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Buildings
http://market.android.com/details?id=com.openbuildings.buildings

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Created by architects, “Buildings” gives tourists and architecture enthusiasts a mobile encyclopedia of more than 40,000 buildings across the globe to discover at their fingertips, complete with expert commentary and insight. The app enhances your experience by using GPS to identify your location and highlight interesting ‘Nearby’ buildings.

Architect Design Estimating
http://market.android.com/details?id=air.ArchitectCalc

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Easy to use estimating calculator for architects and interior designers. This is an imperial units calculator (feet and inches) for architects. Calculate lengths, areas, hypotenuses, and simple volumes. Add a unit cost to estimate the cost of construction, remodel, or room finishes. Convert easily between imperial units such as square feet and square yards, or feet and inches and miles.

Frame design 2D
http://market.android.com/details?id=dako.dakosoftware.nl

Professional 2D Linear Analysis FEM application at your fingertips. This 2D linear static analysis app allows you to analyze the force distribution, deflections and tensions in 2D structures

Design Dimensions
http://market.android.com/details?id=com.SolidDesignStudio.DesignDimensions

An extensive visual database of commonly referenced items and their corresponding dimensions. With Design Dimensions you will find it remarkably easy to navigate through hundreds of illustrated items to find the exact information you are looking for.

My Measures & Dimensions Lite
http://market.android.com/details?id=si.sis.mymeasureslite

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My Measures is a powerful application for storing and sharing object dimensions. A must have tool for all real estate agents, engineers, carpenters, architects, auction sellers, construction workers.

SketchBook Mobile
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.sketchbook

Unleash your creativity with SketchBook Mobile for Android! Autodesk SketchBook® Mobile is a professional-grade paint and drawing application offering a full set of sketching tools and a streamlined and intuitive user interface.

Dwell
http://market.android.com/details?id=com.zumobi.android.dwell

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Dwell delivers photos, videos and more for fans of modern architecture & design. With fresh, intelligent coverage of modern architecture and design, tailored for mobile devices, the Dwell App features: Videos and slide-shows showcasing the best in modern home design, Photographs and editorial of product collections, Dynamically updated stories for staying on top of the latest trends while on the go, Facebook and Twitter integration for sharing inspiring design ideas with friends.

Autodesk AutoCAD WS
http://market.android.com/details?id=com.autodesk.autocadws

Experience the freedom of taking your designs with you — wherever you go.
AutoCAD® WS is a mobile CAD application that gives you the freedom and flexibility to view, edit, and share your DWG™ files on your Android phone or tablet. AutoCAD WS mobile app offers a simplified, intuitive set of viewing, editing, and markup tools so you can work on your designs while you are on the go. Open drawings from email attachments, sync your files from the web, or upload drawings directly from AutoCAD software. Drawings can also be saved locally so you can work in the field without an Internet connection.

Adobe Photoshop Express
http://market.android.com/details?id=com.adobe.psmobile

Edit and share photos virtually anywhere. Touch to crop, rotate, adjust color, and add artistic effects. Access all your photos and videos directly from your free Photoshop.com account. Quickly share with family and friends. Requires SD card. By downloading you agree to the Terms of Use at http://www.photoshop.com/misc/terms.html

Adobe Collage
http://market.android.com/details?id=air.com.adobe.collage

Adobe® Collage lets you capture and refine concepts by combining inspirational images, drawings, text, and files from select Adobe Creative Suite® components into modern, conceptual moodboards. Upload your files to Adobe Creative Cloud* to refine later or share with others.

Adobe Kuler
http://market.android.com/details?id=air.com.adobe.kuler

Adobe Kuler is the most powerful color inspiration tool you’ve seen on a tablet device. Create harmonious color themes that can inspire any project with easy-to-use tools. Explore hundreds of thousands of color themes created by the Kuler community – a vibrant social network of color enthusiasts.

