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.
It’s almost that time of year again when Autodesk starts up the beta programs for next years software updates. This is a great way to get a direct path of communication to Autodesk for not only providing bug reports for the current beta but your wishlist items. Usually it’s too late in the beta process to get some crazy new feature request added to the release, but if it’s a small request and you can justify the need well enough it has the possibility of making it in.
Participating in the beta program provides an early look at the new features. They do state that their is no guarantee that all the features from beta will make it into the final release, which is fair. Most new features do usually make it into the final but may not behave exactly as they did in beta.
Beta is also a great way to plan ahead for the software updates by learning the new features yourself first so that your team can hit the ground running with new features.
If you are not registered yet for the beta program, you can do so through the Autodesk customer feedback site located here: http://beta.autodesk.com
Note: You are held under a non disclosure agreement when you participate on the beta programs which means you are not allowed to openly discussed the content of any of the beta programs with the general public.
Autodesk Labs sent out this heads up via email today:
The 3D Annotation for Inventor technology preview was released in July 2010. Autodesk Inventor 2012 was not released until April 2011. This is just a reminder that although it was not mentioned when the technology preview was first announced, the technology preview is compatible with Inventor 2012.
If I had a nickel for every time I had to troubleshoot the issue of Vault not being available within Inventor I would have at least a few dollars to buy lunch. So if you want to save yourself a nickel, try these steps first:
Make sure you have a project file active in Inventor that is a Vault type project file: This is overlooked much of the time. Even if you know what you’re doing, sometimes Inventor can magically switch project files to a default, non Vault type project file.
Check your loaded add-ins, make sure Vault is loaded and started: A common bug in Inventor appearing in Inventor 2011, the Vault add-in does not load 100% of the time on first launch of Inventor.
Make sure you are logged into the Vault: Remember, logging into Vault explorer does not log you into Vault from within Inventor.
Follow this quick checklist and you may just be $0.05 richer.”]
Are you fed up with Facebook? Tired of Twitter? Still moping about MySpace? Well then join the CAD party on Google+! If you haven’t heard about Google+ yet, it’s Google’s answer to Facebook. A rebirth of the defunct Google Wave project, Google+ features several cool features that makes it stand out from the current social networking website choices.
Google+ allows you to create circles of people you know. You can then share status updates, photos and videos with these circles separately or to the entire public. This allows you to adopt Google+ for your work connections as well as your personal circle of friends and share different types of information with them separately.
Google+ also has a feature called Hangouts, where you can create a place to enable your webcam and have face to face chats with anyone who drops in or who you invite.
If you’re not on Google+ yet and need an invite (it’s still in limited testing), send me a note with your email address and I’ll send you an invite. See you in the hangout!