Friday, March 26, 2010

Navisworks 2011 Restructure – RIP Review

There’s a pretty decent change in the Navisworks 2011 lineup, and that is the absence of Navisworks Review.  For 2011, Autodesk has decided to discontinue the Review product and now only provide Manage, Simulate and Freedom Viewer.  The functionality that was in Review is still in the Simulate and Manager products, and Freedom Viewer keeps it’s core functionality of being a viewer only.

For those of you who have Review and on subscription, you will now get Simulate for your subscription renewal.  If you have Review but are not on subscription, you can cross-grade over to Simulate.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

What’s New in Navisworks 2011 and Availability

Yep, today’s the day when Autodesk let the world know about the new 2011 products.  When it comes to Navisworks, here’s a list of some of the things you can expect in the 2011 release…

  • User interface (UI) – The Ribbon is here!  And it isn’t that bad.
  • Navigation – Amen, finally being able to use the mouse like the other Autodesk programs!
  • Gantt view – We can now see a Gantt Chart in the Timeliner.
  • Sectioning using direct manipulation – Amen, being able to directly push-pull the section plane without using the slider!
  • Autodesk® Revit® rooms support – Yes, you can now see Room info from Revit files.
  • Autodesk® 2011 product support 
  • Primavera® P6 web services
  • Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 13 exporter

And a few things carried over from the Subscription Advantage Pack for 2010…

      • Batch process utility
      • Distributable Export Utility
      • Import/Export Autodesk® FBX®

As the program becomes available, I will post more about the new features.  And as for the availability of Navisworks 2011, the preliminary date is the end of next week, around April 2.  I’ll make another post when the program is actually ready for download on the subscription center.  I wouldn’t be surprised if the date is pushed back slightly.

Hope you enjoy the 2011 version of Navisworks!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Moving or Editing Redline Text

I know it’s been quite a while since I last posted anything, but I guess it’s kind-of a good sign that things are going well and I’m busy!

I haven’t seen this one documented much and it’s definitely not in the courseware that we use to teach Navisworks.  If you want to Move or Edit any Redline text you place in a Viewpoint, right-click on the text and you will now have the option to Move or Edit the text.

When you go to Move the text, it doesn’t work like a “traditional” move command you would use in AutoCAD or Revit.  When you hit Move, your curser will change to a little target and then you pick a new point for the text.  Once you pick the point, the text will now move to that location.  There’s no picking base points or anything, just pick a new location for the text. 

And, you don’t have to be in the Redline Text tool to move or edit the text, you can right-click when you are in the selection mode or even a navigation mode!