Bob the Builder meets Autodesk Inventor

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SkyDrive + AutoCAD WS (a marriage made in the clouds)

Microsoft released a new desktop application for Windows and Mac that can be used to sync a local folder to your SkyDrive account. Similar to how Dropbox works, the folder stays synchronized with SkyDrive and all changes (additions, modifications and deletions) appear in very close to real time on your desktop, web and phone.

The best part is that Microsoft is offering existing SkyDrive users a limited time chance to upgrade their account to 25GB of free storage.You can add an additional 20GB of storage for $10/year, 50GB for $25/year or 100GB for $100/year. This is very competitively priced with similar cloud storage solutions.

The iPhone SkyDrive app is smart enough to be able to open DWF’s or DWG’s you have added to SkyDrive with AutoCAD WS. This is a very slick feature with being able to sync a local folder to AutoCAD WS in the cloud.

The desktop SkyDrive app also allows you to choose the folder you want to sync. So in reality, you can pick your dropbox folder and keep everything nicely synchronized across both cloud applications.



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Inventor 2013 New Feature – Move EOP

This is one of my favorite new features in Inventor 2013. You can now right click on a part feature in the browser and move the end-of-part to just below the feature. No more cumbersome dragging the EOP from the bottom up.


Here’s another great list of new features from Paul Munford (@CadSetterOut) at

An Introduction to Autodesk Inventor 2013

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My 2012 End of Days, CAD Bucket List

I had a random thought the other day. I was thinking of CAD things I would like to posses or accomplish before the end of the world occurs this year. Everyone needs a bucket list, and only CAD nerds like myself need a CAD bucket list for the end of the world. So, in no particular order:


  1. A new workstation: I need something that was made this decade. I’m thinking a HP z800 or a Dell t5500. Definitely would like some SSD drives, the whir of a hard drive is something I can live without during the final moments before the lava melts it completely.
  2. New iPad. I’ll need this to use the zombie tracker app.
  3. A weekend trip to London to have tea with Al Dean, Editor-in-Chief of Develop 3D Magazine. I’m not sure why, but he seems like someone who would survive well into the 2nd half of the apocalypse.
  4. A license of Keyshot. I need to render better bunker images, this will do it.
  5. A trip to San Francisco to visit the Autodesk Gallery, but only if Shaan Hurley gives me a personal tour. I’m sure there is stuff I could use here.
  6. I need a Mac Book. I do, I really do. I just don’t feel right bringing a PC laptop into the coffee shop anymore. I stick out like a sore thumb. I don’t want to draw attention to myself while making last minute preparations.
  7. I always wanted an Alienware laptop, this may come in handy when they actually do come.
  8. Some t-shirts from I think this will make me stick out more in the coffee shop with my PC laptop, but so what. When I turn into a zombie, I want to be wearing one of these.
  9. A short jaunt to Sarasota to tour RND Automation before rapture. For sure, this will be the central hub where skynet builds more robots. Knowing the layout will be beneficial later.
  10. The last one is my secret for now. I’ll post it just before total annihilation.
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