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June 18, 2014

3Dconnexion Cuts the Cord on the SpaceMouse Pro

3Dconnexion has announced a new product in their lineup. SpaceMouse Pro Wireless is the latest addition to 3Dconnexion’s line of professional 3D mice and is the second device to go wireless.

Superior 3D Navigation

Connect on a deeper level with your 3D content. SpaceMouse Pro Wireless’s patented 6-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) controller cap delivers natural feeling 3D navigation designed specifically for professionals.

Smoothly pan, zoom and rotate models and cameras. Easily position parts, assemblies and designs. Intuitively examine and analyze your designs from every angle. It’s as close to holding your model as you can get.

While your standard mouse selects, creates and edits, the SpaceMouse Pro Wireless handles 3D navigation for a revolutionary two-handed work style preferred by the world’s top engineers, architects and 3D professionals.

Complete Wireless Freedom

No more cords. No more constraints. SpaceMouse Pro Wireless provides a real-time connection to your 3D content with 3Dconnexion 2.4 GHz wireless technology.

Just pop the USB receiver in your PC or Mac, and enjoy the reliability of a wired device coupled with the satisfaction of a cord free desktop.

SpaceMouse Pro Wireless will operate for two months between charges. When it does need juice, just connect the USB cable and continue working.

Minimize Hand Movements

View Your Work From Every Angle
Detect errors, explore alternatives, and present your work more effectively for review with SpaceMouse Pro Wireless’s 6DoF navigation and QuickView Keys.

Save Time
Conveniently positioned keyboard modifiers provide quick and easy access to Control, Shift, Alt and Esc functions, reducing the time you spend moving your hand to the keyboard.

Flexible Connectivity

Either plug the micro-USB receiver directly into your workstation or use the twin-port USB hub (included as standard). With a choice of two USB cables, it’s easy to connect and charge SpaceMouse Pro Wireless whatever your desktop setup.

Technical Specification
  • 3Dconnexion six-degrees-of-freedom
    (6Dof) sensor
  • 3Dconnexion 2.4GHz wireless technology
  • Lithium-ion polymer battery (internal, rechargeable)
  • Micro-USB connectivity (choice of cable supplied).
    Simultaneous data and recharging.
  • Full-size, soft-coated hand rest
  • QuickView Keys
  • Rotation Toggle Key
  • Intelligent Function Keys
  • On-Screen Display
  • Keyboard Modifiers (Ctrl, Alt, Shift, Esc)
  • Virtual NumPad
  • 15 Programmable keys in total
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 204x142x58mm / 8"x5.6"x2.3”
  • Weight: 563g / 1.24lb
  • 3-year warranty
Package Contents
  • SpaceMouse Pro Wireless
  • USB Receiver
  • USB Cable 1.5m
  • USB Cable 0.5m
  • Twin-port USB Hub
  • CD ROM: Drivers, Demos and Tools
Image Credits: 3dConnexion

June 11, 2014

AutoCAD 2015 Service Pack 1

Autodesk has released Service Pack 1 (SP1) for AutoCAD 2015.


Here is a link to download AutoCAD 2015 SP1 32-bit, Click Here...
Here is a link to download AutoCAD 2015 SP1 64-bit, Click Here...

Here is a link for the Readme file, Click Here…

This Service Pack can be applied to AutoCAD 2015 installed as a standalone application as well as AutoCAD 2015 installed from the following Autodesk Design Suites.
  • AutoCAD Design Suite 2015
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Inventor LT Suite 2015
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Revit LT Suite 2015
  • Autodesk AutoCAD with Advanced Steel 2015
  • Autodesk Building Design Suite 2015
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2015
  • Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2015
  • Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2015
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite 2015
Here are the details regarding what is included in the SP1:

Problems Reported with the Customer Error Reporting Utility
 
DB Connect
  • Occasional crashes when using DB Connect feature on 64-bit machines with 4GB and more RAM.
Status Bar
  • Occasional crashes when opening drawing file when a bubble notification is still displayed.
New Tab
  • Occasional crashes when clicking New in the Quick Access Toolbar or the Start Drawing tile on the New Tab page.
  • Occasional crashes when clicking the New Tab Plus button after adding LayerFilterComboControl or Filter in the CUI dialog box.
Design Center
  • Occasional crashes when inserting a block from Design Center on the second time.
General
  • Occasional crashes when selecting the "Fully open the drawing file" option that displays when opening a drawing that was saved in the partial open state.
  • Occasional crashes when exiting AutoCAD.
General Service Pack Updates

