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Innovations + Observations

YouTube Video Tutorials Can Help Streamline Your Workflow

Seth Godin posted a short and sweet blog entry today: “Time for a Workflow Audit.” No matter the project, taking the time to streamline your workflow benefits everyone involved.
In the case of RPC, video tutorials provide a way to learn how to fast track your workflow. In addition to a series of ArchVision video tutorials, user generated videos abound on blogs and YouTube in a variety of languages. Application partners also publish useful RPC-centric video tutorials, including: Autodesk ADN, Autodessys formZ, Piranesi and others.
Here’s a great example of an available RPC video tutorial:
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Do you have tips and tricks to help streamline workflow? We invite you to share them with us.

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User Spotlight

User Spotlight: Insight Architectural Group

Last month, we showed you a project using RPCs that was led by architectural powerhouse HOK. While virtually every Top 250 Architecture Firms uses our software, we also have great relations with firms that focus on servicing local and regional projects and clients.
As many of you know, I spend quite a bit of time interacting with our users. I’m always here to help users troubleshoot and ensure the RPC workflow is “flowing.” Every time I speak with our users, I am always impressed by the vast depth of projects that include RPCs.
Last week, Architect Stephen Helmey of Insight Architectural Group in Hendersonville, Tennessee shared some project work: a proposed Student Services and Classroom building and several national Subaru dealership visualization projects. In practice in Tennessee since 1980, Stephen has a Master of Architecture from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Having worked in the 3D industry for more than 20 years now, his range of project experience is diverse. Here are a few samples of his recent project work:


The Subaru dealership shown is part of a national account. The use of RPC Trees and Shrubs help convey the desired look. The below project, completed using Revit Architecture, is part of a proposal for a university student center.

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Tips, Tricks & Tutorials

RPC Creator: Where Did You Get That RPC?

Every few days, we receive a customer submitted project that include unique “new” RPCs. My typical response is: “Cool, that’s a new RPC!” Where do you get these “new” RPCs — you create them yourself! Sure, we have thousands of RPCs available but, sometimes, you or more likely your client want custom content. For years, we’ve distributed a free tool to create 2D RPCs for your own use and a paid tool that enables you to create 3D RPCs. For RPC 2D Content, all you need is our ArchVision Creator software (free) and a matted out image (RGB and alpha).
My favorite summer inspired RPC is from WATG (Irvine). Expert, Scott Brown, used ArchVision’s RPC Creator to make custom RPC dolphins to enhance a project. (Dolphins remind me of the beach. I love vacationing at the ocean with my family and this time of the year is great for dolphin watching in South Carolina).

It’s a pretty easy process to make your own custom RPCs. We’ve seen branded coffee baristas and fast food counter clerks to IKEA chairs and a client’s dog. And, I also have users tell me how much they love adding their clients into their renderings.
Thousands of new RPCs are sitting on servers around the planet. And again, I say, “Cool!” Of course, I’m a little biased when it comes to RPC Content.
How do you get a copy of RPC Creator to create your own 2D RPCs for Free?
You can download the RPC Creator here. (Editor’s note: This product is currently under development for enhancement and will be released as a feature in ArchVision Dashboard in the near future, 8/12/2013). Once installed this tool creates an authorization request code. Send this to support@archvision.com and the Customer Service team will send you an authorization code.

Getting Started is Easy
All that you need is a photo editing software (to create the alpha mask), a photo, and the RPC Creator. You can view a usage tutorial here: Getting Started
Just a few steps in RPC Creator and you can output an RPC file that will work with all of the RPC tools, cross platform just like the 2D RPCs you purchase from ArchVision.com.
Beyond creating cool content, there are some other benefits that come along with creating custom RPCs. Complex 3D models can be rendered and turned into RPCs making them use much less memory and render faster as a planar RPC object instead of a high poly model. All of the Mass Edit and Population features can also be applied to the RPC format unlike other object formats.

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Announcements Products

ArchVision RPC License Plans: Which One is Right for My Firm?

Lately I’ve received a lot of questions about the differences between the ArchVision Software License and the RPC All Access Ultimate License. I wanted to take a moment and try to elaborate on the two of these.
We’ve streamlined our product line and now offer two annual license plans. The ArchVision Software License is designed for customers who prefer to purchase RPC Content separately and / or create their own RPC Content and only require an RPC Plug-in for their application. The RPC All Access Ultimate License is designed for users who want on-demand access to every RPC Plug-in (3ds Max, Photoshop, AutoCAD, etc) and RPC People, Tree, Vehicle and Object we offer.
What do I need to start using RPC Content in my projects?

