Several readers have asked about the Inventor add-in I created, All Thumbs. All Thumbs allows you to set consistent background color and visual settings for file thumbnails regardless of your application settings within Inventor. Although I wouldn’t say it’s official supported by me anymore, it does seem to work well with the latest version of Inventor.
‘Swift Prints’ has recently been updated for compatibility with Inventor 2018. In this update, the method to which your username to Autodesk 360 is obtained to validate your Swift Prints license has been changed.
If it wasn’t already easy enough to use Swift Prints with Autodesk Inventor to print your drawings, you can now print by just clicking a single button on the toolbar. 1-click adds the ability to send a print based on the last used printer configuration.
I’m still not happy with the whole AUGI wishlist process. I know I can volunteer to help, but some things are just too much out of control to try and tackle. My answer, was to create my own wishlist system which is based on Twitter. Yes, I know it’s not perfect either and I haven’t quite figured out the perfect way to process the received wishes. I’m going to work on a better system for input and handling the wishes… but we’ll see. I’ve promised lots before and I only have so much time in the day. 🙂
A wish granted can not be granted until it is truly granted…
An AUGI member has reported that this wish has been granted and appears in the software. An administrator will review it promptly.
Wish ID: #411333
Wish Title: Attach Text, Symbols to View
Status: Hall of Fame Pending
Feature: Drawing Manager
Edited By: ******* on Fri, 12 Oct 2012
Summary: Be abl to attach text, symbols, etc to views without creating sketch
Description: Ability to attach text, symbols or any other annotation to a view without creating a sketch.
Product and Feature: Inventor – Drawing Manager
Submitted By: Thomas Rambach on 09/13/2006
Granted Reason: Use a leader with the symbol or text first then delete the leader. I know, the workflow is not obvious.
The Autodesk Exchange Apps store has been live for quite a few months now and I have answered this same question dozens of times already… so I thought I should blog about it and see if I can get Autodesk to pass this information along to the general public.
It’s very important to understand that when you purchase any add-in from the store that it is only going to be compatible with a 2013 version of Autodesk software (Inventor, AutoCAD, etc). This doesn’t necessarily mean the add-in application was specifically written for 2013, it simply has to do with the method Autodesk packages the add-in for addition into the Exchange store and how the resulting package is installed on your system.
Be sure to check the “Compatible with” information listed under the add-ins download details before making a purchase.
For those of you who have purchased any cadtoolbox.com add-ins from the Exchange Apps store and are still only running 2012 or 2011… fear not. I have sent you all a link to download the legacy version if you have emailed me.
…and who says engineers don’t like to read instructions? 😉
From Autodesk Labs, Project Factory.Modz() is an add-in that brings physics based animation to Autodesk Factory Design Suite.
This looks really cool to be able to simulate the flow of your product throughout your factory with the ability to Tinker Box up your factory. If anyone has tried this tool out, please post a comment on what your opinion is of it.
Traditionally machine line layouts in a factory are created with pen and paper or in the form of 2D drawings. Using these means, it is extremely difficult to explain the working intent of the machine lines toclients or internal stakeholders. Using 2D workflows, it is very challenging to account for movement of material, people, and material handling devices and show them interacting with each other inside the facility. The inability to clearly articulate the working intent often results in losing bids to competition and the inability to sell ideas to stakeholders.
Project Factory.Modz() is a free Physics Based technology preview for Factory Animation that enables you to bring your machine line layouts to life and clearly articulate the working intent of the layout to your clients and stakeholders. It helps you to visually communicate your ideas by animating the movement of material and people inside your facility. It is easy to use, does not require CAD expertise, and you can be up and running creating your first animation in less than 5 minutes.