Going back in time, there was 123D Catch and related processing engines. Basically, it was a tool that took photos and turned them into something real in 3D. There was also something called Remake.

Now, we have Recap Photo, which basically does the same things. Over time, the processing engines have improved. Recap Photo is part of your Recap Pro licence, and now integrated into your Recap Pro install. It looks something like this when you install the latest version of Recap (I downloaded the web installer from manage.autodesk.com):

Once installed, you can start the standalone ReCap Photo app:

 

Features of ReCap Photo include:

  • A new photogrammetry engine that can process up to 1,000 photos, a 4x improvement from the previous maximum of 250 photos (note: using the cloud service consumes Autodesk Cloud Credits)
  • The ability to set GPCs (Ground Control Points, survey points) in any coordinate system.
  • New functionality to support vertical and nadir photos (photos taken by drones and UAVs at 90 degrees above the site)
  • View your 3D photo-textured mesh
  • View the geolocated orthographic view, zoom in and out, and add measurements, tags, and annotations.
  • Share the project, including its additional metadata (measurements, tags, annotations), with anyone.
  • Merge laser scan point clouds with UAV-based point clouds.

From this post http://blogs.autodesk.com/recap/introducing-recap-photo/

In case you missed it, the AEC Collection now includes:

  • Revit Live
  • Robot Structural Analysis Professional
  • Structural Bridge Design
  • Dynamo Studio
  • Advance Steel
  • Fabrication CADmep

You should find these in your Autodesk account after logging in.

Quote from In The Fold:

Here are some highlights of what we’re adding to the AEC Collection.

In the new Collection, you’ll find Revit Live. Revit Live allows you to visualize your Revit models by turning them into immersive visual experiences. You can even take your designs into a virtual reality environment—in just two clicks of your mouse.

Also included is world-class analysis and computational design software. Robot Structural Analysis Professional and Structural Bridge Design work with Revit to extend your capabilities to perform structural analysis for any structure.  And, you can now access the Dynamo Studio standalone programming environment to help solve challenges faster by automating workflows that drive the geometry and behavior of your design models.

Finally, the AEC Collection now extends capabilities from design to fabrication. Interoperable with Revit and Navisworks, we’ve added Advance Steel and Fabrication CADmep to the Collection so you can conceive, model and fabricate better MEP and structural steel systems on an integrated platform.

Original post: http://blogs.autodesk.com/inthefold/aec-collection-additions/

If you are using more than one Autodesk SSO, you may come across this problem…

  • After a Windows Update or something similar, Revit is not responsive after first launch. Clicking has no effect, but there is no dialog shown either.
  • You may investigate the process details and determine that LMU.exe is thrashing, and you could look at log file in C:\ProgramData\FLEXnet and see it growing. You can also observe something like this in the Revit Journal file:
    ‘C 08-Aug-2017 14:53:49.479; 0:< manage licensing
    ‘C 08-Aug-2017 14:54:03.845; 0:< License checkout failed: 20
    ‘C 08-Aug-2017 14:54:03.845; 0:< License cleanup skipped
  • This is telling us there is a licensing problem. In this case, a perpetual license has somehow become deactivated. What is the fix?

You need to login with Autodesk SSO login credentials that have the Perpetual license for that product available…

To do this:

  1. Start Revit Viewer for the same year version that is causing the problem, such as Revit Viewer 2015
  2. Use the top right panel to logout and login with the correct SSO (login credentials)

  3. Then, attempt to launch the full Revit application
  4. It should re-activate itself now that the correct login credentials have been used
  5. You can probably switch back to other credentials now that the activation has occurred

You can also use the A360 icon to sign in, this may be more reliable in some cases:

Yet another situation where you need to know What Revit Wants 🙂

This recent announcement revealed some new features coming to 3dsMax 2018.1, primarily a real-time VR engine in Max based on Stingray. This page has the steps to install it. Basically, you install update 2018.1, then install Max Interactive:

Here are some ‘facts at a glance’ coming from Autodesk:

What’s the news with 3ds Max 2018.1?

Autodesk 3ds Max 2018.1 now includes 3ds Max Interactive, a real-time engine based on Autodesk Stingray. This new 3D to VR workflow is designed to provide 3ds Max users with a new way to create interactive and virtual reality (VR) experiences. It is included with the 3ds Max 2018.1 update.

 

Who is 3ds Max Interactive designed for?

3ds Max Interactive is a real-time engine for design visualization specialists based on Autodesk Stingray. It can be used in a number of different contexts but its focus is on helping to simplify the process of turning animations, such as architectural visualizations, into stunning virtual reality experiences.

 

How does this relate to Autodesk Revit Live?

