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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Onward and upward! Installing Your Autodesk 2015 Design Suite!

We think a modern cloud lets you decide when you want to upgrade. We don't decide for you.
Larry Ellison

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Ah. Software updates.  I'm always excited when the time comes to install my new Autodesk software.  There's new features to try, after all!

But as always, there are options that have to be selected.

So for this post, I'm going show the options that I use for install, as well as explain some of the other choices that might be used.

I can't cover every last detail, but perhaps what I can show can help you plan your own installation.

Before I start cranking, I should point out I'm installing from Factory Design Suite Ultimate 2015.  So if you're installing a different Autodesk software, some of the options may be different.

But even if you're not installing exactly the same product, there should be similarities!

1. To begin the install, click on Setup.exe to being running installer. 

The Setup.exe file.  Pulling the trigger on the installation.

2. This starts the installation.  Soon, the first installation screen appears.

Clicking the option to install to my laptop

For my configuration, I'm going to choose the Install option.  But here's a brief description of the other options.

Create Deployment: This option is used to create network deployments.  This is an install that's configured with a script.  It can be pulled to different users machines and make sure consistent settings are used for different machines.

Install Tools & Utilities: This contains the Network License Manager, CAD Manager Tools, and Vault Basic Server, among other tools

Choosing the Install option, I move onto the next screen.  This is the End User License Agreement (EULA). It's legal stuff.  You have to accept it.  'Nuff said.


The EULA.  Just say "Yes".  

3. After accepting the EULA and hitting next, it's time to choose the license type.

One choice is a Network License installation, where a server holds the license, and the installation "pings" the server for the license.

Since I'm installing on my laptop, I'm going to choose a Stand-Alone license. Also known as a Node Locked license, this will tie the license to the hardware on my laptop.

This screen is also where the serial number and product key are entered.  You'll get your serial number and product key from Autodesk.  (You can't have mine. Get your own!)

Note! Your 2015 Product Keys can be found at this link!

Choosing license type and entering serial numbers


4. Clicking next will now let me choose which programs to install.  I'm going to install the entire Suite.  But you could deselect any options an programs you don't want.  
The only thing I do on this screen is change my installation location, which I change from my C drive to my D drive (which is larger).

Changing my


Additionally, clicking on one of the programs will expand out additional options for the installations, such as downloading service packs (if available), and adding or removing certain components from the installation.

 Each one is different, so check the programs you're installing, and make sure the options you want are selected!



Make sure to click the program name to close up the options!  The install button will be grayed out until you do this!

5. this is all done, you're ready to Click install, and proceed! 



, For a video description, take a look below! 

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Guest VIdeo: Workflows for using Autodesk Inventor and 3dsMax Together!

“I see the computer as just another tool in the creative process, in place of or with paint, pencils or other drawing methods. Working digitally simplifies the workflow process.”
Donna Berger

It's been a busy week, and a busy (but wonderful) holiday weekend too!  I do have some 2015 blog posts and videos in the works, but things have been hectic!  So I'm still working on them!  I hope to have something up soon!

In the meantime, here's a great video from Marion Landry showing some tips and tricks on using Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk 3dsMax!  Take a look!  There are some nice tips in here!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It's That Time of the Year Again! What's New in Autoedesk Inventor 2015

“When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.”
Anonymous 

It's an exciting time of year for Autodesk Inventor geeks!  Surfing around the internet, I found my first "What's New" video for Autodesk Inventor 2015!

I'm really looking forward to getting into the free form technology that was just added!  It looks powerful, very powerful indeed!

But, why not talk a look at the video from Autodesk below!  Take it straight from the source and see what you think!

Monday, April 07, 2014

Choosing a Sheet Metal Base Face before Creating a Flat Pattern in Autodesk Inventor

Simon: I'm trying to put this as delicately as I can... How do I know you won't kill me in my sleep?
Mal: You don't know me, son, so let me explain this to you once: If I ever kill you, you'll be awake, you'll be facing me, and you'll be armed.
Simon: Are you always this sentimental?
Mal: I had a good day.

Exchange between Simon Tam and Mal Reynolds in the television series "Firefly"

The trick I share this week is one I've actually known about for a while.  As a matter of fact, it's become part of my "background knowledge".  Something that has become second nature.

I've known it so long, I can't remember when I didn't know it. f

But I'm sure there are those that may not know it, so I choose to share it today.

When unfolding a sheet metal part in Autodesk Inventor, inventor chooses which face is going to be shown to the user via it's own means.

It might be considered common knowledge that the face can be changed in the flat pattern screen by right clicking on the Flat Pattern icon in the browser, and choosing Edit Flat Pattern Definition.



This tool invokes the Flat Pattern Definition dialog box.  This has a button where the flat pattern can be flipped.



But there's another way that it can be done before the flat pattern is created.

Just pick the face you want to see before hitting the flat pattern icon, and that will become the "Base Face"



And if you really want to make sure, change the color of one of the faces to a different color by selecting it and right clicking.  Give it a try!  It works!




And for those who prefer a video format, here you go!

Windows XP - Rest in Peace

“In this business it takes time to be really good - and by that time, you're obsolete.”
 Cher 

As I work on something for my next post, here's a bit of news that is flying all over the web. At this point, this is little more than a reminder that a die that was cast a long time ago, is coming to rest shortly

Tomorrow, April 8th, 2014, is a big day for computer operating systems.

Windows XP is no longer going to be supported by Microsoft.

What does that mean?

No more security patches, tech support, nothing.  Windows XP is set adrift, just another piece of jetsam in the technological world.



Hopefully, everyone has made their moves.  Decommissioned Windows XP boxes from production, or relegated them to old test stations.

But get ready!  Tomorrow is the big day.  After twelve long "computer years", Windows XP is passing into history.