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ACA 2015 - Command Preview - dynamic preview of results of grip edits, COMMANDPREVIEW System Variable to turn on/off command preview, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Apr 14, 2014

About Integration of AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD - commands, features of both applications are blended within UI, tool properties, revision cloud, output of units command is different in AutoCAD when compared with AutoCAD Architecture, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Mar 21, 2014

ACA 2015 - Visual Comparison - AECVCOMPARE command to compare open drawing to any other file selected using standard file navigation dialog, 5 system variables support VCOMPARE command, help control generated comparison graphics, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Apr 10, 2014

ACA 2015 - Version Management in Project Navigator - check in/check out feature drives Version Management process, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Apr 5, 2014

ACA 2015 - Style Import - select style dialog to select style from list box, limit list of styles to those matching search term entered, modify list of source files from which styles are shown in list box, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Mar 30, 2014

ACA 2015 - New Look - '+' tool to add new layout, ability to add workspace selection drop-down tool to QAT, galleries added, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Mar 27, 2014

Saving Drive Space + Deployments + Autodesk Suites - use browser download to download point product via Subscription Center, create deployment using AutoCAD Architecture 2014 download, David Lau, Up and Ready, Sep 26, 2013

Call C++ API Functions from .NET Add In - generate new ARX project with OMF, .NET support in VB's ObjectARX Wizard, apply P/Invoke to call OMF function from.NET code in AutoCAD architecture, Adam Nagy, AEC DevBlog, Sep 23, 2013

Gain Control with Project Navigator - go to project navigator palette to check project category structure, visit project, constructs, views, sheets tab to adjust project properties, add building objects, create views, sheets in AutoCAD architecture, Melinda Heavrin, AUGI Library, Sep 16, 2013

Understanding the Autodesk Content Browser, Pt 6 - manually update tool palette, apply refresh method to automatically refresh palette, avoid deleting palette in content browser to maintain associativity between palette, content browser, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, July 18, 2013

Understanding the Autodesk Content Browser, Pt 5 - browse location in content browser to add existing palette, select new palette icon to include new palette, choose 'generate tool catalog' option to create drawing tools for catalog, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, July 16, 2013

Understanding the Autodesk Content Browser, Pt 4 - pick add catalog option to insert catalog to library, follow 'publish tool catalog steps' to make catalog available to users from server, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, July 9, 2013

Understanding the Autodesk Content Browser, Pt 3 - right click in open area of content browser to select/change to different library, make content browser look at different library by default, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, July 5, 2013

ActiveX Access to ACA/AMEP Drawing Settings - apply undocumented vla-GetInterfaceObject function to access object model elements, subroutine to return proper string indicating version of release of ACA/AMEP running, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, July 4, 2013

Understanding the Autodesk Content Browser, Pt 2 - structure of content browser contains: library, catalog, category, palette, tool, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, June 26, 2013

Understanding the Autodesk Content Browser, Pt 1 - examples of usages: custom product/project type palettes, project specific content, custom AutoCAD Architecture styles, standard AutoCAD block library, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, June 19, 2013

ACA 2014: Additional New Features/Improvements - improved 3D orbit performance, project information file backup utility, combined deployment ability, Autodesk uninstall tool, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Apr 21, 2013

ACA 2014: Tools from the DACH Extension - display by layer tool to rank layers in drawing, escarpment tool to create linework, 'to layer 0' tool moves all nested objects within block definition, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Apr 14, 2013

ACA 2014: Door and Window Placement - combined offset/center option restored, 'reposition along wall,' 'reposition within wall' tools available on door/window contextual ribbon tabs, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Apr 10, 2013

ACA 2014: Command Line Search - add instance of object of specific style/definition by typing in few letters of style/definition name, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Apr 1, 2013

ACA 2014: Property Set Definition Auto-Attach - set AECPSDAUTOATTACH command to 1 to enable automatic attachment of property set definitions to objects, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Mar 26, 2013

Making ACA Extraordinary - brief overview of 3rd party tools for AutoCAD Architecture: PdfImport, ATHENA, AcadDecke, VisionREZ, CostX, PointCloud, GuidSIGN, Melinda Heavrin, AUGI Library, Sep 3, 2012

ACA 2013: Object Display Enhancements, Pt 3 - making hatch component annotative in AutoCAD Architecture, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Apr 17, 2012

ACA 2013: Object Display Enhancements, Pt 2 - transparency fully integrated into AutoCAD Architecture display system, entity transparency becomes editable property for parent AEC objects, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Apr 4, 2012