3D Modeling
  • Using the ViewCube dropdown for selecting a saved UCS will not accept UCS names that contain a space.
  • The SCALE command is not applied correctly for scale factors less than 1/100th.
Display
  • Cursor trails will display on the screen for users with Optimus or Dynamic Switchable Graphics technology.
Hatch
  • Lineweight is applied and displayed for solid hatch objects.
  • Additional lines display in the selection highlighting for a solid hatch object.
  • Hatch objects do not apply LAYLOCKFADECTL or XDWGFADECTL.
  • The angle of a gradient changes the appearance of that gradient.
  • Solid hatch objects display the edge color.
Plot
  • ViewCube will appear on plots under certain conditions.
VBA
  • Unable to execute SendCommand API in multiple drawings.
General
  • The number of recently used files accepts a maximum of 10. The maximum has been restored to 50.
Security Hotfix
  • This Service Pack includes the Autodesk AutoCAD Security Hotfix. This Service Pack can be applied whether that security hotfix was originally applied to your system or not.
  • If you have Autodesk ReCap 2015 installed together with AutoCAD 2015, please install Autodesk ReCap 2015 Hotfix 1 via Autodesk Application Manager.

June 3, 2014

Inventor 2015 Update 1

Autodesk has just released Update 1 for Inventor 2015.

This Update addresses multiple issues for Inventor 2015.

Here is what is addressed in Update 1:
  • Workplane display prevents view at half section of assembly
  • ACAD DWG with 3D entities with units in meters will be imported into Inventor in millimeters
  • After shrinkwrap composite surface disappear and editing of derived assembly cause change of the composite to solid
  • Cut normal fails on a contour flange with two adjacent bends
  • Failure to create tangent constrain for Interpolation Spline
  • FreeForm edit change not recognized as a model change
  • Inventor HSM doesn't support Redo cases
  • OpenSSL Heartbleed security vulnerability
  • Section view of assembly containing Content Center parts gives incorrect result
  • Unable to constrain when changing the dimension
  • When the background color is changed, it becomes difficult to see the dimension text
  • Unexpected exit during move item with Tube and Pipe items attached due to Bolted Connection
  • Unexpected exit during sketch constraint
  • Unexpected exit if calling FindUsingVector API in OnPreSelect event handler if in Assembly file
  • Unexpected exit when opening certain files with stored VBA code or when attempting to open the VBA editor within Inventor
  • Unexpected exit on Cut Normal on a sheet metal part with contour flange and contour roll
  • Unexpected exit saving drawing standard with imported materials in hatch pattern defaults
  • Unexpected exit when attach the incorrect point cloud model
  • Unexpected exit when attempting to edit a sick sweep
  • Unexpected exit when copy and paste Workplane
  • Unexpected exit when editing hole
  • Unexpected exit when enter Frame Analysis environment after Insert Frame
  • Unexpected exit when import the style (with material changed) which was previously exported
  • Unexpected exit when open a drawing
  • Unexpected exit when retrieving dimension
  • Unexpected exit when saving as dwg file
  • Unexpected exit when the user switches to LOD with missing reference file on forward creating derive assembly
  • Unexpected exit after undo and delete moved component
  • Multiple general stability enhancements
Here is a link to download Update 1 for Inventor 2015 - Click Here...
Both the 32-bit and 64-bit are included in the download.
Here is a link for the Readme File - Click Here...

This update covers the following products:

  • Autodesk Inventor Professional 2015
  • Autodesk Inventor 2015
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite Premium 2015
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite Ultimate 2015
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite Premium 2015
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite Ultimate 2015

May 9, 2014

Inventor 2014 - Service Pack 2

Autodesk has just released Service Pack 2 for Inventor 2014.

You do not have to install Service Pack 1 in order to install Service Pack 2. Service Pack 2 includes the most recent fixes, as well as all fixes included in Service Pack 1. This Service Pack 2 updates Autodesk Inventor 2014 or Autodesk Inventor Professional 2014 for all operating systems and languages.

For installation on Windows 8.1 OS please read Technical Solution TS22238097.

