Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Artoo cleans up your GIS data

Artoo (probably from the R2-D2) is a useful tool for all of us who work with external GIS data connected (or imported) to AutoCAD Map 3D. Project Artoo is an add-on tool for Map 2013 and it is available as a "technology preview" from Autodesk Labs.

For the data connected via FDO, Artoo offers the same cleanup functionality as Map offers today for GIS data in the DWG format. Cleaning data is an important step before you can apply any topological features on the source data. With Artoo you can break crossing objects, delete duplicates, extend undershoots, snap clustered nodes, erase zero-length and short objects, erase dangling objects, dissolve pseudo-nodes, simplify objects, weed polylines, remove sliver polygons, re-form polygons and correct duplicate points.

All of this can be done on any data source connected via FDO, e.g. SDF, SQLite, ESRI SHP, Geodatabase, or spatial databases Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle Spatial.

You can download Project Artoo from Autodesk Labs and the preview expires March 12th, 2013. Those who know can deduct what does it mean for the functionality of AutoCAD Map 3D 2014 ...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The latest most popular CAD tips from

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

List of CAD Studio's tools on Autodesk Exchange Apps

CAD Studio as a member of Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) has developed hundreds of plug-ins for AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, Civil 3D, Vault and other Autodesk products. Some of these plug-ins are now available also on the Autodesk "appstore" - Autodesk Exchange Apps.

As the most part of our tools is free, you may want to check their functionality by installing them from Exchange Apps. Installing a tool from Exchange Apps is very simple. Start the Exchange Apps - either directly from your CAD or in your web browser - locate the requested tool and click on the Free or Trial button. All installation and integration into your CAD products' ribbon is done automatically. Exchange Apps is integrated into AutoCAD 2013, Inventor 2013, Revit 2013, Vault and other products.

You can locate our add-on tools in the following Exchange Apps URLs:

Here you can find e.g. the JobTime to keep track of your job time spent in AutoCAD or Revit, Anaglyph to make stereographic 3D pictures (for red-cyan glasses) of your models in AutoCAD, Inventor or Revit, DWGsync to zoom/pan two drawings synchronized, GeoRefImg to place your images automatically. More CAD tools can be downloaded from

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Go mobile from photos to 3D models

The application Autodesk 123D Catch (formerly "Photofly"), which uses web-cloud technologies to convert a series of photos to a realistic 3D model, now works also on Apple iPad and in web browsers (Google Chrome).

So you can control the whole conversion process on your mobile device - from capturing photos, over the conversion the resulting point cloud to a 3D model and its texturing (123 Catch), up to interactive viewing and sharing of 3D models.

The new application 123D Catch for iOS is available for free (similar to the other tools of the family Autodesk 123D) and you can download it to your iPad from Apple iTunes. The version for a web browser can be run from the address

In your web browser, you can find a new web cloud storage "My Corner" where you can store your 3D models and other data from the 123D applications.

More information: