26 December 2007
25 December 2007
Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. It refers both to the day celebrating the birth, as well as to the season which that day inaugurates, which concludes with the Feast of the Epiphany. The date of the celebration is traditional, and is not considered to be his actual date of birth. Christmas festivities often combine the commemoration of Jesus' birth with various cultural customs, many of which have been influenced by earlier winter festivals. Although nominally a Christian holiday, it is also observed as a cultural holiday by many non-Christians.
20 December 2007
Eid ul-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى ‘Īd al-’Aḍḥā) is a religious festival celebrated by Muslims and Druze worldwide as a commemoration of Ibrahim's (Abraham's) willingness to sacrifice his son Ismael for Allah. It is one of two Eid festivals that Muslims celebrate. Like Eid ul-Fitr, Eid ul-Adha begins with a short prayer followed by a sermon (khuṭba). It is also called the bigger Eid because it lasts a day longer than Eid ul-Fitr.
Eid ul-Adha is four days long and starts on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijja (ذو الحجة) of the lunar Islamic calendar. This is the day after the pilgrims in Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia by Muslims worldwide, descend from Mount Arafat. It happens to be approximately 70 days after the end of the month of Ramadan.
19 December 2007
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16 December 2007
15 December 2007
I was hoping you could possibly show how to change the appearance of the brace symbol in plan. I've tried to alter ours with little success. Our office uses an "x" parallel to the bracing, spanning the length between the two columns. I hope that makes sense.
Email me a sample DWG, I don't really understand the look you want. But you know with Revit there is usually a way.
Now about this blog. Since some of the time I will be away from a computer (NOooooo), it probably will be a bit neglected over these next few weeks. But you never know, I may find time and energy to share a thought or post a trip picture.
14 December 2007
Anyway, enough reflection, I was just cleaning out some directories and found a program I used quite often and suprisingly there isn't a version by Autodesk itself (as far as I know). The program below will simply swap out one block instance for another. It isn't very smart, if your block has attributes they probably will get hosed. If your new block is dynamic, the program will just use the default insert instance of the new block. Regardless, the program is helpful if you use a lot of generic blocks in AutoCAD. The program is FREE and therefore unsupported. I'm kinda hoping types like Lee Ambrosius will take the idea and do it right for the good of acadkind. ;)
(defun c:SWAPBLK (/ SELECTIONSET COUNT NBLK BLOCK ELIST)
(princ "\n SWAPBLK")
(setvar "cmdecho" 0)
(setvar "osmode" 0)
(prompt "\nSelect blocks to be swapped to another:")
(setq SELECTIONSET (ssget) COUNT 0)
(setq NBLK (getstring "\nName of swapping block:"))
(repeat (sslength SELECTIONSET)
(setq BLOCK (ssname SELECTIONSET COUNT))
(setq ELIST (entget BLOCK))
(setq ELIST (subst (cons 2 NBLK)(assoc 2 ELIST) ELIST))
(setq COUNT (+ COUNT 1))
(princ "\nSWAPBLK loaded.")
13 December 2007
Now for a while now there have been lists available (in my other post) for getting a pretty good setup going in your location. But I have to believe that if the software came with something, at least then people would have a head start on productivity. So, to prove my point, cast your vote on the Should Revit Structure come with fully populated keyboard shortcuts? poll at the top left of this blog. This poll will run thru the end of the year, at which time I'll annoy a few guys over in the Revit Structure group with the results.
12 December 2007
The book is now available in HK but I can send a copy upon your order. The price is HKD120 which is around USD15. Shipping is around HKD119 for surface mail and HKD153 for air mail. You just need to confirm your selection between surface mail and air mail. I will then send invoice to you. Payment will be made through “PayPal”. I will send the book when payment is received.
If interested contact him at email@example.com directly.
11 December 2007
10 December 2007
1. Turn them off. Yep, it is a pain but you can select and turn them off in your views. You could also put them into a filter and turn them off by applying the filter to each view. The con here is having to do the work, and repeat it for each new view. Also a con is you can't actually pick the level in your elevations - since they are off. Lots of on/off happening in this method.