Here is what is addressed in Service Pack 2:
  • Stress Analysis
    • Inventor exits unexpectedly when you delete multiple midsurfaces simultaneously.
    • Inventor exits unexpectedly when you export some assembly files with midsurface shells to STEP format.
    • Artificial stiffness sometimes occurs because of line-on-line geometry in bonded contact.
    • Certain contacts are missing during automatic contact detection for some FEA cases.
    • Corrupt models are now blocked from contact detection and solve unless you use a registry key as a workaround:[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Autodesk\Inventor\RegistryVersion18.0\Assembly Stress Analysis] "ContinueOnCorruptModels"=dword:00000001
    • Some customer models which can be meshed/solved in a prior version, are blocked from mesh/solve in Inventor 2014.
    • Yield strength values in an FEA report do not use the correct unit conversions.
    • Models with very large number of spring contacts ( > 2^16 contacts) are no longer blocked from finishing in SP2.
  • API
    • Using i-Drop fails to drag and drop a component into an assembly.
    • A Server communication error occurs when you replace a component from Content Center while Table View is enabled.
    • API method Documents.OpenWithOptions raises an error for assemblies with deleted default views.
    • Inventor exits unexpectedly when calling Assets.Add if an Inventor Material Library does not exist.
    • API reports an error when accessing ArcLengthDimConstraint in a sketch.
  • Application Functionality
    • If the license is unavailable, the customized options revert.
    • Ribbon appearance reverts to Small after you restart Inventor and dock the ribbon to the left or right with the Normal appearance.
    • Optimization users with account IDs that are non-numeric are blocked from entering Optimization.
    • Non-English Inventor exits unexpectedly when you use the Style Library Manager to migrate a style library.
    • On a Windows 8 operating system, Inventor exits unexpectedly when you close it after you save a Mold Design.
    • When the InfoCenter search is collapsed, keyboard shortcuts do not work.
    • On the Create New File dialog box, large and extra-large icon options on Create New File dialog box do not work.
  • Assembly Modeling
    • Inventor exits unexpectedly when you click the additional geometry of Simplify Define envelopes after loading Express.
    • Inventor exits unexpectedly when you exit in-place edit environment from a sub-assembly and then undo.
    • In a derived assembly, a component is missing when you change a positional representation from Master to user defined.
    • Inventor exits unexpectedly when you create a shrinkwrap of an assembly containing a part with a composite in the Repair Environment and its source feature is deleted.
  • Content Center
    • If you switch users within the roaming profile environment, the Content Center becomes unavailable.
    • Migrated custom content is missing materials, and Inventor sometimes exits unexpectedly when you access the library.
    • Inventor exits unexpectedly when the Content Center dialog box is open, and you place a component and then exit the dialog box.
  • Engineer's Notebook
    • Inventor exits unexpectedly when you copy and paste components after you delete a note.
  • Enhanced Visualization
    • Dimension text is too blurred to see under certain color schemes.
    • Display True line Weights does not take effect immediately.
    • In a drawing view, Shade disappears when you zoom.
    • In a drawing view, Leaders display behind the image.
    • Hidden edges do not display in a section view.
    • AmbientShadows show through the transparent components when you in-place edit an assembly and zoom it.
    • Inventor exits unexpectedly when you enable ray tracing after creating a section view.
    • Inventor exits unexpectedly when Windows prompts "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered".
    • Decal image quality is poor in Performance and Quality modes.
    • After you move a part in an assembly, strange arcs appear in a section view.
    • When zooming in some large assemblies, abnormal triangles appear occasionally.
    • When you open a mechanical desktop file on some low end machines, Inventor exits unexpectedly.
    • Graphics do not render correctly by leaving ghosting or missing parts in assemblies.
    • An assembly with a section view does not display correctly if the Workplane is in front of the section plane.
    • Inventor exits unexpectedly when Windows prompts "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered".
  • Frame Generator
    • Fails to delete some frame members.
    • Fails to apply Notch to certain frames.
  • Material/Appearances
    • All unused materials are deleted after purged once.
    • A Zero and negative value is acceptable for density of a physical property.
  • Part Modeling
    • If you edit the iPart table through Excel 2013 while you have other files opened in Excel, you cannot save the changes to the table.
  • Point Cloud
    • Inventor exits unexpectedly when you attach certain .rcp files.
  • Sketch
    • Inventor exits unexpectedly when you trim some splines.
  • Translators
    • Inventor exits unexpectedly when reading certain CATIA v5 files.
    • Inventor fails to read some Solidworks assembly files.
    • Nothing displays when you import some STEP files.
    • Inventor does not respect custom resolution setting when you export STL files by API.
    • Title block property text and the sketch of a drawing view moves their positions after you save an .idw to the AutoCAD .dwg file format.
    • iLogic rule does not work when you save a drawing as .pdf without an explicit path.
    • Model sketches within the Cropped View are entirely visible after you save an .idw to the AutoCAD .dwg file format.
    • Inventor exits unexpectedly when you export certain files to the AutoCAD .dwg file format.
Here is a link to download Service Pack 2 for Inventor 2014 32-Bit - Click Here...
Here is a link to download Service Pack 2 for Inventor 2014 64-Bit - Click Here...
Here is a link for the Readme File - Click Here...

