Autodesk release mobile DWF viewer for Revit

Autodesk release mobile DWF viewer for Revit

Following on from the success of AutoCAD WS, Autodesk has extended the technology to Revit. The new Design Review Mobile offers users a mobile DWF viewer compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The release of AutoCAD WS heralded the first mobile cloud technology from Autodesk for true design review collaboration. Revit users have had to wait a little longer for their equivalent, but it’s certainly a very welcome release.

How does it work?

Users will need to publish their documents to an Autodesk Cloud account where they can then be downloaded to an iPad or iPhone via the Autodesk Design Review app. Once they’re on your iOS device, you can review any multi-page DWF and use the basic information panel to view properties, views, control layers and mark-ups. A simple double arrow allows you to navigate through the various DWF sheets and you can also add text mark-ups and callout box mark-ups which will be saved to the DWF file. You can also use the typical pan and zoom functionalities of iOS to navigate 3D DWFs with one or two fingers.

How will it help?

Jigsaw CAD and 3D Business Manager, Sam Tomlinson, thinks Design Review is particularly beneficial for architects and designers who need to visit clients and show their designs in 3D. She said:

“While AutoCAD WS revolutionised the way drawings could be handled within the field, the Design Review app takes it that step further. AutoCAD WS is perfect for 2D mark-up and reviewing, but with Design Review the ability to manipulate the design in 3D as well as 2D makes it much more beneficial, especially if you’re on site and the client is struggling to visualise how an aspect of the design will look. Just get out the trusty iPad, launch the app, open the model and hold it up for the client to see.”


Autodesk Design Review Mobile is now available to download from the App Store for free.

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The latest news from IBC 2012

The latest news from IBC 2012

To give you an overview of everything that’s been happening at IBC 2012 from the likes of Adobe, Blackmagic Design, JVC, Panasonic and Sony, we’ve put together a round-up of all of the latest news. Keep checking back because we’ll be updating content as and when we get it…


IBC 2012: Adobe launch Anywhere discount Production Premium and update Premiere Pro – Just as IBC is about to kick off, Adobe have announced Adobe Anywhere for video, a “modern, collaborative workflow platform that empowers teams… read more about Adobe Anywhere


IBC 2012: AJA part 1 – KiStor Dock, Kumo 3232, Ki Pro 4.1 and FS2 firmware – As well as playing host to the recently released T-Tap and various incarnations of the Ki Pro, booth 7.F11 is the first place you can see AJA’s KiPro Dock. The logical… read more about AJA’s IBC 2012 announcements

IBC 2012: AJA part 2 – Corvid Ultra and Corvid 24 multi-format I/O – After keeping us on tenterhooks since NAB 2011, AJA have finally revealed the results of project Riker: Corvid Ultra. This new multi-format I/O solution supports 2K and 4K workflows… read more about AJA’s Corvid Ultra


IBC 2012: Atomos announce Ronin and Ronin Duo – Combining their love for Japanese history and (we assume) Robert DeNiro, Jigsaw24 favourites Atomos have unveiled the Ronin and Ronin Duo at IBC 2012. These portable HD-SDI recorder/player… read more about Atomos Ronin and Ronin Duo

IBC 2012: Canon EOS C100 teams up with Atomos Ninja-2 As IBC 2012 draws to a close we couldn’t resist a quick nod to one of our favourite combos from the show: the Canon EOS C100 and the Atomos Ninja-2. “We have been co-developing with… read more about the C100 and Ninja-2


IBC 2012: Avid release Media Composer 6.5 – Avid have kicked off IBC 2012 by announcing a major update to Media Composer, Media Composer 6.5, both of which are shipping today. (NewsCutter 10.5 and Symphony 6.5 are also out, but frankly… read more about Avid Media Composer 6.5

IBC 2012: Avid launch Pro Tools Native Thunderbolt interface – Avid have probably bagged the ‘biggest audio announcement’ award on the first day of IBC 2012 by revelealing a new Thunderbolt interface. Designed to work as part of your Pro Tools HD Native setup, the new… read more about the Avid Pro Tools HD Native Thunderbolt interface

Blackmagic Design

IBC 2012: Blackmagic Design announce Passive Micro 4/3″ Cinema Camera – Blackmagic Design have kicked off IBC 2012 by announcing an alternate version of the hotly anticipated Cinema Camera, 4K versions of UltraStudio and DeckLink… read more about Blackmagic Design at IBC 2012


