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Posts by Ted Moberg

Ted Moberg joined Managed Design's tech support team in April of 2015. Specializing in AutoCAD Plant 3D, P&ID, NavisWorks and Bluebeam applications, Moberg brings over 20 years' experience in CAD management and IT services.
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Easy PDF Markups in AutoCAD

Ted Moberg on Oct 2, 2017 11:09:00 AM

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Want to overlay PDF markups directly into your AutoCAD files?

Before PDF you would print out a sheet, someone would mark it up and give it back to you to make the changes. Now with Bluebeam Revu the process is considerably improved. But now I want to see those Revu markups in my DWG file, overlaid right on my screen so I can see the CAD geometry and the markups laying right where they belong. If only it did that.

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Have you done your CAD/IT due diligence?

Ted Moberg on Sep 30, 2016 4:04:38 PM

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Were you like me, eager to install Microsoft Windows 10 as soon as it was available? Were you one of the many that upgraded and continued to use AutoCAD older than 2016 SP1? If so you probably had issues. 

You should assume that upgrading anything, especially your OS, will cause problems somewhere. A good practice is to read the System Requirements for all of the apps you run and check that against what is changing.  Typically you will find out about most of the pitfalls before you push it out the entire office.  In addition, I like to setup an older desktop not needed for project work and test as much as you can before deployment.  If you don't have the ability to run a test, at least check with our team and we can help you down the right path.

Local Operating System

Windows 10. Everyone is jumping on board! Just click [here] to install.   Sounds good, right? No, it's not good - not yet anyway, if you are using Autodesk applications. As of today, only AutoCAD 2016 SP1 is Windows 10 compatible. All tools will be compliant soon, but if you are in the middle of a project, do not upgrade your OS. And when you do, make sure it is compatible with all your apps.

Network Operating system

This is not often a problem, but every now and then, I get calls from customers asking why they are getting crashing issues. It’s random and happening to everyone with a CAD application. After a long list of questions, I get a tiny bit of info that leaks into the conversation, “Well, we did just get a new virtual server and its running Windows Server 2012R2…” Surprise, it’s not on the list of compatible network-operating systems. Oops.

Hardware requirements

Probably the most commonly overlooked issue is hardware requirements. It is a balance between budget allowance and how fast one would expect data to load, save and render. Don’t forget, a hardware specification might say that eight GB’s of RAM is required. This is what the app needs after Windows takes the storage it needs. Outlook takes a chunk and FireFox takes a bite along with whatever else you are running at the same time. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you are compliant when you have 16 GB’s of RAM installed, but you neglect to see that you only have 1.3 GB’s available.

Service Packs & Upgrades

Quite often we run across companies that are behind with product updates. This is caused by a long list of good and bad reasons. Regardless of the reason, it is a bad practice. Upgrading on a regular schedule has much less of an impact on your employees, your projects and your cash flow. Putting upgrades off just makes things worse.

CAD Standards

Wild, Wild West or a well-defined set of standards in the office? Most standards land somewhere in-between. But far too many just leave all of the rules to whoever is currently sitting in the CAD seat. With no guiding set of standards, you will be spending more time and money than is necessary to meet your due dates.

Training

Training is listed last not because it is the least important, but because it’s the point I don’t want you to forget. If you want your projects to be successful, train your people. There are some that can just sit down and teach themselves; they are few and far between. Everyone needs at least a basic understanding of how the tool works if they/you are going to be successful.

Many who purchase a set of applications do not do any training. Then they go back to the old software and claim the new app just didn’t work. In the meantime, their competitors’ implement a complete plan that includes all the due diligence required for success.

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Convert PDF to CAD in AutoCAD 2017 [VIDEO]

Ted Moberg on Aug 3, 2016 4:58:51 PM

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No need to redraw a building or purchase a third-party software app to convert PDFs to CAD any longer! AutoCAD 2017 now has the capability to import vector-based PDF files. See step-by-step instructions below:

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Bluebeam Custom Columns [VIDEO]

Ted Moberg on Jul 13, 2016 6:00:00 PM

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Bluebeam's built-in columns are great, but they might not fulfill all of your needs. Have a look at this video and learn how to add fields that deliver the information you need while extracting from your sheets.

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Drop the Pad of Paper and Pick Up Bluebeam Revu for iPad

Ted Moberg on Apr 6, 2016 3:30:00 PM

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Are you using a pad of paper to collect field information like dimensions, locations and quantities to bid a project?

Consider Bluebeam on the iPad.

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Improved Options for Bluebeam Studio Sessions

Ted Moberg on Jan 12, 2016 1:25:58 PM

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Just in case you haven't heard Bluebeam has improved a few of its options for Studio Sessions.

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OCR and the Pen Tool in Bluebeam

Ted Moberg on Sep 17, 2015 9:03:00 AM

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The Pen Markup tool is the one many gravitate to when they start to mark up a drawing for the first time.  And why not? It is the tool you’d use to mark up a real paper document.  But I do have – or I did have – an issue with the fact that there was little data associated with the scribbling.  Also most handwriting is hard to read and is left open to interpretation.

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