Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Autodesk desktop app, part of AutoCAD 2017 New Features.
- [Voiceover] Another great new feature that installs with AutoCAD 2017 when you're installing it from scratch is the Autodesk desktop app. Now what happens is, this installs silently in the background when you install AutoCAD 2017 and what it does is it sits in your Windows taskbar at the bottom right corner where things like your clock are and it tells you whether you've got wi-fi. You'll find a little Autodesk icon in there. And the Autodesk desktop app basically tells you what updates, hotfixes, patches, and service packs are needed for your particular products that you've got installed.
Now, I've already got it open down on my taskbar. You just click on it and open it from the taskbar in AutoCAD or in Windows. It doesn't matter which, it's just sitting there in the taskbar ready to be used. So, I'm just going to go down and click on it. And, it's quite big and it scrolls down. So you can see you've got a scroll bar here. So I can click on the scroll bar and it tells me about all the different updates and things that I've got for the Autodesk software applications installed on my laptop. Now, you see at the top of the screen, obviously you've got the Autodesk icon logo there and, if you hover here, it tells you what updates you've got, like so.
Now, you can also send them feedback. So there's the feedback box there. So there's the Autodesk desktop app. So, they might like your feedback so just send it when you need to. You can also go there, you've got the usual Help, Contact Us, and About. And if you're logged into your Autodesk ID like I am, you can go to your Account Details and your Settings and so on. So, over here on the left, I've got AutoCAD updates and it shows me that I've also got learning videos and learning articles but there are no updates available. If I go here, AutoCAD Electrical, I've actually got a Service Pack 1 that I need to install and it was made available two months ago.
Go to my Navisworks Manage. There's an update. I've obviously tried to install that sometime and it's failed, no problem. At least it's told me that it's failed and I need to, obviously, install it again. Same goes for ReCap, there's an update available. I obviously cancelled the download at some point, maybe it was taking too long. And you can see there, a number of Revit updates as well. Things like Autodesk A360 Collaboration v2 for Revit 2016. So these are available and you've got Revit extensions where the install failed again. Now, sometimes the installs do fail.
Especially when you're doing it over wi-fi, for example rather than a wired connection. But you'll notice for each product as well we've got Forums, the Ideastation for Revit, the Autodesk Knowledge Network, the Autodesk Blogs. So you can learn about your products all from the one place, the Autodesk desktop app. And I think this is a great idea by Autodesk because everything's in the one place. You don't have to worry about the little pop-ups coming up when you're in the product and actually using it. So you can go straight to the desktop app and look at, say AutoCAD, and, are there any updates available? No, not at this time.
But, as soon as they are available, they'll appear in this list here and I can just install them at my leisure. I think it's a wonderful idea and I think it's one of the best things that Autodesk have created in some time. So this is the Autodesk desktop app and it's available when you install AutoCAD 2017.
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- Graphics performance enhancements
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