Essential Apps to Survive Autodesk University 2012

Autodesk University 2012 is just a week away, and with both the 20th AU and Autodesk’s 30th birthday to celebrate, this should be an extraordinary conference. Fellow blogger …

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Automate Sheet Setup with Named Page Setups

image During my time at Autodesk University 2009 this year, I had the chance to sit down with Heidi Hewett and record some videos for the AutoCAD Exchange.  Among the topics, we discussed were Named Page Setups inside AutoCAD.  Despite their time-saving potential, Named Page Setups seem to be one of those features that’s been in the software forever, and is often overlooked. So if you find yourself overwhelmed with the endless array of plotting options inside AutoCAD, have a look at this quick video.

In the video, I’ll show you ways to capture all the settings inside the AutoCAD PLOT command in a way you can configure the dialog once, and use it again and again. In addition to the time Named Page Setups can save you, they also ensure each of your sheets is setup in exactly the same way; so your title block will plot in the same location on every sheet.

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Catch me on Dave Graveline’s Into Tomorrow radio show this weekend

image While at Autodesk University last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Dave Graveline, host of the popular technology radio show “Into Tomorrow.”  His 3-hour radio program airs on over 100 AM & FM radio stations around the U.S., on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, radio stations in Germany, Bermuda, New Zealand, Canada and several other sources including Mobile Broadcast Network, BeOS Radio, Sprint Radio, TiVo, CelleCast and many others – every weekend. As you may have guessed, this weeks show features his interviews from Autodesk University 2009.

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Autodesk University & AUv 2009 classes added to AU Online

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So it’s no secret that Autodesk University offers a class on nearly every conceivable topic related to Autodesk products.  Of course with such an expansive catalog comes the problem I’ve had every year I have attended AU.  That problem? Simple, trying to pick only 1 class per time bracket.  During the conference there’s simply more great classes being offered than there is time for those great classes.

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AU 2008 – Day 3

So at this point I’m actually sitting in JFK International Airport waiting for my connecting flight.  Shouldn’t be too much longer, but while I was here I figured I’d get caught up on my AU blogging.  AU 2008 seemed to absolutely fly by (no pun intended as I am sitting in an airport).  I’m sure part of that was greatly due to my schedule of assisting 3 labs, presenting 1 class, and spending what time I could helping AUGI.  Nonetheless, Thursday was my big day at AU.  As I have mentioned a few times before, I was invited to speak for the first time at AU this year.  My class for those just tuning in was Power to the Parcel, a class covering parcel design within AutoCAD Civil 3D. 

I have to admit, I have never been much of a morning person, so frankly my biggest fear of presenting at 8:00am Thursday was oversleeping.  Despite staying up a little later than I probably should have Wednesday evening rehearsing my class, I did manage to make it to my class on time.  While I made it to class on time I was not able to make it through my class without any technical glitches.  Despite everything working perfectly during my rehearsals, my last topic (parcel reports) bombed.  Parcel reports being my last topic, it was an absolute nightmare that I had to end my class on a low.  Thankfully however, everyone seems to have forgiven me for the technical glitch, and have given me positive reviews.  With that, hopefully they’ll have me back as a speaker again next year.

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