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One AutoCAD – Has CadJedi Bitten Off More Than He Can Chew? [PART 7]

Things have been a bit quiet from me for a while. I apologise. That thing called life gets in the way, followed by work, followed by replying to emails, followed by……well, you get the picture, right? I promise I will try to be less tardy and if you see me at Autodesk University 2019 (AU2019) in Las Vegas, I’ll buy you a beer if you remind me to make sure I write my annual AU blog! You can keep me to that too!

Talking of AU in Vegas…..

Voting for AU2019 classes is open!

The Autodesk University voting page – https://www.autodesk.com/autodesk-university/conference/las-vegas/call-for-proposals/voting

So, we are now at seven out of ten on my One AutoCAD blog series. Yep, SEVEN. How time flies. It seems like only yesterday that I was stuck in my hotel room at The Palazzo in Vegas on the Sunday morning before AU last year, crashing out my PowerPoint presentations, so that those lovely people in the Speaker Ready Room could have them. Yes, I am notorious for leaving these things to the last minute. Not this year. I have submitted WAY too many proposals and if I get several classes this year, I am going to be on top of them!

So, what has my crazy amount of AU proposals got to do with One AutoCAD you may ask? Well, more than ONE of my class proposals is about One AutoCAD (see what I did there? LOL). On a more serious note though, Autodesk subscription numbers are on the increase, including One AutoCAD, and it really does seem that subscription is the way forward for hero products such as AutoCAD and the One AutoCAD offering.

I have been a bit crazy this year though. I have submitted 1 meetup, and 12 presentation classes and those of you who have been through the AU ‘mill’ before will probably think I am a little insane, submitting so many, but it’s the taking part that counts. If you’re in it, be in it to win it! That said, I may not get a single class, but here’s hoping. If I get some classes at AU, it will be my thirteenth year speaking at AU if that is the case. Unlucky for some, but let’s hope not!

You will find the link below takes you to where you can vote for the classes YOU want to see at AU2019. I sincerely hope some of those will be mine, and if they are, I look forward to seeing you!

https://www.autodesk.com/autodesk-university/conference/las-vegas/call-for-proposals/voting

To find my classes, use the search term “CadJedi” (my old AUGI forums username) once you have clicked on the above link. You will find every class proposal there. There will also be a LinkedIn Learning community meetup like last year (if accepted) so keep an eye out for that too, as there will be lots of assistance in the meetup about how to use your LinkedIn profile to your advantage!

There will be one class you WON’T find if you use the “CadJedi” search though.

A few weeks back I was in Salt Lake City, Utah. I was working as a Subject Matter Expert for Certiport around both AutoCAD and Revit Architecture. In one of the workshops, I was working with a lovely chap called David Butts, whom I have known for many years. He’s a great colleague and friend, and we only normally bump into each other at AU, or events like the one in Utah (getting across the Atlantic Ocean for a swift beer can be quite time-consuming). We were chatting away at a pub quiz night organized by Certiport and came up with a great idea for an AU class; a bunch of both Revit Architecture users and Revit MEP users ‘arguing’ their case for why all Revit models should be managed properly. A gunfight at the AU Corral, you might say, with David and myself being the Wyatt Earp’s of the Corral, reigning in the ‘fighting’ between the Revit users.

So, that class proposal is in there, but you need to search for something else on the voting page.

And here’s where the humour kicks in.

Here’s the deal. I have been likened to a few English comedians/comedic actors by numerous AU attendees. One of these is Simon Pegg (Benji in the Mission Impossible movie franchise, Hot Fuzz, Paul, and yes, Shaun Of The Dead even!). However, my kids (and it seems most of the AU Vegas attendees) always go for another English comedian/actor with the surname Gervais. Yep, you guessed it. Ricky Gervais. We had a feeling his legal team might be in touch if we used his EXACT name (and, probably, the Autodesk legal department), so we have used the alias “Mickey Gervais” for me and David is using his alias, “The Redneck Tech”! This caused a high degree of hilarity at the time (but maybe you had to be there or have a few beers like we had).

So, if you want to see the Revit Showdown at the AU Corral, hosted by English celebrity “Mickey Gervais” and the infamous “Redneck Tech”, please vote for this class too!

