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This month we are featuring Xerox Multifunction printers to help your team work more efficiently, announcing NEW HP wide format models that are Different by Design and supporting Construction Safety Week with specials on safety products and signage. Keep reading to learn more about these products and more.

Click here to view the full newsletter. Below are the highlights of the September 2020 Spotlight Newsletter.

  • Xerox® ConnectKey® Technology-powered AltaLink
  • Announcing the latest in HP Wide Format Printers
    Think big! Print easy!
  • Trade in your Serial Number and Save on Subscription
  • Bluebeam – Bluebeam Revu 20 is Here
  • Repro Products Supports Safety Construction Week
  • Anti-Bacterial & Anti-Microbial Wallcoverings
  • See What Customers Say About Our Service
  • Repro Products in the Community

For more information about Repro Products, you can contact us here.

 

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Repro Products is excited to announce that the most powerful version of Bluebeam Revu — Revu 20 — is available for purchase on our online store or for free trial download.

Revu 20 improves upon:

Collaboration capabilities
    • ​Greater flexibility and control: You can now easily invite and manage your project collaborators to ensure the right people have the right access to information.
Communication & task efficiency
    • ​More effective management of project data: Easier access to Markup data through enhancements to the Markups List.  This will allow you to effectively track, manage and interpret data captured on your drawings and documents to inform project decisions.
    • ​Better communication through improvements to some of the most widely used Markups, such as Callout and Textbox.
    • ​Improvements to our measurement tools, including new line styles, that allow you to save time and ensure accuracy when taking measurements throughout the duration of your project.
Additional improvements
    • Easier access to functionality with a new tool finder.
    • Time savings with faster loading and interacting with Markup-heavy documents.

AEC TEAMWORK CAN BE CHALLENGING… BUT REPRO HAS YOUR BACK

Collaboration in the AEC industry comes with so many challenges; you must unite office and work site, maintain tight version control, work efficiently, adapt to change, foster process standards and sift through paper clutter. Moreover, in light of the global pandemic and the remote office of 2020, software that cannot provide robust virtual collaboration can hamper your workflow. This technological road map can be daunting. Where to turn?

CONTACT THE BLUEBEAM SPECIALISTS AT REPRO PRODUCTS

Fortunately, Repro Products is a Bluebeam Partner and runs a fully equipped demo room in our Smyrna Headquarters showcasing the latest models of HP wide format printers. Here, we can demonstrate how Bluebeam Revu performs in an actual print environment, and we can ease you through the process of software selection, licensing options, upgrades, Bluebeam University training and maintenance. Contact us today for a quote and put Bluebeam to work for you.

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Repro Products, Inc. (RPI), your Autodesk software partner and 3D laser scanning provider, also offers UAS (drone) pilot services.  Dave Young, one of our Autodesk-authorized Application Engineers, is a certified Pilot in Command having passed the FAA Part 107 Aeronautical Knowledge Test and receiving his drone license in 2020, 30 years after receiving his Private Pilot’s license.  Dave has worked at Repro Products for over 14 years and was previously employed as a Survey Crew Chief, CAD Manager and IT Manager.   His knowledge of Civil Engineering provides an additional layer of expertise to his scans.

As Pilot in Command, Dave oversees and is directly responsible for the safe operation of the drone and any additional crewmembers, such as a visual observer.  The physical roles vary depending on the nature of the flight.  In some instances, the Pilot in Command may be the only person involved, while for others there may be separate operators for the drone and the on-board camera.  For larger sites, a visual observer may be employed to maintain visual line-of-site while the drone operator remains in a fixed location, but not able to maintain the visual line of site.

Use of Drones in the AEC Industry

Given their versatility, the application of drones in the AEC industry can span all phases of a project, from preliminary design through construction, and even marketing.  Rather than relying on manpower to reach potentially unsafe or challenging terrain, you can choose a drone to capture data.  For example, instead of sending a worker into an unsafe environment to photograph and document information, we are now able to fly a drone on-location and obtain the same information with reduced cost as well as reduced risk of injury.  This imagery can also be quickly delivered to team members without the added cost of having the entire team on-site and separated from other important tasks.

Drones are also being utilized for digital/laser mapping and modeling.  Projects which would typically take months to complete are now being accomplished in minutes using drones.  Drones provide a higher level of accuracy to the mapping and modeling process, which eliminates expensive mistakes.  While not as accurate as a terrestrial based laser scanner, drone imagery can be used to generate 3D point clouds which may then be combined with terrestrially obtained data to create point clouds which include inaccessible areas such as a roofs.

Throughout the construction phase of a project, drones are being employed to inspect, monitor and document the construction process.  Drones are also used to measure volumes for landfills and open mining operations.  A drone can capture in hours what it would take a surveyor days to accomplish.  Many companies in the AEC industry are making use of drones-as-a-service:  hiring a provider like Repro Products to conduct a drone flight rather than investing thousands of dollars in a drone and a qualified, licensed operator (Pilot in Command).  Among the applications for drones are:

  • Aerial and orthographic photos of large sites
  • Generation of mesh models and 3D point clouds of buildings
  • Building, bridge and pipeline inspection (not including power transmission lines)
  • Raw video footage for promotional videos

Would you like to learn more about how drone services can save time, lower costs and unlock information about your job site?  Contact us at 678-385-2185 or by email at ttaylor@reproproducts.com.

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Whether you are seeking savings on Autodesk software or HP wide format printers, ways to secure your data, updates to your Bluebeam software or COVID-19 signage or anti-microbial wallcoverings, Repro Products has the solution for your business.

Click here to view the full newsletter. Below are the highlights of the August 2020 Spotlight Newsletter.

  • Xerox – Xerox Helps Businesses Secure their Data
  • HP – Get at Least $3500 for Trading in Your Wide Format Printer
  • Autodesk – Trade in Your Serial Number and Save on Subscription
  • Bluebeam – Bluebeam Revu 20 is Here
  • Printing – Covid-19 Signage
  • SafeWalls – Introducing Anti-Bacterial & Anti-Microbial Wallcoverings
  • Safety Products – Custom Protection Barriers and Sanitation Stations
  • What Customers are Saying About Us
  • Repro Products in the Community

For more information about Repro Products, you can contact us here.

 

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Repro Products is excited to announce that the most powerful version of Bluebeam Revu — Revu 20 — will be released and available on August 18th, 2020. And as always, the latest version will be available for purchase on our online store.

Revu 20 offers improvement to:

Collaboration capabilities
    • ​Greater flexibility and control: You can now easily invite and manage your project collaborators to ensure the right people have the right access to information.
Communication & task efficiency
    • ​More effective management of project data: Easier access to Markup data through enhancements to the Markups List.  This will allow you to effectively track, manage and interpret data captured on your drawings and documents to inform project decisions.
    • ​Better communication through improvements to some of the most widely used Markups, such as Callout and Textbox.
    • ​Improvements to our measurement tools, including new line styles, that allow you to save time and ensure accuracy when taking measurements throughout the duration of your project.
Additional improvements
    • Easier access to functionality with a new tool finder.
    • Time savings with faster loading and interacting with Markup-heavy documents.

AEC TEAMWORK CAN BE CHALLENGING… BUT REPRO HAS YOUR BACK

Collaboration in the AEC industry comes with so many challenges; you must unite office and work site, maintain tight version control, work efficiently, adapt to change, foster process standards and sift through paper clutter. Moreover, in light of the global pandemic and the remote office of 2020, software that cannot provide robust virtual collaboration can hamper your workflow. This technological road map can be daunting. Where to turn?

CONTACT THE BLUEBEAM SPECIALISTS AT REPRO PRODUCTS

Fortunately, Repro Products is a Bluebeam Partner and runs a fully equipped demo room in our Smyrna Headquarters showcasing the latest models of HP wide format printers. Here, we can demonstrate how Bluebeam Revu performs in an actual print environment, and we can ease you through the process of software selection, licensing options, upgrades, Bluebeam University training and maintenance. Contact us today for a quote and put Bluebeam to work for you.

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The Xerox AltaLink C8100/B8100 Series with ConnectKey Apps and Automation speeds digital transformation and supports workers in and out of the office

Norwalk, Conn. —  Xerox announced its new Xerox AltaLink® C8100 and Xerox AltaLink B8100 Series multi-function printers (MFPs), that can better support today’s flexible work environment and help companies speed their digital transformation with access to the ConnectKey® ecosystem of apps. In addition to its printing capabilities, the AltaLink 8100 series helps speed workplace digitization with ultra-fast scanning of up to 270 images per minute and Optical Character Recognition that allows clients to extract more value from information. Combined with ConnectKey apps, including connections to the most popular cloud solutions, these printers can support a key area of focus for businesses as they shift from physical to digital enterprises. According to a recent global Future of Work Survey by Xerox, 34% of businesses are expediting digital transformation plans as a result of COVID-19.

“ConnectKey technology transforms the AltaLink C8100/B8100 into the digital workplace assistant that modern businesses need to speed their digital transformations,” says Tracey Koziol, senior vice president of Global Offerings, Xerox. “The tablet-like user interface allows for easy, familiar interaction or the user can choose to print from their mobile devices. These workplace assistants bridge the physical and digital world with innovative apps like converting the most challenging hand-writing into editable text documents, auto-redacting documents for private information and even creating audio files from text.”

According to Quorcirca, a Smart MFP is a key enabler for digital transformation, providing access to services and systems beyond digitization and into more complex business process and workflow automation.1

“The most mature smart MFP platform is Xerox ConnectKey,” says Louella Fernandes, director, Quocirca. “Xerox ConnectKey-enabled MFPs support a range of cloud and mobile digital workflows, boosted by a broad ecosystem of Xerox and third party-developed apps. The Xerox App Gallery continues to only grow stronger with more apps and widening developer support.

Additionally, a more flexible workforce brings with it heightened security concerns. Xerox partners with leading cyber security experts such as McAfee and Cisco to give AltaLink comprehensive built-in security that protect both device and network. Integration with industry leading security solutions like Security Information and Event Management solutions from McAfee, LogRhythm and Splunk simplifies reporting and management of security events.

For the past two years Keypoint – BLI has named Xerox Workplace Suite and ConnectKey Apps the Document Imaging Software Line of the Year Award and Outstanding Job Management & Mobile Print Solution.

The AltaLink C8100/B8100 are available immediately in the Americas and the AltaLink B8100 is available now in EMEA. The C8100 will be available in EMEA in September 2020.

¹ Quocirca Predicts: 5 trends for print industry players to capitalize on in 2020

Your next step

With over 40 years of print experience, Repro Products is uniquely qualified to provide the print expertise you need to make the best buying decisions for your business. Our award-winning service department with over 200 years of combined experience, and Repro Products is the premiere Xerox Platinum Partner for the City of Atlanta. Click below to start a conversation with our team of Xerox pros about letting Xerox multifunction devices and apps streamline your workflow.

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Whether you are in the office or working from home, Repro Products is here to assist you with offerings and services to help you and your business through these challenging times.

Click here to view the full newsletter. Below are the highlights of the June/July 2020 Spotlight Newsletter.

