The Revit team has been working to bring you new and exciting features for the 2018 release. Revit 2018 has the tools for consistent, coordinated, and complete modeling for architects, MEP, structural engineers and detailers, and construction contractors.
We'll cover how to download the latest release from your Autodesk Account Portal, as well as a new simplified way of using the Autodesk's Desktop Application.
The 2018 release of AutoCAD brings new features that allow you to stay at the forefront of the design world. Create and share precise drawings with innovative productivity and collaboration tools and save time with new tools to fix broken paths for externally referenced files. The SHX text recognition tool quickly converts imported PDF geometry to text objects and you’ll also notice improvements in 3D navigation when zooming and panning.
Let’s dive right into all the new features in AutoCAD 2018 and discover how these features will have a drastic impact on your workflow.
Have you ever found yourself working in AutoCAD only to be bothered by the ViewCube in your drawing space? Or Maybe you'd just like to momentarily remove it to help edit a current design.
It seems most people fall under one of two categories:
- Those who want nothing more than to get rid of the ViewCube
- Those who have never noticed it before until it got in the way of their drawing, and now want nothing more than to get rid of the ViewCube
Joking aside, the ViewCube is available for all AutoCAD users by default and is helpful for keeping your drawings “upright.” However, it's more useful for those that work in a 3D drawing environment, and not so much for 2D drafters. If that’s you, I’m going to show you how to get rid of that ViewCube – or if you’re feeling up to it, how you can make it larger.
Inventor is a powerful CAD tool that primarily uses parametric modeling. However, there's much more this tool can do in regards to modeling. Inventor comes with vector-based modeling tools, making it a great tool for anyone moving to the 3D world with a traditional 2D background.
In this session of Autodesk Virtual Academy, we go over the various tools such as trim, extend, and offset found in Inventor to help modify and optimize your 2D sketches. We also illustrates how to share your sketches and when this feature might be useful.
3D PDF Publishing
What is it? Autodesk has finally integrated the capability to export 3D PDFs from Inventor. Users can now export their models in 3D PDF format to be viewed in Adobe Acrobat Reader. There are also options to create custom 3D PDF templates to change the arrangement of exported elements in the PDF.
What is it? You can now toggle the transparency of a component in an assembly without applying an Appearance override.
Enhanced AnyCAD Reference Models
What is it? Autodesk has taken extra steps to improve the Reference Model feature of Inventor. This improvement updates the behavior of Inventor when working with CATIA, SolidWorks, NX and Pro-E/Creo files. Most impressively, a STEP model can be referenced within the Inventor assembly and when the STEP file is updated, Inventor accounts for the design change.
Have you ever found yourself working with a product only to be frustrated by a function or, more often, a function that doesn’t exist? For nearly every product, there’s always room for improvement and the best ideas typically come through everyday use. Autodesk is a company that is aware of their constant need to grow and improve. We see these improvements in the form of hotfixes, service packs, or even their yearly releases of their products. But have you ever wondered where they get the ideas for these improvements? Of course many of them come internally from within Autodesk and others come from bug reports, but there’s a small community, not exclusive to Autodesk Employees, where ideas for improvement can be shared as hopeful future implementations.