New Autodesk Releases for 2018

There’s exciting news in the Autodesk world if you regularly use their products, including AutoCAD and Inventor. The 2018 Autodesk updates to both products have been released from beta and are available to the public. Both AutoCAD 2018 and Autodesk Inventor 2018 contain user-enhancement upgrades and performance improvements that can advance your workflow.

Whether you’re an architect, engineer, project manager, graphic designer, or you work in another profession, these updates to AutoCAD and Inventor will help you achieve your goals more easily.


What’s New in AutoCAD 2018?

AutoCAD 2018 is the best version of the software Autodesk has created. It includes many major performance improvements, along with some necessary changes to the DWG file format. It’s now even easier to import PDFs into AutoCAD 2018. Autodesk has improved external reference file paths, making it easier to correct damaged paths and specify the correct path. Autodesk now supports high-resolution (4K) monitors in full resolution, allowing you to see your creations in the clearest way possible.

With all the improvements to object selection, text to mtext conversions, user interface, sharing, the AutoCAD mobile app, AutoCAD 2018 is one of the most comprehensive overhauls in recent years. Learn more about the advancements in AutoCAD 2018 on Autodesk’s website.


What’s New in Inventor 2018?

Inventor is the perfect tool to make your inventions come to life. Whatever you’re designing, Inventor’s 2018 updates will improve your workflow. Including under-the-hood updates and advancements to performance, Inventor 2018 offers a new measure tool, 3D annotations, ANYCAD for Inventor, and much more. Inventor 2018 also adds model-based 3D definitions, Top Inventor Ideas, all with improved performance to help you get your work done faster and better.


Take Your Autodesk Software Workflows to the Limit with BOXX Today

If you want a new powerful workstation to run the latest Autodesk software optimally, consider a custom BOXX machine. We also offer mobile workstations that provide the performance you need in a portable package. Run AutoCAD and Inventor on the go while you’re on the job and use the AutoCAD mobile app on your phone or tablet, for convenience.

A BOXX mobile workstation or desktop will optimize your Autodesk’s 2018 software workflows and reduce bottlenecks. Contact us today so we can help customize one to suit your specific use case.

Under the Hood

Specialization is For Insects

There are some things about BOXX I think you should know. I wouldn’t call them secrets, but in a way they are hidden. It’s not the kind of thing you get from a typical marketing email or blog post. I’m here to talk about the little stuff—the interesting details that come together to make every BOXX system what it is. And, as it happens, one of those little details is me.

I’m an assembler at BOXX Technologies. I’ve been building systems here since 2012, I’ve seen the models come and go, and I’ve built them all. Updated, tweaked, revised or refreshed, each time they get better and better. Not just the technology, mind you, but the systems themselves. Alongside the rapidly-advancing motherboards, processors, RAM, and video cards are chassis designed by BOXX engineers right here in Austin, Texas. In an industry that changes so rapidly, you must be able to adjust as quickly. If you can adjust even more quickly, even better.

But it isn’t just about keeping up with technology. It’s also about being the only hardware company offering specific solutions to specific problems—for example, the brand-new Pro VDI 8401R-V, which happens to be the world’s first overclocked system designed for VDI power users[1]. No longer will your VDI solution running CAD for multiple users feel graphically inadequate. Allow those ten cores running at up to 4.3 GHz to set you free. That’s the kind of thing I’d write if I were in marketing, anyway. Continue reading

BOXX Technical Support – Supporting You, Not Just Your PC

 

Tiered, Scripted Support Does Not Cut It For The Creative Professional

Companies use a lot of words to describe their technical support: fanatical, friendly, knowledgeable. But in reality, we know that in the PC business, most technical support is none of these things. Surely you’ve experienced the headache: the endless “press 1 for this, press 2 for that, please hold” automated answering services with long wait times, and outsourced support that sticks to the script regardless of what you tell them (even if you know their script by heart and try to give them all their answers at once, just hoping to abbreviate the mind-numbing call as much as possible). And when the voice at the other end reaches the conclusion of the script and realizes they can’t help you, they pass you on to the next level where you start all over again. “And whom am I speaking with? What’s your serial number? What’s your problem? Oh, you’ll have to talk to your software vendor about that.” Frankly, outsourced, script-driven, tiered support simply cannot assist the creative professional when they are experiencing issues inside their workflow. The purpose-built custom workstations that BOXX produces (and others attempt to emulate) are complicated enough. But when you install the software our users need to make their living, like Autodesk 3D Studio Max, Maya, Revit or Navisworks, and Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks and CATiA, load them up with plug-ins, setup network rendering, and/or introduce complimentary programs for GPU rendering with V-Ray, Octane Render, or any other non-native application, and things get hairy very fast. At what point is it a hardware issue? Could it be outdated software? Drivers? Failing memory? Better figure it out fast because you have a deadline! Continue reading

Don’t Be A Bottleneck Villain

BOXX exists to serve very specific markets just like yours. Over the past 15 years, we have become experts in addressing the pain points of our customers. Complicated workflows are the norm when it comes to digital content creation, architectural design, engineering, simulation, and product visualization. A “one size fits all” approach to IT, and particularly the hardware chosen to run these applications, will more than likely lead to lost productivity and ultimately, a negative impact on your bottom line. Continue reading