models that are perfect for photorealistic visualization.  Published and delivered as 3D+ RPCs makes them dramatically easier to use in the industry leading design applications including Autodesk Revit and Trimble SketchUp,” says Randall Stevens, ArchVision CEO.

The RPC platform not only enables dramatically simplified workflows for placing and managing architectural entourage in 3d models, but also provides search & tagging of content inside ArchVision Dashboard, mass editing and placement tools, and support  for Autodesk’s cloud rendering services.

AXYZ Design CEO, Diego Gadler says, ”Partnering with ArchVision gives us the chance to move forward on our commitment to provide artists with the best 3D characters in the industry. We are excited about what this collaboration brings for the future, approaching through the RPC format a brand new and expanded user base to us”.

An ArchVision Software License is required to use RPCs included with AXYZ Design libraries. Sold separately.

Get an RPC subscription.
Get AXYZ RPC people.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

ArchVision's DETAIL WAREHOUSE Adds AutoCAD Support, Now Includes 27,500+ Details in RVT and DWG File Formats

I've been very impressed of late with the rapid rate of development by the good folks at ArchVision, and I just received an email indicating that they've added AutoCAD support to their DETAIL WAREHOUSE product. DETAIL WAREHOUSE now includes over 27,500 details in native DWG and RVT formats.



DETAIL WAREHOUSE is a special implementation of AVAIL, ArchVision's format-agnostic content management system. I really look forward to the release of AVAIL as a standalone product so I can kick the tires on that bad boy...

Read more about DETAIL WAREHOUSE in my original post here, or on the ArchVision website.

To signup for updates on the pending release of AVAIL, visit avail.archvision.com.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Free XREF Load Status Lite

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

This app allows for loading/unloading references in selected drawing files prior to fully opening the file. When working many references or large references, this app will come in handy allowing the user to select the desired drawing they wish to open, selecting reload or unload checkboxes, check the desired references to be modified, then click Save and Open.

The app opens the selected drawing database, makes the modification to the selected references, and saves the drawing database, then opens the file for use.

Additionally, the app will provide information for references that are unavailable for modification (ie: nested references, files not found, or unreferenced). With nested references, there is a checkbox that allows for tracking the nested reference to determine what the parent drawing file is. Lite version only support a total of 5 references and 1 nested reference tracking, per drawing including file types DWG, JPG, SID, TIF, DWF, PDF, and DGN.

Full version has support for unlimited references and unlimited nested reference tracking, including file types DWG, JPG, SID, TIF, DWF, PDF, and DGN.


XREF Load Status Full

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

This app allows for loading/unloading references in selected drawing files prior to fully opening the file.

When working many references or large references, this app will come in handy allowing the user to select the desired drawing they wish to open, selecting reload or unload checkboxes, check the desired references to be modified, then click Save and Open.

The app opens the selected drawing database, makes the modification to the selected references, saves the drawing database, then opens the file for use. Full version has support for unlimited references and JPG, SID, TIF, DWF, PDF, and DGN files.


Free GeoRefImg Add-in for AutoCAD

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

GeoRefImg is a LISP utility for AutoCAD® 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 (plus Architecture, Mechanical, MEP) which can automatically reposition raster images used in a drawing to the position defined in the images “World files”. World files define geo-position and other parameters of a raster image (TIF, CIT, JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, ECW, SID...).

Start it by typing the GEOREFIMG command. GeoRefImg prompts to select objects (existing images) and then performs the repositioning and scaling controlled by the World files (TFW, JGW, PGW, GFW, BPW, WLD...).

World files are searched in the folders of the original raster file. The additional command WORLDOUT can create a new world file from an existing positioned image.

The free GeoRefImg add-in is brought to you by CAD Studio.

There's more information available on the Autodesk Exchange Apps website.

Free Zombie Killer App for AutoCAD

Editor's Note: This AutoCAD-centric app gets the nod in large part due to its name. "Zombie Killer," what's not to like?

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

FINDZOMBIES command search for proxy entities and objects and display the result in a tree structure.

KILLZOMBIES command erases the proxy entities and objects for the checked applications in the dialog.



The free Zombie Killer app is brought to you by Gilles Chanteau.