Here’s all the classes (in no particular order), so that you can make an informed decision, with the LinkedIn Learning meetup at the end. Simply click on the voting link above, and use the search term shown for each class: –

Class ID: CS317875 – Cert Prep: Autodesk Certified Professional (ACP) – AutoCAD

Search: “CadJedi”

Class ID: CS317867 – One AutoCAD – There Can Be Only ONE? (there’s actually TEN!)

Search: “CadJedi”

Class ID: CS317866 – AutoCAD: Take AutoCAD On The Road And Go Mobile!

Search: “CadJedi”

Class ID: CS317865 – How Do YOU Learn?

Search: “CadJedi”

Class ID: CS317864 – AutoCAD: Using the AutoCAD web app (or….Yes, AutoCAD, in a browser!)

Search: “CadJedi”

Class ID: AS317858 – The Definitive AutoCAD Tips & Tricks Class (or….How To Look Cool Using AutoCAD)

Search: “CadJedi”

Class ID: AS317859 – Annotation Scaling Explained (or…Getting The Measure Of AutoCAD)

Search: “CadJedi”

Class ID: AS317860 – AutoCAD: Are You Plotting And Publishing Yet?

Search: “CadJedi”

Class ID: AS317863 – Housekeeping In AutoCAD – Keep Those Drawings Shipshape!

Search: “CadJedi”

Class ID: CS317869 – CAD Standards – An Essential Element Of The AutoCAD Workflow

Search: “CadJedi”

Class ID: CS317873 – AutoCAD: Setting Up A Project Drawing Workflow With PlanGrid

Search: “CadJedi”

Class ID: AS317876 – Cert Prep: Autodesk Certified Professional (ACP) – Revit Architecture

Search: “CadJedi”

Class ID: CS320027 – Architects vs. Engineers – The Revit Showdown at The AU Corral!

Search: “Mickey Gervais” “Redneck Tech”

And the proposed meetup is here: –

Community Meetup ID: CS317856 – Online Learning For All (with LinkedIn Learning)

  • Introducing LinkedIn Learning
  • Working with your LinkedIn profile
  • Choosing the right course for you
  • Adding your accomplishments to your LinkedIn profile
  • Certification Preparation (Cert Prep)
  • Adding your Certification badges

And just so you know, I wanted to get a blog out there that made sure that, firstly, you knew where to find all my classes, but also, secondly (and more importantly), to see how committed I am to make sure I speak at AU. Sure, you might say, it’s all about the recognition and the AU ‘rockstar’ status. Yeah, that is fun, but more importantly for me, it’s the CONNECTION.

Teaching users how to do the cool stuff and seeing their enthusiasm for the subject matter is what drives me. I’ve been using Autodesk products for 31 years this year (showing my age now…LOL) and I sincerely want to give back and pay it forward. For that reason, I am always happy to be an AU Speaker Mentor too, helping AU Speaker newbies craft their first AU classes, and give them ALL the knowledge and expertise I can to make them shine (and not be to as nervous as hell in a classroom of up to 100 AU attendees too)! I also love being an Autodesk Expert Elite, working closely with Autodesk to help the software users and develop programs that make the user experience even better!

AU2019 is shaping up to be a great AU. Don’t forget though, it’s not just a learning event. It is the best Autodesk networking event on the planet. Get out and have some fun! Book to go to the socials like the Blogger Social (if you are a blogger, of course!) and the opening meet and greets. Enjoy the AU Party, and make sure you have LOTS of business cards! Also, get the LinkedIn app on your phone. There’s a great little function in the LinkedIn app that allows you to share your LinkedIn profile. It’s the four little squares (top right) that look like the Windows logo.

Click on it, and you can either show your LinkedIn Code (a QR code) or scan someone elses and it adds them to your LinkedIn connections! Great when you have run out of your AU supply of business cards!

On that note, I must go and order my business cards for AU this year, so have an amazing weekend and I’ll see you in Vegas in November!!

Happy voting!

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Guitars and new tech…fascinating stuff!

Guitars are a passion of mine. For those of you who don’t know, I am not only an AutoCAD user, guru, instructor etc, but I am also a published singer/songwriter, endorsed by Hofner Guitars in Germany (note you may need to click on the little Union Jack – top right – to translate the page). Hofner manufacture the distinctive violin bass guitar used by Sir Paul McCartney, who was one of the famous four (The Beatles) back in the 1960’s. I use a Hofner Grand Auditorium acoustic which you will often see in my intro slide in my Autodesk University presentations, and it is my ‘go to’ guitar for all of my songwriting.