Smart Ruler Pro
http://market.android.com/details?id=kr.aboy.ruler

Smart Ruler Pro is the easy and useful measuring tools. It has 5 tools for measurement, and includes Protractor pro version. 1. Ruler : for length 2. ProtractorⅠ(Touch) : for angle 3. ProtractorⅡ(Plumb) : for slope 4. ProtractorⅢ(Camera) : goniometer 5. Surface level : clinometer * Pro version added features 1) ProtractorⅢ, Surface level 2) Horizontal x Vertical 3) Multi-Touch mode 4) Caliper mode 5) Architectural and Engineering Scales 6) Thread pitch gauge 7) various Tilt units 8) App2SD

Construction Calculators

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This amazing App Features THIRTY ONE (31) Easy-To-Use TIME-SAVING TOOLS for Home Owners. No other construction calculator offers as many features as this one. This simple calculator not only allows you to do all the calculations for your home project, but also allows you to SAVE your calculations. STORE all your notes in the app and also ADD TO CALENDAR any of your notes for remainders. Now features search and full calculator.

Well with the recent news that the Android Market has seen an increase of 9,000+ apps PER MONTH over the March & April, it’s no surprise here that the quality and quantity of apps just keeps increasing…

Of the top quality apps, here are my picks for May:

1) Mint.com

http://www.mint.com/features/android/ (not online yet)

(Android Market) http://www.android.com/market/

2) Official Twiiter app for Android was released (requires 2.1):

http://blog.twitter.com/2010/04/twitter-for-android-robots-like-to.html

3) Skyfire web browser (includes Flash video support)

http://www.skyfire.com/

4) iMobster (Mafia Wars like game for Android)

http://imobsters.storm8.com/

5) Asphalt 5 (paid)

http://www.asphalt-5.com/

http://www.gameloft.com/

6) UPS Mobile

http://www.ups.com/android/

7) Runkeeper

http://runkeeper.com/

8) Subsonic (media streaming app)

http://www.subsonic.org/

9) Craigslist Notification

http://craigslist-notification.mufumbo.com/

10) SlideIT

  • Swipe based keyboard input (similar to Swype)

http://dasur.co.il/Product/SlideIT/Android/download.php

Updated on April 16, 2010:

Direct Download:

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 exe – (2.59GB)

Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011 — English

IMPORTANT

This download is the latest release of Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011 software as a standalone product and as part of AutoCAD® Revit® Architecture Suite 2011 software.

It is available to users for trial or demo purposes and users who have purchased a valid license for Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 or AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2011, and is subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that appears during installation.

First Customer Ship of Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 (Full Install) – April 2010

Get Started

Click on the following link to download the executable file:

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 (exe – 2.59 GB)

Notes

  • The Readme file is located in the Documentation section of the installer.
  • The full install executable file contains both 32 and 64-bit versions of Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011.
  • The executable file can be applied to both the standalone and suite versions of Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011.
  • Files saved in new releases of this product are not compatible with previous releases. However, files saved in the same release are compatible across different build numbers.
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7 browser (or later) is required.
  • For problems downloading or installing Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 and for general information or questions, contact Autodesk Product Support (Autodesk® Subscription login required).

Source: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/item?siteID=123112&id=14973244

Well the CTIA (wireless association conference) was last week and, as one would expect, Android was the hottest topic for the upcoming year.  It seemed nearly every carrier and every manufacturer (sans Apple) was making an Android device.  It’s good news, really.  Now people have a choice and now there’s healthy competition.  It’s also good for those of us who refuse to switch to AT&T’s crappy service JUST so we can have the iPhone.  So for those of you like myself who are VERY satisfied with the Droid on Verizon, here’s some more apps (some that “used” to be iPhone only) to look forward to in the very-near future:

Logmein Android
https://secure.logmein.com/welcome/android/

Paypal
http://www.androidcentral.com/paypal-bump-android-bound

Dropbox
http://techcrunch.com/2010/03/22/dropbox-android-app/

Skype Mobile
http://www.skype.com/download/skype/android/

Oregon Trail
http://www.androidcentral.com/oregon-trail-android-app-ctia

Fandango
http://www.fandango.com/androidapp

Rhapsody (public beta coming April 4th)
http://www.rhapsody.com/android/download

Blockbuster (aren’t they bankrupt?)
http://www.androidcentral.com/blockbusters-android-app-ctia

