Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Navisworks 2013 Service Pack 2

Looks like another service pack for the Navisworks family of products was recently released (short list of updates via Beyond Design)…

  • Performance issues when working with a large volume of selection and search sets.
  • Issue where some commands appear disabled after dragging a selection set to a folder.
  • Show command didn't work at the folder level for sets hidden in folders.
  • Crash when trying to drag a set into a folder.
  • Area/Volume properties from Revit Drawings not available.
  • Inventor models are rotated at 90-degrees.
  • A number of unexpected crashes in Clash Detective
  • Unhide All taking much longer when Clash Detective is open.
  • Not possible to rename a Clash result after a drag and drop.
  • Clash groups expand unexpectedly.
  • Renaming results in the Clash results grid performance issues.
  • Resolved a performance issue where loading a model is extremely slow when Timeliner is open.
  • 2D measurement start, end and difference values are incorrect.
  • Cancelling or closing the options editor using keyboard shortcuts retains options.
  • Cinepak Codec for 64 bit is now available.
  • CSV export from Selection Inspector now available

As always, make sure you read the Readme file before installing…the Readme also includes a full list of updates. 

Also make sure you download and install the appropriate version (32bit vs 64bit, as well as Freedom, Simulate or Manage).  Please notice there is also a download for the Navisworks Exporters, so you’ll want to install that as well if you are exporting files to NWC from (for example) AutoCAD or Revit.

Download - Autodesk ® Navisworks ® 2013 Service Pack 2

Monday, September 17, 2012

Timeliner with Primavera Web Service

I recently had an issue come through regarding the use of the Primavera P6 Web Service with Navisworks 2013 and it not working.  The users could access the P6 service outside of Navisworks, but when they attempted to connect to the P6 service through Timeliner, it would error out and not connect/download the content.  The error message was an “Unexpected wrapper element” with some locations called out.

The issue came down to the fact that they were using P6 V8.1…which Navisworks doesn’t support.  I verified with Autodesk support what is supported with Navisworks 2013…

Product: Engineering and Construction: 6.2.1 (SP4 Hot Fix 1), 7.0 (SP4), 8.2
Notes: Requires Primavera v6, 7 or 8 Engineering and Construction to be installed locally or remotely, along with the corresponding version of the Primavera SDK. TimeLiner connects to the Primavera database via an ODBC data source link.

Product: Primavera P6 Web Services: 6.2.1 (SP1 Hot Fix 1), 7.0 (SP1 Hot Fix 1), 8.0
Notes: Requires Primavera P6 v6, 7 or 8 Web Services installed within a suitable Web Application Server such as Oracle Web Logic or JBoss on the same machine as your P6 database.

So if you have plans to upgrade your Primavera services and use it in conjunction with Navisworks, you may want to hold off.