The amazing craftspeople that make guitars are known as luthiers, and their artistry and attention to detail is second to none. Quite often you will find that a musician/artist will find a particular luthier they prefer and stick with them throughout their career. In my case, I love what Hofner do for me. If you look towards other more well-known artists such as Mark Knopfler (of Dire Straits fame), he often uses guitars made by luthier John Monteleone in Long Island. In fact, Knopfler’s first guitar was a Hofner, if you read this article in GuitarWorld:

https://www.guitarworld.com/gear/mark-knopfler-six-guitars-defined-my-career

As an Autodesk user, I subscribe to the Autodesk blog, Redshift, and I am also an occasional author for them. A recent Redshift article I read fascinated me. Not just for the techie content, but for where tech is taking an artistic slant and being used by reputable luthiers such as Rachel Rosencrantz. Her reputation as a respected luthier is known worldwide and she is now using Autodesk technology to 3D model and 3D print guitar parts as part of her design workflow. Watch the Redshift video to learn more about Rachel and what she does as a luthier. It’s an amazing crossover of a handcrafted artform in to 3D modelling and 3D printing.

Link: https://www.autodesk.com/redshift/rachel-rosenkrantz

Luthier Rachel Rosenkrantz Embraces New Tech to Innovate a Centuries-Old Craft

As Rachel demonstrates in the video, a lot of love, care and attention is put in to the manufacture of any guitar she creates, and the best bit is the hug she receives at the end of the process when the new owner collects their new guitar, as shown in the video.

I found the whole process fascinating, not just because it involves guitars but the article demonstrates how craftsmanship that started centuries ago is now being taken in to a new age with Autodesk technology.

Guitars and new tech…..fascinating stuff, huh?

(PS – you will find my singer/songwriter persona at www.shauncbryant.com)

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AutoCAD 2019 – There can be only ONE….

For those of you old enough to remember the movie Highlander, when the Quickening starts there can be only one. Apart from the stunning Queen soundtrack, it was a great movie, and Connor MacLeod (actor Christopher Lambert) of the clan MacLeod was THE one, combined with incredible support from famous co-star Sean Connery as Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez, who (unfortunately) does lose his head.

As they say in the movie (and the Queen song), it’s a kind of magic……

(For those of you that like a bit of Freddie and the band Queen, here’s the link to the album, A Kind Of Magic – CLICK HERE).

So, here we go, why ONE AutoCAD?

ONE AutoCAD

In the world of the new version of AutoCAD, AutoCAD 2019, we have only ONE too. When you subscribe to AutoCAD 2019, you get ONE subscription, but the many faces of AutoCAD; Architecture, Electrical, Mechanical, MEP, and various other flavors. This not only gives you a specialized AutoCAD by allowing you to work in various disciplines and verticals, but also gives you various workflow improvements too. However, Civil 3D has been omitted from the ONE AutoCAD intentionally, and I am sure Autodesk have their reasons for that.

Design Toolsets

When you log in to your account portal, you will see that it has changed and the view of your subscribed AutoCAD you get now is one (pardon the pun) of many, listing all the products under your main AutoCAD subscription. You will also find that the view of AutoCAD in your Autodesk Desktop App has changed as well.

What’s nice here is that you can select all the AutoCADs to be trialed or you can select individual flavors of AutoCAD to be trialed. This is especially advantageous if you are already a vanilla AutoCAD user and want to test a specific flavor of AutoCAD to see if it fulfills your needs and requirements. For those of you that just want all the flavors, but for one price, it is a great move by Autodesk also.

On your desktop, each flavour of AutoCAD will still have its own individual icon (just to clutter your desktop, I guess…an untidy desktop is a sign of a great mind, right?), plus, there will be no change to the DWG Launcher. You know, that little gizmo in Windows that allows you to open all DWG files using AutoCAD as the preferred application to do so.

Web and Mobile

There have been some great improvements in AutoCAD 2019. One of these is the ability to save your desktop AutoCAD designs directly to AutoCAD Web and AutoCAD Mobile. If you go to the Quick Access Toolbar (top left of the desktop AutoCAD application window), you will see the new icons there that not only provide you with the facility to save to web and mobile but also go directly to those saved cloud-based designs and open them directly in the AutoCAD desktop again as well. This is also available in the AutoCAD application menu. These cloud-based files go to A360 Drive in the usual way.