There's more information available on the Autodesk Exchange Apps website, where Zombie Killer, as of this writing, has a perfect 5-star rating from 5 reviewers.

Free Point Cloud Feature Extraction 2015 for AutoCAD

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

Point Cloud Feature Extraction creates AutoCAD geometry from the shapes and planes in a point cloud attachment.


You can prepare, create, and analyze the geometry captured by the point cloud in several ways.  It is for AutoCAD 2015, AutoCAD 2014 and vertical products.



The free Point Cloud Feature Extraction 2015 add-ins is brought to you by Autodesk.

There's more information available on the Autodesk Exchange Apps website.

Free Point Cloud Scan Manager

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

Point clouds usually consist of many scan files that have been combined to form a complex 3D representation. You can use the Point Cloud Scan Manager to turn off, or hide, the scan files.

The free Point Cloud Scan Manager add-ins is brought to you by Autodesk.

There's more information available on the Autodesk Exchange Apps website.

Free E57 and ZFS Point Cloud Plug-ins on Autodesk Exchange Apps

Point Cloud ZFS Plug-in (x64) 2014
Autodesk AutoCAD Point Cloud Engine Plug-in to support ZFS scan file format created by Zoller + Fröhlich GmbH (Z+F) | Autodesk, Inc | Free

Point Cloud ZFS Plug-in (x64)
AutoCAD Point Cloud Engine Plug-in to support ZFS scan file format created by Zoller + Fröhlich GmbH (Z+F) | Autodesk, Inc | Free

Point Cloud ZFS Plug-in (x32) 2014
Autodesk AutoCAD Point Cloud Engine Plug-in to support ZFS scan file format created by Zoller + Fröhlich GmbH (Z+F) | Autodesk, Inc | Free

Point Cloud ZFS Plug-in (x32)
AutoCAD Point Cloud Engine Plug-in to support ZFS scan file format created by Zoller + Fröhlich GmbH (Z+F) | Autodesk, Inc | Free

Point Cloud E57 Plug-in (x64) 2014
Autodesk AutoCAD Point Cloud engine plug-in to support E57 scan file format | Autodesk, Inc | Free

Point Cloud E57 Plug-in (x64)
AutoCAD Point Cloud engine plug-in to support E57 scan file format | Autodesk, Inc | Free

Point Cloud E57 Plug-in (x32) 2014
Autodesk AutoCAD Point Cloud engine plug-in to support E57 scan file format | Autodesk, Inc | Free

Point Cloud E57 Plug-in (x32)
AutoCAD Point Cloud engine plug-in to support E57 scan file format | Autodesk, Inc | Free

Free Autodesk App Manager for AutoCAD

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

This plug-in can be used with AutoCAD to simplify the process of managing apps installed from Exchange. View, update, uninstall and get help on Autodesk Exchange Apps downloaded from the Autodesk Exchange Apps website. The Autodesk Exchange App Manager displays Apps installed for your product and provides access to the Autodesk Exchange Apps website.



The free Autodesk App Manager is brought to you by Autodesk.

There's more information available on the Autodesk Exchange Apps website.

Free Screenshot Add-in for AutoCAD

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

The Screenshot plugin can be used with AutoCAD® to simplify the process of capturing images of parts of drawings, or the entire drawing or application windows.

As it allows you to remap the background to white and the foreground to black – or to convert the entire image to grayscale – it’s a very handy tool for reducing the time needed to document designs in external documents. This plug-in was first published as an ADN Plug-in of the Month.


The plug-in has been provided with the complete source code needed to build the application, with the intention of encouraging users of Autodesk® software to use programming to tailor the products they use to their specific business needs.

The free Screenshot add-in is brought to you by Autodesk.

There's more information available on the Autodesk Exchange Apps website.

Free Clipboard Manager Add-in for AutoCAD

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

The Clipboard Manager plugin can be used with AutoCAD® to manage multiple clipboard entries, storing and renaming them for later use. It's great for moving different sets of content between various open drawings or for creating repeated copies of geometry without using blocks.


This plugin was first published as an ADN Plugin of the Month. The plugin has been provided with the complete source code needed to build the application, with the intention of encouraging users of Autodesk software to use programming to tailor the products they use to their specific business needs.

