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I would like to see within an assembly the possibility to expand only selected parts to make workplanes and axis visible.

Now I can only choose between expand or collapse all children.

If I want to constrain a bolt or pin for example, I can place it with an insert constrain.

But then it's still able to turn around 1 axis. Then you add an angle constraint to fix the rotation, and the part is fully constraint.

But to do this you have to expand each part instance individually, add a constraint and collapse it again. It takes a lot of mouse-clicks.

If I can select all these parts and had a button "expand selected children" it would save a lot of work.

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Undo Event

Status: New Idea
by odk4548 on ‎08-21-2014 12:09 PM

You should be able to select an area and undo only in the area selected.

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2d adaptive component functionality

Status: New Idea
by wruffenach on ‎08-19-2014 11:56 AM

When will there be some Adaptive Component functionality for 2d families in Revit? Being able to build "Detail Items" adaptive component families with point snapping and repeat devide symbolic lines, would be extremely useful functionality!!!

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Revit Mep

Status: New Idea
by chris.jones on ‎07-17-2014 10:38 PM

Have the ability to split ductwork into multiple lengths in Revit MEP, just like Autocad MEP.


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Point Cloud Data

Status: New Idea
by tom.mcnulty on ‎06-27-2014 05:59 AM

The majority of my work involves the registration, analysis, manipulation and tracing of point cloud data (PCD). Below is a list of problems I face with PCD in the Product Design Suite (PDS) and features of other software packages that I find useful and would like to see included in Autodesk products.


I have seen some improvements with the handling of PCD within the PDS in the last couple of years however it does not cater for all of my PCD needs and as a result my workflow is still very disjointed with a wide range of software packages including: Faro Scene, Bentely Pointools, Pointools 4 Rhino, Recap and Inventor. I would love to solely use Autodesk products but they don't cut it at the moment.


I use Faro Scene for registration; I am aware that Recap Pro for an additional £3k plus cost per year. If it included additional features such as point cloud selection and RGB editing (painting tools) then I may be able to justify this expenditure as it would remove my requirment for Bentley Pointools which is fantastic for this and for creating animations. The RGB editing is a necessity for me as I often have to refine data prior to creating animations and simply deleting out people and objects just leaves big holes. 


One thing Recap does very well is handle the PCD. The scans can be navigated through with ease, rotating views etc is very smooth. Once the same scans are opened in Inventor things start to slow down. I have a 24gb computer with a decent graphics card which runs PCD in other packages seemlessly however once more than two or three scans are imported into Inventor it really struggles with rotating the data. Also taking sections of the data is quite a laborious process; I find Pointools 4 Rhino much more user friendly as it handles the PCD well and section lines can be dragged through the data. The addition of section lines in Inventor would be fantastic.



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Status: Duplicate
by ar-ge on ‎05-07-2014 01:54 AM

Ancak ben Inventor Publisher PDS dahil görmek isteriz önce defalarca gündeme olmuştur eminim.

onun mucidi yayıncı gerekir

Status: Duplicate
Hi there, This idea is a great one, and has been suggested in an earlier post. I'm marking this one as a duplicate so all "kudos" can be consolidated under the original post. Thanks! Janna
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I want Inventor Fusion to come back

Status: Comments Requested
by Valued Contributor fprico ‎03-30-2014 02:19 PM - edited ‎03-30-2014 02:20 PM

As there is not an ideastation for Autocad, I write this here. I want Inventor Fusion to come again with Autocad. Very useful tool to edit solids and do some other things.

Status: Comments Requested
Hi fprico, Have you tried the new freeform and direct edit tools included with Inventor 2015? There are tons of improvements, which might already cover what you're looking for. You can get a free trial version here: Let me know your thoughts! -Janna
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Vault family

Status: New Idea
by bendesign04 on ‎12-31-2013 05:57 PM

I would like to see the traditionally vault family of pay for products in the suites so vault pro in the ultimate suite, vault collaboration in the premium suite and vault work group in standard.

