YouTube: Managing Data with Autodesk Vault

Great video from Autodesk… Makes me want to break out my Sharpie.

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Autodesk Cloud Now Available! – (Exclusive)

Taking a page out of how Engadget would do it, I just entered cloud.autodesk.com into my web browser and bam! It works. Looks like this is what Autodesk is set to announce soon. I was surprised that it was such a plain address and already open to the public. Just sign on using your existing Autodesk username and you get 1GB of free storage. Enjoy!

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Autodesk Design Review for iOS – Now Available

Well Autodesk has finally done it and released ‘Design Review’ for iOS devices. I am also now certain that they are really up to something big with all of this. I have discussed this in several past blog posts and Autodesk has finally delivered:

What’s notable about the application is the Autodesk Cloud option. Opening this folder brings you to the standard Autodesk logon window. After I signed on, I almost was in disbelief that my FishFinder PDF appeared in the list of available documents. This was the document I uploaded using the Autodesk Labs Project Nitrous application as discussed in this blog post. Very cool, indeed. This is also starting to paint a grand picture for the November 29th Vault announcement at Autodesk University discussed in this blog post.

The Design Review application itself seemed to function well but  it looks like for now it is just a basic, bare bones application with 3D model and 2D drawing viewing capabilities. It also allows you to add basic text and callout redlines. No measurement tool is available but you can obtain property information on individual components that may contain the length. Measurement capability would certainly be a nice plus if Autodesk decides to add it in future updates.

Unfortunately, the app can not yet import DWF’s from email attachments on your iOS device yet. The Autodesk Labs Project Nitrous tool is the best interim method for importing files for use with the app until something more streamlined is provided. Update(1): Also, the Nitrous project seems to be disabled. Update(2): Project Nitrous is working again. The Design Review app has this in the help file: “Upload a document: If you have an Autodesk Cloud account, you can upload documents from your desktop or laptop”. Well, since I do not have an account, don’t know what it is and certain this is available in the future and not not… the iPhone Design Review app can only view the sample data on your phone and nothing more right now.

I’m really looking forward to using this app for some real world, in the field scenarios. Also looking forward to the final big picture tie in for all the puzzle pieces to fit together. I’m sure, we’re definitely in for some exciting, new applications to really start putting some meat and potatoes type backing to the whole Autodesk data management vision.

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Project Nitrous from Autodesk Labs

I found myself trying out Project Nitrous from Autodesk Labs this weekend. Nitrous seems to be some pretty sweet and clean code for sharing documents over the web. This could be the forerunner to what I discussed  in this post regarding Autodesk’s upcoming 11/29 announcement. If you note on the Nitrous page, it says the preview is available until Sept 27th. Maybe this is because it will be closed down for preparations for whatever is coming on 11/29? Makes sense to me. So hurry up and check it out for yourself before it closes down on the 27th.

Autodesk Project Nitrous is a cloud-based collaboration service for design files. Architects, Engineers, Design Professionals, and their clients can all use Project Nitrous to view, edit, and share their 2D and 3D design files. There is no need to own an Autodesk product or to download special software to use this service. Getting started is as simple as creating an account and uploading your first file. Project Nitrous provides every user with 1GB of free storage space and an unlimited amount of collaboration. The technology preview is available until September 27, 2011.

The interface is real crisp with minimal clutter. I love working with interfaces like this. As a test I uploaded a PDF document (NC fish species identification) just for fun. Nitrous allows you to upload the document as well as upload future new versions of the document. You also have the ability to create a full comment thread on the document and see the entire document activity history. Pretty slick stuff from Autodesk. I definitely can see this as the backbone powering some other future, more complex web based product.

Document Interface

The comment and activity thread for a selected document:

Comments and Activity

Project Nitrous from Autodesk: http://labs.autodesk.com/utilities/nitrous/

 

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