  • Xerox – Stay Connected with DocuShare Flex Trial
  • HP – HP Webinar, in Person or Virtual Demos and Equipment Savings Offers
  • Autodesk – 0% Financing on New Subscriptions and Renewals
  • Bluebeam – Now Purchase your Bluebeam Software from our Online Store
  • Printing – Covid-19 Signage
  • SafeWalls – Introducing Anti-Bacterial & Anti-Microbial Wallcoverings
  • Safety Products – Custom Protection Barriers and Sanitation Stations
  • What Customers are Saying About Us
  • Repro Products in the Community

For more information about Repro Products, you can contact us here.

 

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Recent Xerox Future of Work Survey shows 58% of respondents plan changes to remote working policy

NORWALK, Conn. Xerox has announced the launch of its Team Availability App, a quick-to-deploy, real-time solution for organizations that need to understand employee availability and location. Knowing where and whether employees are working is critical to managing flexible work environments, where the percentage of employees sharing time between home and work locations grows.

Organizations are actively supporting and investing in technology solutions for a hybrid workforce. A recent global business survey commissioned by Xerox shows 58% of respondents plan to change their work from home policy within the next year. This new acceptance of a hybrid workforce has also revealed technology gaps, with companies increasing investment in remote technology resources (55%) or a hybrid of remote and in-office resources (40%).

“Managing a distributed workforce during a continued pandemic presents unique challenges no organization has experienced before,” said Joanne Collins Smee, executive vice president and chief commercial, SMB and channels officer, Xerox. “Organizations need to know who is available and where so they can make better decisions when allocating resources and work. This tool provides real-time knowledge to managers with distributed employee populations.”

Unlike other attendance management tools, which need to plug into IT infrastructure and take weeks to implement, the Team Availability App is ready in just hours. Once populated, the app provides authorized users with customizable and privacy-protected data for strategic decision making. Xerox is rolling out the app across the company to support its Path Forward plans to manage a phased approach to returning to the workplace safely. Xerox is leveraging the app with its own employee population to conduct daily health checks for exposure related to COVID-19. Tracking of this activity allows for a safe and phased return to the workplace.

The U.K.’s prestigious Imperial NHS Trust was the first organization to pilot the Xerox Team Availability App to access the status of essential workers across the Trust and its newly assigned locations at the height of the pandemic.

“It’s important for a healthcare provider to know which caregivers are available when to support patients, and that’s even more critical in a pandemic,” said Linda Watts, joint clinical systems program manager, Imperial NHS Trust & Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, head of health records, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. “The Xerox Team Availability App was deployed at lightning speed, and we got updates from staff on their availability in real-time. As a result, we could always make sure our patients were covered.”

The Xerox Team Availability App is a GDPR-compliant SaaS offering with a subscription-based model that allows customers to sign up for as long as required. It’s available now on the App Store and Google Play Store.

For more information and additional results from the Xerox Future of Work study, visit www.Xerox.com/MakeNowWork.

Your Next Step: Put Xerox Apps to Work for You

Repro Products, Inc. is a proud Xerox Platinum partner. And as such, we realize that any investment in your office extends beyond hardware, but also in synchronizing equipment to your unique workflow, security standards and accessibility needs to form a comprehensive solution that saves you time, money, and allows you to focus where you excel.

Reach out to us today and let one of our Xerox specialists guide you to a solution that is right for you.

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Bluebeam is a PDF-based software offering a diverse suite of solutions for AEC professionals and their workflow. In fact, Bluebeam Revu offers Studio for live team collaboration and document review, providing you with a centralized location to store documents—even entire building projects—in the cloud.

For years, the AEC industry has trusted Bluebeam to streamline workflows among teams, stakeholders, to disseminate information and allow secure remote access. Now, Revu 2019 features many powerful enhancements.

Get to the Point 6X Faster: Enjoy consistent, smooth performance and quickly pan through complex linework with our new hardware-accelerated rendering engine.

Build Your Best Bid: Take quick, precise measurements with our newly improved takeoff features, which now include automatic prompts for setting scale to ensure you make the most accurate bid possible.

Standardize in a Snap: Take control of deployment across your organization with our new enterprise-ready configuration tool.

World-Class Support: Get rock-solid support, free version upgrades and exclusive features when you add one year of maintenance to your purchase of Revu 2019. Maintenance includes:

  • Premium support via phone or email
  • The ability to upload and distribute mobile-optimized drawings to any device with the Bluebeam Drawings app
  • Free upgrades to the latest version of Revu within one year of purchase

More Relevant Than Ever: When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, everything changed. Professionals found themselves with a quick commute from the bedroom to the home office, and IT professionals faced new challenges, forced to strike a balance between security and accessibility as America adapted its work routine.

Yet Bluebeam Revu was already ahead of the curve, and its capabilities for virtual collaboration—a medium that took a back seat to face time—became essential.

Bluebeam Revu is used by 94% of top US contractors and 92% of top design-build firms*. Revu is 1.6 million global users strong, partnered with Repro Products to deliver unique and cutting-edge solutions to Atlanta AEC.

So to all you AEC professionals bogged down in mediocre PDF software: make documents make sense again with Bluebeam Revu. Get started today by shopping our online store or by calling in directly at 866-665-7604.

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Bluebeam is a PDF-based software offering a diverse suite of solutions for AEC professionals and their workflow. In fact, Bluebeam Revu offers Studio for live team collaboration and document review, giving you a single centralized location to store documents—even entire building projects—in the cloud. For years, Bluebeam has been trusted to serve the AEC industry by streamlining the workflows among teams, stakeholders, disseminating information and allowing secure remote access.

Then the COVID-19 pandemic happened and everything changed. Professionals found themselves with a quick commute from the bedroom to the home office, and IT professionals were beset with new challenges, forced to strike a balance between security and accessibility as quarantines and lock-downs changed the way America works.

Yet Bluebeam met the challenge head-on, and its capabilities for remote virtual collaboration—a work strategy often viewed as secondary to face time—became essential.

Discover in the article and interviews below how Bluebeam has helped the industry adapt to virtual work, and how it can do the same for your team.

Bluebeam User Group Meetings Go Virtual

With COVID-19 halting in-person gatherings and events, Bluebeam’s passionate user community isn’t missing a beat—in fact, it’s taking BUG meetings to a new level entirely

In April, 48 members of the Kansas City Bluebeam User Group (BUG) attended its usual gathering. Chatter filled the room leading up to the meeting’s formal presentation, as members caught up with one another on matters both personal and professional.

Hoefer Wysocki’s Tina Haskins quieted the crowd as she began her presentation on sets, spaces and hyperlinks in Bluebeam Revu. As usual, members listened intently during the presentation, occasionally offering questions and comments.

At the end of the meeting, announcements were made and members quietly went on their way. They would likely see one another again at the next KCBUG meeting.

Except, this time, instead of embarking on an evening commute home after a long workday, these KCBUG members actually went back to work.

It was, after all, just past 1 p.m. local time. The members were already in their offices, which for the past month or so had also served as their homes. Many of them had a post-lunch round of homeschooling, pet and family care also on tap.

The BUG meeting was entirely virtual, during lunch, over video conferencing.

Virtual reality

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, BUG meetings have gone virtual.

The KCBUG meeting came after other virtual meetings in New York City and Austin in March and April. Additional meetings in Denver, San Diego and Portland later in April followed. Many upcoming BUG meetings around the world will also be virtual.

Virtual BUG meetings are the “new normal”—at least until the virus wanes to the point where it’s safe again for in-person gatherings.

Although virtual BUGs may be far from ideal for those who appreciate live interaction and building in-person relationships, many of the virtual BUG meetings that have taken place so far have been equally—if not more—productive and engaging.

BUG participation has more than doubled in the most recent virtual meetings, according to the Bluebeam Communities team, which oversees BUGs globally. What’s more, requests to join the government BUG (GOVBUG), which has always been virtual, have spiked 25% in recent weeks. The UK’s recent LondonBUG meeting featured its biggest turnout ever.

“Bluebeam users are being forced to transition to working from home before they’re ready because of COVID-19, and they are looking for help and guidance from their peers,” said Bluebeam’s Sr. Community Development Manager Kellie Ward. “Users are in some ways feeling even more uninhibited to ask questions and share, because now their local and immediate resources are more limited.”

Embracing change

So far, BUG members are embracing the shift—though many are eager to return to in-person meetings.

“What I was surprised by with the virtual meeting was how the conversation happened just like an in-person BUG,” wrote Jason Hascall, chief engineer – federal services at construction firm Black & Veatch, in an email after the meeting. “KC for one has NEVER had a problem with questions, comments, suggestions, etc. A 15-minute presentation can turn into a lively discussion that easily fills the hour. In Tina [Haskin]’s example, the presentation was heartier than 15 minutes, but we had no shortage of discussion or questions. I was really happy to see/hear that.”

While Haskins prefers in-person BUG meetings, she said she enjoyed presenting and connecting with the group virtually. The virtual events have even allowed her to drop in on other BUG meetings in other cities she normally wouldn’t be able to attend.

“I have watched other BUG groups online and learned even more about how others use the program,” she said, referring to Revu.

Collaboration required

Like many industries, construction has become heavily reliant on digital collaboration. Teams of architects, engineers and administrators are constantly communicating with workers on jobsites as complex projects take shape.

But as the COVID-19 outbreak hit, many construction workers have noticed an even bigger push for collaboration, according to a recent report in Construction Dive. Competing general contractors are sharing more information with one another, particularly about strategies to improve worker safety during the pandemic, the report said.

This need to promote construction industry collaboration is largely what led Bluebeam’s BUG Champ leaders, with support from Bluebeam’s Communities team, to respond to the pandemic by shifting the meetings to virtual environments. “The transition to virtual BUG initially came out of a continued desire to share knowledge in an alternate setting from the typical physical meeting because of COVID,” Ward said, reflecting on the sentiment she received from talking to BUG Champ leaders during the transition.

By March 18, as states began issuing stay-at-home orders and companies started instructing their employees to work from home, Bluebeam’s BUG Champ leaders started working up alternate plans to ensure the BUG calendar could continue. They communicated with members about the plan to transition to virtual meetings, and within a few weeks the first batch of meetings were ready to go.

“These professionals need answers and solutions to questions that they’re used to receiving from colleagues in an office environment,” said Bluebeam Sr. Community Engagement Specialist Angela Aff. “Participating in BUGs are a great way for them to still get those answers.”

Better together

Perhaps the most memorable—and meaningful—moment thus far to come out of the virtual BUG meetings came from the group in New York City.

With the city’s status as the United States’ epicenter of the pandemic, the New York City BUG group was looking for something to lift its spirits when it met virtually in March.

The group found such uplift over a game of “Bluebeam Trivia.” As the game went along, the chat room suddenly burst with instances of digital laughter and enthusiasm—emotions not uncommon among this BUG community during in-person meetings.

Still, the moment seemed to serve as a much-needed reprieve from the city’s ongoing hardship.

“We needed this!” wrote David Eppinger of Meadows Office Interiors.

“You guys, this is the best day of my life!” added Lisa Neal of Skanska.

 

Original article by Frank Kalman available here on Strxur blog.

If you would like to acquire Bluebeam Software and bring your team into the new virtual collaboration trend, click on the button below to shop on our Bluebeam store.

Bluebeam Virtual Success Interviews


Bluebeam is proving itself as a secure and flexible virtual collaboration for AEC decision-makers during the pandemic

Even before Covid-19, the lockdowns, and virtual work trends, Bluebeam took virtual collaboration seriously. For that, Bluebeam is enjoying a fresh moment in the AEC spotlight. Listen to some industry voices below.

