Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Autodesk apps for the iPad / iPhone

It's still hard to believe, but my employer has given every employee an iPad 2! Now the possibilities for collaborating just went through the roof. Do we call each other on Face Time now instead of the phone? Do we share info via iMessage? Anyways, now that I've had a day to sit on it and let it soak in, I found myself crafting a list of apps that I've found useful to share with coworkers. Naturally it included all the Autodesk apps. When I was done crafting it, I couldn't believe how many apps they have already. Here's my list:

Autodesk apps - all free unless noted
AutoCAD WS - Dwg viewer / editor
Design Review Mobile - view and markup DWF files (like a PDF but any Autodesk tool can print them)
Sketchbook Express - hand sketching app
Sketchbook Pro for iPad - more features *** $4.99
Pixlromatic - Another photo editing software but from Autodesk
Buzzsaw - if you are on a project with a buzzsaw account, you can access your files and view them in AutoCAD WS or Design Review Mobile that Evan mentioned
Bluestreak - working on a project using Bluestreak and Revit Server? Get your notifications and messages on your iPad now!
123D Sculpt - feed your inner sculptor with this clay modeling app
Autodesk ForceEffect - physics simulator for testing forces against design models
Autodesk Imagine Design Create - eBook about design created with Autodesk products
Fluid FX - something for the kids to tinker with *** $0.99
Time FX - another clock app
TinkerBox - a physics puzzle game for the kid in all of us
Constructware - access info from the jobsite application from Autodesk
Autodesk Area Mobile - access Autodesk forums for media and entertainment products like 3ds Max or Maya

We've also come up with a few other apps that we feel are essentials or just needed for when you feel like taking a break. Some of these come courtesy of Evan Troxel over at "method" from his essential list.

Keynote - presentations
Numbers - spreadsheets
Pages - word processing
DocScan HD - take a picture with the iPad, fix flaws, markup/make notes, convert to PDF/image and email/share. - free

Photo editing
Instagram - take and edit photos for a vintage effect and more! - free
Adobe Photoshop Express - Photoshop on the go - free

Utility Apps:
Dropbox (virtual storage)
Evernote (note taking)
Goodreader (.pdf reader +)
Dragon Dictation (you say it, it types it)
Google Earth (aerial mapping)

Sketching Apps:
Penultimate (digital sketchbook)

Reading Apps:
Flipboard (e-magazines by user preference)

Communication Apps:

Star Walk for iPad - if you enjoy astronomy or are simply interested in that bright dot in the sky, this will show you everything in stunning detail using gps & gyroscopic aware location technology - $2.99 and totally worth it!

Gravitarium2 - music/interactive app running over 5000 particles and allows you to use up to 10 fingers at once. It was free but now worth the price of admission. - $1.99 and is a great buy!

Friday, December 16, 2011

eTransmit for Revit updated!

Yeah! I was just wondering about this technology preview this week and today I noticed that an update has been posted to the labs site. Looking forward to more updates in the near future!

Go get it now!

eTransmit for Revit

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Rounding up Stray Neurons'...

Trying to find a focus after AU 2011 and it's been difficult to even find the time. Today is the first day I've been able to get back to my home office after AU. Upon return, I found myself thrust right back into grind for 3 days straight, plus dealing with a cold I must have found in Vegas...

Now that I've finally had a chance to reset, I would have to say the highlight for me this year was attending the class/lab "Playing with Energetic Supermodels" held by Matt Jezyck & Zach Kron. Not only was it a last minute addition to the schedule, they pulled off a killer lab with full datasets, handouts and presentation slides, which relied on working with pre-alpha software. The other great thing about the class was seeing the Revit/Vasari brain power in one room. Some of my previous blog posts have given slight hints at the power now within reach, but I can now honestly say I've driven a Vasari mass element via a node workbench I built myself.

Vasari + Dynamo = AWESOME - "This is the software you've been waiting for..."

I think this will be my focus in the short term in addition to the other stuff I already have going on. Vasari DL
Vasari Community
Dynamo DL and Community

Go get started!

P.S. - Waiting for Vasari to add a couple buttons to the Solar Radiation tool as shown in the class...