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Tips and tricks for using AutoCAD, Revit, Autodesk Inventor, Civil 3D, Autodesk Vault, InfraWorks, BIM 360, Fusion 360, and more.

  • Design Review Fails to Open DWG Files

    Design Review Fails to Open DWG Files

    Nothing happens when you attempt to open a DWG file in Autodesk Design Review. What now?

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  • IMAGINiT Utilities – How to point a network install to the license server

    IMAGINiT Utilities – How to point a network install to the license server

    Make IMAGINiT Utilities point to the license server easily without opening the program.

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  • AutoCAD Raster Design 2021 Background Plotting Does not show Unsaved Images

    AutoCAD Raster Design 2021 Background Plotting Does not show Unsaved Images

    When using Background Plotting unsaved images do not display.

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  • Creating a Network Deployment for AutoCAD 2021

    Creating a Network Deployment for AutoCAD 2021

    A deployment provides an efficient way to install one or more Autodesk products with a standard configuration on multiple computers.

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  • Effects of Single User Autodesk Products and your IMAGINiT Utilities

    Effects of Single User Autodesk Products and your IMAGINiT Utilities

    Want to know if there are any issues using your IMAGINiT Utilities when you switch to Autodesk Single User Licenses?

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  • Local Models Not Shown on Home Page

    Local Models Not Shown on Home Page

    Users working in Revit 2019.1 and up (2019.2, 2020, 2021, etc.) report that they do not see their local models listed on the home page under “Recent Files”.

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  • How to determine if Twinmotion is activated and how to activate Twinmotion if it is not already activated

    How to determine if Twinmotion is activated and how to activate Twinmotion if it is not already activated

    You have paid for your Twinmotion subscription and you are not sure how to tell if your software is activated. Or you need to know how to activate your software for the first time.

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  • Embedding Images in AutoCAD; How to Avoid Using X-Refs

    Embedding Images in AutoCAD; How to Avoid Using X-Refs

    There are times when you may want to embed an image into an AutoCAD DWG rather than have that image externally referenced (XREF).

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  • How to create custom linetypes in AutoCAD-based products

    How to create custom linetypes in AutoCAD-based products

    It’s very easy to create custom linetype now using Express Tools in AutoCAD. Make sure express tools are installed in AutoCAD.

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  • Civil 3D – Contour Labels Auto Decimal Place

    Civil 3D – Contour Labels Auto Decimal Place

    For a long time, with Autodesk Civil 3D I have wanted a smart contour label that drops decimal values.

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  • Standard vs. Spec Driven P&ID Projects

    Standard vs. Spec Driven P&ID Projects

    Should you configure the P&ID settings for a Plant project template to be Spec Driven?

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  • Top 3 AutoCAD Tools that Save You Time2:17

    Top 3 AutoCAD Tools that Save You Time

    Discover our top 3 tips for saving time in AutoCAD featuring the DWG compare tool, the PDF import tool, the purge redesign tool, and the block palette. Additional resources: What

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  • Identifying an Unknown Source Projection for Spatial Data in Map 3D or Civil 3D

    Identifying an Unknown Source Projection for Spatial Data in Map 3D or Civil 3D

    Have you ever tried to insert geolocated data or imagery into either AutoCAD Map 3D or Autodesk Civil 3D only to have it end up miles away from your project area?

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  • Vault Add-In won't load in Inventor-'System.IO.FileNotFoundException...'Autodesk.Inventor.Interop...'

    Vault Add-In won't load in Inventor-'System.IO.FileNotFoundException...'Autodesk.Inventor.Interop...'

    The Vault Add-In won't load in Inventor. The error is caused by a missing folder and .dll file

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  • Does the AutoCAD for Mac 2019 include the specialized toolsets?

    Does the AutoCAD for Mac 2019 include the specialized toolsets?

    AutoCAD specialized toolsets only work on Windows and are not available for Mac users, unless they use a virtual machine running Windows such as Parallels or Bootcamp.

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  • Check for Expired license file using the LMTools Utility

    Check for Expired license file using the LMTools Utility

    Issue: No one can get a license from the network license server. First check to see if the network license file is expired using the LMTools utility.

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  • Raster Design 2021 Ribbon does not Display Properly When installed on a System with Raster Design 2020

    Raster Design 2021 Ribbon does not Display Properly When installed on a System with Raster Design 2020

    Issue: Your Raster Design 2021 Software Ribbon does not display properly on a system with Raster Design 2020 installed.

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  • 5 Out Of The Box Snippets for iLogic48:02

    5 Out Of The Box Snippets for iLogic

    Learn five out-of-the-box snippets for iLogic that you may not be using but, if implemented, could improve your Inventor workflows.

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  • Network Printers not Showing In Plot Dialog when on VPN

    Network Printers not Showing In Plot Dialog when on VPN

    IThis problem can be caused by the VPN connection and not being able to resolve to the DNS shortname of the printer

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  • Twinmotion 2020 Tips & Tricks - Two Ways to Add Fog

    Twinmotion 2020 Tips & Tricks - Two Ways to Add Fog

    From rays of light beaming through a window to the sun's rays casting through the trees, discover how haze and fog affect the ambience of your scene. Watch this video to learn two ways to add fog...

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