Working Remote with Bluebeam, Spotlighting Erin Khan

Erin Khan’s experience adjusting to remote work life in light of COVID-19 has probably been a bit different than yours.

That’s because, when she’s able to work in Suffolk’s L.A. office, Khan oversees a technology stack comparable to the White House Situation Room.

As the company’s construction solutions director, Khan spends most of her in-office days operating and facilitating colleagues’ use of one of Suffolk’s state-of-the-art CoLabs. At the center of this 530-square-foot space is a nine-screen, touch-enabled Data Wall.

Going from this to a laptop on a kitchen table would be quite a change.

 

Coordinating Virtual Jobsite Work, Spotlighting Trevor Musia

In non-pandemic times, Trevor Musia’s alarm goes off at around 4 a.m.  

Within the hour, he’s out the door of his Temecula, California, area home and commuting roughly 60 miles south to San Diego, where his firm, Dynalectric, has its office.  

At 6:30 a.m., Musia is typically at his desk working, communicating with colleagues both in the office and out in the field as he contributes to a bevy of large-scale construction projects as a project engineer.  

By the middle of March, however, Musia’s wake-up call and commute got a little easier.  

Like many of the construction-industry professionals we’ve profiled these past two months, Musia has been a full-time remote worker during the COVID-19 pandemic’s peak.

If you would like to acquire Bluebeam Software and bring your team into the new virtual collaboration trend, click on the button below to shop on our Bluebeam store.

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By: Dan Wiliams
Original article posted here.

There’s a time of year that CAD geeks (like me) look forward to with great excitement, but network and infrastructure administrators (also, like me) dread. It happens every spring when the good folks at Autodesk release the new versions of their software. My CAD geek’s excitement over new toys is usually tempered a little bit by trepidation over the trials associated with upgrades, migrations and update training. This year, however, Vault 2021 has my inner Administrator just as excited.

Obviously, Autodesk always prioritizes productivity enhancements and this year is no different. This new and enhanced functionality can best be summarized in three areas:

1) Productivity enhancements for CAD users.
2) Something they are calling Smart Duplicate Reduction, and.. Wait for it…
3) More and better tools for Administrators

Enhancements for CAD Users
Now, for all of you Inventor users, Vault 2021 supports the new interoperability between Inventor and Revit. Beginning in Inventor 2021, AnyCAD allows Inventor users to reference their Revit models into Inventor assemblies. As a result, Inventor users can design and arrange parts and assemblies in the context of an architectural model.

That architectural model reference updates in the assembly to reflect ongoing changes to the Revit model. That’s big, not only for the obvious modeling advantages, but because most Inventor users don’t have access to Revit.

Most users access Inventor via the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection. Unfortunately, the PD&M Collection does not include Revit, severely limiting what its subscribers can do with Revit files. I am very excited to further explore all the potential workflows enabled by this interoperability, especially with my Factory Design Utilities users.

Vault has long supported storing Revit data inside a vault. However, Revit users, even those with Vault access, are often prone to using one of Revit’s other collaboration options such as hosting those models on a network share or on BIM 360. Vault 2021 can manage those AnyCAD references even if the data resides outside a vault on a network share or BIM 360. In those scenarios, the Revit data is not duplicated in Vault. Vault simply manages the reference to the data in its original location. A user opening an Inventor assembly with an AnyCAD Revit reference will retrieve that data from its original source.

Vault 2021 has a new system property called “Has Parent Relationship”. This property will allow users to identify, filter by, or search for files that don’t have referencing files. This allows users to determine if, for example, a part during the ongoing process of design was replaced in – or abandoned by – an assembly. Now the user can potentially purge or avoid releasing parts not actually used in the final design.


I’m including these next feature enhancements with the ones that most benefit CAD users, but Administrators will appreciate them also.

In Vault 2021, Copy Design Rule Sets are now stored on the server instead of each user’s local workstation. That means that new rules and modifications to existing rules immediately become available to all of the users. No need to manually propagate them across all user’s workstations. I know a few Administrators who will want to upgrade based on that feature alone.

The Job Queue can now optionally show more than 1000 jobs, up to 100,000.

ECO email template customization is now far more capable as you can include new links to files and items.

You can include ECO properties in the subject as well as the body.

And, like the Copy Design Rule Sets, the template is stored on the server.

In previous versions of Vault, Navisworks files had to be viewed in the native application, requiring that Navisworks be installed – potentially consuming a license on workstations where it isn’t otherwise in use. Vault 2021 generates a visualization attachment for Navisworks files so they can be viewed in the preview window and can participate in Shared Views.



Smart Duplicate Reduction
At the core of this concept is a feature that was introduced in Vault 2020.2 called Duplicate Search which allows Vault to intelligently index the geometry of Inventor models. That index can be used in lots of interesting ways. Perhaps the most obvious is that it gives users the option of comparing their model to what is already in vault prior to checking it in.

The theory being, this should promote the re-use of existing models and reduce the time and costs associated with producing the same physical part over and over. Fewer redundant part numbers, less time re-creating drawings, fewer opportunities to introduce errors… the list of potential benefits goes on and on.

Further, this information is aggregated and exposed to Managers in the form of a Duplicates dashboard so they can better understand their environments.



Tools for Administrators
If you have made it this far, congratulations, data management can be a pretty dry and boring topic. Prepare yourselves, the remaining enhancements are geared directly at Vault 2021 Administrators and as such, may be of minimal interest to a typical user.

In previous versions of Vault, any user who had Read rights could also download a file. Once a “clever” user has a local copy of the file, they could potentially modify or distribute it. Vault 2021 splits the download permission out as its own separate right. Now those “clever” users can be grated Read permissions while denied Download rights.

This Download permission can be applied to roles, objects and lifecycle states.

In Vault 2021, the Audit Logs have been enhanced to provide more relevant information about specific user actions like Get, Open, Pack & Go, and more.

Now, instead of editing a configuration file, the logs can be enabled and configured using the UI.

Most Vault administrators have multiple roles within their respective organizations. As a result, it is common for them to have at least two sets of Vault credentials, one for administrative tasks, and another for their day job.

Switching between these roles often involves a lot of logging in and out over the course of a workday. Alternately, they can maintain multiple Vault application sessions open at once, each with a different set of credentials. Regardless of which method used, it is very easy to “forget who you are” and attempt a task with the wrong credentials.

Vault 2021 makes it easy to tell if you are logged in with administrative rights by altering the color of the status bar.

Since its inception, Vault has required a specific named MS SQL Server instance. It always had to be called AutodeskVault. This was problematic for a number of reasons. Many larger organizations have rules and regulations concerning SQL instance names and prefer that those names not be predictable for security reasons. It also caused issues if you wanted the same SQL server to host instances for two or more Vault servers. The list goes on…

Now, in Vault 2021, an instance name other than AutodeskVault can be specified.

Administrators of very large vaults will appreciate a new change to the way purge works. Previously, If existing file versions were protected from purge by their lifecycle state, they will always be protected. Even if there are changes to that lifecycle control such that the file versions would no longer be protected from purge. That change would only apply to new file versions added to the vault subsequent to that change in the lifecycle control. Now administrators can optionally purge legacy file versions after changes to the lifecycle control.

It somehow seems appropriate that I saved enhancements to Backup and Restore for last. Few would argue against making backups as often as possible. The period between backups represents potentially unrecoverable work should some outage occur requiring the server to be restored. However, for administrators of very large vaults, some balance must be struck between the need for fault tolerance and the edict of minimizing downtime for backup and restore operations.

For Vault 2021, the file store validation (one of the more time-consuming tasks associated with Backup and Restore operations) has been optimized for better performance. There has also been an option added to Restore operations for a “Quick” file store validation.

As you can see, there is a lot here for a typical user to like. And I think Administrators will like it, too!

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June 6th is a very special day for Repro Products – it marks the day our President, Bob Feldberg made his first sale. In the beginning, Repro Products, Inc. (RPI) sold drafting supplies. Later, we became a blue printer and began to sell wide format print equipment.

Recognizing the need to change with our customers and technology, through the years we added products and services to align with advancements that affected our design and construction clients:

  • Our experience as a blue printer provided us with a unique perspective on engineering, architectural and construction industries and facilitated our move from selling drafting angles and tables into selling and supporting Autodesk Software. We have now been an Autodesk reseller for over 25 years and are a Gold Partner and Autodesk Authorized Training Center.
  • Although we still do a lot printing for our clients, our print shop’s production services grew to incorporate digital services including managing plan rooms, metadata entry and data mapping.

In the last decade there was another shift — a larger demand for half-size prints. Although printed on 11×17” paper, a half-size print requires more expertise from a printer than producing a regular office document. Ten years ago, we expanded our decades-long affiliation with Xerox and became the designated metro Atlanta Xerox Agency providing multifunction and production devices that support not only our architectural and construction customers’ drawings but also the office staff and marketing teams (and production printers) of a wide variety of businesses throughout metro Atlanta.

One division of our business works diligently with our clients helping them make better BIM (Building Information Modeling) models. The other part still prints 2D plans. As the two worlds become closer and closer in technology, we changed from meeting in architects’ and engineers’ offices to engaging with our construction clients on their job sites. The experience of being in the field with our clients, working with them on projects they are trying to win and witnessing the end results of jobs they designed and built, we realized there were still some important solutions we needed to provide.

One large hole to fill was accurate building documentation. Our clients need it to bid a project, plan it effectively, ensure it is being built correctly and to provide a more complete deliverable to their clients. Everyone knows that as-built drawings are a myth. And even with BIM-enabled construction sites, the need to ensure what is being built as it is being built is important.

We knew that 3D laser scanning was the answer to getting this vital documentation. We provide 3D laser scanning services across the U.S. for business ranging from architectural firms to general contractors to manufacturing plants.

Just possessing accurate data is not enough, though. We knew we had to own the proper data capture and use workflow. Receiving data that is approachable and usable is vital to our clients’ success. For our Autodesk software users, we train on how to actually use the data in the software. Our non-design clients receive an accurate 3D image file that lets them move around, see and measure virtually but with real, accurate data.

We invite you to join our journey as we venture into the next 41 years, evolving our offerings to meet the next technological advancements.

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When millions of workers started working from home recently, few knew what to expect and as a result many are struggling. We are all coming to terms with the normal challenges like managing schedules, balancing personal life over professional and that blurred line between work hours and home. Some challenges you can attack head-on with Xerox Multifunctional Printers, software portfolio and innovative apps. Yet when it comes to work (wherever that happens) work-at-home champions expect things to remain simple. You want to connect and interact with their business resources easily, minus any hassle or long conversations with the IT department.

In the graphic below, we have identified some challenges that the new home workers (perhaps you yourself) can find themselves having to deal with. Do any look familiar?

Docushare Home Work Graphic


Is There a Solution?

Yes. Xerox is leading the way in providing unique solutions to give huge productivity gains for the home worker and solving these pain points.

The First Step: Selecting the Ideal Multifunction Device as your Home Assistant

Homeworkers can be split into two broad categories: users with simple print-centric needs that create, share via email and print documents, and a second category of users that need to process documents as part of their job (like an insurance claim clerk, lawyers or real estate professionals). Workers who process documents for their job need to mimic the operations available at their office, follow company procedures, approve or review documents and pass them on to others. These workers need remote access from their device to their office systems. (For example, sign and approve an insurance claim and move that document to the finance department for payment to the client to complete their work). These complex tasks greatly benefit from the availability of apps that ConnectKey-enabled devices support in order to work as efficiently from home as from their office.