Grandmasterpixel (social pixel-art game):
http://www.droidgamers.com/index.php/game-news/android-game-news/210-grandmastpixel-beta

Zenonia (RPG game):
http://www.eurodroid.com/2010/03/famed-iphone-rpg-zenonia-hits-android-for-5-99-and-1-6-phones-and-above/

Thickbuttons:
http://thickbuttons.com/

DriveSafe.ly:
http://www.drivesafe.ly/

Slacker Radio:
http://www.slacker.com/everywhere/mobile/android/

Searching the internet for good quality Revit content can take some time.  Fortunately I’ve come across a couple good quality sites that may interest you in your hunt for quality content.  The sites I’m listing here are not the only options out there for content, but they each have a very different approach to content and may cater to your content creation philosophy.  The content ranges from groups, fill patterns, families, models, rendering materials, etc.


Autodesk Seek

http://seek.autodesk.com/

There’s no better place to find content other than the source.  Most of the content found on Autodesk’s website is directly from manufacturer’s and are, to some degree, modeled to the Autodesk family standard.  Be careful though as some of these models are overly detailed.  But probably one of the best places to start for Revit content.

Autodesk Seek

Autodesk Seek



Little Details Count (paid)

http://www.littledetailscount.com/

Little Details Count is a website focused clearly on one thing, highly detailed & render-able Revit families and models.  While this approach sounds ideal, it’s really not that great for large commercial projects, because of the larger file size and increased polygon count for rendering.  What this IS ideal for are those residential projects that are smaller in scale and affords you more time to put into the details.  The only other issue I have is most of the content that is on the website right now, well it’s fluff.  It’s pots & pans and paper towels & teapots.  It’s the fluff you use for renderings, the problem being, if you want a good quality rendering, chances are you aren’t going to do it in Revit.  Autodesk never really intended Revit rendering for that purpose, hence the crippled Mental Ray.  What Revit rendering IS good for is design charette type renderings, where you want to study lighting or massing, or preliminary renderings before exporting to 3ds max and THEN adding fluff.  So I’m digressing a bit, but all this aside, these are really great families.  They’re considerably inexpensive and very well built.  So if you’re building a small casino, or building a residential project in Revit and doing a lot of final renderings in Revit, these are the families for you.

Little Details That Count

Little Details Count - "Highly Detailed Revit Families & Models"


Revit Content All-in-One (paid)

http://revit-content.com/

Revit Content has a slightly different approach. Most of their content revolves around making the family as flexible as possible. I can appreciate this approach as it makes for a very efficient family (and you know it’s well built if it’s that flexible). A huge plus. But this is one of many benefits. First, you can easily update a lot of content. Second, you have a smaller more condense Revit family library. Third, your project files are greatly reduced in size. There are huge benefits to this approach.

From their website it seems that they have a very diverse and full content library to choose from, I’d imagine the content is relatively affordable considering all the flexibility you get in “built-in”. And lastly they have a very unique “content update notifier” allowing customers to know when a newer version of the family comes out. A very professional and well thought out approach to quality Revit content creation.

Revit Content

Revit Content - "Just Professional Revit Families"


RevitCity (free)

http://www.revitcity.com/downloads.php

If you ask most people new to Revit where they get their content if they don’t find it in the default Autodesk library, there’s a good chance the first words out of their mouth are, “Revit City”. This is good and bad. First the good, the database they have includes over 8,000 Revit families, all of them searchable & sortable by division, and best of all, they are all FREE. Now for the bad. There’s no quality control. No quality control means you have no way of knowing how well built the family is. Sure they have a rating system, but most people rating the families are rating them based on how they “look” or how “detailed” they are. That doesn’t always equate to quality. Is it flexible? Does it have any parameters built-in? Is the file-size appropriate? Are the materials set up for rendering? All questions you should ask when looking for good content. And yes there are GOOD Revit families and models to be found here. It just may require some hunting.