Autodesk is committed to creating VR solutions for the widest spectrum of users.  Last year we rolled out Autodesk Revit Live, the powerful, easy-to-use cloud-based visualization service for architects that transforms Autodesk Revit models into VR experiences in one click. Autodesk Revit Live is designed for architects who require a solution to quickly explore, understand, and share Autodesk Revit designs on their desktop or in virtual reality.  The new VR tools in 3ds Max 2018.1 we are announcing today are aimed at design visualization specialists working to produce high-end, photoreal experiences. With the new 3ds Max to VR workflow, we’re shoring-up data drudgery with capabilities like support for translating materials from the popular V-Ray renderer in 3ds Max to VR – freeing visualization artists to focus on the part they care most about: creating stunning imagery.

 

How much does 3ds Max Interactive cost?

3ds Max Interactive is available to all current 3ds Max subscribers – either as a standalone product, or as part of an Autodesk industry collection – at no additional cost. It cannot be purchased separately.

Links:

As usual, these will typically be trial links. You will need appropriate serial numbers to activate, obtained from Autodesk.

AUTODESK 2018 DIRECT DOWNLOAD LINKS

AutoCAD 2018
English 32 bit

English 64 bit – Part 1
English 64 bit – Part 2

 

AutoCAD LT 2018
English 32 bit

English 64 bit

 

Inventor Professional 2018 x64
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

 

Revit Live 2018

Download

 

Navisworks Manage 2018
Part 1
Part 2

Navisworks Simulate 2018
Part 1
Part 2

 

DWG TrueView 2018

32 bit
64 bit

Inventor View 2018
Download

 

Recap 360 Pro
Download

 

AutoDesk Advance Steel 2018 (x64)

Part 1

Part 2

 

AutoDesk Alias Design 2018 (x64)
Part 1
Part 2

 

AutoDesk Alias Surface 2018 (x64)
Download

 

AutoDesk Alias Speedform 2018 (x64)
Download

 

Autodesk Moldflow Insight Ultimate (x64)

Download

 

Autodesk Moldflow Adviser Ultimate (x64)
Part 1
Part 2

 

AutoCAD Plant 3D English 2018 (x64)
Part 1

Part 2

 

 

Autodesk Network License Manager 2017/2018

Info Here

 

 

Autodesk Building Design Suite Premium 2018 (x64)*
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

 

 

3DS Max 2018 (x64)
Part 1
Part 2

 

AutoCAD Civil 3D English 2018 (x64)
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Revit 2018 (x64)
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Revit LT 2018 (x64)
Part 1
Part 2
Vehicle tracking 2018
Download
Autodesk Building Design Suite Ultimate 2018 (x64)
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Autodesk Product Design Suite Ultimate 2018 (x64)
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite Premium 2018 (x64)
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Autodesk InfraWorks 360 Pro 2018 (x64)
Download
Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis Professional 2018 (x64)
Download

 

 

Autodesk Factory Design Suite Ultimate 2018 (x64)
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite Ultimate 2018 (x64)
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

 

Autodesk Vault Professional 2018 (x64)

Server

Client

 

 

AEC Collection 2018 (x64)

AutoCAD 2018
Part 1
Part 2

Revit 2018
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Revit Server Download

Civil 3D 2018
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Infraworks 2018
Download

Navisworks Manage 2018
Part 1
Part 2

AutoCAD Raster Design 2018
Download

3DS Max 2018
Part 1
Part 2

Vehicle Tracking 2018
Download

AutoCAD MAP 3D 2018
Part 1
Part 2

AutoCAD Architecture 2018
Part 1
Part 2

AutoCAD Electrical 2018
Part 1
Part 2

AutoCAD MEP 2018
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

AutoCAD Plant 3D 2018
Part 1
Part 2

Recap 360 Pro
Download


AutoCAD Mobile App
Download

FormIt Pro App
Download

Insight Plug-in for Revit 2018
Download

Structural Analysis for Revit 2018
Subscriber Login

 

Other:

 

Also refer to forum, where these can be found:

https://forums.autodesk.com/t5/installation-licensing/autodesk-2018-direct-download-links-until-available-on-virtual/td-p/6998450

DWG TrueView 2018
http://download.autodesk.com/esd/dwgtrueview/2018/DWGTrueView_2018_Enu_64bit.sfx.exe
http://download.autodesk.com/esd/dwgtrueview/2018/DWGTrueView_2018_Enu_32bit.sfx.exe
For your language, replace “Enu” by “Fra” or “Jpn”

Autodesk Design Review 2018
http://download.autodesk.com/us/support/files/designreview/2018/EXE/enu/SetupDesignReview.exe
For language, replace “enu” by “fra”, “deu”, “esp”, “ita”, “jpn”, “kor”, “plk”, “ptb”, “rus” or “chs”

Autodesk Inventor View 2018 (X64) Standalone
http://download.autodesk.com/us/support/files/inventor_view2018/Inventor_View_2018_English_Win_64bit_DLM.sfx.exe
For your language, replace “English” by “French”, “Czech”, “German”, “Italian”, “Japanese”, “Korean”, “Polish”, “Portuguese_Brazil”,
“Russian”, “Spanish”, “Simplified_Chinese” or “Traditional_Chinese”.