On the other hand, general workers who create documents (like finance and marketing) often share with others in the company. They need to be able to print, copy and scan their documents, and then email them to whoever needs them. These easier tasks do not need ConnectKey apps, but do need reliable devices that offer them the functionality they need. The WorkCentre 6515 color multifunction printer, WorkCentre 3345 mono multifunction printer and B215 multifunction printer offer small, easy to use devices capable of any task the average user needs to perform.

All ConnectKey enabled devices offer the same, personalized, simple-to-use front panel, and offer capabilities beyond print with connection to the app gallery. The Versalink C405 color multifunctional printer and Versalink B405 multifunctional printer are small enough to use within the home without losing any of the advanced functionality and security attributes that offices require.

With access to the app gallery, Xerox offers a multitude of workflow scanning solutions and productivity apps at the device’s front panel. Scan into cloud repositories, scan into text searchable formats, even translate documents all at the device.

All Xerox devices are simple-to-install on networks with Install Wizards to configure wi-fi, email server settings etc, and simple-to-install drivers. The Smart Start installer for printing and scanning helps customers through the installation process removing the need for any IT support staff, getting the homeworker quickly up and running.

As we all come to terms with recent events, many of us have already started to adapt and rebuild within these challenging and changing work practices.

The Next Step: Tying it all Together with DocuShare

So how can businesses benefit from DocuShare, especially in these challenging times?

DocuShare Flex is a cloud-based SaaS content management solution offering 24/7 secure access to the documents and information you need from any location. It can be custom-configured to meet almost any business need, and Flex helps accelerate your digital transformation efforts by providing pre-configured solutions for common business problems in the cloud.

Collaborating and sharing information stays within secure channels instead of sending documents over email (often unencrypted) or 3rd party transfer methods (which may store your information for an indefinite period). Direct links to key documents or collections, with appropriate access rights, can be sent to individuals who can access via encrypted channels using their PC browser or DocuShare App for mobile devices.

DocuShare Flex’s real strength versus its main competitors comes from its ability to automate key processes, real-time document collaboration while also helping to remove paper from the outset to support business digital transformation initiatives. Information can be captured from multiple sources including hardcopy scans and electronic web forms then moved into automated workflows or made available to share or collaborate with others. Document lifecycle policies can also be managed to help businesses stay compliant to government legislation requirements such as automatic document expiry/deletion.

To aid with capturing and digitizing hardcopy documents along with transferring files between different systems, DocuShare can fully integrate with your ConnectKey MFP and other key business tools such as Cloud Storage, ERP and CRM platforms through available apps and connectors. Wouldn’t it be nice to scan directly to Microsoft 365, OneDrive, or even Evernote right from the C405 panel to save time? While you’re there, just browse your folders and print a document from your boss that you need to review. Our range of connectors to popular cloud-hosted solutions completely avoid the need for those middle steps, helping to streamline your document storage process and get you better connected.

Xerox also sports many apps that connect to those popular CRM or ERP systems that the company has standardized on. Some cases customers might have had these apps in their business on departmental MFP like an AltaLink. The beauty of this is that they can have the same functionality on their VersaLink at the home office. With apps like Salesforce or Oracle NetSuite, users can connect directly to their business-critical software, upload their customer contracts, accounts payable paperwork, or keep up-to-date on important business paperwork. Keeping the business process flowing like they were in their traditional office is key to staying successful.

Working from home may be the new “normal,” after all is said and done. With that, the support structure is also changing for the millions that have moved to their “home office,” which is adding the pain of setting up your hardware, or just getting support that you would get in the traditional office.

Xerox has the tools you need to work from home effectively, securely, and efficiently, bringing to bear all the conveniences of a modern office and placing them right at your fingertips without skipping a beat. Pandemic or not, times are changing for the telecommuter and Xerox is leading the way.

To download a free 60-day trial of DocuShare Flex, click here.

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Repro Products is here to help you as you reopen your office.  Whether you need signage informing your customers of measures you are taking to safeguard their health, directional signage or custom protection barriers, we can assist.

Click here to see our office locations and current business hours.

Click here to view the full newsletter. Below are the highlights of the May 2020 Spotlight Newsletter.

  • Printing – Emergency Signs Available
  • Safety Products – Custom Protection Barrier
  • Xerox – Stay Connected with DocuShare Flex Trial
  • HP – Save on new HP print equipment
  • Autodesk – Save 25% on AutoCAD Subscription
  • Bluebeam – Now purchase your Bluebeam software from our online store
  • What Customers Are Saying About Us
  • Repro Products In The Community

For more information about Repro Products, you can contact us here.

 

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*** Please See Below for Our Hours ***

Whether you are in the office or working from home, Repro Products has flexible and dependable delivery options to ensure you get your printed documents in a timely manner. Simply submit your documents to us electronically and we will coordinate the distribution of printed documents to your recipients. Click here for assistance with navigating our print portal.

We appreciate your business and assure you that we are taking the appropriate steps suggested by the CDC to minimize the chances of our team getting or spreading the Coronavirus. These precautions include enhanced cleanliness routines, social distancing internally and added precautions with all jobs. If there are specific restrictions or instructions we should follow before entering your company, please feel free to call us at 770-434-3050 and let us know what additional precautions we should take.

We are here to serve you, but will abide by government mandates if and as they are instituted. If you decide to visit our offices for printing, please call to confirm we are open. Below are our office locations and business hours.

Thank you for your business, don’t hesitate to let us know how we can be of assistance.

Effective August 19, 2020 until further notice, our hours will be:

Repro Products Smyrna
4485 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, GA 30080
770.434.3050

Monday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Repro Products North Fulton
1100 Old Ellis Road, Roswell, GA 30076
770.408.1880

Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Whether you are in the office or working from home, Repro Products is here to assist you with offerings and services to help you and your business through these challenging times.

Click here to view the full newsletter. Below are the highlights of the April 2020 Spotlight Newsletter.

  • Bluebeam – New Web Store
  • Xerox – Economic Stimulus Package
  • HP – Economic Stimulus Package
  • Autodesk – Save 15% on AutoCAD Subscription
  • Printing – Emergency Signs Available
  • Safety Products – Custom Portable Sneeze Guards
  • What Customers Are Saying About Us
  • Repro Products In The Community

For more information about Repro Products, you can contact us here.

 

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In order to bring better service to our customers in 2020, Repro Products has recently increased our website speed to provide a fast, convenient online experience. We’ve vastly improved our page loading speed since 2019 with a thorough website restructuring.

Since 20% of our website users visit us from mobile devices, we also Chat feature image pngimproved the performance of our mobile site to provide a swifter, leaner mobile experience. We improved our file upload functionality via mobile devices. Now the upload functionality is visible for both mobile and desktop. Repro offers a diverse portfolio of print and document solutions, and as you visit our site you might ask yourself, “Where do I begin?” Not to worry. Our website contains a convenient live chat feature to guide you to your desired destination and connect you with your solution. Our chat operates during normal business hours, and you can even message us through chat during off hours. Repro Products is proud to serve Atlanta and help customers nationwide, and our website is but one vehicle to achieve and maintain our reach. We value your input, so if you notice areas for website improvement or if you would like to suggest a new feature, feel free to contact us here.

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A new year and a new decade, now is the perfect time to refresh your business with products and services from Repro Products. Keep reading to find out how to get new HP print technology AND cash back, plus what’s new with our other product and service offerings.

See what we’ve been up to lately in our January 2020 Newsletter: Click Here to Read The Spotlight

A brief overview of the Repro Products January 2020 Newsletter is listed below.

 

For more information about Repro Products, you can contact us here.

 

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SMYRNA October 4, 2019 — Safety Products Store, a Repro Products company, has been selected for the 2019 Best of Smyrna Award in the Safety Equipment Supplier category by the Smyrna Award Program.

The Smyrna Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Smyrna area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

 About Smyrna Award Program

The Smyrna Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. This organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Their mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

About Safety Product Store

Safety Products Store is your premier source for high visibility safety products ranging from customizable safety apparel to chevron prismatic reflective decals for pickup tailgates.

Safety Products Store is one of the Repro Products, Inc. family of companies. Repro Products, established in 1979, has a range of offerings including reprographic and color printing services, printers and copiers and Autodesk design software and training. Realizing that jobsite safety is the highest priority for our customers, we created the Safety Products Store to provide additional value to our AEC customers. Safety Products is proud to receive the Best of Smyrna Award for 2019.

If you are interested in reaching Safety Products Store for our many solutions, you may email us at Sales@SafetyProductsStore.com or contact us at 855-706-3050.

For more information about this award, contact the Smyrna Award Program at:

Email: PublicRelations@2019biz-rankingannouncement.com
URL: http://www.2019biz-rankingannouncement.com

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No more contortions. No more juggling. And no more flaming hoops. Finally, a better PDF document solution tailored specifically to AEC workflows and designed by engineers.

As the title of this article hints, you’re probably well aware of the most popular PDF software on the market. And no wonder! It serves countless industries and remains a public staple for viewing and generating PDFs. But if you work in AEC, you cannot afford to manage PDFs on the same platform used by pub owners to print help wanted signs. Nor can you lean on the same PDF software a K-12 teacher uses to compose her syllabus. Precision, clarity and efficiency are paramount in your line of work, and QA means getting the job done right the first time, on time. And if your PDF solution isn’t up to the task of markup, then buck up for another all-nighter because the work isn’t going to finish itself.

Sound familiar? No worries. That’s where Bluebeam® Revu® 2019 rushes to your rescue.

Conveniently, Repro Products is a Bluebeam Silver Partner. Repro Products provides Atlanta businesses with a powerful toolkit of printing and imaging solutions, and our printer showroom has earned a reputation as a place where seeing becomes believing. Here, our pleasantly surprised visitors learn that we offer Bluebeam, witnessing demos of how Revu performs in tandem with their hardware investments. This is why we encourage our showroom visitors to get the most out of the tour by asking about Bluebeam. And for AEC professionals trapped in the inertia of mediocre PDF software: consider exploring Bluebeam Revu. 

So perhaps you’re in the market for wide format hardware and you want to test the waters with Bluebeam. Great! Ask us for a demo. Or better yet: get a FREE license of Revu Extreme for every wide format order placed before the end of 2019. Invest with confidence.