ACA 2013: Object Display Enhancements, Pt 1 - ability to assign layer key or layer overrides to component of object in AutoCAD Architecture 2013, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Mar 30, 2012

ACA 2013 - Grouping and Subtotals in Schedule Tables - David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Mar 27, 2012

Oh Oh, More Bugs in AutoCAD Architecture 2012 - fillet command trims wrong side of selected walls, missing swing line in 2D projected elevations, disappearing cross hairs, ARCHIdigm, Jan 2012

AutoCAD 2012 vs. AutoCAD Architecture 2012 - AutoCAD Architecture 2012 doesn't provide option to have workspaces listed on quick access toolbar; plug-ins, online tabs are blank, ARCHIdigm, July 2011

Running Slowly - bad shortcuts, file locations in AutoCAD Architecture, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Aug 11, 2010

AutoCAD Architecture 2011 Overview - view cube in 2D wireframe, wall cleanup improvements, enhanced custom grid, custom column tool, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Mar 25, 2010

AutoCAD Architecture 2010 - UI Changes, Pt 8 - The Ribbon, Manage Tab - exploring Navigate, CAD standards, project sStandards, style & display panels, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Mar 10, 2010

AutoCAD Architecture 2010 - UI Changes, Pt 7 - The Ribbon, View Tab - exploring navigate, appearance, coordinates, viewports, face effects, edge effects, Windows panels, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Feb 16, 2010

User Interface Overview - briefing components of UI in AutoCAD Architecture 2010, CADDmanager.com, Jul 2009 pdf

AutoCAD Architecture Continues to Disappoint - AutoCAD Architecture 2010 doesn't deal with non-rectangular shapes, profiles don't work on curves, curtain wall unit infills cause crashes, limited block options for window styles, ARCHIdigm, Jul 2009

AutoCAD Architecture and Revit? - AutoCAD Architecture faster than AutoCAD in finding similar items, RobiNZ CAD Blog, Jul 2, 2009

AutoCAD Architecture 2010 - UI Changes, Pt 4.5 - Ribbon Tools - customizing tool palette groups, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Jun 3, 2009

AutoCAD Architecture 2010 - UI Changes, Pt 4 - The Ribbon, Insert Tab - elaborating on functions of different panels available on insert tab, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, May 19, 2009

AutoCAD Architecture 2010 - UI Changes, Pt 3.6 - Fixing Context Menu Paste Commands - deleting stray character '&,' David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, May 15, 2009

AutoCAD Architecture 2010 - UI Changes, Pt 3.5 - Tool Palette Command Buttons Alert - editing design, annotation/render tools buttons in CUI, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, May 8, 2009

AutoCAD Architecture 2010 - UI Changes, Pt 3 - The Ribbon, Home Tab - elaborating on functions of different panels available on home tab, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, May 2, 2009

Restore Lost Workspace, Menus and Profile in AutoCAD Architecture - deleting keys, roamable contents is helpful, Jimmy Bergmark, JTB World, May 1, 2009

AutoCAD Architecture 2010 - A Fresh New Look Tied with a Ribbon - improved CUI dialog box, new location for command search, complex but logically arranged ribbon, RobiNZ CAD Blog, Apr 26, 2009

AutoCAD Architecture 2010 - UI Changes, Pt 2 - Resizing the Ribbon - minimizing to panel titles, hiding command button area, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Apr 1, 2009

AutoCAD Architecture 2010 - UI Changes, Pt 1 - revised application menu has dropped pull-down menu list, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Mar 29, 2009

AutoCAD Architecture 2010 and AutoCAD MEP 2010 User Interface Tour - video, Shaan Hurley, Between the Walls, Mar 20, 2009

AutoCAD Architecture 2010 Demo Video - Between the Walls, Mar 16, 2009

AutoCAD Architecture 2010 System Requirements - Between the Walls, Mar 16, 2009

AutoCAD Architecture 2010 Demo Video - Between the Walls, Mar 16, 2009

AutoCAD Architecture 2010 System Requirements - Between the Walls, Mar 16, 2009

More AutoCAD Architecture 2010 Features  - spaces, new automatic property source for structural members, print directly from within Project Navigator, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Mar 15, 2009

AutoCAD Architecture 2010 - fast, improves workflow, promotes continuity across releases, Between the Walls, Mar 11, 2009

Schedule Anything in AutoCAD Architecture or AutoCAD MEP - creating custom schedules, table styles, tools, editing, formula, project properties, Matt Dillon, Autodesk University 2008

