Archive for February, 2007

When you hear collaboration what is the first thing you think?

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When you hear collaboration what is the first thing you think of? Hey if Acrobat wasn’t the first thing, that’s ok, I understand. That;s why we have Acrobat for AEC and Acrobat in the AEC Industry Blogs!

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BIM and 3D How, Who, Are ya, or will ya?

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BIM and 3D How, Who, Are ya, or will ya?

Ok so that is a strange bit to start off with but, I was just sitting here watching a little FA Cup British Soccer with my kids and I just starting to wonder about BIM, IFC, 3D…Being a Mechanical Engineer, my work history has been 100% 3D, I see no benefit to 2D design and drafting.  But I drank the 3D kool-aid in College in the early 80’s using Bosch and Lomb 2D and 3D wireframe design as I did my summer internships at a large HVAC manufacture.  I’ve used or deisgned almost every 3D Design package on the planet.  Let me see; Bosch and Lomb, CADDS, Pro-E, Medusa, Think3, 3Di, IronCAD, AutoCAD, Mechanical Desktop, Architectural Desktop, Inventor (I was product manager for Inventor for some years), SolidWorks (I was the field marketing manger for a few years there as well), Catia, UGS, SolidEdge, Alibre, I even wrote my own 3D Parametric modeler on the ACIS kernel for fun.  So I feel that 3D is the best way to design and help eliminate errors. Our industry is just getting rolling into 3D, and along for the ride comes a few standards like BIM.  I want to throw this out to you.

1-Are you using a 3D system and if so what and why>

2-Are you using a standard like BIM and why?

3-How do you see BIM and other standards moving forward?

I’m asking this because we are starting to look at Acrobat 9 and I would like to see where your heads are in respect to these areas.

Whelp, that’s it for today, I guess I’ll get the boys and go to the park and kick the ball around a bit.

Tim Huff

Acrobat “Lines Merge” adjustments for PDF created from AutoCAD

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Steps to adjust Acrobat Line Merge settings for PDF creation from AutoCAD

I’ve was recently reading on a few competitors web sites that Acrobat can not do Lines Merge and Lines Overwrite when publishing PDF from AutoCAD.  Well this is false and we’ve put together step by step instructions on how this setting can be adjusted for PDF being created from AutoCAD using Acrobat 8 Professional, there is a link to a sample DWG file and the resulting variations in PDF output depending on what setting is chosen (Lines Merge or Lines Overwrite).  This isn’t currently documented as part of the Acrobat 8 Pro help files, so we’re providing this a tip and trick for all of you out there, enjoy.

Read on for the instructions.

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There is an update to Acrobat 3D!

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Acrobat for AEC. There is an update to Acrobat 3D! You can download it here and get more information about Acrobat 3D here.

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