Autodesk Labs is all about feedback. Every once in a while I get an email that says "I have downloaded the utility from the site. I have been using it. What kind of feedback are you looking for?" To give you an idea as to what others are saying, here is a sampling of some feedback we got in June.
With regard to Project Cooper, I had a few suggestions you guys might want to think over. I was thinking it would be really cool if you could select separate text boxes and edit them together so that one click changes all the text boxes to one font and size you want. I wanted to change the text on the labeling and dimensions of my dog house, and I had to click each text box individually, which you could imagine was time consuming.
I like dragonfly! My thoughts and feelings are it is a well designed, fairly complete offering. My only real frustration was the limits 'resizable' objects and that you couldn't actually specify the dimensions and are forced to select the closest value to the desired specs. A larger collections of items would also be fantastic...
Jui Hung Yen
Dear Project Draw team, I was totally amazed by your work when I stumbled across it while searching for a suitable tool for a project that I'm trying to build. Knowing the difficulties and challenges involved in developing such a tool as Draw, your work impressed me deeply.
Torben West Jensen
[After reporting a problem where Outlook is breaking up the long email URLs...] Is it not possible to make the Freewheel program use something like the: http://www.shorturl.com/ to get a short hyperlink?
iCopy seems to be great tool. I've tried to use iCopy for frame where base subassembly was created by Frame generator. Skeleton sketch of base subassembly changed according to iCopy rules, but Frame subassembly didn't. Does it work with data created by Frame generator, anyway? Or would I use these tools together with some particular technique only? I think that time which could be saved by iCopy and Frame generator cooperation, shouldn't be lost by long time subassembly data preparation without Frame generator.
- Jean-Paul Trehen
Many thanks for all your great job around our solutions. Please, please again, AEC and especially Revit Architecture needs direct Rhino import. We need a real import translator which each Rhino form, primitives, lines, splines per points, points (etc) would be (re)create in the Conceptual Design 2010 template.
Revit RDB Link is an exciting tool! I'm already imagining the possibilities with this! When you use the Custom Parameters tool, it looks like it puts the parameters in its own txt file. Is there any way to get the parameters to be placed in an existing shared param .txt file? It also doesn't look like it gives me all the units for mep (i.e. electrical, hvac, etc units). I'm daydreaming here, but it would be really powerful if you could map the parameters on a connector in a family to a shared parameter thru this tool. One of the hardest things with managing schedules in RMEP is ensuring all the families being used in the project have the connectors mapped to a shared param (and mapped to the same shared parameter especially if you download content from manufacturers) (i.e. duct size, pipe size, voltage, load, etc).
The most cumbersome part of a project is trade coordination. This is where the five prime contractors come together to make sure there are no conflicts with each other's work that is to be fabricated and installed. Most of this coordination is still done on paper... I am seeing a shift in the mindset of owners and general contractors which I believe is going to result in a dramatic increase in the NavisWorks role for coordination. My idea is to see a multi-touch computer simultaneously running NavisWorks and AutoCAD where at a coordination meeting, any trade can modify their 3D model and instantly update the overall model in NavisWorks. Currently we have each trade set up a laptop, then the modeler has his PC running NavisWorks. That's six computers, five too many if you ask me.
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