July 29, 2006

Room Name/Number PSD Heads Up in 2007

For those making the transition to Autodesk Architectural Desktop 2007 who are planning on migrating existing drawings to 2007 but who will be using the 2007 out-of-the-box content for room tags or who may want to use an existing custom tag with the 2007 out-of-the-box Property Set Definitions, be aware that there has been a change in the name of the Property Set Definition that holds the properties used for room tags.

In Autodesk Architectural Desktop 2006 and earlier, the RoomObjects Property Set Definition held these properties; in Autodesk Architectural Desktop 2007, the SpaceObjects Property Set Definition does. Autodesk Architectural Desktop 2006 had a SpaceObjects Property Set Definition, but it was identical to the SpaceStyles Property Set Definition, and contained automatic properties associated with Spaces.

ADT 2006 Room Objects Property Set Definition

ADT 2007 Space Objects Property Set Definition

If you migrate previous drawings to 007, be certain to rename the RoomObjects Property Set Definition to SpaceObjects if you want to use the 2007 out-of-the-box tags. If you migrate both old drawings and old content, you would not have to make the change, but keep in mind that other Property Set Definitions with Location properties may also reference the room properties, so either bring all of your old sets and content or be prepared to edit property references if you mix and match.

If you have a custom tag that you want to use with the 2007 Property Sets, make a copy of the content file for use in 2007 [unless you will never use a previous version ever again], and then edit the view blocks, changing the attribute tag names to refer to the SpaceObjects Property Set Definition, rather than the RoomObjects Property Set Definition.

Also note that the "Name" property is no longer a manual property but now references a newly added automatic property source, which can be filled in on the Design tab of the Properties palette, in the General subheading of the Basic category. You can assign a List Definition that applies to Space Names if you like, to make it easier to enter names in a consistent manner. If you prefer multi-line tags that use multiple attributes for multiple lines, you will have to add the needed properties and create/migrate your custom tag.

July 01, 2006

More Updates & Service Packs

In addition to the updated tutorials, the following were recently added to the Autodesk Architectural Desktop Updates and Service Packs page for Autodesk® Architectural Desktop 2007:

Hotfix - Fatal Error During Save Published: 2006-06-14
Hotifx - Cut and Paste Published: 2006-06-30
Certified Hardware XML Database Update Published: 2006-06-12

Note that you need only update the acdb17.dll file from one of of the two Hot Fixes, as either currently provides version of that file.

Revised Tutorial Files for ADT 2007

Revised Imperial and Metric tutorial files for Autodesk Architectural Desktop 2007 have been posted to the Autodesk website for downloading. According to the Imperial Readme file:

Autodesk Architectural Desktop 2007 Imperial Update Tutorials

Revised imperial tutorials with new lessons and exercises in printable PDF format.
Datasets for the new lessons included in the updated tutorials. Download the datasets to c:\Program Files\Autodesk Architectural Desktop 2007\ Tutorial\Architectural Desktop\Datasets.

Files included in this package:
  • adt_imperial_tutorials.pdf - PDF file containing updated imperial Autodesk Architectural Desktop 2007 Tutorials.
  • Getting Started_I.dwg - Getting Started tutorial dataset.
  • A4A_I.exe - Autodesk Architectural Desktop: Making AutoCAD Better for Architects tutorial dataset.
  • Small Office Building_I.exe - Small Office Building tutorial dataset.
  • Steel-Framed Residence_I.exe - Creating a Steel-Framed Residence tutorial dataset.

If you customized file locations when installing ADT 2007, you would want to place the datasets in the same folder(s) as the original datasets.