Tips, Tricks & Resources For MEP Detailers

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Archive for June, 2009

MEP 2010 – Opting Out Of The Ribbon GUI

Posted by Rob W on June 23, 2009

In this video I will show you how to quickly opt out of the Ribbon GUI in AutoDesk MEP 2010.  Personally, this interface irritates me to no end and I simply cannot see how this interface is more productive. In MEP 2009 AutoDesk gave you the option to have the (more efficient) classic toolbars and menus or an option to use the (bells and whistles) ribbon. However, in 2010 MEP they have taken this option away from you.  The problem I see with utilizing this GUI inside of AutoDesk products is that AutoDesk Products are mainly used by professional users unlike MS Office where a good percentage are casual users.  That’s my 2¢ anyway.

Here is the info I spoke about a video to get your menus and toolbars back if you did not migrate.  Make sure to read the response by user Slawomir Popiel. It is very funny yet so true.

See Post Here

Learn More About The CUI

Read what others have to say about the Ribbon GUI.

Here is kind of a poll on the ribbon GUI in autoCAD




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Using Adobe Acrobat for A.E.C. Issues

Posted by Rob W on June 15, 2009

A lot of us use Adobe Acrobat for correspondence. I found these 5 videos at McGraw Hill that may help you learn more about how to use Adobe Acrobat for A.E.C. Issues.

Click on this link to enter McGraw Hills Video Library

Here is a list of titles you will find

  • Creating Forms using Adobe Acrobat 9
  • Commenting Work flows
  • Geo spatial PDFs
  • Creating PDFs from 3D Drawings
  • Creating PDFs from 2D Drawings

If you are unfamiliar with, need a refresher or just want to learn more about Adobe Acrobat and what you can achieve try the link below. This is not free but, you can watch the first 10 lessons for free. If you want to view the rest of the training scroll down the page and sign up for the monthly subscription or you can buy the CD either way, it’s a good investment. In today’s job market you must be a go to guy/gal to stay employed this type of training only helps you in the long run.

Adobe Acrobat 9 Tutorial

Other resourses for learning Acrobate 9

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Quick Referance – Radius Elbows

Posted by Rob W on June 11, 2009

This is everything I know about rad ells .The out of the box ells are very poor at best but this is what you have to work with.. Autodesk needs to contact the SMACNA CAD task force and get their pieces and parts right…….. What you have to work with in this program is not even close to real word parts .

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Quick Reference – Drawing Steel

Posted by Rob W on June 9, 2009

This is a quick how to on drawing structural steel. This also applies to concrete structures as-well. Once you get into the catalog you will see option for concrete objects.

As mentioned in the video ” MEP is missing bar joist”  here is a link to some shared content.

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Need To Learn MS Excel

Posted by Rob W on June 4, 2009

Here is a realy cool site to help you learn MS Excel

The Excel Is Fun Channel has over 600 Excel How To Videos and Excel Tutorials.

Excel Is Fun Channel

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