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The Repro Products showroom

Take a look at the attractive workflow tools within Bluebeam Revu in the video and feature list below:



Finally! A PDF Software Expressly Designed for Your Industry


Seamless Collaboration
  • Enable better collaboration with the suite of tools in Studio, which are designed to make it easier to work with others. Click for video example
  • Advanced suite of customizable measurement tool. Click for video example
  • Document Comparison and Overlay Pages for tracking changes and quality control
  • Dynamic document set up and version control tools
  • Bluebeam Studio, the only real-time, PDF-based collaboration solution
  • Instantly connect project partners worldwide on the same set of documents through Studio Projects and Sessions
  • Activity tracking for improved transparency and trust
PDF Tools for Your Industry 
  • Create and distribute PDF forms with text fields, buttons, check and list boxes, digital signature fields and more. Click for video example
  • Edit the PDF content in text in published PDFs, modifying it, moving it or erasing it all together. Click for video example
  • Create new, blank PDFs, generate PDF templates installed with Revu, or create custom templates to reuse and share with your team. Click for video example
  • Apply a password to open the PDF file or set permissions to what your recipients can and cannot do. Click for video example
  • Transform scanned PDFs into text-searchable and selectable files. Click for video example
  • View, edit and manipulate 3D PDFs to provide even more detail. Click for video example
Industry-Tailored Markups
  • Best-In-Class Markup Technology featuring easy-to-use and customizable industry-specific markups (markup tools and properties). Click for video example
  • Save, centralize and share commonly used markups for better standardization (Tool Chest)
  • Attach, track, sort, filter and generate reports on markup data (Markups List)
Bottom Line Impact 
  • Save time reviewing and commenting
  • Increase efficiency with standardization
  • Reduce liability
  • Win more jobs with improved bid quality and shorter bid creation times
  • Reduce time spent on manual processes and errors
  • Reduce the risk of time and budget overruns with access to current information
  • Complete projects faster and more effectively
  • Reduce travel, shipping and printing costs
  • Reduce liability

From a business standpoint, Bluebeam achieves the three main objectives of maximizing productivity, improving project predictability, and minimizing risk. As a result, revenues increase, cost diminishes and risk gives way to greater certainty.

productivity diagram for PDFs

Case Studies

Bluebeam Revu helps people deliver on efficiency, collaboration, and productivity time and again, and has done so for over a million AEC professionals worldwide. But don’t take our word for it. See for yourself.

Case study: Mechanical contractor saves weeks by using Bluebeam Revu and allowing for simultaneous drafting and designing

Case study: Arup cuts design review time by 60% while maintaining quality with Revu

Case study: Civil Constructors save $50,000 on their first project with Bluebeam Revu

The next time you stop by our show room to demo a hardware investment, consider your entire document workflow and ask your rep how Bluebeam Revu can boost your operations. Or you can simply reach out to us by requesting a quote here or by calling in directly at 866-665-7604.

Bluebeam Revu is a registered trademark of Bluebeam, Inc., used under license.

Batch Link, Bluebeam, Bluebeam Revu, eXtreme, Revu, and Studio are registered trademarks of Bluebeam Inc., used under license.

 

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Repro Products, Inc. was recently presented with the 2018 Consumer’s Choice Award (CCA) for office copiers/independent dealers.  Recipients of the CCA represent “Best in Class Businesses” in the quality of their service, value, professionalism and integrity.

The Consumers’ Choice Award is unique in that winners are not chosen by a panel of judges but by consumers themselves. Surveys were conducted to in each industry sector to determine which companies were voted the best in their field.

For over 25 years the Consumers’ Choice Award has been considered a business seal of excellence. For recipients, the award not only constitutes the crowning achievement of their efforts, but also represents the knowledge that they have earned the trust and loyalty of consumers.

We are very honored to receive this award and will continue to provide top-notch service to our consumers. View our award here.

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Check out this Xerox blog below about the Bold Benefits of Color in Printing.

Benefits of Color in Printing

Color isn’t just for special occasions when you want to impress or add a little emphasis. Color makes an enormous impact in everyday use – from marketing and advertising materials to dazzling your boss with engaging presentations and getting that proposal approved. Here’s why you should use it more liberally in your everyday communications.

Capturing the imagination

Research proves the power of color in capturing the attention of an audience. Upon immediate exposure to materials that represent you or your brand, viewers may accept or reject based on the presence of color. In fact, color makes an impression that is 39% more memorable, sells 80% more and improves brand recognition by up to a whopping 80%*.

Challenge the color-is-costly mindset

The “color as too costly” mindset is as antiquated as the very first print technology. When it comes to performance, today’s color printing with printers like the Xerox® VersaLink® C405 built on ConnectKey® Technology  and are comparable to mono printing in speed, advanced functionality and user friendliness, not to mention in networking and manageability.

Xerox® ConnectKey® Technology makes using color and saving money compatible with simple controls that can restrict usage and regulate color printing.

woman running with colorful fabric on the beach

How to make a splash

Now that you know color is both engaging and affordable, you can focus on how to use it wisely. Implement the use of a style guide that establishes rules for what colors to apply to your materials, and understand the impact certain colors have on the psychology of your audience. Use color strategically, not just on a whim; highlight calls-to-action and response buttons, key information and phone numbers – all are proven to up a business’s response rate.

Captivate with Color

Captivate with Color: Letter size

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Download the letter size infographic (PDF, 185 KB)

Captivate with Color: Tabloid size

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Download the tabloid size infographic (PDF, 260 KB)

The power of color

If you’ve ever painted a room one color only to paint it over in another, you know that too much of a good thing always so good. Take the time to learn about the emotional messaging around color to make sure your brand colors and collateral reflect you or your business’s personality and place in the world.

For example, we all know red attracts attention. Did you also know it actually increases heart rate? You may love the color but if your yoga studio flyer features it you may be doing downward dog all by yourself.

 

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Color and design tips for maximum marketing impact

Understanding how color works on your audience is essential to controlling your message and content. Successful content marketing depends on knowing how colors work best together.

Color is only as effective as your printer

The whole reason you’re using color is to leave an impression with your audience and, in turn, to sell (studies say that color can actually help you sell 80 percent more*). Make sure all your creative work pays off by using a high-quality color printer to match the high-quality output you need.

Count on the Xerox® VersaLink® C405 Color Multifunction Printer for your color needs in today’s modern workspace:

  • Xerox® ConnectKey® Technology-enabled smart Workplace Assistant
  • Revolutionary productivity from the new benchmark in multifunction printers
  • The versatile workplace assistant for every office no matter the size

Contact us today on how color can help you and your business today.

Source: Link to the original Xerox blog

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Learn how BIM (building information modeling) workflows automate the ordinary and can help you unlock new levels of creativity and innovation. Check out your FREE personalized e-guides to understanding BIM technology for structural engineering and MEP Design and Detailing below.

BIM for Sturctural Engineering and Design

This guide to BIM technologies and workflows can help you use BIM to automate the ordinary and achieve the extraordinary in structural engineering and design. Please click the button below to read our ebook and learn more.

This ebook includes the following…

  • A step up: How BIM Capabilities Help Engineering Firms Win More Work
  • Anytime, anywhere: Connecting Structural Teams with BIM
  • Connecting Design to Fabrication
  • Iterating to Optimize Your Structural Design
  • Communicating Design Intent
  • Capturing Reality: Incorporating As-Built Data in Structural Models

BIM for MEP Design and Detailing

This is your guide to achieving the extraordinary with BIM technology for mechanical, electrical and plumbing design. Please click the button below to read our ebook and learn more.

This ebook includes the following…

  • From 2D to BIM: Making the Leap
  • Creating Cross-Team Connections with BIM
  • Connecting MEP Design to Fabrication
  • Iterating to Optimize Your MEP Design
  • Improved Understanding: Communicating Design Intent through BIM
  • Capturing Reality: Incorporating As-Built Data in 3D Models

Want to Learn More about BIM Technology ?

If you are interested in learning more about BIM, please click here.

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BIM 360 Design & ADC Introduction Video

Check out our latest tutorial video by our lead AEC Application Engineer at Repro Products, Dzan Ta.  In this tutorial he will discuss BIM 360 Design and the Autodesk Desktop Connector.  This is an introduction to working with a Revit model to upload to BIM 360 Design along with how to use the Autodesk desktop connector.

Additional Autodesk Training?

If you are interested in more Autodesk Training, please click here.

 

 

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3 Tips to a Smarter Workplace with Xerox VersaLink and Altalink print technology

The pressure to complete tasks quickly in the workplace by a certain deadline has only grown exponentially. Tight deadlines are the new normal. Thankfully the new Xerox workplace assistant is here to swoop in and save the day. These workplace assistants will cut wasteful steps and transform the way work gets done. The best part is that the machines are designed to be instantly familiar and to seamlessly integrate with your existing setup.

Check out the key benefits of these smart printers that will catapult you to a next-generation workplace that can be tailored to enhancing your business.

Improved Mobile Capabilities

  • The versatile 3-in-1 Xerox Mobile Link app allows you to capture, manage, and send your prints.
  • Powerful processes can be created and implemented right from your iOS or Android device – using one-touch workflows to easily scan, modify and share.
  • Xerox mobile apps allow you to  utilize both the physical and digital worlds. Step 1) Capture from the mobile camera or the smart printer.  2) Tweak, merge or secure the document. 3) Share instantly to single or multiple destinations – email, local folders, cloud repositories, workflow.

Recognizable Interface

  • Discover a familiar tablet-like interface across the entire family of VersaLink and AltaLink printers and multifunction printers .
  • The interface is optimized to make every interaction as simple and efficient as possible.
  • Experience a personalized interface with your very own favorites, layouts and apps to get more done.

Smart Devices for a Smarter Workplace

  • Easily start or continue any work process right from your app or MFP thanks to  Xerox ConnectKey technology.
  • The Xerox App Gallery allows you to add new capabilities as you go.
  • A customer favorite from an ever-growing selection of apps is the Xerox® Easy Translator Service app, which allows you to copy a document into 40+ languages!
  • One-tap access to Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive and Office 365 will reduce the steps it takes to scan, retrieve and collaborate on materials in the cloud.

Interested in a Workplace Assistant for your Business?

If you need help figuring out what MFP would best suit your business functionality, then please contact us and we can help you choose the best option tailored to your specific office needs. We look forward to helping you choose a printer that will play a crucial role in enhancing the performance of your business.

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Is Your Wide Format Printer Working For You Or Are You Working For It?

Technology is supposed to increase our productivity, but when we reach the point where our devices require as much attention and TLC as a newborn, it’s probably time to make a change (pun intended).  Below are some of the signs that you are working too hard for your wide format printer.

1. YOUR PRINTER REFUSES TO “TALK” TO YOUR NEW OPERATING SYSTEM

A new operating system comes out that promises to make life easier for everyone. But, the printer does not communicate effectively with the new system and the inevitable errors and crashes ensue. If you are updating the operating system in your office, you should consider updating your wide format printers to avoid productivity delays, computer crashes and frustrated (and unproductive) employees.

2. YOUR COMPANY HAS OUTGROWN YOUR PRINTER

Sure that wide format printer capable of lightning-fast 2 Ds a minute was great when your business didn’t need anything faster, but now that the number and size of jobs has grown, you need a device capable of keeping up with your team.  There are a variety of wide format printers in the market today capable of printing 4, 8, 14 or even 30 Ds a minute.  If your staff is waiting on your printer to print, you are wasting your most valuable resource – time.

3. YOUR WIDE FORMAT MACHINE IS “MATURE”

While maturity is an admirable quality in humans, it is a definite disadvantage in technology.  Chances are you are not driving a car that is 10 or more years old with over 300,000 miles on it (and if you are, you know you are driving on borrowed time).  There are many factors that determine the lifespan of your wide format printer including how many square feet it has printed during its lifetime and how well it has been maintained. Wide format printers are notoriously well-built to withstand heavy usage for years, but any device over eight years in age may have reached the end of useful life.   When the repair technician has his own coffee cup in your breakroom, you need to start thinking about new equipment.

4. IT IS DIFFICULT TO FIND REPLACEMENT CONSUMABLES

Over time, it can become more difficult to find the ink and print heads required for your wide format printer.  When you get to the point where it feels as though you are on an eternal scavenger hunt to find the parts you need, it is time to look at new equipment.