IBC 2012: Canon EOS C100 teams up with Atomos Ninja-2 – As IBC 2012 draws to a close we couldn’t resist a quick nod to one of our favourite combos from the show: the Canon EOS C100 and the Atomos Ninja-2. “We have been co-developing with… read more about the C100 and Ninja-2


Matrox add Dock to MXO2 range and release Monarch – Matrox have chosen IBC 2012 to unveil Wirecast support for a range of devices, a new desktop dock for the MXO2 range and Monarch, a new streaming and recording appliance….read more about Matrox at IBC 2012


IBC 2012: NVIDIA announces Resolve-compatible Quadro K5000 GPU for Mac Pro – Want to get faster graphics perfomance from your Mac Pro? NVIDIA are here to help. They’ve chosen IBC 2012 to announce their new Quadro K5000 GPU for Mac. Using the latest Kepler… read more about the NVIDIA Quadro K5000

Bonus footage: Engadget test drive a Quadro K5000 with Adobe Premiere Pro


IBC 2012: Panasonic release first ‘futureproof’ camera – Sick of having to upgrade your kit every couple of years? Panasonic may be about to answer your prayers. At IBC 2012 they’ve been showing off the AJ-HPX600 P2 camcorder, their first upgradable recording device…. read more about the Panasonic AJ-HPX600


IBC 2012: PipelineFX release Qube! 6.4 – Pipeline have released a new update to their render farm manager, Qube!, at IBC 2012. Qube 6.4 introduces mobile access, workstation management and ‘augmented priority controls’ to… read more about the new features in PipelineFX’s Qube!


IBC 2012: RED showcase REDSync iPad app and Meizler module – They’ve had a fairly low key IBC 2012 so far, but today RED took to the stage to introduce their new iPad app, REDSync, and their Meizler Module, developed by Social Network AC Steven Meizler. They also took time to show off the HP Z280, the new 8-core model that’s designed to work with RED and the Adobe suites…. read more about REDsync and the Meizler module


IBC 2012: Sony release PMW-150 – PMW-100 not doing it for you? PMW-200 doing too much? Then you’ll be glad to hear that Sony have just announced the brand new PMW-150, a halfway house between the two. With three 1/3″ Exmor CMOS sensors… read more about Sony’s PMW-150

Sony team up with Autodesk and SES to develop 4K solutions – Sony have teamed up with stellite operator SES to stage the first live demonstration of the ultra high definition video standard at IBC 2012… read more about Sony’s 4K streaming setup.


IBC 2012: Teradek ready to showcase new Bolt transmitter – Another last minute addition to our IBC 2012 diaries: check out Teradek’s new Bolt transmitter in booth 9.C25. According to the official pre-show press release, “Bolt is a Wireless… read more about Teradek’s Bolt transmitter


IBC 2012: Vinten introduce out of the box robotics solution – Maybe it’s the amount of time we spend elbow deep in the latest tech, or maybe we’ve just seen Terminator once too often – either way, nothing gets our attention quite like someone announcing a new robot…read more about the Vinten CP4

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First Look: Wacom Cintiq 24HD touch hands-on review

First Look: Wacom Cintiq 24HD touch hands-on review

After Wacom announced the Cintiq 24HD touch, we called them straight away and put in a request for a demo unit that we could put through its paces. Here, we let the Jigsaw24 design deparment loose on it to find out just how good the new multitouch technology really is. They answer questions such as “What’s your favourite multiouch gesture?”, “Could you see yourself using it day-to-day?” and “Does it recognise your cold, bloodless fingers?”

To find out more about Jigsaw24 and our design and publishing services, visit our design and publishing site or call 03332 409 306. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Video: Jigsaw24 takes the Wacom Inkling for a test run

Video: Jigsaw24 takes the Wacom Inkling for a test run

When Wacom sent one of the UK’s only Inkling prototypes to Jigsaw24’s HQ for a week, we couldn’t resist putting it through its paces. Here, our multimedia designer, Tom Cottle, responds to a Facebook poll and uses the Wacom Inkling to create a heli-giraffe. Can it really replace the scanner?

To find out more about the Inkling, give us a call on 03332 400 100, email us at or visit our Wacom Inkling page. You can also find us on Facebook and @WeAreJigsaw24.