Save to Web and Mobile

So, what’s new with AutoCAD Web and Mobile then? Well, AutoCAD Web is much enhanced to give a highly sophisticated browser-based AutoCAD interface, that is quicker and faster. I won’t bore you with the techie stuff, but suffice to say, you will be using the equivalent AutoCAD executable (EXE) in your browser, the same as you would be on your desktop. This makes for a much-needed boost to what was (sometimes) quite a jerky, laggy web-based application in the past.

You will find AutoCAD Web at web.autocad.com and if you are using the subscription version (it comes with full AutoCAD), you get a great new command panel incorporating some of the more familiar AutoCAD drafting icons, that even have a preview, just like desktop AutoCAD.

AutoCAD Web

What’s also new is the referencing capability of AutoCAD Web. You can add reference drawings (XREFs) at your leisure, and if they are saved in the cloud in the same location as the host drawing, using the save to web and mobile options in your desktop AutoCAD, they will operate in the same way as relative XREFs that you might use locally.

Something I love (yes, love, not just like) is that you now have the native AutoCAD window and crossing selection tools in AutoCAD Web. They work in the same way as your desktop AutoCAD and provide a rounder user experience. We have grown used to these methods of selection, and it is great to see Autodesk taking the desktop user experience tools in to the web-based version. It is by no way perfect yet, but I can see AutoCAD Web getting to a point where your AutoCAD desktop will become fully mobile. The hardware is there now; such as the Apple iPad Pro and the Microsoft Surface Pro, that have the grunt under the hood to run AutoCAD Web and AutoCAD Mobile well.

What makes AutoCAD Web even more like desktop AutoCAD is that there are even some keyboard shortcuts included as well. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love a keyboard shortcut or two? Trust me, as a seasoned AutoCAD user (thirty years this year), I am a big fan of keyboard shortcuts!

Overall, though, I have to say that I am mightily impressed with the new AutoCAD Web. It has been well thought out and gives you a great browser-based AutoCAD experience that relates back to your desktop AutoCAD this time. And with regular updates promised by Autodesk, I can see AutoCAD Web developing at a quick pace to bring you a much slicker experience with AutoCAD Web on the web. Did I say ‘web’ enough there for you?

New Features and Enhancements

Back to the desktop AutoCAD now. Autodesk have added a couple of new features to AutoCAD 2019.

On the new Collaborate tab in the AutoCAD ribbon, you will find the DWG Compare command. This new feature is, quite simply, excellent. I wish I’d had it years ago. You can now compare two separate DWG files and AutoCAD creates a new comparison DWG file, highlighting any differences between the two compared drawings, using colors and revision clouds, providing tools to iterate between each difference and zoom in to each difference automatically.

DWG Compare

Another great new feature on the Collaborate tab is Shared Views. You can upload your designs directly to the web in to the Autodesk Viewer, a cloud-based viewer. You can invite other collaborators to view your design by way of a private URL that can be emailed to the respective team members. Also, in the Autodesk Viewer, there is a Comment feed that allows all invited users to comment on the shared design and link their comments to the design as well.

Shared Views

You may also notice that there are enhanced icons in AutoCAD 2019 that look different too. To bring AutoCAD 2019 in line with the 4K monitors out there, over 5000 icons have been revamped and redesigned in the ribbon, status bar and application menu. They provide a slick, professional look to AutoCAD that looks modern and clean. The cartoony icons now have a tidier, minimalist look that I have to say I prefer.

Enhanced Icons

Conclusions

Autodesk are taking AutoCAD to a new level with this release. Not only are you getting numerous flavors of AutoCAD as one subscription package, but you’re also getting a great web-based offering too, along with some cool new features and enhancements in the desktop application, with cool command icons. And don’t forget, you STILL get seamless DWG compatibility with AutoCAD for Mac too.

Overall, a nice AutoCAD offering from Autodesk, and I love the new AutoCAD Web, but I would still like to see more new features and enhancements in the desktop AutoCAD, especially on the new Collaborate tab. Collaboration is becoming more and more prevalent in this age of email, webmail and the cloud, and I hope to see Autodesk take advantage of that movement to make AutoCAD even more mobile in the future.

Happy AutoCAD’ing!

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PS – As some of you may know, I provide online AutoCAD learning content over at LinkedIn Learning and Lynda.com. You’ll find all the new AutoCAD 2019 Essential Training material below: –

LinkedIn Learning – CLICK HERE 

Lynda.com – CLICK HERE