This is actually a phrase that young teenagers use in the Merseyside area in England to say that something is cool.
Anyway, this is a hot topic of the day on the blogs and I have to post also but all I can say is what is in the official press release below
Autodesk Acquires Assets From BOSS International, Inc.
StormNET, RiverCAD and WaterNET Software Tools to Provide Autodesk
Civil Engineering and Utility Customers with Comprehensive Water Analysis Capabilities
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., August 26, 2009—Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), a world leader in 2D and 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, has announced the acquisition of certain assets from BOSS International, Inc. to further expand its water resources analysis capabilities for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. StormNET for stormwater management analysis, RiverCAD for floodplain analysis, and WaterNET for water distribution analysis will be more closely integrated with Autodesk’s model-based design solutions, including AutoCAD Civil 3D, to help engineers streamline workflows, reduce errors and boost productivity. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The environmental engineering and water/wastewater utility markets have recently experienced an uptick due in large part to economic stimulus spending. The acquisition of these products aligns with Autodesk’s mission to consistently extend value to its customers and satisfy industry demand. Adding valuable expertise and industry knowledge, Chris Maeder, former president and CEO of BOSS International, will join Autodesk as an industry solutions manager for the environmental engineering industry.
“The addition of BOSS International’s water, sewer, and stormwater analysis technology to the Autodesk portfolio supports Autodesk’s commitment to extend the value of our model-based design solutions for conducting simulation and analysis of design performance before projects are built,” said Jim Lynch, vice president of marketing for AEC solutions at Autodesk. “This is particularly important for sustainable design when engineers need to evaluate the impact of various stormwater management approaches – including rain gardens, bioretention and green roofs – to identify those with minimal environmental impact.”
“This acquisition is exciting news. I am a long time user of Civil 3D and BOSS International’s StormNET and RiverCAD. The integration of the two is a striking example of Autodesk’s continued commitment to the maturation, improvement and evolution of civil engineering proficiency,” said Robert Gill, senior project manager at Menlo Engineering Associates. “The civil engineering community will receive a tremendous lift by Autodesk and BOSS International aligning these technologies to further facilitate the design process, reduce the time required to complete projects and improve the quality of deliverables to the client.”
At this time, product support and distribution of new product licenses for the StormNET, RiverCAD and WaterNet software products will only be provided by BOSS Computec, a former subsidiary of BOSS International. Product integration details will be announced at a later date.
This transaction is expected to have no impact on previously issued guidance.
About Autodesk Autodesk, Inc. is a world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the manufacturing, construction, and media and entertainment markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art Digital Prototyping solutions to help customers experience their ideas before they are built. Fortune 1000 companies rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate and analyze real-world performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance quality and foster innovation. For additional information about Autodesk, visit www.autodesk.com.
Safe Harbor Statement
This media alert contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding the impact of the acquisition on Autodesk's previously issued guidance, product offerings, product integration plans and the performance of its business. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include the following: difficulties encountered integrating Boss International’s business; whether certain market segments grow as anticipated; the competitive environment in the software industry and competitive responses to the acquisition; and whether Autodesk can successfully develop new products or modify existing products and the degree to which these gain market acceptance.
Further information on potential factors that could affect the financial results of Autodesk are included in the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2009, and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 30, 2009, which are on file with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
Autodesk, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, StormNET, RiverCAD, and WaterNET are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.
This post will show how to modify the settings for the Quick Properties tool.
In the drawing below I have nothing selected.
If I turn on the Quick Properties option at the bottom of the screen, and then select the Surface on screen, I get this dialog presenting information from my object, the TIN Surface in this case.
If you hit the small button in the upper right corner in that dialog you can customize the tool and get the information YOU want to be presented.
Doing that brings up the CUI (Customize User Interface) dialog. See below.
Here we can set what information will be presented for most Civil 3D objects. Browse through them and do your selection. Just don't select TOO much as that will spoil the whole idea with "Quick properties" versus the normal "Properties" window. ;-)
Once you have done some modifications you might find that you still can't see all information you selected. Why? There is another thing that might need tweaking.
When you have the Quick properties dialog up (see the image below) it is possible to access the settings for the Quick properties dialog. Left click just under the "x"
This brings up the options for the Quick properties dialog (Drafting settings)
At the bottom here you can set how many rows will be automatically and instantly presented. (6 in my case)
Have you checked all the small buttons around the drawing view?
Every time you get a new version installed there are a number of small changes and additions that happens around the user interface.
Some has been around for some time, others are new. I just want to mention shortly what might come in handy and that might save you a few clicks in the daily work.
These two are so far away in the corner that I don't think everyone has seen them. ;-) First one is to call up the XREF Manager. Fast and efficient! The other one is to clear the screen from tools/buttons and show maximum of the drawing. Good when presenting/discussing the drawing content with people.
On the left side, also at the bottom, we have a way of turning the "Quick properties" option ON/OFF. This is a great way of accessing the most common data on the objects in your drawing. Turn it on and select an object on screen. You get the data very easy without browsing the complete "Properties dialog".
The registration for this years event is now live for those who have registered with AU Online one week ahead of general registration.
Click the image below to find out more
I am there also for my third year and this year I have teamed up to give you more than ever (and spread the workload!)
BIM for Civil - CV114-5 –
Presenting with Dan Philbrick (Civil Development Manager)
A showcase of what you can do with your Civil model once designed from costing, analysis, clash detection and advanced visualization.
Producing Compelling Visualization for Civil Engineering Project Proposals
CV304-2 – POWERTRACK –
Presenting with Bruce Harfield (Director of 3AM Solutions)
How to visualize transportation schemes from Civil 3D through Dynamite VSP into 3DS Max. Includes on how to prepare your Civil model for seamless transfer and advanced visualization techniques above and beyond a simple drive through.
Both should give you a lot of content you will never have seen before, maybe even in full 3D! Where are my glasses from JAWS.