Archive | January 2013

Did Google Miss an Opportunity?

by Mark Stefanchuk, CADmanage.com

pwnium

I think this is interesting – Google has announced its next Pwnium hacking contest and they are offering $3.14159 million in prize money. I read this first on The Register. It’s awesome, right? Nerdy prize money for a nerdy contest. But get this, the contest date is set for March 7th. Huh? Why not March 14th? I guess this only makes sense in the U.S. and Canada where we start our dates with the month first (elsewhere they start with the day first), but still, 3.14. How could you resist? If I were the marketing lead I think I would have had to insist on March 14. Maybe there’s still time to reschedule. Know anyone at Google? Let them know that they should change the date. (Thanks to my friend Patrick who recently pointed out that March 14th should be national pie day.)

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Change the Install Folder

by Mark Stefanchuk, CADmanage.com

Yes, it is possible to change the product folder for PhotogeoDWG. You have to do this after you run the Exchange Apps Store msi package, but it’s really easy.

Install PhotogeoDWG

As you can see there isn’t a way to change the install folder before you click “Install Now”. But, you can change the location after install. If you are using PhotogeoDWG with AutoCAD2013 the plugin will autoload if it resides in the Roaming\Autodesk folder, the Program Files\Autodesk folder, or the ProgramData\Autodesk folder. The msi package will install the to the Roaming\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins\CMRI_Photogeo.bundle folder. But, if you want all users to be able to have access to this plugin without having to install it a bunch of times, then just move the Roaming\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins\CMRI_Photogeo.bundle to Program Files\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins\CMRI_Photogeo.bundle. That’s all you have to do. AutoCAD will take care of the rest.

About Mark Stefanchuk: Mark is a VP and senior consultant with CAD Management Resources, Inc. He divides his time between developing innovative custom software solutions and helping clients navigate complex design automation environments. If you would like to find out how he can assist you with your design technology he can be reached by contacting us at info@cadmanage.com.

PhotogeoDWG on Windows XP

by Mark Stefanchuk, CADmanage.com

I just finished up some testing running PhotogeoDWG in AutoCAD 2013 on Windows XP (SP3) and the results are good. The Autodesk Exchange Apps Store installer copies the Photogeo bundle into %appdata%, as it does in Windows 7. But in XP, the AppData location is in the Documents and Settings Application Data folder of the current user, and not in the user’s roaming folder.

AppData folder on XP

Autoloader worked great in AutoCAD 2013 and I was able to run all PhotogeoDWG features as expected. So, if you’re holding off on running tools available via Exchange apps because your expecting conflicts with Windows, there’s actually no need to wait.

PhotogeoDWG on XP

About Mark Stefanchuk: Mark is a VP and senior consultant with CAD Management Resources, Inc. He divides his time between developing innovative custom software solutions and helping clients navigate complex design automation environments. If you would like to find out how he can assist you with your design technology he can be reached by contacting us at info@cadmanage.com.

PhotoGeoDWG on Exchange Apps!

by Mark Stefanchuk, CADmanage.com

Photogeo Logo

Just a quick note to announce that PhotoGeoDWG is now available on the Autodesk Exchange Apps Store. Leave a comment, tell us how to make it better. PhotoGeo will run in AutoCAD 2012/2013 and Civil3D 2012/2013. And, did I mention it’s free? Our CADmanage.com help page has a link to the PhotoGeoDWGhelp.pdf (right click on the link to download the file).