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Michael Rotolo
Toronto, Ontario
An Autodesk Certified Implementation Expert and Trainer, Michael lends his management skills to planning and managing BIM and AutoCAD based Implementations. Michael explores best practices, tips & tricks and news & links related to his areas of specialty at his blog, The Mad Cadder, which is frequented by industry professionals.
Interests: golf, movies, soccer, chess, video games, music
Recent Activity
Here is a link listing and demonstrating the new features of Autodesk's latest release of AutoCAD 2016. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Mad Cadder
Autodesk has released the latest version of Flexlm 11.12.14. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at The Mad Cadder
Issue: You want to know more about the backup (. bak) and autosave (. sv$) files that AutoCAD creates, where they are located, and how to use them. Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at The Mad Cadder
The latest Service Pack for AutoCAD 2015 has been released. AutoCAD 2015 Service Pack 2 Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at The Mad Cadder
GRAITEC, an international BIM software developer for AEC and Structural Engineering specialist, is excited to announce the launch of their complementary productivity tools for Autodesk Advance Steel, GRAITEC Advance PowerPack. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at The Mad Cadder
Until March 2015 in the Autodesk //LABS, you can try FABmep Import. The FABmep Import for Revit MEP is a free technology preview that enables users to import Autodesk Fabrication FABmep models into Autodesk Revit MEP software, providing round-tripping capabilities... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at The Mad Cadder
CAD drawings are, as you know, often saved in PDF format, for sharing and security purposes, but, the problem is that a PDF is useless if the user wants to make changes to the drawing. The only solution is to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at The Mad Cadder
Many customers take off quantities for their construction projects in 2D. Autodesk Navisworks Simulate 2015 and Autodesk Navisworks Manage 2015 software enable your customers to take off quantities from both 3D models and 2D sheets. With the release of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at The Mad Cadder
Great tip from Lynn Allen on how to setup your AutoCAD drawing area to gain more real estate. Lynn Allen - Gain Screen Real Estate in AutoCAD Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at The Mad Cadder
In the Autodesk Labs right now.... The Revit Credit Manager for LEED® will allow you to automate calculations for your LEED Daylighting and Views IEQ 8.1 (Daylight Option 1 Simulation and Option 2 Prescriptive) and IEQ8.2 (Views) credits as well... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at The Mad Cadder
Lighting Analysis for Revit is a fast cloud service that uses A360 Rendering to expose electric and solar lighting results directly on the Revit model. The results are validated against Radiance, a commonly used simulation tool, and displayed in-canvas more... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at The Mad Cadder
Managing Revit Data with Assemble from Assemble Systems By Michael Rotolo, April 28, 2014 Architectural and engineering firms use BIM to provide a better visual representation of their designs, and to improve the coordination between disciplines. This is true also... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at The Mad Cadder
For those looking to install the new Building Design Suite 2015, please be aware that it is no longer supported in 32-bit Windows operating system. For more information, please refer to the following link: Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at The Mad Cadder
Autodesk has announced changes to their upgrade policy effective February 1, 2015. Basically, Autodesk will no longer offer the option to purchase upgrades after that date and you will need to purchase a new license unless you are on Subscription.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at The Mad Cadder
Bill Johnson from Ideate wrote a good article about setting Temporary View Templates in Revit MEP which is one of the great new features for 2014. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2013 at The Mad Cadder
In Revit, you have always been able to replace the value of a dimension but not with a numeric value. Here is a quick tip on how to edit the dimension value in Revit: Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at The Mad Cadder
Autodesk AutoCAD WS is now called to Autodesk AutoCAD 360. AutoCAD 360 is a cloud based CAD editor. Basically, its a light version of AutoCAD available in the cloud accessible through a web interface and mobile app for free. Take... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2013 at The Mad Cadder
Is Revit 2014 multi-threaded? Answer = YES It has been multi-threaded for many versions on the following features: Vector printing 2D Vector Export such as DWG and DWF Rendering (4 Core Limitation lifted in Revit 2011) Wall Joins representation in... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2013 at The Mad Cadder
In the BIM world there is a new emerging acronym....LOD. Some say this stands for Level of Detail. Others argue that Level of Detail is the old version and the new version is Level of Development. Based on my current... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2013 at The Mad Cadder
One of the best new features in AutoCAD over the years is DYN (Dynamic Input). I know many people turn this feature off without realizing its full capabilities. Dynamic Input provides a command line interface at your crosshair. It also... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2013 at The Mad Cadder
Very interesting article from Shaan Hurley about the current state of blueprints in the office, shop floor and in the field. Are Blueprints Really Dead Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at The Mad Cadder
Michael Rotolo has shared their blog The Mad Cadder
Jan 25, 2013
When using AutoCAD MEP or AutoCAD Architecture it is always important to open a version that preloads the correct profile. For example, when AutoCAD MEP is installed it automatically loads an imperial and metric profile with 2 preset desktop icons.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2011 at The Mad Cadder
When it comes to AutoCAD, it does not take too much advantage of multi-core processors like a Dual Core or Quad Core. AutoCAD uses the power of a single core but there is a system variable called WHIPTHREAD that can... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2010 at The Mad Cadder
Michael Rotolo is now following The Typepad Team
Mar 15, 2010