Here is what is fixed in Service Pack 1 - Click Here...

This update covers the following products:

  • Autodesk Inventor Professional 2014
  • Autodesk Inventor 2014
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite Premium 2014
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite Ultimate 2014
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite Premium 2014
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite Ultimate 2014

April 4, 2014

Inventor 2013 Service Pack 2 Update 5

Autodesk has just released Update 5 for Inventor 2013 Service Pack 2.

This Update addresses multiple issues for Inventor 2013 Service Pack 2.
This Update is cumulative and includes all changes contained in Update 1, Update 2, Update 3, and Update 4.

Here is what is addressed in Update 5:
  • Wrap Table at Row setting not retained when drawing file saved as a template
  • Unexpected exit when opening a drawing file
Here is a link to download Update 5 for Inventor 2013 SP2 - Click Here...
Both the 32-bit and 64-bit are included in the download.
Here is a link for the Readme File - Click Here...

This update covers the following products:

  • Autodesk Inventor Professional 2013
  • Autodesk Inventor 2013
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite Premium 2013
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite Ultimate 2013
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite Premium 2013
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite Ultimate 2013

April 1, 2014

Inventor 2015 System Requirements

Here are the system requirements for Inventor 2015:

Operating System:

  • Recommended:
    • 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 (SP1)
    • 64-bit Windows 8
    • 64-bit Windows 8.1
  • Minimum:
    • 32-bit Microsoft Windows 7 (SP1)

CPU Type:

  • Recommended:
    • Intel Xeon E3 or Core i7 or equivalent, 3.0 GHz or greater
  • Minimum:
    • Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64, 3 GHz or faster or Intel or AMD dual core 2 GHz or faster

Memory:

  • Recommended:
    • 12 GB RAM
  • Minimum:
    • 8 GB RAM for less than 500 part assemblies

Graphics:

  • Recommended:
    • Microsoft Direct3D 11 or capable graphics card or higher
  • Minimum:
    • Microsoft Direct3D 9 capable graphics card or higher Installation 6.0 GB

Other:

  • DVD-ROM
  • 1,280 x 1,024 or higher screen resolution
  • Internet connection for Autodesk 360 functionality, web downloads, and Subscription Aware access
  • Adobe Flash Player 10
  • Microsoft Mouse-compliant pointing device
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or higher
  • Microsoft Excel 2010 and 2013 for iFeatures, iParts, iAssemblies, thread customization, and spreadsheet-driven designs
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 SP1

For Complex Models, Complex Mold Assemblies, and Large Assemblies (typically more than 1,000 parts)


Operating System:

  • Recommended:
    • 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 (SP1)
    • 64-bit Windows 8
    • 64-bit Windows 8.1

CPU Type:

  • Recommended:
    • Intel Xeon E3 or Core i7 or equivalent, 3.0 GHz or greater

Memory:

  • Recommended:
    • 16 GB RAM

Graphics:

  • Recommended:
    • Microsoft Direct3D 11 or capable graphics card or higher

Other:

  • DVD-ROM
  • 1,280 x 1,024 or higher screen resolution
  • Internet connection for Autodesk 360 functionality, web downloads, and Subscription Aware access
  • Adobe Flash Player 10
  • Microsoft Mouse-compliant pointing device
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or higher
  • Microsoft Excel 2010 and 2013 for iFeatures, iParts, iAssemblies, thread customization, and spreadsheet-driven designs, Recommended: 64-bit installations for use with 64-bit Inventor.
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 SP1

March 27, 2014

AutoCAD 2015 - What's New

Here is the full list of What's New for AutoCAD 2015.

User Interaction

New Tab

 One of the first things you'll notice in AutoCAD 2015 is the New Tab. It displays as a file tab when you launch AutoCAD, when there are no drawings open, and when you create a new tab. The New Tab contains two sliding content frames - Learn and Create.
  • Create
    • The Create page is displayed by default and serves as a launch pad where you can access sample files, recent files, templates, product updates, and the online community. It's divided into 3 columns: Get Started, Recent Documents, and Connect.
      • Get Started column you can use the Start Drawing tool to quickly begin a new drawing from a default template or choose from the list of available drawing templates organized by groups. The last template you use becomes the new default. Other tools enable you to open existing drawings and sheet sets, get more templates online, and explore sample drawings.
      • Recent Documents column you can view and open your recent drawings. You can pin them to ensure they remain on the list. Icons at the bottom of the column enable you to change how you preview the recent drawings: thumbnail view, thumbnail and text view, or just text view.
      • Connect column displays notifications such as hardware acceleration, trial period, and where to download offline help. It also enables you to sign into Autodesk 360 and send feedback directly to Autodesk.
  • Learn
    • The Learn page provides tools to help you learn AutoCAD 2015. It's also divided in 3 columns: What's New, Getting Started Videos, and Tip/Online Resources.