Revit City

Revit City


Contact your Local Reseller

http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/partner/search?id=1088201&siteID=123112

Most if not all vendors for Revit liklely have the capability (for a price) to create custom content for your firm or for your project.  So if you can’t find the content you need out there, don’t have enough time to do it yourself, or aren’t sure how to create content — it may be a good idea to “contact your local reseller” 🙂

Contact your Local Reseller

Contact your Local Reseller


Lastly I’d like to state, that while I know 3D Warehouse by Google is very popular for SketchUp, there are a couple caveats to using these models in Revit.  First, these models are made for sketchup, not Revit, and in the process of converting any third-party file format into Revit, you should be wary of the data coming with it.  These files can be very high in polygon count, they do not carry any parametric data with them, and there’s virtually no flexibility with these models.  With data like this, if it’s not encapsulated inside a generic family before importing into Revit, it can cause serious errors in your Revit file causing hard-crashes.  All reasons you’re much better off building the Revit family from scratch.

Internet Explorer 9 Preview Download Available

You can download the preview via the website:

http://www.ietestdrive.com/

A couple things of note:

  • This is not a full fledged browser, no address bar, no tabs, no back button, it does however include everything the web developer needs to preview — the rendering engine, the Javascript engine, hardware acceleration tools and the developer tools.
  • IE9 will NOT be supported on Windows XP, mostly because of the extensive hardware acceleration features like Direct2D and DirectWrite.
  • As of now scores 55/100 on Acid3 test.
  • As of now the JS engine is faster than Firefox 3.6, but not as fast as the newly released Opera 10.5

internet explorer 9 preview

I’ve done it.  I’ve jumped on the smartphone bandwagon. For the last year I’ve been debating the pros & cons of owning a smartphone. On one hand, I didn’t think I had any real need to have internet at my fingertips all day long; On the other hand, my schedule had gotten busier and busier and the need for my family to know each other’s schedules “on the fly” was ever increasing. Now we no longer have scheduling conflicts, we communicate better, and now no more phone calls to get “directions”.

So now that I have a DROID, I thought I’d list my list of favorite android apps to get you started. I’ve spent hours researching the best of the best and well here’s what I’ve come up with:

*All apps are free, unless noted otherwise

Home Screen Replacement:

Shopping:

Google Apps: (http://www.google.com/mobile/more/)

Twitter:

Travel:

Widgets:

Academic:

Utilities:

Imaging / Photography / Graphics:

Browser Replacement:

Keyboard Replacement:

Visual Voicemail:

Games:

Security / Location:

Music:

Productivity:

News & RSS:

Movies:

UPDATE: Release date set for April 8th

Well this time last year the details of Autodesk Revit 2010 were released along with webcasts showing off all the new features. Yet here we are still with no details (well publicly available) about Revit 2011 and the released date less than 2 months away.

Never fear, once Autodesk releases their press-release you’ll see the final list of new and improved features for Revit 2011. So bookmark this site and I promise you I’ll publish the feature post as soon as the news becomes public. Let’s just hope they don’t pull an “Apple” and hold all the details until the release date. Now that would be traumatic.

Maybe Autodesk is just waiting for the Olympics to end, so they can garner more press 🙂

Anyhow, if you have any public information or mere speculations on what’s new in Revit 2011, please feel free to comment below.

Well it’s off to a really slow start, but a couple select companies have finally seen the light and begun to offer Revit content for the AEC community using BIM. Here are a couple in the Sweets BIM Collection offering:

AmericanSeating
Bilco
Da-Lite
Dyson
Ideal
Labconco
Modernfold
Pella
PAC-Clad
PPG Coil & Extrusions Group
PPG Architectural Glass
PPG Architectural Finishes
Porter
Ruskin
Sloan
Stanley

http://construction.com/BIM/

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