5. YOUR STAFF IS SPENDING TOO MUCH TIME ON TASKS THE MACHINE COULD DO

The speed of your wide format printer (as covered above) is just one aspect of the overall time spent printing.  Many newer models have instant on printing which removes the tedium of waiting for the machine to warm up.  Others print mixed sets – mixed in both size and color and black and white – eliminating the need for hand collating.  Inks that can be changed on the fly without stopping your print job and choosing models which hold more rolls will also speed up the overall time getting those crucial prints out the door.

Interested in a new wide format printer?

These are just five common indications that you may need to look at replacing your wide format equipment.  Perhaps the most telling sign is if your printer has become the target of much discussion among your staff (and not in a good way).  If you hear coworkers plotting on the best way to kill the printer and make it look like an accident, then too much energy is being needlessly expended.  There are many options in both models of equipment and purchasing and leasing plans which can make getting a new piece of wide format equipment a painless process.

Contact Repro Products for a personal consultation to determine which printer will best meet your needs and budget. You can view all of our wide format printer options here. Be sure to request a quote if you are interested in learning more about a particular wide format printer.

 

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BIM is no longer just a cool buzz word to throw around at cocktail parties, it is a reality and it is here to stay.  According to McGraw Hill, 50% of owners are requiring BIM to be used on their projects.  The increase of BIM is directly tied to the increase of IPD (Integrated Project Delivery) contracts which means the burden for change orders and mistakes is spread around.

As the competition for jobs increases, it is incumbent on firms to stand out.  But how?  By investing in a color wide format printer, of course!  What, how can that be the answer?  I didn’t even buy into BIM being a cool buzz word at parties – no way spending money on color printing is the answer to winning work and being more profitable.  Or is it?  Keep reading, it will all come together . . .

Why is BIM Driving Color in Wide Format Printing?

Better collaboration and understanding of construction documents helps reduce rework (read that as COSTS) on jobs.  The Economist estimated that 10 – 30% of the costs of any given project can be attributed to mistakes, rework or errors.  Printing construction documents in color increases productivity, reduces delays and reduces litigation.  Europe has already embraced color printing with 50% of construction documents printed in color, compared to 10% in the U.S.

So how does this translate into winning more jobs and reducing expenses?  Color documents reduce search time by up to 80% and reduce errors by 80% while increasing retention by 78%.  If you can reduce the time on a job, reduce errors AND reduce the costs, your clients will take notice.

But doesn’t color cost a lot more than black and white?  Recent developments in wide format technology have brought down the price of color printing making it more affordable than ever while increasing the print speeds.  If you are unsure of the benefits of color printing, though, perhaps you would be prudent to send some documents to your local reprographer and allow them to print them for you in color.  Use them on your job site and see for yourself how big a difference they can make for you.

Interested in a color wide format printer?

Contact Repro Products for a personal consultation to determine which color wide format printer will best meet your needs and budget. You can view all of our wide format printer options here. Be sure to request a quote if you are interested in learning more about a particular color wide format printer.

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Interested in 3D Laser Scanning for your next renovation project? 

Check out our latest laser scanning project at a water treatment facility. The first picture was taken in a 3D laser scan from 2017.

Before

Repro Products scanned the existing conditions of a rotary screen system at a water treatment plant last year which enabled the engineers to fit this equipment in place this year with minor modifications.

After

Screen Rotary - 2018

The screen rotary is being replaced to accommodate the growing population of the area surrounding the plant. The machines have a fine screen inside that push the waste through them separating the water from the trash that makes is then pushed into the sewer plant. The water goes on to be further treated while the waste is disposed of in the dumpsters below.

3D Laser Scanning for your business

Repro Products’ 3D laser scanning services enable clients to add, modify, validate and document their design process in context from existing environments. This project allowed the plant to have a full scope of the existing conditions before renovations were made to the facility. If you are interested in 3D laser scanning services for your business then contact us or give us a call at 866-665-7604.

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HP topped the list for value of color in construction.

Construction Executive recognized the top 25 companies that make construction more productive and profitable. To view the article click here. More information on HP is on page 60. The technology solutions span every phase of the construction life cycle, from surveying, designing and bidding through estimating and project management. In addition, these companies make the tech that contractors depend on to manage their personnel, vendors, equipment, financials, payroll, document printing and more.

With an extensive portfolio, HP helps enable construction executives make printing in color much easier and cost effective. 

HP DesignJet Printers for Construction: T520, T720, T830, T2530, T3500

  • Great for onsite job trailers or small office workgroups
  • Robust, compact 24″ and 36″ options, WiFi enabled
  • Built-in scanner; scan and share documents wherever you are
  • Starting at $2,105

HP PageWide XL Printers for Construction

  • For high productivity needs with low cost per copy
  • Can print up to 30 D/A1 pages per minute
  • Excellent reliability and ease of use
  • Price upon request:  Click here to request a quote

When looking for ways to increase profitability and productivity, construction executives and project managers are more frequently identifying the “human error factor” as an opportunity to reduce costs, and are finding success after converting traditional black and white plans to color. Doing so increases contractors’ and subcontractors’ effective communication in the field. In fact, studies have shown that every $1 invested in color can yield $4 in cost savings for a given project1.

RETHINKING PRODUCTIVITY

Low productivity has been a constant drumbeat in the construction industry, raising costs and adding risk and waste across project lifecycles. Industry leaders are looking for ways to drive risk and waste out of their own project-delivery processes, and they see many opportunities for improvement across the range of engagements. Based on The Economist, “Rethinking productivity across the construction industry: The challenge of change,” (2015), a survey revealed that:

  • 74 percent of construction professionals surveyed indicate that lagging productivity is a major challenge;
  • 48 percent believe that their firms have failed to come up with a coherent strategy to address this problem; and
  • 32 percent cite poor communication and collaboration as one of the leading obstacles to partner-related productivity, underscoring the need for better partnership models among contractors, clients, and investors.

ERRORS AND WASTE ARE COMMON IN THE INDUSTRY

Waste Is Costly

According to the Lyra Research Inc. article “Color Construction Documents: A Simple Way to Reduce Costs,” general industry estimates that between 10 percent and 30 percent of all building project costs can be attributed to wasted activities, such as schedule overruns due to inaccurate coordination scheduling, wasted labor and management time, wasted materials and unnecessary litigation. Based on U.S. Department of Commerce building estimates for 2009, a 10 percent waste factor is equal to approximately $94 billion.”

 

Unforced Human Error Results in Consequences

  • Wasted material when building
  • Wasted operator time
  • Wasted time for manager to make corrections
  • Time delay of the project due to the error
  • Reprint of the plot with the corrections
  • Litigation with the project lead

Studies suggest that between 70 percent and 90 percent of projects exceed the original planned cost, and the overrun commonly reaches between 50 percent and 100 percent of the budget. Twenty-one percent of the time, poor exchange of information and communication causes errors at work.

AEC INDUSTRY TRENDS

Low-productivity Consequences

  • Project owner: A major concern is closing the project on time with no extra costs. Any delay in the project delivery is most likely to result in extra costs.
  • Architect: Focused on transmitting attractive ideas and appealing designs when planning and designing. Providing misleading information can delay the entire project execution.
  • General contractor: A primary task is monitoring and controlling the implementation of the project. Any error when transmitting information can result in litigation, as well as additional costs and delays with the project owner.
  • Subcontractor: The focus is on delivering on requests as quickly and accurately as possible, minimizing errors. Information errors can result in rework and time delays and penalties from the general contractor.

THE ADVANTAGES OF PRINTING IN COLOR

Color printing has become an important component in projects because it can decrease human error rates. It has been proven that color documents are more easily understood and the information is retained at higher rates versus monochrome documents.2 The use of color documents reduces errors and allows a team to easily understand the sections of a plan for which they are responsible. During the bidding phase, color documents make a more professional impression than monochrome documents. Throughout the project, the use of color in documents can help keep the project on time and on budget.

The HP Advantage for Construction Professionals

HP enables construction executives and project managers to add color printing into their workflow by offering devices that make color printing more productive and cost effective. Their portfolio ranges from compact HP DesignJet T-Series 24 & 36″ Wi-Fi enabled printers, designed for CAD and general-purpose applications, all the way up to the high-volume HP PageWide XL printers that can print 30 D-Size (24×36″) plans in one minute, with integrated scanning capabilities. With excellent reliability and ease of use, HP DesignJet and PageWide XL printers have helped many construction companies reduce jobsite errors by enabling quick print revisions, color drawings and onsite multi-function scanning capabilities. If you are interested in an HP printer to make your business more productive and profitable, you can  learn more here.

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Scanning used to be a cumbersome process that involved numerous steps:

  • Locate and scan the paperwork
  • Create a new folder on your desktop
  • Name the folder
  • Move the scanned paperwork to the folder you created
  • Name the file

Thanks to Web Capture Service from Xerox, scanning functionality has improved to make the process easier for the many companies that have discovered the convenience and added security of digitized documents. Web Capture Service combines app and scanning technology, providing the same level of ease and convenience people experience with their smartphones. Documents can now be scanned into web applications, making the time it takes to enter business data into programs like QuickBooks Online, Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps significantly shorter and easier.

Reduce the Number of Steps Required for Scanning Documents

Small and medium businesses, when surveyed, indicated that most capture applications are too expensive, complicated and tedious. Xerox Web Capture Service, however, allows users to insert the information on their document directly into almost any web application that requires a document to be attached, making the process quicker and easier.  To simplify things even more, Web Capture Service works with any scanning device (including non-Xerox) and operates as a cloud service right from your desktop.

Scanning | Xerox Web Capture

 

Cut Your Scanning Time in Half

Not only does Web Capture simplify the process of document management by automatically triggering scanning via an easy-to-use browser plug-in, it also makes it easier to scan multiple files thanks to the ‘follow-me’ scan repository. This process both eliminates steps and improves productivity by cutting the time it takes to go from scanning to working and also reduces the risk of errors. Removing numerous naming and storing steps creates a more efficient and reliable workflow. Multiply the number of eliminated steps by the number of employees you have and you will begin to see the cumulative benefits of Web Capture.

You can even scan a large volume of paperwork by enabling Web Capture on your Xerox ConnectKey® enabled MFP and scan directly to the Cloud. Once stored there, you simply drag and drop those docs into your business application. It really is that easy.

Boost Productivity with Xerox Web Capture

Want to learn more about Web Capture and how your company can begin using this productivity boosting feature? Fill out the form on our contact page or give us a call at 866-665-7604 to initiate your no-strings-attached business assessment today.

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Repro Products, Inc., Atlanta’s exclusive Xerox Agency, has some proven methods to help you cut business expenses through better document management. Many of these are quite simple and can be put into practice immediately, meaning you can start saving money right away.

Reduce Print Costs

With businesses spending approximately 3% on printing, this is the third largest business expense behind rent and payroll. If your company is like most companies, you underestimate how much you’re spending on printing by around 40%. There are some simple strategies, like printing on both sides of the paper whenever possible and restricting color printing, that are good places to begin saving money. Xerox printers let you set permissions and restrict color printing to specific documents, departments or employees.

Almost half of printed pages are discarded and another 20 percent are never picked up from the printer at all! Eliminate unneeded printing with Xerox printers that don’t print until the user validates the print job with a PIN code they enter at the printer. The page that was never printed is the biggest savings of all.

