While Autodesk was releasing the Subscription Advantage Packs for AutoCAD, Revit, and Inventor, an update popped up for Autodesk Inventor Publisher 2011. It had slipped by me, and I suspect many woould like some more information.
While the application is still being named with the 2011 line, it has enough feature enhancement to be a major release. The additions and improvements really add more ‘oomph’ to the application.
Many are new features, and some are either updated or are interfaced in different a manner. I’ll try and list as many as I can think of.
Check the end of this article for a link to the Autodesk Inventor Publisher 2011 free trial.
- Styles and Access to Materials
- Section views and Detail views
- Parts List and Callouts
- Movement Indicator Arrows
Styles and Access to Materials
Section and Detail Views
Parts Lists and Callouts
|Radial and Linear Movement indicators are now available with standard Publisher styling and functionality.|
|This functionality pulls the data from the Bill of Materials and formats it into a customizable parts list with column selection and styling functionality.|
Publish Mobile is now to produce videos for mobile applications such as iPads and iPhones. These can be saved locally, or on the online Autodesk site to share over the internet. To set up an acount go to http://accounts.autodesk.com.
Standardized Vault access tools are available on the Ribbon’s Vault Tab.
The View tab’s enhancements include Backgrounds with Solid, Gradient, Image, and Environment options. Combined with Orthographic and Perspective views as well as Ground Shadows and Floor reflections create a visually appealing and flexible environment to cast your component publications in.
Right off the bat we are faced with a new import sequence, and the user is prompted about Level of Detail and the Bill of Materials. To import the BOM from a particular LOD, or to import dry. This functionality serves the not only the Parts List feature, but the components that are available in the model as well. Using this I was able to eliminate various components from the simulation that were involved in proving out the Digital Prototype.
Component and Sub-component selections
This functionality is kind of nice, most of the time. Components are now logically grouped in Publisher related to their respective Assembly. Selecting the assembly header in the Canvas Browser will select the entire group of components whether exploded or not. Selecting a window over all the components in an assembly will produce the same results. This is different than selecting each component individually.
*TIP – Selecting the Assembly group and picking ‘Return Home’ will permit the entire group to return to their original location in the document.
This function allows various arrays of Snapshots to be affected easily. Snapshots within a particular Storyboard or within the entire document can be affected. Once activated, alteration in the current view will be transferred to all Snapshots until the selected Snapshot array is cleared.
*TIP – Using this functionality eliminates the need to manually affect an entire group of Snapshots for color, etc. This way you can plan out how components are placed, and worry about the coloring later if desired.
The functionality of the Autodesk inventor Publisher 2011 R1 is substantially enhanced. Detail Views and Parts Lists may be the most substantial additions to the application, but far from the only benefit. There is so much packed into this mid-cycle release. If you were on the fence over buying the product, this should help tip the scales, and if you already purchased Publisher, the new release is free.
If you have need some assistance with Publisher, please feel free to contact me.
I‘ll be teaching many of these items in more detail at Autodesk University 2010 in Las Vegas on Dec. 1st, at 09:30 hours. http://au.autodesk.com/?nd=event_class&session_id=7524&jid=615246
Join me there and I’ll show you some good tips, workflows, and information that will really put this new functionality to work for you.