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Buy a 1.5 Suite

Status: New Idea
by Contributor djovica30 on ‎12-15-2013 04:56 PM

Why don't you sell a 1.5 Suite, where customers can buy a 1.5 Suite and use two suite products simulataneously? i.e. One guy using inventor, one guy using showcase, 3ds Max or sketchbook designer or AutoCAD, etc.. but you can't use two instances of the same product.


Many of my clients want to be able to use a second program in the suite for short term stints like marketing doing visuals or the product development manager using sketchbook, etc. and it's notthe engineer who wants to use it.


Sell it as a SLM or NLM, charge 50% more on the licence and on the subs. It's one 360 account.

If they need another user, (e.g. one uses Inventor, one uses AutoCAD, one uses Sketchbook), then they can pay another 50%, an add-on to the 1.5 and make it a 2.0, 2.5, etc. but if they need two seats of Inventor, they buy two PrDS suites.


That way you're actually getting the suite to do what it was intended to do, growing the pool of licences and integrating it better in the workplace. In its current form its only being used by the designers or engineers who are too busy doing their work and are not utilising the suite to it's full potential. The engineer has enough work on his plate than to also learn 3ds Max when there's a guy in marketing already that knows how to use it.


Clients don't see the value of buying 2 PrDS' when the second user is only using it for Sketchbook or knocking up a quick AutoCAD drawing or doing a minor edit.


Instead of someone buying PrDS and then AutoCAD Electrical becuase they can't afford 2x rPDS-P's, they can buy a PrDS-P 1.5 and have both mech and elec guys working inconjunction and both enjoy the benefits of the suite too.

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Why can't all file be DWG?

Status: Comments Requested
by Contributor djovica30 on ‎11-26-2013 09:07 PM

Have all files DWG and have interoperability betwwen suite programs?

Status: Comments Requested
Hi djovica30, DWG is a drawing file type, and is valid for most of the products in the Suite. Are there any specific workflows you are interested in using DWG, for which you haven't been successful? Thanks, Janna Spicer, Product Design Suite Product Manager
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I'd like to see showcase have the ability to publish a rendering to dwf/3d pdf (preferably 3d pdf) and be able to embed that dwf into a webpage

Status: Under Review
Hi djovica30, Thanks for the suggestion. I'll share this with the Showcase team for their consideration. Thanks, Janna Spicer, Product Design Suite Product Manager
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When I export a curves dwg from sketchbook to Inventor, striaght lines have 3 curve points, so to add dimensions and getting the concept to the engineering phase is time consuming and it's easier just to redraw the thing.


I have grips set to zero, so it should just export as one straight line.

If I export a square with fillets, it exports it as like 15 entities or something silly, when it should only be a simple export.


Another thing is that when I export, iI don't have the ability to delet the fillets and insert a new fillet, so the flexibility isn't there.


If I'm doing something wrong please let me know, because the sales videos show importing the sketch and doing an extrude without doing any constraints or dimensions, which is not practical.

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how can we change elemnt colour when 3d max started ?

Status: Comments Requested
Hi Kamal, could you give me a little more context for your question? Are you moving a design from Inventor to 3DS Max when you want to change the element color, or in the middle of another type of workflow? Thanks, Janna
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sketchbook pro

Status: Solution Provided
by alrobinson on ‎10-08-2013 09:21 AM

How is it possible to import sketchbook pro files into inventor?


I don't want to know how to do it in designer due to Autodesk not making it anymore thanks.


Thanks in advance!