Project Collaboration: Do You Speak DWG - types of collaboration, developing project CAD standards, Implementation, communication, enforcement, Cord Struckmann, Autodesk University 2008

AutoCAD Architecture 2010 - Editing Wall Cleanup In Place  - ribbon UI, quick access toolbar in multiple workspaces, export Inventor part files, assemblies, enhanced commands, cleanup edit-in-place features, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Mar 5, 2009

AutoCAD Architecture: Advanced Modeling Techniques - mass elements, groups, curtain walls, structural members, Charlie Busa, Autodesk University 2008

Easing the Transition from AutoCAD to AutoCAD Architecture - using basic architectural features for drawing, product benefits, pitfalls, Thomas Tobin, Autodesk University 2008

Advanced Curtain Wall Design in AutoCAD Architecture - analyzing design sketch, break down into elements, identifying, utilizing each element, creating curtain walls using offsets, index locations, James Upton, Autodesk University 2008

Breaking Free of the Plan: AutoCAD Architecture Sections and Elevations - explore ins, outs of 2D section/elevation objects, create section lines, callouts, Paul Aubin, Autodesk University 2008

AutoCAD Architecture 2010 New Features - room separator, polyline tools, AEC dimension enhancements, wall end cap tools, IFC export, import Inventor files to create multi view blocks, ramp, navigation tools, Daniel Hughes, IMAGINiT Technologies, Feb 19, 2009

Materialize in AutoCAD Architecture 2009 - implement material definitions throughout display system to automate various project drawings, Phil Russo, Autodesk University 2008

Revit Architecture for AutoCAD Architecture Geeks - smooth transition to Revit Architecture, modeling strategies, best practices, Matt Dillon, Autodesk University 2008

AutoCAD Architecture Secrets Exposed - interface capabilities of latest release, hidden commands, features, Jeanne Aarhus, Autodesk University 2008

What's New: AutoCAD Architecture 2009 - enhancements, new features, Jeff Hanson, Autodesk University 2008

Zoom To From Schedule Table Fails - AutoCAD Architecture trick to zoom at particular door using QSELECT command and other settings, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Oct 27, 2008

Can a '.' Require 1GB of Memory? - AutoCAD Architecture - removing '.' from file names reduces memory use from over 1GB to 700MB, Robin Capper, RobiNZ CAD Blog, Oct 27, 2008

AutoCAD Architecture: A Kick Start - creating profile for railings, various styles selection using style manager, Tharakesh Ananthakrishnan, AUGI, Oct 23, 2008 requires free registration

AutoCAD Architecture 2009 Layer Properties Manager Alert - some changes to layers may not be saved, workaround is to create and delete bogus layer, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Aug 31, 2008

Everyone's AutoCAD Architecture/MEP Crashing When Opening Project Files? - property sets corrupted, needed audit and repair, Robin Capper, RobiNZ CAD Blog, Aug 17, 2008

AutoCAD Architecture 2009 - setting StatusBar system variable, layer properties manager palette, balloon notification, more, ARCHIdigm, Apr 2008

AutoCAD Architecture 2009 - presentation and demo showing improved UI, wall and space enhancements, Vista support for DWF files, more, Excitech, Apr 2008

AutoCAD Architecture 2009 and BIM? - AutoCAD Architecture makes object and performance data manageable in building model, RobiNZ CAD Blog, Mar 25, 2008

Smarter and Greener BIM With ACA 2009 - ability to specify space loads, occupancy, conditions and thermal properties of envelope using property set definitions, Tomislav Zigo, BIMology, Mar 24, 2008

ACA 2008 - UCSFOLLOW Troubles - link to threads addressing problem, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, Mar 13, 2008

AutoCAD Architecture 2009 - Part 4 - improved drawing management feature, external references worksheet, IFC import/export, more, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Mar 9, 2008

AutoCAD Architecture 2009 - Part 3 - improved Space object, multi-line attribute text in schedule tags, annotation improvements, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Mar 2, 2008

AutoCAD Architecture 2009 - Part 2 - using edit-in-place feature for creating wall endcaps, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Feb 24, 2008

AutoCAD Architecture 2009 - Part 1 - enhanced tool tips in UI, 64-bit support, wall cleanup improvements, more, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Feb 16, 2008

Time Flies, It's Autodesk 2009 - AutoCAD 2009 has 3D ViewCube and SteeringWheel controls while AutoCAD Architecture 2009 has improved walls, spaces and Project Navigator, RobiNZ CAD Blog, Feb 14, 2008