Also refer to:
http://www.autodesk.com/products/dwg/viewers

Navisworks Freedom 2018
Navisworks_Freedom_2018_dlm.sfx.exe

The fact that I’m posting about it means that it probably isn’t really that easy, right? There are a few challenging pieces of the puzzle that all need to come together to get C4R or Collaboration for Revit working on a real project. I just went through this process with a mechanical firm so it is all pretty fresh in my mind.

Firstly, note that A360 Team has been rebranded as BIM 360 Team and will be migrated, more details at this post.

Secondly, Autodesk really wants your whole team (like everyone, every consultant, every Revit link) on Collaboration for Revit. However, out in the real world it is just happening bit-by-bit, and in the meantime some hacks and workarounds can make the process a little bit easier.

A Quick Overview
Ok, so Collaboration for Revit runs on top of BIM 360 Team. What this means is that you need to have an active BIM 360 Team license if you wish to run projects. Then, you need a Collaboration for Revit license for each Revit user who will be connecting to that BIM 360 Team site. You still with me? This also means that persons outside of your firm may connect to your projects, provided they have their own Collaboration for Revit entitlement applied to their Autodesk account.

Once you have the BIM 360 Team license, and the Collaboration for Revit licenses, you then need to “Assign” the Collaboration for Revit licenses out to the users (using their Autodesk login details).

Finally, you need to actually do some stuff, like:

  • make a BIM 360 Team project,
  • invite the users,
  • initiate Revit models, and
  • get the links working.

Its a lot to take in, so you can see that the blog title is actually a half-joke 🙂 However, we were able to get all this up and running in about 4 hours for one firm, so you can too. Hopefully.

Something that will help
Given that there are a lot of moving pieces, I turned to my favourite research and documentation tool, OneNote. I have created a public notebook that you can view at this link:
Revit Collaboration Public Help

helpdoc.png

Basically all of the steps involved in getting the licensing setup, inviting users, installing the addin, and initiating models onto Collaboration for Revit are in the notebook linked above. I will continue to update and add to this over time.

Any Questions?
Just comment to this post and I will endeavour to answer your question in the notebook, or point you toward the answer.

Now, here are a few other bits and pieces that may be useful, if the notebook doesn’t answer your questions…

new help documentation:
https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/revit-products/learn-explore/caas/CloudHelp/cloudhelp/2016/ENU/Revit-CAR/files/GUID-5A7EA270-AE79-447B-B12C-4C6B59D2F894-htm.html

moving models to folders:
https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/revit-products/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/Collaboration-for-Revit-How-to-use-and-access-subfolders-on-A360-Team.html

You can move projects from A360 Free to a paid BIM360 Team hub by using the Transfer function:

transfer.png

Taking models offline and replacing later:
https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/a360-collaboration-for-revit/learn-explore/caas/simplecontent/content/how-to-work-c4r-when-others-are-not-using-it.html

using local linked files
http://www.revitforum.org/worksharing-revit-server-c4r/28351-c4r-updating-links-6.html

Download links:
Collaboration for Revit 2017
Collaboration for Revit 2016

Collaboration for Revit 2015

Recent chat with Autodesk

When it comes time to install a new suite, you may feel like removing an older version. In my case, I wanted to remove an entire 2015 suite from my Surface Pro 3. What is the quickest way to do this?

Well, you can do it almost completely unattended with the Autodesk Uninstall Tool, which should already be installed on your system. Its in the Start Menu under Autodesk…

finding%2Bit.png

 

tool.png

Just tick the boxes and click Uninstall. It will tick away and let you know how many products have been uninstalled. Nice and easy…

The tool is located at:
C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesAutodesk SharedUninstall ToolR1UninstallTool.exe

For clean uninstall tips, also check out:

Autodesk Screencast is a great screen recording tool. However, it is very tied to the cloud. What if you just want to grab the screen capture video file to put it onto your company LAN or insert it into a presentation?

The short story:

  1. Set the Screencast folder location
  2. Setup a RealTimeSync to a ‘Screencast backup‘ folder
  3. Run the RealTimeSync on startup
  4. When you want the source video file, navigate into the backup folder, find the Screencast you want and look for a package.zip. Inside here is the webm file you can copy out and play with VLC or some other player.

webm.png

You could also use a video converter to convert the webm file to an mp4 or some other format that you could embed into PowerPoint etc.

Some related, uh, Screencasts:

Getting the WEBM files

Setting up the Syncs

These are simply direct links to be able to access the trial download for 2017 Autodesk AEC products, you will still need valid serial numbers if you wish to activate.

nw2017.png

You will be interested to note that on first launch, this splash screen may pop up:

licensechoose.png

Live links:
Revit 2017 Part 1 | Part 2


Not yet live:
Revit LT 2017 Part 1 | Part 2
Revit Architecture 2017 Part 1 | Part 2
Revit Structure 2017 Part 1 | Part 2
Revit MEP 2017 Part 1 | Part 2


Building Design Suite Ultimate 2017
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/BDSADV/DLM/BDSU_2017_Enu_Win_64bit_dlm_001_007.sfx.exe
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/BDSADV/DLM/BDSU_2017_Enu_Win_64bit_dlm_002_007.sfx.exe
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/BDSADV/DLM/BDSU_2017_Enu_Win_64bit_dlm_003_007.sfx.exe
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/BDSADV/DLM/BDSU_2017_Enu_Win_64bit_dlm_004_007.sfx.exe
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/BDSADV/DLM/BDSU_2017_Enu_Win_64bit_dlm_005_007.sfx.exe
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/BDSADV/DLM/BDSU_2017_Enu_Win_64bit_dlm_006_007.sfx.exe
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/BDSADV/DLM/BDSU_2017_Enu_Win_64bit_dlm_007_007.sfx.exe

manage.png

Building Design Suite Premium 2017
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/BDSPRM/DLM/BDSP_2017_Enu_Win_64bit_dlm_001_006.sfx.exe
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/BDSPRM/DLM/BDSP_2017_Enu_Win_64bit_dlm_002_006.sfx.exe
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/BDSPRM/DLM/BDSP_2017_Enu_Win_64bit_dlm_003_006.sfx.exe
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/BDSPRM/DLM/BDSP_2017_Enu_Win_64bit_dlm_004_006.sfx.exe
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/BDSPRM/DLM/BDSP_2017_Enu_Win_64bit_dlm_005_006.sfx.exe
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/BDSPRM/DLM/BDSP_2017_Enu_Win_64bit_dlm_006_006.sfx.exe

Navisworks Manage 2017
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/NAVMAN/DLM/Autodesk_Navisworks_Manage_2017_Multilingual_Win_64bit_dlm_001_002.sfx.exe
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/NAVMAN/DLM/Autodesk_Navisworks_Manage_2017_Multilingual_Win_64bit_dlm_002_002.sfx.exe

Navisworks Simulate 2017
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/NAVSIM/DLM/Autodesk_Navisworks_Simulate_2017_Multilingual_Win_64bit_dlm_001_002.sfx.exe
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/NAVSIM/DLM/Autodesk_Navisworks_Simulate_2017_Multilingual_Win_64bit_dlm_002_002.sfx.exe

Advance Steel 2017
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/ADSTPR/DLM/ADSTPR_2017_ML_WIN_64BIT_DLM.sfx.exe

AutoCAD 2017
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/ACD/DLM/AutoCAD_2017_English_Win_32bit_dlm.sfx.exe

http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/ACD/DLM/AutoCAD_2017_English_Win_64bit_dlm_001_002.sfx.exe
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/ACD/DLM/AutoCAD_2017_English_Win_64bit_dlm_002_002.sfx.exe

AutoCAD MEP 2017
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/BLDSYS/DLM/AutoCAD_MEP_2017_English_Win_32bit_dlm_001_003.sfx.exe
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/BLDSYS/DLM/AutoCAD_MEP_2017_English_Win_32bit_dlm_002_003.sfx.exe
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/BLDSYS/DLM/AutoCAD_MEP_2017_English_Win_32bit_dlm_003_003.sfx.exe

http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/BLDSYS/DLM/AutoCAD_MEP_2017_English_Win_64bit_dlm_001_003.sfx.exe
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/BLDSYS/DLM/AutoCAD_MEP_2017_English_Win_64bit_dlm_002_003.sfx.exe
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/BLDSYS/DLM/AutoCAD_MEP_2017_English_Win_64bit_dlm_003_003.sfx.exe

AutoCAD Design Suite Ultimate 2017
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/DSADV/DLM/ADS_Ultimate_2017_English_Win_32bit_dlm_001_002.sfx.exe
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/DSADV/DLM/ADS_Ultimate_2017_English_Win_32bit_dlm_002_002.sfx.exe

http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/DSADV/DLM/ADS_Ultimate_2017_English_Win_64bit_dlm_001_004.sfx.exe
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/DSADV/DLM/ADS_Ultimate_2017_English_Win_64bit_dlm_002_004.sfx.exe
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/DSADV/DLM/ADS_Ultimate_2017_English_Win_64bit_dlm_003_004.sfx.exe
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET17SWDLD/2017/DSADV/DLM/ADS_Ultimate_2017_English_Win_64bit_dlm_004_004.sfx.exe