Status: Solution Provided
Hi alrobinson, Inventor is able to accept the following image types: BMP GIF JPG PNG You can export your SketchBook Pro image as one of these filetypes, and then import into Inventor with the following steps: From Inventor- Create a new Part Create a new 2D Sketch From the Sketch Menu on the Ribbon, select Insert (tab) --> Insert Image (button) Navigate to your image. Note - Inventor prefers that your image be located in the active project, however it's not absolutely required. Hope that helps! -Janna
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Project web site

Status: Solution Provided
by moneyman20121 on ‎09-15-2013 11:25 AM

im  making this user friendly website that will use autodesk/solidworks and all other 3d soft ware

and work together in file downloading and uploading ...can i get any help in contacting the right people in autodesk to get

into the right channels

Status: Solution Provided
Hi there, you might want to check out where we already have a capability like this implemented. If you are looking to develop something else, you may want to consider becoming a member of the Autodesk Developer Network:
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Exchange Store

Status: Under Review
by dts on ‎09-09-2013 05:54 AM

Dear Developement,


It would be nice if autodesk exchange  would remember which app's I have installed. So that when I move to a new computer (or reïnstall everything) that all app's I use can be installed with one click.


That would make it easier to upgrade to a new release.




Status: Under Review
Dear dts, this is a great idea. I've provided the feedback to the Autodesk Exchange App team. Thanks! Janna Spicer, Product Design Suite Product Manager
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Upgrading to the latest version

Status: New Idea
by itravers on ‎08-28-2013 01:07 AM

Hi All,


I have being installing upgrades of these product suites for a few years now. The last couple of years, the amount of software that has to get uninstalled before you install the latest version is getting very time consuming. I only have 6 machines to look after and I fit it in around my actual engineering role.


I would find it really useful if on the next version, there were a tick box on the setup menu that said 'automatically uninstall previous version'.


That way I could set it off in the evening, let it run overnight to remove the old software and install the new software, come in in the morning to a rebooted machine ready to go  - all without the need for user interaction. It would be even better if I could configure the template paths as part of the setup, then it really would be ready to go, just link it to the vault and the user is away.


Anyway, it's just a thought. :smileyhappy:

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Revit for Product Desgn Suite

Status: New Idea
by Contributor Hyncharas on ‎07-29-2013 08:14 AM

I know it sounds odd, but suppose you are designing a new product for a business, and you don't have Building/Factory Design Suite.  Without it you can't import the model into a simulated environment, unless you use simply 3ds Max or Maya.


Traditionally I use LumenRT 4 Studio by E-On Software to demonstrate how a product may benefit a workplace, or work in conjunction with another product.  This incorporates a Revit plug-in so I can just drop the object into a 3d visualisation...


It would be great if Revit or a new, limited scope of the software was part of PDS.

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Alias Automotive instead of Alias Design?

Status: New Idea
by Contributor Hyncharas on ‎07-27-2013 09:27 PM

Product Design Suite is known for making products for many different industries, but much of these have mechanical and hydraulic components in them, which is why the suite is used a lot in the development of equipment for Construction and Agriculture - combine harvesters, tractors, bulldozers, etc.  Therefore it struck me as odd, given the suite has "Mechanical" and "Electrical" aspects of AutoCAD, why it features Alias Design; not Alias Automotive used to create one of the most widespread products available.


Whilst the manufacture of automobiles and other modes of transport are an industry, the vehicles themselves are built for demographics of end-users based on a list of specific criteria, much like a vacuum cleaner or washing machine.  Alias Automotive also offers all the features of Design, in addition to more advanced visualisation tools that are useful in easily adjusting the surface of a model, so it may more efficient in the final product.


I will stress, however, should Automotive be added to PD Ultimate, Premium and Standard could also include Alias Design so customers in the lower suites still benefit from the change.

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we use VaultPro 2014 and we still have the issue, that only in the Vaultbrowser the fields from Vault are available to show (like eg. description or materialnumber).

Autodesk Inventor Professional 2014 - [SCE10122103.png



In the Modelbrowser it is not available (look at the lower screenshot). I miss these functions in the vault browser!

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My idea is to merge this to browsers together, so you do not need to change every time between these two.

Or to make all features available in Vault browser

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