Inventor 2015 - What's New

Now is the time to learn about the released details about latest enhancements that are added to Inventor 2015. I am going to focus on some of the more popular enhancements, you can read about the rest of the enhancements when I post the What's New document later.

General


Application Options dialog box is now resizable

Select any corner of the Application Options dialog box to resize.

Exciting workplane improvements make modeling easier

  • Take control of workplanes: You can now rename the workplane in the browser.
  • The name of the workplane now also displays in the graphics window.

Create midplane work planes from parallel or non parallel faces

Using Plane on the ribbon 3D Model tab, Work Features panel, you can create a midplane work plane between two parallel or non parallel faces in a part or assembly. In an assembly, it is required that the faces be on separate components. The resulting work plane is oriented to the coordinate system, and has the same outward normal of the first selected plane.

Product Design Suite 2015

Autodesk is making a few changes to its offering of Product Design Suite 2015. To start off, it is now down to just two editions, Premium and Ultimate. Anyone that was on the Standard Edition of Product Design Suite 2014, essentially this becomes Product Design Suite 2015 Premium and anyone that was on Premium or Ultimate Product Design Suite 2014, this become Product Design Suite 2015 Ultimate. Also some products were removed from all of the packages. The products that were removed are Showcase, Sketchbook Designer, Mudbox, and Alias Design. If you were on subscription and received these product before they will be offering a promotion where if you need these you can get them by just paying for a subscription cost for those products individually.

To see a video explaining the changes to Product Design Suite 2015, Click Here...
 
To find out more about Product Design Suite 2015, Click Here...
 
Image Credits: Autodesk


March 25, 2014

AutoCAD 2015 System Requirements

Here are the system requirements for AutoCAD 2015:

Operating System:

  • Microsoft® Windows 8/8.1
  • Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 Pro
  • Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

CPU Type:

For 32-bit AutoCAD 2015:
  •  32-bit Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon Dual Core, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology
For 64-bit AutoCAD 2015:
  • AMD Athlon 64 with SSE2 technology
  • AMD Opteron with SSE2 technology
  • Intel Xeon with Intel EM64T support with SSE2 technology
  • Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support with SSE2 technology

Network:

  • Deployment via Deployment Wizard
  • The license server and all workstations that will run applications dependent on network licensing must run TCP/IP protocol
  • Either Microsoft or Novell TCP/IP protocol stacks are acceptable. Primary login on workstations may be Netware or Windows
  • In addition to operating systems supported for the application, the license server will run on the Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2008 R2 Server editions, Windows Server 2003, and Windows 2003 R2 Server editions
  • Citrix XenApp 6.5 FP1

Memory:

  • 2 GB (8 GB recommended)

Display Resolution:

  • 1024x768 (1600x1050 or higher recommended) with True Color

Display Card:

  • Windows display adapter capable of 1024x768 with True Color capabilities. DirectX 9 or DirectX 11 compliant card recommended but not required

Disk Space:

  • Installation 6.0 GB

Pointing Device:

  • MS-Mouse compliant device

 

Digitizer:
  • WINTAB support

Plotter/Printer:

  • Same as AutoCAD 2013-2014 — system printer and HDI support

Media (DVD):

  • Download and installation from DVD

Browser:

  • Windows Internet Explorer 9.0 (or later)

Side-by-Side Install:

  • Supported

ToolClips Media Player:

  • Adobe Flash Player v10 or up

.NET Framework:

  • .NET Framework Version 4.5

Additional requirements for large datasets, point clouds, and 3D modeling

CPU Type:

  • Intel Pentium 4 processor or AMD Athlon, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology; Intel or AMD Dual Core processor, 2.0 GHz or higher

Memory:

  • 8 GB RAM or greater

Disk Space:

  • 6 GB free hard disk available, not including installation requirements

Display Card:

  • 1280x1024 True Color video display adapter 128 MB or greater, Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater, Direct3D-capable workstation class graphics card