Friday Training Follow Up: Smart Client Extensions for AutoCAD

Robert Stephen Consulting, LLC provides free 30-minute Client Training session every Friday at 10:00AM PST.  RSC prides itself in providing learning opportunities for our clients.  We feel that if our clients know the system better, we will able to work better with them to discover and implement the solutions that they need.

Last week Matt Ritzman discussed AutoCAD, specifically Smart Client.  Below is an overview of the training.

Smart Client Extensions for AutoCAD

Background
Smart Client Extension for AutoCAD tends to install fairly easily. Most of the time issues arise when there’s a copy of Overlay installed on the same computer. Also, 20.x versions of Smart Client had difficulty switching away from Smart Client, and required editing the registry to allow AutoCAD to run with a regular profile.
Compatibility
The Smart Client version determines the compatible versions of AutoCAD allowed.
  • The version of Smart Client DOES NOT have to match the version of Web Central.
  • As an example, you can have Web Central 21.2 installed but run Smart Client 22.1, if you are on subscription.
  • If you are on subscription, you can install any version of Smart Client you like; it doesn’t require a database backend upgrade.
  • Generally, Smart Client is compatible previous versions of AutoCAD:
  • Smart Client 22.1 (which just came out 1 month ago) is compatible with AutoCAD 2016 (which came out last April).
Here’s the matrix for the some of the most recent versions:
Smart Client
21.1
21.2
21.3
22.1
ACAD 2009
yes
no
no
no
ACAD 2010
yes
yes
yes
no
ACAD 2011
yes
yes
yes
no
ACAD 2012
yes
yes
yes
no
ACAD 2013
yes
yes
yes
yes
ACAD 2014
yes
yes
yes
yes
ACAD 2015
no
no
yes
yes
ACAD 2016
no
no
no
yes
Troubleshooting
  • Smart Client needs to have an installation AutoCAD set in Preferences
  • Check that the profile is “Smart Client Extension for AutoCAD”
  • Support file search paths should have only Smart Client path information (paths should look like this: C:/Program Files (x86)/ARCHIBUS/2X.X NOT C:/Program Files (x86)/AFM2X.X).
  • Smart Client Path should be first in Support file search path
  • Use APPLOAD to be certain that only the routines you intend are being loaded.
  • Use CUILOAD to check which menus are loaded.
  • Use CUI to check which menus are visible
  • Sometimes the ribbon won’t load. To get it to show up type: RIBBON
  • If the ARCHIBUS Ribbon panel does not show up type afm_disable into the command line and press enter. Then type afm_enable into the command line and press enter. The ARCHIBUS panel should now display in the ribbon.
  • Sometimes the drop down menu won’t show up. Most of the time you can just set the workspace to AutoCAD Classic and that will solve the problem.

Additional checks for RSC tools:

  • Need to have RSC_SC_Main.lsp in the Startup Suite
  • Need Plotter configuration to be consistent across all computers using the system.
Registry Edits
Versions 20.X of Smart Client didn’t release control of AutoCAD. An adjustment to the registry was required. To simplify registry edits, a batch file (*.bat) can be created.
AutoCAD without Smart Client Extensions

 

REGEDIT4
; @ECHO OFF
; CLS
; REGEDIT.EXE /S “%~f0”
; Start “” “C:Program FilesAutoDeskAutoCAD 2012 –
Englishacad.exe” -p std
EXIT[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareAutodeskAutoCADR18.2ACAD-A001:409ApplicationsAfmOverlay]
“LOADCTRLS”=dword:0}}}}
AutoCAD with Smart Client Extensions

 

REGEDIT4; @ECHO OFF
; CLS
; REGEDIT.EXE /S “%~f0”
; Start “” “C:Program FilesAutoDeskAutoCAD 2012 –
Englishacad.exe” -p “Smart Client Extension for AutoCAD”
EXIT[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareAutodeskAutoCADR18.2ACAD-A001:409ApplicationsAfmOverlay]
“LOADCTRLS”=dword:2

 

This is the code for AutoCAD 2012. You will have to change the pathing for other versions of AutoCAD. Acad.exe will be in a different directory location, and you’ll need to change the R18.2ACAD-A001:409 portion of the registry key.

 

AutoCAD with Overlay

REGEDIT4; @ECHO OFF
; CLS
; REGEDIT.EXE /S “%~f0”
; Start “” “C:Program FilesAutodeskAutoCAD 2012 –
Englishacad.exe” -p Overlay
EXIT[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareAutodeskAutoCADR18.2ACAD-A001:409ApplicationsAfmOverlay]
“LOADCTRLS”=dword:0

If you’d like to know more about this particular training, email us at training@rsc2lc.com

We’d love to have you join us for this week’s training on MicroView/SpaceView: SV Moves  this Friday, February 26, 2016.
Please register by clicking on this link and follow the instructions:
Registering is required to receive a confirmation email and a link to the training.

 

Our weekly client trainings are held Fridays from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM PST.  This is an opportunity to learn more about an area of ARCHIBUS that you may not be familiar with.
We look forward to seeing you there!