More information regarding this plugin can also be found on Kean Walmsley's blog about AutoCAD programming, Through the Interface.

The free Clipboard Manager add-in is brought to you by Autodesk.

There's more information available on the Autodesk Exchange Apps website.

Free RefUcsSpy Add-in for AutoCAD

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

Many AutoCAD® users have reference files set up in World coordinates. Attaching such files when in a different User Coordinate System (UCS) can result in the contents appearing at incorrect locations.

The RefUcsSpy plugin can be used within AutoCAD to detect when reference files are being attached when the UCS is not ""World"". If it is not, the user will be prompted whether they would like to temporarily set the UCS to World for the duration of the attach command.


This plugin was first published as an ADN Plugin of the Month. The plugin has been provided with the complete source code needed to build the application, with the intention of encouraging users of Autodesk software to use programming to tailor the products they use to their specific business needs.

More information regarding this plugin can also be found on Kean Walmsley's blog about AutoCAD programming, Through the Interface.

The free RefUcsSpy add-in is brought to you by Autodesk.

There's more information available on the Autodesk Exchange Apps website.

Free DWG Compare Add-in

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

Based on the Drawing Compare feature in AutoCAD Architecture, this plug-in compares two versions of a drawing. Comparison differences are temporarily displayed on the Original drawing verison in the drawing area (new objects in green, modified objects in yellow, moved objects in white, deleted objects in red).




The free DWG Compare add-in is brought to you by Autodesk.

There's more information available on the Autodesk Exchange Apps website.

Free Versioner Desktop and Mobile Apps – On-Site Version Checking and More

From the CGS Plus website...

The Versioner provides possibility to add QR code to the design sheet that enables contractors on site to verify plans for the latest versions. Every information of change to the design is instantly available to any mobile device, smartphone or tablet using the Versioner mobile app.

Current or out of date drawings are quickly identified using the Versioner mobile app to scan the QR code. It also features a subscription mode that will notify team members of any further design change information made to the CAD set and instantly provides a notification to the smartphone or tablet. Versioner provides an innovative mobile solution for design version tracking which shortens the interaction time between drawing changes made and changes notifications issued. Finally a tool that connects the CAD design process with the construction site as never before.

Versioner is available as standalone free application or as a part of CGS Civil 3D Tools.

Versioner Desktop
Equip your design plans for extra safety with the Versioner unique code

Versioner Desktop is seamlessly installed in your AutoCAD application. It enables you to add unique code to your design plan before actually printing it.

This unique code will later help the engineer or architect proof on-site if the version of the plan they  are looking at is actually the latest version of the design plan.

Compatible with:
All AutoCAD products 2012, 2013 & 2014

Versioner Mobile
With Versioner Mobile you will easily avoid mistakes and mishaps coused due to outdated documentation

This easy-to-use  mobile App will help engineers, architects and construction site managers verify if the design plan is actually the latest design plan.

If any changes have been made to the design, Versioner desktop reports this changes through internet service to Versioner Mobile application.

Compatible with:
Android 2.3.3 and above


Versioner is from CGS Plus and is free.

There's more information available on the CGS Plus website.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Free Autodesk Featured Apps Add-in for AutoCAD

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

Stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest in the Exchange with this plug-in that adds a tab to the ribbon that displays recommended apps. Apps displayed in the ribbon will change from time to time as recommended apps in the store are updated.


The free Autodesk Featured Apps add-in is brought to you by Autodesk.

There's more information available on the Autodesk Exchange Apps website.

Announcing AutoCAD Add-ons!

I'm pleased to announce the launch of AutoCAD Add-ons, wherein we'll cover all manner of plugins for Autodesk's flagship CAD product.

AutoCAD Add-ons joins Revit Add-ons and Civil 3D Add-ons to round out our coverage of add-in applications for Autodesk's popular A/E/C products.

I hope that you'll join me on AutoCAD Add-ons for coverage of applications that extend Autodesk's flagship CAD product.

It will take quite some time for me to whip AutoCAD Add-ons into a comprehensive resource, but I hope that you'll be patient while I attempt to do so.

The URL for AutoCAD Add-ons is:  http://www.dwgaddons.com/.

Thanks to my colleague Van Woods for the suggestion that led to the creation of AutoCAD Add-ons!