Thursday, 8 December 2011

Publisher Word add-in does not work after installing SP1

Some customers reported that after installation of SP1 for Inventor Publisher 2012, the Publisher Word add-in does not work anymore. The Autodesk development team is addressing currently this issue. There is a temporary solution at this time.

You can apply this manual fix:

1. Uninstall the Inventor Publisher 2012 Word add-in from Control pannel (Only the Word add-in).

2. From the Publisher 2012 install media browse to \x64/x86\Inventor Publisher\ProgFiles\Autodesk\Inventor Publisher 2012

3. Look for the file Autodesk.Catalyst.Novastar.PlugIns.WordAddin.vsto

4. Double click and Run this application

Friday, 2 December 2011

How to move a window from a disconnected 2nd screen

We've all done it!

You plug in at the office, make use of the 2nd screen, then off out to see a customer or off home only to find that when you're working on your laptop the dialogue boxes that you moved to the other screen in the office are now sat off the screen on your laptop! How on earth can you move or access a dialogue box that you can't see?

Here's how:-

Friday, 30 September 2011

FREE Webcasts from Envisage to continue

Our free Friday webcasts are to continue due to popular demand. These will last for 30 minutes and start at 11:30 am.
To book, please send an e-mail to with your request(s). The delegate limit to these webcasts has been set at 25, so please book well in advance.

14th October 2011 - Autodesk Simulation CFD - An overview of Fluid/Thermal dynamics from the newly acquired CFDesign software.

4th November 2011 - Autodesk simulation - An overview of non-linear simulation (Mechanical Event Simulation) - Reduce tooling costs.

11th November 2011 - Frame generator & Analysis - An overview of Inventor Frame generator and structural analysis.

18th November 2011 - Showcase - "The hidden gem" - real-time rendering and animation of your designs.

25th November 2011 - iLogic - Automate your Inventor designs using the in-built iLogic software.

2nd December 2011 - Inventor Design Accelerators - Automate your designs using tools for shaft, gears, bearing, bolt designs etc.

9th December 2011 - Inventor Multi-body modelling - the new fast way of modelling assemblies.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Autodesk 2012 software. SP1 releases & latest hot-fixes

Autocad 2012 SP1 can be found here

Autocad Mechanical 2012 SP1 can be found here

Vault 2012 - Latest hot fixes can be found here

Inventor 2012 SP1 can be found here

Autocad LT 2012 SP1 can be found here

Autodesk Simulation 2012 (algor) SP1 can be found here

Autodesk Showcase 2012 SP1 can be found here

Autodesk Navisworks 2012 SP1 can be found here

Monday, 5 September 2011

Inventor 2012 SP1 is released

Autodesk have just released Service Pack 1 for Inventor 2012.

You can download the 32 bit (x86) or 64 bit (x64) versions here.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Autodesk Simulation 2012 - Accuracy Verification Examples

Autodesk has announced the publication of the latest Accuracy Verification Package, which can be used as an internal quality assurance data set. This package consists of:

·         An Accuracy Verification Manual for Autodesk Simulation 2012 – two hundred test cases from various engineering handbooks including NAFEMS
·         Archive files with results for all the examples
·         An automated script which will analyse the Archive files and generate a custom report to verify the accuracy of the software

Inventor 2012 Hotfix - Unexpected exit when update of drawing views occurs

This Hotfix addresses an issue where there is an unexpected exit when update of drawing views occurs.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Autodesk Showcase 2012 SP1 now available

Showcase 2012 SP1 is now available for Showcase and Showcase Pro.
Please click here to download the service pack and read more details.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Compare two drawings in Vault

This is really neat!

The tool is called Drawing Compare and it easily lets you compare two drawings or two versions or revisions of a drawing from within Vault.

Vault Workgroup / Collaboration / Professional 2012
Autodesk Design Review 2012

Friday, 17 June 2011

Mudbox 2012 SP1

Those of you on Product Design Suite 2012, please DO NOT install SP1 of Mudbox 2012. You will break the Mudbox installation.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Inventor in Architecture

Take a look at and click on welcome. All the stone blocks are separate Inventor parts, he even allows for the mortar gap. Amazing!

Monday, 13 June 2011

Creating dimples using Inventor Sheet Metal

I've just written a document on how to create dimples etc. using Inventor Sheet Metal.

If you want a copy then please request it from me -

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Inventor 2012 Hotfix - Frame Generator Length updates are not updating

Inventor 2012 Hotfix - Frame Generator Length updates are not updating

This is the latest hotfix for a problem with Frame Generator members not updating their lengths once a frame assembly has been edited.

Monday, 6 June 2011

“Installation of 2012 Products and Suites” Videos Available

This is the first batch from a series of mini instructional videos explaining the process for installing our 2012 products. Using the Autodesk® Design Suites as an example, the videos demonstrate simple procedures and tips that apply to installing all 2012 Autodesk products.

View all the videos (in English) here:

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Move window from a disconnected second screen

How many times have you disconnected a second screen and taken your laptop offsite, only to find out that the windows are opening on the other screen!

Try this:-

 Hit 'Alt+Spacebar'. This activates the tools for that window. Then hit 'M' for move.

Use your arrow keys and you can move the window back to the screen.
Once you know the trick, it's easy.

The real trick? Just knowing the trick.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Inventor 2012 - Frame Generator problem

Reported lengths of frame members can be incorrect after a Frame Generator assembly has been edited using Inventor 2012. Autodesk are working on a fix for this. In the meantime, here is a workaround:-

Edit the offending frame member(s), go to the parameters dialog & alter the parameter G_L as show below.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Vault 2012 - Multi Issue Hotfix

Autodesk have released a hot fix (TS16673759) for Vault 2012. This primarily fixes migration issues, but other problems are corrected here as well. Be warned, this is a server fix, so ensure a reliable backup beforehand.

My opinion on this is "If you have no immediate requirement to move to Vault 2012, then wait until back patches to previous version of Autocad & Inventor are available".

Dave Whiteley, Technical Director

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Autodesk iPhone Apps

What iPhone applications are you using?

I know many of you have an iPhones, iTouch or iPad and are often playing with various applications. As many of you know, Autodesk has several applications from Inventor Mobile Publisher, AutoCAD WS, Fluid FX and SketchBook Mobile but there are other great apps that can be very useful when you are working on your designs. Below are a several that I have used in the past and think are great apps to look at.
Contains 130 formular needed by many Mechanical Engineers

App for calculating feed rates and speeds for machinist

Great app that converts length, mass, time and much more

Allows users to view 3D assembly instructions created with Autodesk Publisher

Professional Sketching app designed for the iPhone and iTouch