Although the above strategies will provide some savings, engaging Repro Products to outsource your print management is the most effective way to reduce your print costs. A managed print services (MPS) strategy can cut your costs by up to 30%. You will also get a single point of contact who can manage your vendors, handle supplies ordering and provide a detailed understanding of your print environment. We will also provide support and advise you on industry-standard best practices. Contact us to find out more about managed print services.

Assess Your Equipment Needs

When you want to cut costs, your hardware is another expense you need to examine. A print assessment by Repro Products can identify opportunities to save money while boosting efficiency. If your organization can’t immediately determine how many printers are in your office, where they’re located or who is printing on them, an assessment is the first step you need to take.

While it may seem counter-intuitive to spend money on new equipment in order to reduce costs, outdated office equipment can be an unnecessary drain on your budget. Dated equipment is inefficient and is likely the source of many costly repairs. A print assessment can also tell you the best placement of your devices for the teams they serve in order to achieve optimum utilization.

Go Digital

Digitizing documents and storing them in the cloud reduces expenses by decreasing printing and by improving productivity. Digitization can eliminate paper from how you invoice, report financials, manage legal and human resource forms and handle other time-consuming processes. It reduces your office space needs as well since you’ll have fewer physical records to store.

Xerox Web Capture Services automates and scans documents for immediate use without the additional steps of creating files, renaming documents and importing to an applications.  Now scanning is easier than ever, eliminating a difficult learning curve and making your transition to digital easier than you may imagine. It also works with any brand of scanner so you won’t need to invest in new ones. Xerox printers using ConnectKey Technology® let you scan and print documents directly to and from cloud storage apps like Microsoft 365 and Dropbox which is a huge time saver.

INTERESTED IN A NEW XEROX PRINTING DEVICE FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

Need help choosing a document management solution for your office?  Contact Repro Products, Inc., Atlanta’s Exclusive Xerox Agency, for a needs assessment by clicking here. We look forward to working with you and helping you improve your bottom line.

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Repro Products, Inc. was recently presented with the 2017 Consumer’s Choice Award (CCA) for office copiers/independent dealers.  Recipients of the CCA represent “Best in Class Businesses” in the quality of their service, value, professionalism and integrity.

The Consumers’ Choice Award is unique in that winners are not chosen by a panel of judges but by consumers themselves. Surveys were conducted to in each industry sector to determine which companies were voted the best in their field.

For over 25 years the Consumers’ Choice Award has been considered a business seal of excellence. For recipients, the award not only constitutes the crowning achievement of their efforts, but also represents the knowledge that they have earned the trust and loyalty of consumers.

We are very honored to receive this award and will continue to provide top-notch service to our consumers. View our award here.

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If your company is like the majority of small and medium-sized businesses, increasing productivity, improving security and cutting costs are all priorities for you in 2018. One strategy you may not have considered to achieve these goals is to update your print devices. BLI (Buyer’s Lab Inc.), the source for unbiased test data on the global document imaging industry, recently chose 13 Xerox print devices as “Winter 2018 Picks.” These award-winning devices can assist your company with achieving your business objectives this year.

Included as top picks are models from the latest fleet of Xerox Versalink and Altalink devices that provide great options for workgroups of every size and functionality. The VersaLink and AltaLink products feature ConnectKey technology, with built-in capabilities that provide the potential to translate, share, and create electronic documents with just a few taps on the tablet-type screen. Here are the devices BLI recognized as the best printers of Winter 2018:

Copier MFP Winners

  • Xerox VersaLink B7025 – Outstanding 25-ppm Copier MFP
  • Xerox VersaLink B7035 – Outstanding 35-ppm Copier MFP
  • Xerox VersaLink C7020 – Outstanding 20-ppm Color Copier MFP
  • Xerox VersaLink C7025 – Outstanding 25-ppm Color Copier MFP
  • Xerox AltaLink C8045 – Outstanding 45-ppm Color Copier MFP
  • Xerox AltaLink C8055 – Outstanding 55-ppm Color Copier MFP
  • Xerox AltaLink C8070 – Outstanding 70-ppm Color Copier MFP

Printer/MFP Winners

  • Xerox VersaLink B600 Series – Outstanding Printer for Large Workgroups
  • Xerox VersaLink B605 Series – Outstanding Multifunction Printer for Large Workgroups
  • Xerox VersaLink C500 Series – Outstanding Color Printer for Mid-Size Workgroups
  • Xerox VersaLink C505 Series – Outstanding Color Multifunction Printer for Mid-Size Workgroups
  • Xerox VersaLink C600 Series – Outstanding Color Printer for Large Workgroups
  • Xerox VersaLink C7000 Series – Outstanding Tabloid Color Printer for Mid-Size Workgroups

Xerox was also named winner of BLI’s “2018 Monochrome Printer & MFP Line of the Year” award.

Interested in a new Xerox printing device for your business?

Need help choosing which of these award-winning devices is best for your office?  Contact Repro Products, Inc., Atlanta’s Exclusive Xerox Agency, for a needs assessment by clicking here. We look forward to working with you and helping you meet your business objectives in 2018.

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Say goodbye to ancient, one-trick pony printers and say hello to the next generation of printers that encompass all of your office functionality in one device. The modern printer is a multifunctional tool that delivers a myriad of services to increase your office productivity. Today’s multifunction printer (MFP) is not limited to just printing, but instead it is capable of scanning, faxing, printing and more to consolidate your office workflows to just one machine.

The newest generation of MFPs even support apps that improve security, provide language translation and more to free your workers for other tasks. Learn how one piece of office equipment can support and help grow your business in an increasingly deadline-driven work environment.

Here are 5 reasons why a multifunction printer is vital for your business.

1. Increase Efficiency

Think of your printer as a member of your team. Your printer is a cog in the wheel of the workflow process that you need to run as smoothly as possible without any hiccups. Not only will an MFP print more quickly than your standard printer, but it will also allow you to perform multiple office functionalities with one machine, allowing you to save time and boost your company’s productivity.

2. Enhance The User Experience

People depend on printers at work every day, so all interactions with your printer should be as user-friendly as possible. This means that every feature of your printer should be intuitive so that it is easy and straightforward to use. This also means that if any issues arise with the printer, that the user can be easily guided as to how to fix the problem and continue with business as usual.

3. Save Time

An improved user experience ultimately saves you time and money by making each phase of the printing process as simple and painless as possible. According to Xerox, the average worker in the U.S. with a shared central printer spends three minutes waiting for a print job. This might not sound like much, but that adds up to 13 hours a year!

4. Customize Your Device

Easily personalize the interface for each MFP user. Each user has the ability to manage their print jobs and create a customized experience that works for them. Users can quickly access documents they need to print, scan or fax from cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive. They can even connect to your MFP from all devices with the latest mobile technologies.

5. Improve Customer Service

MFPs allow customers to be delivered forms, contracts, proposals etc. on the spot at the point of service or contact. For instance, a statement of work could be generated online, printed out during a meeting for a client’s signature and then scanned back into the system. This is the functionality of three devices being replaced by the use of one machine to expedite your workflow and ultimately improve your customer service.

MFP | Repro Products

Catapult your business into the digital age with the latest generation MFP. Not only will you be cutting costs, streamlining operations and increasing your office efficiency, but you will have the added bonus of creating more physical space in your office by shrinking the size of your print corner. One MFP will replace the need for three separate machines. The upgraded functionality of your printer will cause a ripple effect that ultimately results in better business and faster service for your customers.

Need to upgrade your printer? Let us help!

If your printer is slowing down the productivity of your office or you have simply outgrown the functionality of your current printer, then check out these MFP options. If you need help figuring out what MFP would best suit your business functionality, then please contact us and we can help you choose the best option tailored to your specific office needs. We look forward to helping you choose a printer that will play a crucial role in enhancing the performance of your business.

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Technology is supposed to increase our productivity, but when we reach the point where our devices require as much attention and TLC as a newborn, it’s probably time to make a change (pun intended). Below are some of the signs that you are working too hard for your wide format printer.

1. YOUR PRINTER REFUSES TO “TALK” TO YOUR NEW OPERATING SYSTEM

A new operating system comes out that promises to make life easier for everyone. But, the printer does not communicate effectively with the new system and the inevitable errors and crashes ensue. If you are updating the operating system in your office, you should consider updating your wide format printers to avoid productivity delays, computer crashes and frustrated (and unproductive) employees.

2. YOUR COMPANY HAS OUTGROWN YOUR PRINTER

Sure that wide format printer capable of lightning-fast 2 Ds a minute was great when your business didn’t need anything faster, but now that the number and size of jobs has grown, you need a device capable of keeping up with your team. There are a variety of wide format printers in the market today capable of printing 4, 8, 14 or even 30 Ds a minute. If your staff is waiting on your printer to print, you are wasting your most valuable resource – time.

New Color Printing Technologies Broaden the Opportunities for Print Shops

 

3. YOUR WIDE FORMAT MACHINE IS “MATURE”,

While maturity is an admirable quality in humans, it is a definite disadvantage in technology. Chances are you are not driving a car that is 10 or more years old with over 300,000 miles on it (and if you are, you know you are driving on borrowed time). There are many factors that determine the lifespan of your wide format printer including how many square feet it has printed during its lifetime and how well it has been maintained. Wide format printers are notoriously well-built to withstand heavy usage for years, but any device over eight years in age may have reached the end of useful life. When the repair technician has his own coffee cup in your breakroom, you need to start thinking about new equipment.

4. IT IS DIFFICULT TO FIND REPLACEMENT CONSUMABLES

Over time, it can become more difficult to find the ink and print heads required for your wide format printer. When you get to the point where it feels as though you are on an eternal scavenger hunt to find the parts you need, it is time to look at new equipment.

5. YOUR STAFF IS SPENDING TOO MUCH TIME ON TASKS THE MACHINE COULD DO

The speed of your wide format printer (as covered above) is just one aspect of the overall time spent printing. Many newer models have instant on printing which removes the tedium of waiting for the machine to warm up. Others print mixed sets – mixed in both size and color and black and white – eliminating the need for hand collating. Inks that can be changed on the fly without stopping your print job and choosing models which hold more rolls will also speed up the overall time getting those crucial prints out the door.

These are just five common indications that you may need to look at replacing your wide format equipment. Perhaps the most telling sign is if your printer has become the target of much discussion among your staff (and not in a good way). If you hear coworkers plotting on the best way to kill the printer and make it look like an accident, then too much energy is being needlessly expended. There are many options in both models of equipment and purchasing and leasing plans which can make getting a new piece of wide format equipment a painless process.

Contact Repro Products for a personal consultation to determine which printer will best meet your needs and budget.

 

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Section 179 Tax Deductions Have Been Extended for 2017

A major part of any business strategy is making the right investment choices to position your company for long term success; including choosing the right equipment to push your business in the right direction. However, one of the toughest obstacles facing businesses is finding the capital to pay for that investment.

Consult your tax and financial advisors to review and assess the factors that may apply to your business and tax situation. 

Business owners can take advantage of purchasing equipment and deduct the full purchase price of financed or leased equipment for the current tax year. The equipment must be within specific dollar limits.

What is the Section 179 Tax Deduction?

The Section 179 Tax Deduction of the IRS Tax Code allows a business to deduct, for the current tax year, the full purchase price of financed or leased equipment that qualifies for the deduction.