AutoCAD Architecture 2009 - wall endcaps, match properties update, and ability to annotate with multiline tags, Mike Massey, Knowing What You Don't Know About CAD, Feb 13, 2008

AutoCAD Architecture: A Kick Start - list of features users need to learn in AutoCAD Architecture 2008, Tharakesh Ananthakrishnan, AUGI, Sep 2007 (may require free registration)

AutoCAD Architectural 2008 on Vista 64 - installing AutoCAD Architectural 2008 on 64-bit Windows Vista, ARCHIdigm, July 2007

AutoCAD Architecture 2008 vs AutoCAD: Productivity Comparison - AutoCAD Architecture 2008 performs quickly as compared to AutoCAD, Cvis.com, July 2007, pdf

Calculate Areas from Spaces Using an Area Calculation Standard - AutoCAD Architecture 2008 offers predefined area calculation standards with specific rules, Anna Oscarson, Between the Walls, July 9, 2007

Clean Reinstallation of AutoCAD Architecture or AutoCAD MEP - Autodesk, June 19, 2007

AutoCAD Architecture 2008 - Hang Time - convert old version files to 2007 format first using a batch process, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, May 9, 2007

AutoCAD 2008 and Older Version Files - issues with AutoCAD 2007 and ADT 2007 version drawing files, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, May 8, 2007

AIA Convention 2007 - There Still Seems to be Some Confusion - use Revit to fulfill BIM needs, otherwise AutoCAD Architecture is appropriate for 2D/3D job, Matt Dillon, Breaking Down the Walls, May 5, 2007

File Format Change in AMEP 2008 - AutoCAD MEP 2008 files not compatible with previous releases, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, May 1, 2007

Revising a Schedule Table Style - copy new property set definition into the existing file to keep new column in ADT schedule table style, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, April 26, 2007

My Top Three New Features of AutoCAD Architecture 2008 - easy display control interface, annotation scale feature, and ability to match sheet layers to view, Matt Dillon, Breaking Down the Walls, April 26, 2007

AutoCAD Architecture 2008 - Final Feature Comments - issues discussed: dimensions, keynotes, object viewer, profiles, schedules, workspaces, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, April 18, 2007

Updated Workaround Instructions for 64 Bit OS Install - installing 64 bit version of AutoCAD Architecture 2008, Autodesk Discussion Groups, April 16, 2007

AutoCAD Architecture 2008 - Next Feature Comments - issues discussed: property set definitions, generate spaces, associative spaces, calculation standard, and legacy datasets, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, April 16, 2007

ACA 2008/ADT 2007: Setting a Different Property Data Format in a Formula Property - exploring sample value pane feature, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, April 15, 2007

AutoCAD Architecture 2008 - Some More Feature Comments - workarounds for layers and the publish command issues, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, April 15, 2007

New Installation Process - new AutoCAD Architecture 2008 installation wizard lets you turn off metric content, Beth Powell, Beth's CAD Blog, April 13, 2007

Multiple-Line Room Tags - links to different threads and postings about creating multi-line room tags in ADT, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, April 10, 2007

AutoCAD Architecture 2008 - More Feature Comments - some more known issues are IFC Export, MasterFormat 2004, using CSI Masterformat 95 databases, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, April 10, 2007

AutoCAD Architecture 2008 - Feature Comments - annotation content, scale, and multi-view blocks are some known issues with AutoCAD Architecture 2008, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, April 9, 2007

AutoCAD Architecture 2008 System Requirements - Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager.com Blog, April 2, 2007

AutoCAD Architecture 2008 - Viewport Locked - viewport locking information is available on the status bar, RobiNZ CAD Blog, March 27, 2007

AutoCAD Architecture 2008 Feature Summary - annotation scaling, graphical editing, project navigator enhancements, visualization tools, more, Autodesk, March 2007, 13 page pdf

Starting AutoCAD Architecture 2008 - essential task movies, user interface overview, learning resources, new features workshop, more, JTB World, March 15, 2007

Deploying ADT & CAD Standards - Beth Powell, Beth's CAD Blog, March 13, 2007

Beefing Up for AutoCAD Architecture 2008! - list of recommended system requirements, Mike Massey, Knowing What You Don't Know About CAD, March 7, 2007

AutoCAD Architecture 2008 - Easy Access to Display Control - ability to edit drawing defaults, style, object settings, more, RobiNZ CAD Blog, March 2, 2007

AutoCAD Architecture 2008 - Welcome... - welcome screen shows links to essential tasks movies, new features workshop, an AutoCAD to AutoCAD Architecture task comparison, more, RobiNZ CAD Blog, March 3, 2007