This video was created using Sony EX1 and EX3 cameras, and edited in Adobe Premiere CS5.5.

Video: How to create 3D text extrusions in Photoshop CS6

Video: How to create 3D text extrusions in Photoshop CS6

We asked our multimedia designer, Tomas Cottle, to explain how to use the new 3D text extrusion tools in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 6. A must for anyone who wants a look at the latest Adobe software, or who really enjoys pictures of cars with bricks on.

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A video guide to rendering CINEMA 4D scenes with Qube!

A video guide to rendering CINEMA 4D scenes with Qube!

Want to speed up your rendering in Maxon CINEMA 4D? Here at Jigsaw we like to share our tips and tricks and, as we know 3D modelling and animation professionals like to learn visually, we put together this video guiding you through the process of setting up CINEMA 4D with a third-party render manager.

The latest R13 release of CINEMA 4D has been a big hit with major FX companies and individual designers alike – although the former might be keen to increase their rendering capabilities beyond what the built in NetRender offers. We used Qube! as an example but the process is effectively the same if you wanted to use another such as Royal Render or Deadline. Watch the video at the top or visit our YouTube channel for more tips, tutorials and product reviews.

For more information on CINEMA 4D and external rendering software, call us on 03332 409 306 or email You can also visit to see our full 3D modelling and animation range, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or Like’ our Facebook page.

Licensing issues? Visit ‘Up and Ready’

Licensing issues? Visit ‘Up and Ready’

If you’ve ever had problems with Autodesk licensing issues, you’ll be well aware of the difficulty in finding someone to help you through the process. And if you were hoping for someone knowledgeable yet able to speak in straightforward language then you’d be fighting a losing battle. Now, however, things have changed.

Autodesk’s US website is a source of so many technical blogs that the prospect of even a casual flick through can feel quite daunting. When it comes to licensing queries though, there’s only one place to look: Up and Ready. The five authors of this blog offer assistance with installation and configuration of all Autodesk’s software. To give you an idea we’ve included one of their recent posts on borrowing licences. Have a gander:

”I would like to make you aware of the fact that there is no way to restore a borrowed licence in your licence server if the borrowed client machine has crashed. For the majority of Autodesk’s products, the maximum borrow period is 180 days (6 months).

“We can see the maximum borrow period for each feature in the licence file. For example, the value BORROW=4320, means 4320 hours (i.e. 180 days). Please don’t try to change this value in the licence file as this would make the licence file invalid.

“It is important that your use of the borrow feature reflects the period you really need to use your licence disconnected from the server. In an environment where people are supposed to borrow the licences frequently, it is advisable that the licence administrator sets a maximum borrow period in line with this.

“To set a borrow period that is lower than the default one, you’ll need to enter the statement MAX_BORROW_HOURS in the option file of the licensing file. Please don’t use the Borrowing tab in the LMTOOLS utility – it doesn’t work with the Autodesk products -Autodesk product licences must be borrowed from the product interface.

“Remember you’ll have to enter the number of hours here, rather than the number of days. The sample line below would set the maximum borrow period for AutoCAD 2011 to three days for instance: MAX_BORROW_HOURS 85536ACD_2011_0F 72

“To set your options file up please refer to the technical solution How to control network license access using an options file.”

You can read the original article here.

If you need any more help with installation or licensing queries (including a wide range of non-Autodesk product licences), speak to our Professional Services team by calling 03332 400 100 or emailing

For 3D modelling and animation enquiries, call the usual 03332 409 306 number, email or view our entire range at Jigsaw24.

Musings on sustainable building design

Musings on sustainable building design

Shaan Hurley, Autodesk blogger extraordinaire, has been pondering the energy use of buildings and the possible impact on the future of humanity. Philosophical stuff. How can sustainable building design contribute towards the solution?

“As the world struggles to find ways to deal with its energy demands, it’s also becoming increasingly urban. Which is only a problem when you consider there will be more than 7 billion inhabitants on Earth by the end of this year, and somewhere near 9 billion around 2050.

“The fact remains that energy use is often the largest source of a building’s environmental impact. Buildings account for more than 40% of worldwide energy use – far more than cars and aeroplanes combined. As cities continue to grow with the influx of new people seeking employment and opportunity, the need for sustainable building design is more relevant than ever, especially in the developing countries where urban migrations are occurring on an even more rapid scale.

