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  • May/June 2007

    Sponsored by

    Key Equipment Finance

    ‰ Revit Structure 2008 ‰ AutoCAD 2008 ‰ AutoCAD Architecture 2008 ‰ Revit Architecture 2008 ‰ AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008

    Also in this issue • CAD manager’s caveat: Protect the CUI

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    To learn more about our safety oriented, time-saving products, come and visit us at www.transoftsolutions.com/AW

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    Driving productivity through innovation

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  • Peace-of-mind technology so you can concentrate on more important things

    For over 15 years, Transoft Solutions Inc. has been providing innovative CAD software for transportation and civil design professionals. Engineered with safety in mind, our solutions can help you reduce the risks inherent in design projects large and small. Plus, they’ll help you meet your goals more efficiently, leaving you more time to perfect your ‘one that got away’ story among other things.

    To learn more about our safety oriented, time-saving products, come and visit us at www.transoftsolutions.com/AW

    ©2007 Transoft Solutions Inc. All rights reserved. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

    Driving productivity through innovation

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  • Table of Contents

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    Editorial Managing Editor Marilyn Law [email protected]

    Technical Editor David Harrington [email protected]

    Columnists The CAD Manager: Mark W. Kiker Education & Training: Matt Murphy Customizing & Programming: Lee Ambrosius Architectural Desktop: Melinda Heavrin Autodesk Revit: Christopher Fox On the Back Page: David Kingsley

    Contributing Authors Donnie Gladfelter Daniel Hurtubise Eric Wing

    Art & Production Tim Varnau [email protected]

    Advertising Paul Buel [email protected]

    Controller Larry Teeter [email protected]

    Publisher Dan Teeter [email protected]

    AUGI Board of Directors, 2007 Richard Binning, President Chris Lindner, Vice President Bill Adams Mark Kiker Mike Perry Glenn Pope Steve Stafford Donnia Tabor-Hanson

    Subscription You can manage your AUGIWorld subscription, change preferences, mailing address, and other information online at www.AUGI.com/myaugi. If you need further assistance, please contact Donnia Tabor-Hanson at [email protected]

    AUGIWorld is a trademark of Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) www.augi.com. AUGI and Autodesk are registered trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders. AUGIWorld is published by Solidvapor, Inc., 19601 James Road, Noblesville, IN 4606�.

    Publications Mail Agreement # 40733013 Return Undeliverable Canadian Addresses to Station A PO Box 54 Windsor, ON N9A 6J5 Email: [email protected]

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    Feature 8

    4 The CAD Manager

    Managing the Information Glut

    6 CAD Manager’s Caveat: Protect the CUI

    8 First Look: Revit Structure 2008

    12 First Look: AutoCAD Architecture 2008

    16 First Look: AutoCAD 2008

    18 First Look: Revit Architecture 2008

    22 First Look: AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008

    28 On the Back Page

    The good thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from!

    An examination of some standout features in the 2008 releases from Autodesk

  • Canon Announcing the Canon image PROGRAF 700 Highlights: • 2 ‘D’ per minuteborderless printing • 1200 x 2400 dpi • Postscript • Network Card 256 mb ram All for under $3,995

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    AutoCAD LT 2007 AutoCAD LT 2007 $850 AutoCAD LT 2007 upgrade $350 AutoCAD LT 2007 5 user pack $3,850 Symbols 2000 $295

    Hewlett Packard Large-Format Solutions hp designjet 110+ $975 hp designjet 500 24” $2,050 hp designjet 500 42” $2,950 hp designjet 800 Request Quote hp designjet 1050c+ $6,250 hp designjet 1055cm+ $8,250 hp designjet 4000 $9,250 hp designjet 4000ps $11,250 hp designjet 815mfp Request Quote

    TCS Workstations We offer the industry’s most powerful and fl exible combinations in single or multiple processor platforms using industry stan- dards of MS Windows and Intel Proces- sors. TCS Workstations are designed and guaranteed for optimum performance with Autodesk software solutions.

    Comprehensive Solutions for Design Professionals • Expert large format printing/copying/scanning consulting • Autodesk Certifi ed Training • TCS Workstations offering the industry’s most powerful components and stability • Experienced and knowledgeable technical support

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    Autodesk Certifi ed Training As an Autodesk Training Center we offer training for all Autodesk products. See class schedule online or contact us to schedule a training session at your facility or in a city near you. Available anywhere in the United States.

    KIP Announcing the KIP 3000 with COLOR • Scan to File • Digital Copier – Network Printer – Color Scanning System • Print & Copy in monochrome up to 4 ‘D’ per minute • Scan to fi le in full color • Interface with ink jet to enable color copy All for under $18,995

  • The CAD Manager

    4 w w w. A U G I . c o m

    AUGI is obviously an incredible resource for information, training, and dialogs about Autodesk products. But this may present a challenge to some CAD managers. How do you manage all that information that comes into your offices from the outside world? Some may say, “I want to know what my team is exposed to” or “I don’t want my users trying some trick that they found on AUGI (or another source) with our systems.” How can you have an open environment and yet control what happens with all of the information that flows into your firm?

    T here is so much information out there now, and it is growing. It seems like a new CAD blog starts every week. Blogs, Wikis,

    websites, newsletters, magazines, user groups, training events, etc. It is all over the map. Your users have opportunities that never existed even a few years back. Information flows from vendors, resellers, end users, blog posters, forum skulker’s, website creators, casual users, and more. How do you sift through the cacophony of voices nowadays? These voices at best are a fantastic resource. At worst, they are stabs at fixes, adjustments, and repairs without real knowledge of your environment. That is where the concern starts. With so many voices telling your users what is what, how do you manage these whispers into your users’ ears?

    Settle into the fact that you cannot and really do not want to stem this flow of in- formation. All of this info on the products you use is actually a benefit to the CAD community. I have found some of the best solutions to my problems by searching the Internet or talking to someone at a user group meeting. The problem is not how much information is out there; the prob- lem is selectively applying it to your envi-

    ronment. The problem is getting everyone on the same page relative to when and how we apply the information we have found.

    Many of your users are going to do their own research and apply what they have found. In the current information glut economy, users are accustomed to dig- ging their own worms. In fact they may ask and get answers to problems that you don’t even know exist. They may and will ask others before they ask you. They may make changes to their systems without even letting you know. The truth is, that is happening right now and you don’t even know about it. Or, if you know about it, you cannot stop it.

    You cannot know it all or control it all. So the concept may be how to make the best of the situation. In general, you need

    to create an environment of trust and mu- tual protection.

    You should constantly talk about how everyone needs to protect company data and equipment. Nurture an environment of notification. When someone finds some- thing that he thinks will work, encourage him to talk to you BEFORE he applies the fix. Have a solid policy in place that clearly restricts downloads, installs, or ad- justments to your software and systems without prior approval. This will not guar- antee compliance. but will put into place a rule so you can slap a few hands when it is violated. With that in place you can then soften the feeling of restrictiveness so that when someone is tempted to download and try, he will be discouraged (scared) if he doesn’t let you know. You want a balance between fear and respect. People should fear breaking the rules or the system and they should respect your