ArchVision RPC Content: June Plants Additions

ArchVision is pleased to announce the addition of three new hi-res 2D plants to the All Access Exchange. This collection features Shrub [7] a sparse grassy shrub, Deciduous Shrub a colorful yellow shrub or Outdoor Grass, a leafy hedge grass.

RPC All Access plan customers now have access to these four new hi-res RPCs and thousands more.

Check out all of the latest RPC Content added to the RPC Content exchange by clicking recently added from ArchVision Dashboard.

ArchVision Dashboard is available as a free download and provides users a free trial.

Things to know about RPC Content and Revit 2013

Revit 2013, image courtesy Autodesk, Inc.

While your overall day-to-day workflow won’t change with Revit 2013, you will find you are able to view RPC content with Realistic Visual Style Views using the new Material User Interface (MUI). The new MUI was recently profiled by Dan Stine in AECbytes and is definitely worth a read.

Things to know:

  • RPC content in realistic visual style views will not export to DWG. Use a non-realistic visual style when exporting RPC content to DWG.
  • RPC content will display both back and front of the intended image in the Realistic visual style if the Cast Reflections type parameter is turned on. Turn this parameter off to view properly.
  • RPC Content Drag & Drop is not enabled.*

    Want to try RPC in Revit 2013? Start a free trial of Revit through Autodesk and free trial of RPC with ArchVision Dashboard.

    *Unfortunately, Autodesk Revit 2013 did not enable RPC Content Drag & Drop. However, ArchVision’s development team is working on an alternative to enable Drag & Drop from ArchVision Dashboard into Revit scenes. This will behave similarly to the Drag & Drop behaviors available to 3ds Max and AutoCAD users. We will continue to keep you updated on the progress of this feature.

  • Easiest RPC Opacity Trick Ever

    Just when I think I know everything there is to know about RPCs, I learn something new. My latest nugget of knowledge came from long time user Steve Phong, of Overland Partners in San Antonio Texas. Steve taught me a super easy way to change the opacity of RPCs using Mental Ray. I had always thought that the only way to do this was via the material editor or via scripts available for the Scanline renderer.

    To change opacity in Mental Ray:

    1) Right click on an RPC and select Object Properties.

    2) Change Visibility to a value between 0 and 1. A value of one is completely opaque. A value of 0 is completely transparent.

    Thanks to Steve for this excellent tip. If you you have a tip or trick to share, please e-mail me at support@archvision.com.

    ArchVision RPCs Plug-ins released for Autodesk 2013 Applications

    ArchVision RPC Plug-ins and Content are available for immediate download for a series of Autodesk 2013 applications.

    Supported Autodesk Applications include:

  • Autodesk 3ds Max
  • Autodesk 3ds Max Design
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture
  • Autodesk Civil 3D
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Autodesk Revit Architecture
  • ArchVision Dashboard RPC Plug-ins Tab

    ArchVision Dashboard RPC Plug-ins Tab

    How do I get my RPC Plug-in?
    Update or install ArchVision Dashboard. Need to install an ArchVision Dashboard? Visit: http://archvision.com/dashboard

    ArchVision Dashboard users please open and login into your Dashboard, run any updates and verify your version. To verify your version, click preferences at the top of the ArchVision Dashboard. Visit the RPC Plug-ins tab to select and install your required RPC Plug-ins.

    Have questions? Email support@archvision.com or visit our live chat http://archvision.com/

    ArchVision RPC Content: New Parking Lot Cars Available

    The Superbowl is over and that means racing season is here. Nothing builds the hype of racing season like a brand new car. Visit the ArchVision Dashboard and download one of these brand new cars and take it for a test drive in your next rendering.

    February’s car additions feature 3 late model Chevy vehicles. Download a dark red Chevy Camaro, a fuel efficient Chevy Aveo or the all new Chevy Cruze. Anyone with an ArchVision Dashboard installed can download one of these beautiful vehicles, but an RPC All Access license is needed to render without watermarks.

    Get your RPC All Access license here: www.archvision.com/

    ArchVision Releases New RPC Cars

    New RPC Content Added to RPC All Access Exchange

    RPC All Access plan customers now have access to a new library of Rich Photorealistic Content (RPC) from ArchVision®. This RPC collection features a series of automobiles.

    Check out the latest RPC Content added to the RPC Content exchange by clicking recently added from ArchVision Dashboard. ArchVision Dashboard is available as a free download and provides users free trial. Download ArchVision Dashboard.

    We’ve got several tutorials on working with RPC Cars. Visit our help.archvision.com page to access them all. One we recommend frequently is: RPC Seated People in RPC Cars.

    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:


    Do you have tips and tricks to help streamline workflow? We invite you to share them with us.

    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.

    RPC Mass Populate Feature: How to Fill a A Large Space Fast

    Mass Population

    If you’ve ever worked on filling a parking lot and had to place content one-by-one, you know the time it takes. The RPC Plug-ins for 3ds Max and AutoCAD solve that dilemma with the Mass Populate feature.

    It’s an easy-to-use feature which allows you to place RPC Proxies (place holders) and then easily populate them with RPC Content. The features enables you to control distribution and randomization of RPC Content placement enabling you to get “the right feel” required for your project.

    Customers routinely share renderings and animations with us (we invite you to share your work). One project that took advantage of the Mass Populate was for one of Disney’s Florida PGA Golf Courses. Renderings and animations included heavily populated tree lined fairways. In a matter of a few clicks, they achieved the desired look using the Mass Populate feature and RPC Trees. And, so can you!

    Ready to give it a try? I’ve got an easy step-by-step tutorial video for you below and more information in our help documentation.

    Spacing Trick

    When I was planning my blog post, I started looking back at some of our archives. ArchVision introduced the Mass Populate feature in the early ArchVision days. When it was first introduced, the feature added immediate value to end users. Today, it continues to do so. I still enjoy some of our ‘vintage’ tutorials – I reformatted one so I could share it with you:

    Spacing Trick

    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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