Happy New Year!

It’s almost 2009… Happy New Year! Almost time to get back to normal. I’ll be posting some new content and posts to the site soon. Thanks to all who have visited and provided feedback in 2008.

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Autoproject edges during sketch creation?

Taking a poll of the Inventor user community… How many of you have the autoproject edges for sketch creation and edit turned on? I have always left it off because the majority of the time I do not want extra edges projected into my new sketch and therefore making the new feature more dependent on previous geometry.

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Inventor 2009 Subscription Bonus Pack

Autodesk is moving towards a Microsoft approach to product releases which they are calling ‘Flexible Software Delivery’. This approach will be based on two different components available after the initial product release. Product updates like they exist now will include service packs and hotfixes. They will also have available subscription bonus packs.

These bonus packs will be available to active subscription members only via the subscription website. The bonus tools will then be rolled into the following product release. This sounds like a good way to get some good feedback on new features before they are incorporated into the entire product, beyond the beta programs which has limited participation.

According to Autodesk, AutoCAD will be the first product this new software delivery model is fully available for. Following this approach, they now have available a subscription bonus pack for Inventor 2009. The bonus pack includes the following additional functionality:

  • Drawing Manager Tools

– Arrange dimensions
– Dimension Selection Filters
– Directly open a corresponding drawing right from a part or assembly
– Refreshing drawing parameters
– Balloon snap and alignment on placement
– Project geometry works like part environment
– Edit dimension upon placement

  • Part Modeling Tools

– Create parameters on the fly when dimensioning
– Specify iFeatures normal direction
– Create iFeatures from iParts
– Apply buttons on Scale and Rotate dialogs
– Simplified loft selection through right click context menu

  • Assembly Design Tools

– Bill of Material Editor
– Shift or Control for contiguous or non-contiguous selection
– Capitalization
– Find and Replace
– Cross highlight from the BOM editor and Assembly model
– Auto Save Reminder

You can read more about the new features in Autodesk’s
official Subscription Bonus Pack PDF.

I think the ability to open an associated drawing directly from the model environment will be a real time saver. Download your copy and try it out for yourself.

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McCain, Obama – Side by Side Comparison

Check out this side by side comparison of quotes by McCain and Obama on the issues.  It also allows you to see quotes from other high profile politicians. http://labs.google.com/inquotes/

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