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Friday Training Follow Up: AutoCAD – BOMA Polylining

Robert Stephen Consulting, LLC provides free 30-minute Client Training session every Friday at 10:00AM PST!  RSC prides itself in providing learning opportunities for our clients.  We feel that if our clients know the system better, we will able to work better with them to discover and implement the solutions that they need.

Last week Matt Ritzman led our Client Training on AutoCAD Basics: BOMA Polylining. Below is the outline of the training:

Polylines to BOMA Standards

Polylines are derived from lines and arcs. My favorite AutoCAD tools that help to create polylines are the following:
LINE
ARC
OSNAP
Object Snap Tracking – also TRA
PLINE
BPOLY
PEDIT
JOIN

Developing an understanding of the available tools and their quirks allows you to create your polylines much more efficiently.

BOMA Standards

BOMA = Building Office Managers Association
The purpose of BOMA standards is to assign spaces in a way that all owners and lessors can agree on the area that is being used.  BOMA is concerned about relationships between owners and renters.  This means that these standards don’t account for areas within a rented space.  That is to say, BOMA doesn’t care how you polyline a cubicle or a desk.  There are other standards that are less concerned about exact measurements that are worth knowing about:
NBSAP = National Business Space Assignment Policy from the GSA (General Services Administration)
Used by government.  This is concerned with how space is defined on a much more granular level than BOMA.   But less concerned with exact measurements of space.
FICM = Facilities Inventory and Classification Manual
Used by Education.  This is similar to the NBSAP, in that it focuses on Space.

Categories and Types

The area measuring standards allow you to be confident about the space that you occupy.
– It gives you the ability to negotiate with your renters or the landlord according to facts rather than estimations.
– It allows you to report consistently on space categories, types, uses, and standards.

If you’d like to know more about this particular training, email us at training@rsc2lc.com

We’d love to have you join us for our next on System Administration, specifically Schema Changes on Friday, January 8th.

Please register by clicking on this link and follow the instructions:

Registering is required to receive a confirmation email and a link to the training.
Our weekly client trainings are held Fridays from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM PST.  This is an opportunity to learn more about an area of ARCHIBUS that you may not be familiar with.
We look forward to seeing you there!

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Friday Training Follow Up: Reports – RSC 12 Reports

Robert Stephen Consulting, LLC provides free 30-minute Client Training session every Friday at 10:00 AM PST.  RSC prides itself in providing learning opportunities for our clients.  We feel that if our clients know the system better, we will able to work better with them to discover and implement the solutions that they need.

Last week’s topic was Reports: RSC 12 Reports.  Bob Stephen, our CEO, highlighted seven reports – the other five are in the works.  RSC has created a number of reports to help our clients manage their space and personnel at a high level.  These reports contain useful information that can be presented to Chiefs and VPs to quickly get a sense of where the current workforce is located, how much their portfolio costs, and how often moves are taking place.  These reports are available to all our clients using Web Central.

The RSC Domain

RSC has created its own domain in Web Central.
Clients can create their own domains as well.
There are two processes, the RSC Reports and RSC SQL
Automation Engine

The RSC Standard Reports

Geography drill down for several views allows the user to
use one type of report at a variety of locations.

Space Occupancy
This chart shows a variety of ways of looking at occupancy. It draws a distinction between Occupied Seats and Seated Headcount.

Division Report
This is a summary report showing the headcount of divisions at various locations. Additional detail is available to justify the totals.

Building Summary
8 summary views of building area allocations by category, type, occupancy and others.

Site Summary
Similar to the building summary applied to sites.

Churn
Number of moves completed by month, comparing employee moves and new hire moves.

Employee Scatter Chart
Thematic geography map view showing location of buildings with icons indicating the number of workers at each place.

Global Workforce Report
A dashboard showing several datapoints:
  • Number of buildings
  • Rentable area
  • Seated headcount
  • Total Cost of Ownership

Combined with drill downs that help further dissect the information

If you’d like to know more about this particular training, email us at training@rsc2lc.com

We’d love to have you join us for this week’s training on AutoCAD, specifically BOMA Polylining, this Friday, Dec. 18. Please register by clicking on this link and follow the instructions:
Registering is required to receive a confirmation email and a link to the training.
Our weekly client trainings are held Fridays from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM PST.  This is an opportunity to learn more about an area of ARCHIBUS that you may not be familiar with.
We look forward to seeing you there!

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Friday Training Follow Up: AutoCAD Basics

Robert Stephen Consulting, LLC provides free 30-minute Client Training session every Friday at 10:00AM PST!  RSC prides itself in providing learning opportunities for our clients.  We feel that if our clients know the system better, we will able to work better with them to discover and implement the solutions that they need.

Last week Matt Ritzman, our AutoCAD expert, discussed the basics of AutoCAD.  In the training, Matt set 3 goals:

  1.  Learn how to get around AutoCAD
  2. Learn how to find out more
  3. Learn how to do specific tasks that relate to ARCHIBUS

Below you can find a basic outline for the bulk of the training.

