Three ADB Functions you might have missed

  •  Column Filters

Although a fairly well used function, it has extended functionality, Once the Column filters have been turned on select Custom form the drop down option:customfilter1

This will allow you to apply additional filter configurations to the column you are sorting.customfilter2

  •  Favourites

In ADB you can save a current view as a Favourite, allowing you to recall that folder view. favsA

Now from in any ADB project I can go directly to the Maternity department in the ADB1203 reference project.

  • Cross Project Search

search The Cross project search allows you to select one or many projects, search it for a value and can search in all of the shown areas of ADB.

From the search results, the user is able to drag and drop an item into their own project.

Other available functions in the search is from the file menu, if your results are of a room then select the result and File > Preview or File > open in graphical editor.

ADB & Regional Settings

ADB uses the UK regional date and time settings, sometimes we find machines here in the UK using the US regional date and time settings and is quite commonly used world wide.

This is not essentially an issue but can leave you with a licence that only works for the first twelve days of every month.

US format: MM/DD/YYYY an example 07/12/2013 – July 12, 2013

UK format: DD/MM/YYYY same example reads as the 7th December 2013

The error occurs when in the US format it increments by one day becoming 07/13/2013 this would effectively be taken as 7th of 13th (month) 2013 – thus voiding the licence information and prompting you to re-activate your licence.

ADB Installation and Configuration

Frequently we provide assistance in the installation and configuration process and this is the advice we give to ADB subscribers or would be subscribers.

Only one version of ADB can be installed on a machine at a time; all previous installations including any Add on’s must be removed prior to installing a new version.

After installation the software must be configured using the ADB Configuration tool and the user/IT Admin has two options available:

  1. Standalone licence
  2.  Network deployment

Standalone will configure ADB to use <% SYSTEM DRIVE %>\ADB where it will hold the licence, configuration and controller information.

Network deployed infrastructure requires that the “Controller” is configured first, this should be a networked location where everyone has access, ideally this should be given full read/write permissions to the end users.

NB. Although ADB will accept mapped network drives for this controller information, the IT Admin / Policy must ensure that this is the same drive letter mapping – it is advised that a UNC path be specified.

Second part of network deployed infrastructure requires the “Client” to be configured, this should be pointed at the controller location.

ADB pools the licence on a network deployed infrastructure, meaning that if you have two seats, ADB can be installed and configured on twenty machines but only two will ever be able to access the product.

Further detail of the Installation and Configuration can be found in the ADB documentation.

Revit Add on v3.3.0

ADB Revit Add-on vs. 3.3.0 is a new version
specifically for ADB 2012 and ADB 2013 and adds support for Revit 2014.

Please note this version will not work with ADB 2010 and 2011.

If you are currently using ADB 2010 or ADB 2011 you will need to uninstall these versions (including the ADB Revit Add-on)  and install ADB2012 or ADB 2013 please see the Activity Database 2012/13 Software Release Notes and the Activity Database 2012/13 Installation and Configuration Notes for full details.

For 64 bit versions of Revit, SQL Server is required the installation of which is described in the Activity Database 2012/3 Installation and Configuration Notes.

Having installed and configured ADB 2012/13, install the ADB Revit add-on via the
ADBRVTSetup 3.3.0.msi download and configure the add-on as described in the ADB
Revit Add-on vs. 3.3.0 documentation.

Activity Database 2013

ADB 2013 is a software upgrade with new features outlined below:-

  • Support for 32 and 64 bit versions of AutoCAD 2013. The 64 bit version requires SQL Server projects. This version is compatible with 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows XP SP2/3 and Windows 7.

Also included in this release is the latest Reference Project an update and review of some 750 spaces, ADB 2013 – this is should be considered a replacement for ADB1109U and ADB1203.

Revit Add on for ADB2013 is version 3.1.0 which is compatible with ADB 2012 and 2013.

ADB and SQL Server

With machines becoming evermore powerful with large amounts of memory, to make the most of this 64bit operating systems are required as the standard 32bit will only occupy up to the 3GB mark, in most scenarios this is ok, until you start down the route of using Revit, where the models can grow extensively and the less powerful machines just cant cope.

ADB is a native 32bit application which means it has the ability to use Microsoft Access project databases, many software developers will allow their product to install as 32bit on a 64bit platform, unfortunately Autodesk insist that you must install the 64bit version on a 64bit platform, not unreasonable. This leaves us with the issue of the Access Project databases being un-accessible by the ADB AutoCAD and Revit Add-ons in the 64bit environment.

Enter SQL Server, ADB has for a very long time used both SQL Server and Microsoft Access for project databases, prior to ADB 2012, project codes became the name of the physical database which from a database administrators perspective this was a headache. Clients and Users would create projects left, right and centre, often these adhered to a coding convention.

ADB 2012 Projects are now created in batches by the system administrator which has the following advantages:

  • The server does not have to be configured to allow remote attachment of databases by users.
  • The backup process is simplified for system administrators as database creation is under their control.
  • For users the process of project creation appears very similar to MS Access the only difference is that the database names are predefined while the user can assign any project code they wish.
  • When all available projects have been assigned the user receives a message that they should ask the system administrator to create another batch of projects.