  • RPC Content
  • RPC Plug-in (licensed)


  • I already own RPC Content
    You need a licensed RPC Plug-in(s). ArchVision RPC Content requires a licensed RPC Plug-in (versioned) or enabled licensed application to place and render RPC Content. Many users prefer to purchase RPC Collections for specific projects and / or create their own custom RPC Content using ArchVision’s Creator Software — those users need only purchase the ArchVision Software License (single seat) which includes RPC Plug-ins for 3ds Max, 3ds Max Design and Photoshop and does not include RPC Content.
    I need RPC Content and RPC Plug-ins
    The RPC All Access Ultimate License includes every RPC Plug-in and RPC Content object we create — and is a floating license. This is the “everything-you-need” package. Sold for $499 per year. If you purchased this separately, it would be well over $25,000 in RPC Content and Plug-ins.
    I hope this quick overview helps you decide which license plan is right for you. No matter which plan you select, you will need to download and install your RPC Plug-ins using ArchVision Dashboard (RPC All Access Ultimate users get their RPC Content here too).
    Here’s a 2 minute ArchVision Dashboard usage video to help you further:
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    Innovations + Observations

    How a Trip to Nepal Sparked Conversations about BIM…


    Earlier this year, I took off on a trip with friends to Nepal. One of my longtime friends, who resides abroad, was able to join us. He was excited to take a break from the reality of never-ending construction, growth and the finance world of Singapore. He’d recently finished up a contract with the impressive AEC endeavor Marina Bay Sands Casino.
    I was looking forward to the Nepal adventure almost as much as I was to catch up on what life is like Singapore vis a vis its explosive growth. Singapore itself is an amalgamation of cultures and it is a wonder (from an outside perspective) that the work ethic and culture is so singularly focused on the betterment of the state. In that vein, productivity and outcome are critical to success. My friend described the process of managing the massiveness of the overall project – “the data and the specifications” and communicating it out to engineers, designers, vendors, marketing and his area of expertise: finance. BIM technology saved the project money and time.
    Once we landed, we left the realities of work behind for the surrealism of Nepal and its awe inspiring lands.
    Catching up on some blogs today put Singapore back on the radar. BIM expert Phil Read’s recent blog post ‘Revit In The Classroom’ showcases Singapore’s investment in BIM in higher education (Singapore’s Polytechnic Institute Student Projects) . It was nice to see RPC Content featured in student projects and it was a reminder that the use of BIM technology is fast becoming the standard even in this remote island nation. (Autodesk’s Phil Bernstein offered some Singapore BIM insights in his May 11 blog post: Questions of Productiveness, Here and Abroad).
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    Next week one of the most relevant AEC conferences, the Revit Technology Conference North America 2011 will be held. If you can’t work it into your schedule, I encourage you to follow some of its founders and speakers for BIM insights and industry trends.

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    Announcements Products

    If It’s Useful to an AutoCAD 2012 User, It’s in the AutoCAD Exchange.


    The Autodesk Exchange in AutoCAD 2012 is now live and features a wide array of add-ons (free & paid):
    • Plug-ins (yes, the RPC Plug-in for AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, and Civil 3d is in there)
    • Standalone applications
    • Content (including RPC People, Tree, Cars & Objects Sample Content)
    • Books & Training Materials
    We’re distributing our RPC Plug-in for AutoCAD 2012 for free and we’ve also included demo Plug-ins and sample Content for use in a wide array of other Autodesk apps! Here’s a quick tutorial to help you get up and running once you’ve downloaded the Plug-in from the Exchange.
    How Do I Find the Autodesk Exchange?

    Only one way for now. AutoCAD 2012 users access the exchange in-app via the ‘Apps’ tab. We encourage users to check it out.


    Step by step instructions: Accessing the RPC Plugin
    Feedback
    We’d like to know what you think about the exchange! Once you’ve tried it, drop us a note.

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    Select, Download & Configure Your RPC Plug-ins in a Snap!

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    Using ArchVision Dashboard is a convenient way to manage RPC Plug-ins and Content. In this two minute video, we’ll show you how to select, download and configure your RPC Plug-in. We’ve selected Autodesk 3ds Max 2012 64 bit as an example.

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    New RPC Plug-in for 3ds Max 2012

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    3ds Max 2012

    ArchVision is pleased to announce the availability of the all new RPC Plug-in for 3ds Max 2012.  This plug-in is available with the purchase of an ArchVision Software license or RPC All Access