AutoCAD Architecture 2008 - annotation scaling feature, ability to generate spaces, graphical editing feature, Project Workflow tools, more, JTB World, February 2007

No More LTSCALE/PSLTSCALE Problems! - new system variable called MSLTSCALE is introduced in AutoCAD Architecture 2008, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, February 23, 2007

'Tis the Season - AutoCAD Architecture 2008 New Features - space layout productivity, automatic update during design, Master Format 2004 support, annotative scaling, more, Mike Massey, Knowing What You Don't Know About CAD, February 14, 2007

Say Goodbye to ADT - like other 2008 line of products, ADT takes a new name -- AutoCAD Architecture 2008, Mike Massey, Knowing What You Don't Know About CAD, February 12, 2007

Formula Property VBScript Help - David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, January 9, 2007

A Few Things You Might Not Know about ADT - ARCHIdigm web site offers plenty of useful ADT content while VisionREZ by Ameri-CAD is excellent application for ADT in residential market, H. Edward Goldberg of AIA, Cadalyst, January 8, 2007

ADT/ABS List Definition Freeware - the freeware provides useful list definitions, JTB World, December 31, 2006

Autodesk and Architectural Desktop - On Again - Autodesk embraces ADT, realizing that it just might be the right upgrade for architects using AutoCAD, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, November 29, 2006

ADT Standards List - items to be included in ADT Standards guideline, Mark W. Kiker, CADD Manager Journal, October 2006

Manual Dimension Points Stay in Same Location - add objects to the dimension instead of extension lines in ADT 2007, Autodesk, May 25, 2006

Architectural Desktop 2007: What's New in Help - project lifecycle navigator, sample project templates, and content creation guidelines are very helpful to users, Chris Yanchar, Between the Walls, May 20, 2006

ARX_ERROR When Opening a Drawing in AutoCAD - three Object Enabler Hotfixes now available to view the latest version of an ADT drawing in an old version, Autodesk, March 22, 2006

Good ADT Resources - a guide to authors, websites and books on Architectural Desktop, Beth Powell, Beth's CAD Blog, June 13, 2005

ADT 2006 - A Few More Known Issues - problems with link to Viz Render, content paths, tool palettes, more, Mark W. Kiker, Caddmanager.com, April 12, 2005

ADT 2006 Known Issues - even if you don't read README files, take a look at these important points, Mark W. Kiker, Caddmanager.com, April 9, 2005

ADT 2006 More Known Issues - new project features may be lost, buttons may be missing, Mark W. Kiker, Caddmanager.com, April 11, 2005

ADT 2006 - Help More Interactive - more interactive help includes Flash-based tutorial, Chris Yancher, Between the Walls, April 11, 2005

Looking for Autodesk University Topics - send your ideas for Architectural Desktop presentations for the next AU, Matt Dillon, Breaking Down the Walls, February 24, 2005

Timber Design Using ADT and max for Timber Framed Sustainable Design - a new project provides a good example of an Architectural Desktop model and 3ds max for rendering, Chris Yanchar, Between the Walls, February 20, 2005

ADT Standards Out of the Box for U.S. Users - Architectural Desktop customers would do well to adopt the widely accepted National CAD Standard that is built into ADT, Matt Dillon, Breaking Down the Walls, February 12, 2005

ADT Book Recommendations - Paul Aubin's books on Architectural Desktop are highly recommended for ADT users who want to expand their knowledge, Matt Dillon, Breaking Down the Walls, February 12, 2005

Architectural Desktop: The Service Packs Do Help! - on the importance of keeping your ADT software current and submitting any customer error reports, Robin Capper, RobiNZ Blog, January 13, 2005

Reference Sources for Architectural Desktop - links to "brain dumps" on a variety of topics and releases, Richard Koch, The Architect's Desktop, January 3, 2005

AU - Update Day 1 - some Autodesk University Architectural Desktop and 3ds max adventures, Beau Turner, Will Render for Food, December 1, 2004

Work Flow - Modeling - discusses the process of modeling and visualization, especially as it applies to Architectural Desktop, Beau Turner, Will Render for Food, May 10, 2004

On Autodesk, ADT and Revit - Geoff Harrod casts an opinion on Autodesk's announcement to acquire Revit, CADinfo.NET, March 2002

The Technology Odyssey: Model-Based Design and Beyond - using Architectural Desktop and Autodesk's new StudioDesk by Phillip G Bernstein, VP Autodesk, CADserver, April 2001