“To improve a building’s energy efficiency, you need to understand its energy loads. Energy loads help describe the flow of energy on the site and in the building. By understanding a building’s thermal loads and its intended use, you can more effectively use the energy in natural systems to passively heat, cool and ventilate your building and design efficient HVAC systems.

“Going forward, reducing energy use in buildings will be one of the most important challenges to reducing our overall environmental impact. Understanding the flow of energy on the site and in the building will be essential in capturing energy in natural systems to passively heat, cool and ventilate your building and design more efficient HVAC systems.”

To expand on the issue, Autodesk has produced a sustainability workshop video looking at how you could design net zero energy buildings. Shaan’s original post is part of his Between the Lines blog, which is hosted on the Autodesk community (where you can also find a dedicated sustainability blog).

Sustainability is a big part of the BIM ethos: through closer collaboration, a building’s energy load can be reduced throughout the construction and lifespan of the building. To learn more about BIM-friendly software and switching to a BIM workflow, call us on 03332 409 306 or email

CINEMA 4D compatibility with After Effects

CINEMA 4D compatibility with After Effects

Thanks to a plug-in featuring 64-bit native compatibility for Windows and Mac OS X, CINEMA 4D users can take full advantage of their operating system performance to improve rendering and workflow efficiency, directly inside After Effects.

CINEMA 4D – MAXON’s leading 3D motion graphics powerhouse –  is highly praised for its ease of use, quick workflow, fast rendering, rock-solid architecture and seamless export of composition files. Its unmatched integration to leading compositing tools like Adobe After Effects supports not only 2D compositions, but also 3D camera, light and object data.

The After Effects CS5 plug-in is available free of charge from the download section of MAXON’s website.

MAXON worked hard with Adobe to create this interoperability and, to make sure users get the most from it, we’ve created a video tutorial to walk you through integrating the two applications. In the three-part tutorial, our 3D consultant, Elliott Smith explains how to light and animate objects in CINEMA 4D ready to export to After Effects. You can find the video (along with many others) on our YouTube channel.

For more information on the capabilities of CINEMA 4D and After Effects, call us on 03332 409 306 or email To receive the latest 3D news,follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Facebook page

Get set up for BIM: Hardware

Get set up for BIM: Hardware

BIM is not just about investing in the latest products, it’s about adapting to a new way of thinking. However, it does require a certain setup to cope with the changes it’ll bring to your workflow.

We’ve taken a look at the hardware that can help get you set up to run an efficient BIM workflow in which your hardware assists you, rather than holds you back. We’re not saying you’ll need to shell out on a high-spec system that would have NASA going green with envy, but make sure you meet the minimum recommended system requirements.

What hardware do I need?

When it comes to BIM, many people have been put off after experiencing slow speeds when running a test project. However, this is less the fault of BIM and more to do with sticking with outdated hardware that barely scrapes by when running the simplest CAD workflow (BIM or otherwise). If you’re running a large operation, you really should look at improving your server storage space and adopting quad-core processors, 64-bit operating systems and robust wide-area network (WAN) speeds. If you’re running a smaller operation, at the very least, you’ll want to get hold of a quad-core processor and as much storage as you can manage.

Something to consider…

An architect persevering with the same outdated machine could easily be losing two hours of work a week due to a slow machine that’s susceptible to poorly-timed crashes. And if that architect earns £30 an hour (in wages, benefits and overhead) and is losing two hours per week that could feasibly add up to £2880 per year. Whether you’re an architect yourself or employ architects, it all accounts for lost revenue – and all because upgrading sounded too expensive.

What are the options?

An HP Z600 dual quad-core Xeon 64-bit workstation costs £1955 and with that you get 8GB of RAM, a terabyte of hard drive space and (for a limited time) a free 21.5″ LCD monitor.


If you prefer Apple, you could get a quad-core Mac Pro and install some additional RAM. This model comes with 3GB of RAM (that can be expanded up to 16GB), a 1TB hard drive and a mid-level graphics card for £1675.
Or, if you’re in need of a mobile solution, a 15″ MacBook Pro with an i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive will more than suffice and yet will only cost you £1249.

Our CAD team can build a custom solution to power your BIM workflow. Give them a call to discuss hardware (or any other aspect of BIM) on 03332 409 306 or email them at