2. Make them small (and put them in the corner. Sure, make them postage stamp size by using X-X and Y-Y elevations to shrink them down such that normal views don't interface with them. Again, not the best method since again you can't pick them in order to be used. If you use of these levels is strickly via property changes then this may be a good option.
3. Make them white! Yep, sounds odd but try it before judging. Create a level line style that has the level head turned off and make the color of linetype white. When printed you won't see anything. And the best part these little 'white' lines don't show in your views but you can highlight/pick or otherwise use them - since you can actually select them. A con with this method is they will of course export to DWG, so if you plan is to provide 100% complete drawings this might not be the best option.
Have another level line technique, email me. I need blog material. ;)
09 December 2007
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06 December 2007
Want to get the crib notes version? Netflix has a documentary on the event, The Future We Will Create: Inside the World of TED.
05 December 2007
Well that isn't very convenient to me or anyone else. So the next best idea is a web site where you can track this stuff and show it using Google Maps data (duh). Curious what projects I have worked on in the last 20 years? Click here to see for yourself. Now, my push pinning isn't complete yet - it will take me some time. Once I finish it I will post again to that effect.
04 December 2007
Articles in this issue of AUGIWorld include:
- AutoCAD Turns 25! - In this AUGIWorld Q&A, Shaan Hurley of Autodesk discusses the early days of AutoCAD and the product's impact on industry. Historians and trivia fans will appreciate the photos of items from Shaan's collection of AutoCAD memorabilia.
- Google Earth: Now Showing in AutoCAD Civil 3D - Writer Donnie Gladfelter shows how to import data from Google Earth into AutoCAD Civil 3D for preliminary studies and design.
- Get Your Input Here - Lee Ambrosius explores various programming methods for gathering input from end users.
- The Brazilian Model - Columnist David Kingsley on Brazil's "Pro Alcool" plan for energy independence. Could it work elsewhere?
I'm blogging about this because I got a chance early on to work on the project as the design team worked out the Podium (entrance) functionality. I did some modeling in AutoCAD and produced some basic traffic flow animations. Can't wait to walk the mall there!
Enjoy! See you at the lounge after class!
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Hanukkah (Hebrew: חנוכה, also spelled Chanukah or Hanukah), also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday beginning on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may fall anytime from late November to late December. It celebrates the rededication of the Second Temple at the time of the Maccabee rebellion.
This year it begins at sundown December 4 and runs through sundown December 12.
03 December 2007
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I bet Autodesk has lots of great things...I should look around myself!
And that is where it stayed while I packed up and left Vegas. Luckily June Nakatani with Autodesk broke down the equipment and found them. Not knowing who they belonged to she packed them up with the rest of the material and shipped them to back to Autodesk HQ. So it will probably be a week or so before I actually get them back, but at least I should get them back. Thank you June!
Side note, I've never actually lost my keys. I'm probably more stressed about braking that streak than actually not having keys which I can easily duplicate.
02 December 2007
You can also use the service to reconnect with people you knew but lost, which is very cool. I'm sure you can do more with the website than rolodexing but for the vast majority it does just that. For me I add people as I have professional relationships built, either through writing for the AUGIWorld magazine, Autodesk staffers, or day-to-day activities at Walter P Moore.
Just for kicks, here is my Linkedin profile.
01 December 2007
So it came to me perhaps by joining the ranks of other bloggers I will find the help to keep all the balls in the air at the same time. The big plus being that I will now have a venue in which to share some visions of mine, some heartaches, and if you know me - some complaints as well. I long have been known to be opinionated, now I hope to have a place to express them as well.
That said, all opinions, comments, instructions, guidance, etc, provided on this blog are the sole responsibility of me - David Harrington - and do not represent anyone else including Walter P Moore and Associates, Autodesk, or Autodesk User Group International. Use at your own risk as well.
Don't worry, this is not my chance to comnplain, but I wanted to make sure I covered any misinterperation. Most of what I will post here will be personal / professional in nature but also will include information about Autodesk products including AutoCAD, 3ds Max, and Revit Structure.
Of course, I should mention the rain on the departure day that put many delays on people returning home - myself included. Over in terminal A it was AU at the airport with a bunch of people trying to get to Waltham (the Revit Autodeskers) while myself was trying to get back to Tampa. I seem to recall finally getting to bed at 3am ET. Ugh!