Getting Started

When you open AutoCAD (and I encourage you to do so)  You’ll find an interface that is much like many Windows interfaces.  Standard Menus, buttons, status items.  One big thing that sticks out is the Command Line interface.  This element has a long history that goes back to a time before Windows.  Although you can get by without considering the command line, I highly, highly, highly recommend that you give it some priority.

Command Line

Even when you aren’t using the command line directly, you are using it.  So you might as well embrace it.  Always trust the Command Line.  The command line gives a history of what has happened.  Press F2 – to see an expanded view of the command line

Elements
  • Prompt – Command:
  • Enter to submit command
  • ESC Escape key to get out of a command (sometime you have to use escape multiple times)
  • Available options: Specify other corner point or [Chamfer/Elevation/Fillet/Thickness/Width]
  • The capitalized letter is a short cut

Buttons, Menu, Ribbon

  • Buttons
    • Click to engage a command 
  • Menu
    • Tree structure access to commands and tools
    • “A” 
  • Ribbon
    • “New” access to tools
    • Context sensitive
    • Potentially more dense 
  • Quick Access Toolbar 
  • Customization
    • EVERY element in AutoCAD can be customized

Mouse

  • Point Click
  • Middle Mouse Button
  • Right-click
    •  Enter
    • Click-hold = Context menu
    • Available everywhere
    • Context sensitive
    • Even in the command line 
  • Shift-right click
  • Ctrl/shift right click

Grips

  • Click to move, stretch, add vertex
  • Shift Click to select multiple
  • Ctrl click to duplicate object

Palettes

  • Tool Palettes ctrl+3
  • Properties Palette ctrl+1
  • Design Center ctrl+2
  • Layers, Xref and others

Status Bar Tray

  • Crosshair location
  • Snaps
  • Interface elements
  • Model Space

Modify

  • Turn Palettes on and off
  • Add and remove toolbars

Intro to Options

  • Most of the program preferences are held here 
    • Profiles
      • Setup for different tasks
    • Support File Search Paths 
    • Display
      • It may be worth changing the background for various profiles
      • Crosshair size (CURSORSIZE)
    • Drafting
      • Aperature size (cursor size when selecting an object)
    • Selection
      • Pickbox size (PICKBOX)

Workspaces

  • Save your interface

 

As a reminder, we will not have training on Friday 11/28 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.  We are excited, however, to announce our next training on Friday 12/04.  Below are some details on registering.
Please register for RSC’s Friday Client Training: TOPIC on Friday, 12/04 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM PST at: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/3799759723318496001
This week’s free 30-Minute training will cover System Administration, specifically Roles & UsersTo attend the meeting you must register! After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.


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Friday Training Follow Up: Types of Reports in ARCHIBUS

Robert Stephen Consulting, LLC provides free 30-minute Client Training session every Friday at 10:00AM PST!  RSC prides itself in providing learning opportunities for our clients.  We feel that if our clients know the system better, we will able to work better with them to discover and implement the solutions that they need.

Last week Bob Stephen, our CEO & Managing Director discussed Reporting in ARCHIBUS. Specifically, we covered the Four Types of Reports in ARCHIUBS.  These reports include:

  1. C & VP Level Reports
  2. Director and Manager Reports
  3. Individual Contributor Reports
  4. Reports for Staff at Large

If you’d like to know more about this particular training, email us at training@rsc2lc.com

We’d love to have you join us for this week’s training on Plain AutoCAD Basics this Friday 11/20.  Please register for the training here:
https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/6239139519237186817

Registering is required to receive a confirmation email and a link to the training.

Our weekly client trainings are held Fridays from 10:00 to 10:30am.  This is an opportunity to learn more about an area of ARCHIBUS that you may not be familiar with.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Friday Training Follow Up: System Navigation

Robert Stephen Consulting, LLC provides free 30-minute Client Training session every Friday at 10:00AM PST! RSC prides itself in providing learning opportunities for our clients. We feel that if our clients know the system better, we will able to work better with them to discover and implement the solutions that they need.

Last Friday’s training was led by our Tech Lead, Todd.  The topic he covered was System Administration, specifically Page Navigation.  Todd discussed the four basic types of navigation:

  1. Accessibility Navigator
  2. Process Navigator
  3. Dashboard
  4. Page Navigator (Home Pages)

Before taking a deeper look at Page Navigator.  During the in depth overview, he covered:

  • How to use Page Navigator
    • What you can have on your Home Page
    • How to toggle between multiple home pages
    • Working on Tasks
    • The Applications Tab
    • The “My Favorites” Panel
  • How to build a Home Page
    • Adding a Navigation Page
    • Building the xml Descriptor Page
    • Background Shading
  • and  of course some Best Practices

If you’d like to know more about this particular training, email us at training@rsc2lc.com

We are excited to announce this week’s Client Training!  It will be held on Friday 11/13.  Below are some details on registering:

Please register for RSC’s Friday Client Training: Reports, specifically Basic Report Types, on Friday, November 13, 2015 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM PST at:https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/743991509845256705

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.>

Can’t wait to see you there!


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