Major expenses typically are required to be depreciated over a term of years to account for what is known as the “useful life of the purchase” as dictated by the IRS. However, with the Section 179 tax deduction, business owners can elect to immediately expense the full purchase price of the equipment.

For example, if you purchase equipment for $50,000, you would typically write it off a little at a time through depreciation. Such as, $10,000 per year for say five years. However, most businesses would prefer to write off the entire equipment purchase price for the year they purchased it. This makes it more attractive to purchase more equipment when needed, instead of carrying over the purchase amount minus depreciation.

 

What Purchases qualify for Section 179 Deductions?

If you’re interested in taking advantage of the tax deductions this year, take a look at some of the purchases that would qualify for the Section 179 deductions:

Most tangible personal property for business use, such as:

 

When Can You Elect to Use the Section 179 Deduction?

You are eligible to take advantage of the Section 179 tax deduction for the tax year in which you placed the purchase(s) in service. For example, if you purchase a HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer and place the equipment into service by December 31, 2017, then you would be able to take advantage of the Section 179 deduction when you file your 2017 tax return.

To better understand Section 179 for 2017, visit Section179.org.

 

Need help selecting the right investment for your business?

Your Repro Products Business Development Manager can help you determine a technology investment strategy which will give your business a competitive advantage. Simply visit Repro Products, email sales@reproproducts.com or call 770.434.3050 to begin maximizing your write-offs today.


 

For More Information and Section 179 References:

See below for more helpful articles with expert information on Section 179, and be sure to speak with your financial and tax professional about what impacts these deductions can have on your business.

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One of the biggest “Grudge Fests” my engineering clients have is sharing their files and projects with internal colleagues.  Having worked with our clients and their Autodesk software for over 20 years, we have really gotten to know the internal ecosystem of your offices.

Many firms try to store their files on networks folders using Windows Explorer.  When you have to share your data with a group, there is no simple way of protecting your project files from being overwritten.

It is no surprise that even when this method of sharing data is policy, you will always find islands of the same data with different names, same versions with the same names, and files you just really need to work with stored on someone else’s data island.

Engineers spend a great deal of time trying to find the correct file.  Which one is the most up to date?  Also, when copying or renaming files, you find yourself needing to repair references.

If the data is on a shared network, it is much harder to find if you do not know the file name. We see hundreds of manually maintained spreadsheets where engineers try to find some way to be able to understand how to locate the data they are wanting.

Is it any wonder that you want to keep your own set of files locally on your own computer?

Project data management should make your job easier, not more frustrating. If you’re like most firms, Microsoft Windows Explorer and some mapped network drives are what you use to organize your Project data into manageable parts. You might have one drive for design data, another drive for administrative data, and additional drives for other content such as submittals, client files, and more. Although this type of setup is common, it can be problematic. Project data can easily be stored in the wrong subfolder or drive or even server. It can be too easy for project data to be accidentally misplaced–for example, by dragging and dropping a folder into another folder without even realizing it. Worse yet, what about problems due to improper file access controls?

What does maintaining the security of your design project data mean to you?

A typical civil project consists of many team members. Even though these members are all part of the same team, their need to access, edit, create, or delete project information is different. Drafters should be able to access, but not edit, a project’s design. Engineers should be able to access survey data, but only after the surveyor approves it. Administrators should not be able to delete the engineer’s correspondence. And no one should ever be able to alter the record drawings. If the wrong people had the wrong access rights to your project data, the results could be disastrous. Causing severe delays and costly errors for your project, your firm, and even your clients.

Autodesk Vault Professional can get your files off Data Island.  It works with AutoCAD and Civil 3D.  You do not have to worry about long file names, card indexing or complicated rules.  It is easy to use and genuinely gives you time back to actually do the parts of work that you enjoy.

Related: Tutorial Tuesday: Manage Your Documents with Autodesk Vault

Helping our clients implement Vault is one of our favorite things to do.  We have been doing it for a long time and get the most satisfaction keeping our engineers off the Island.

Interested in learning how we can help your team improve data management with Vault?

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Having been a Value Added Reseller of Autodesk software for over 20 years, we have experienced the transition of training techniques.  For the type of software we support, newer methods rarely provide clients a level of learning comparable to traditional training.

We still offer open enrollment In-Person training because we understand and value our client’s actual business.

In 1997, all of our open enrollment training classes were always full.  AutoCAD was just integrating with Windows and some of our larger architectural clients were still implementing internal company email.

Through the years, the software has changed.  We have more architectural clients on Revit than AutoCAD.  Our civil engineers and surveyors use AutoCAD Civil 3D.  However, we have a large client base of contractors who still use AutoCAD.

When clients were hiring new employees, they would send them to training.  When clients were making the transition from 2D to 3D, they had full implementation services that included classroom and project-based training.

When intranet bandwidth grew and travel budgets tightened, we saw the evolution of online training.  The next progression was the explosion of pre-recorded online videos.

Business Owners and Managers tend to take the path of least resistance.  This is especially true when it comes to making sure employees are (and stay) trained properly in a software system that accounts for 6-8 hours of use a day.

Investing in training for employees goes beyond work productivity and efficiency.  According to an ASTD study, companies that invest in comprehensive training show:

  • increased income of 218%, per employee than those with less comprehensive training
  • higher profit margins by 24% than companies who spend less on training

Students learn better and retain more when training is in an uninterrupted, scheduled environment.

Clients’ ROI of new software and versions are the poorest when end users are left to their own schedules to watch videos.

Students who attend a live presentation via the web are directly dependent on their own ability to not multi-task during training.  Those in the architectural, engineering and design fields are typically caught up in projects.  When not physically removed from the computer or environment of normal work, the chances of poor understanding and retention exponentially increase.

In-Person training allows the trainer to walk the room during exercises to see if commands being taught are being executed properly.  It also makes it easier for students to ask questions by being truly interactive.

Some clients do not have enough students for a dedicated class of their own.  Or if they do, they cannot afford for all of them to be taking training at the same time.

We still offer open enrollment In-Person training because we understand and value our clients’ actual business.  Training classes for our core products are offered at our training center in Smyrna, GA every 6-8 weeks.

Click here to learn about our in-person software training classes for Autodesk Software.

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According to a recent market research study conducted by Market Reports Hub, the 3D Scanner market size is expected to grow, in terms of value, from $3.41 Billion in 2015 to $5.90 Billion by 2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.6% between the same time period. 

View complete report on 3D Scanner Market here: http://www.marketreportshub.com/3d-scanner-industry-research-marketsandmarkets.html
 
The largest gain in popularity can be attributed to portable CMM-based 3D scanners because of the convenience and wealth of possibilities they afford for scanning tight spaces with a high rate of accuracy when applied to conventional and non-conventional scan jobs. Portable CMM-based scanners are categorized into handheld and articulated arm CMM. Expected to grow at the highest rate in the portable CMM category are the handheld 3D scanners. 

What is 3D Laser Scanning?

3D Laser Scanning is the process of collecting data points of physical objects using a line of laser light and transforming them into point clouds of data from the surface of said object. The scanner emits the laser light over its full field of view. When the laser light touches an object it then reflects back the light towards the scanner, sending the scanner x-y-z coordinates and information about every surrounding point allowing for a three-dimensional cloud of points to be gathered. 

This point cloud information can be saved and rendered in various design softwares, allowing for the creation of 2D CAD renderings, and the x-y-z coordinates allow for the creation of a 3D model. 3D scanners can improve the time of production operations, while reducing costs and redundancy of projects, allowing for less time needed for project timelines and meeting deadlines which results in a more efficient and cost-effective project for every stakeholder involved. 


Why Use 3D Laser Scanning?

There are a number of practical real-world applications for 3D Laser Scanning as it pertains to the AEC industry. 3D Laser Scanning services allow for improved Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions, such as procuring As-Built information for better communication, eliminating the need for manual field measurements, and shortening of project lifecycles. 


The cost of scanning services has decreased to now be competitive with manual measurement methods, thanks largely to the advancements in hardware and software solutions. Cost along with the increasing number of analytical options available thru 3D Laser Scanning is making it an increasingly attractive option to conduct detailed surveying of building structures. 

 

Interested in 3D Laser Scanning Services? Click here to learn more about the 3D Laser Scanning services we offer.


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In this Tutorial Tuesday, we highlight the newest additions and updates to the 2017 version of AutoCAD® Architecture. This presentation is presented by our Lead AEC Applications Engineer, Dzan Ta. 

First, Dzan walks you through the new features and enhancements of the software with an in-depth presentation highlighting the most important features and how they will affect you – the end-user. Dzan then takes you on a step-by-by tutorial of how these new features look in the software, providing you with real world application of what to expect and how to apply it to your design projects. 

Click the video below to view:

 
Did you enjoy the presentation and software walkthrough? Want to download a PDF copy of the presentation for later use? Click here to download: What’s New in AutoCAD® Architecture 2017: Presentation

Related: Tutorial Tuesday: What’s New in AutoCAD 2017


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Training Program Options


Repro Products is an Autodesk Authorized Training Center (ATC). We offer a number of courses for every design discipline for the AEC industry. Please see below to select a training course that best matches your needs. 

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We also frequently offer free tutorials and how-to videos on our YouTube Channel. Click here to subscribe to the Repro Products’ YouTube Channel.
 

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It’s August, which means that summer is coming to an end. We all wish we had more days to enjoy the dog days of summer soaking up sun, laying out by the pool and drinking Arnold Palmers. But school’s almost in session and its time to register for your classes.

Autodesk Revit Architecture Classes Added for August

 

We have just added new Revit Architecture classes for the month of August. This should satisfy your thirst for knowledge as you head back into the offices for the 4th quarter push. 
 

For those with a strong handle on Revit Architecture software, but looking to improve their understanding, Click below for information.

Objective: This course is designed to allow students to continue utilizing Revit Architecture to increase their knowledge and productivity through additional collaborative tools, advanced development tools, and advanced construction documents tools.

 


For those of you looking for a more advanced course? Look no further than:

Objective: Broaden your knowledge of Revit in the areas of Conceptual Design and BIM Management by exploring exercises in mass studies, space planning, visualization, rendering and creating custom families. 
 



Training Program Options


Repro Products is an Autodesk Authorized Training Center (ATC). We offer a number of courses for every design discipline for the AEC industry. Please see below to select a training course that best matches your needs. 

Training Courses Offered

 


Custom/Project-Specific Training

We also offer personalized training courses held at our training center or your local office per request by calling (770) 434-3050 or Email Us.

Related: AU2016 is Approaching: Meet Our Speakers


 

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Are you still using Autodesk® Land Desktop? If you haven’t heard, the last version of the software – Land Desktop 2009 and Land Desktop Companion were phased out in Spring of 2009 and replaced with AutoCAD® Civil 3D®

Hey, we aren’t here to judge, but we would like to offer some advice. If having the outdated industry standard for civil design solutions is not reason enough to make the switch to AutoCAD® Civil 3D®, you’re in luck. Our very own Civil Infrastructure Applications Engineer, Dave Young provides 10 reasons why you should make the switch. Watch the video below and and
 

Now that you have been equipped with ten of the best reasons (in no particular order) to make the switch over to Civil 3D, you are one step closer to optimizing your BIM workflows. 
 
Learn more about Autodesk BIM solutions for infrastructure from the experts at Repro Products, Inc.
 

Related:  What’s New in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017


 

Events & Training

 

Training

If you are interested in earning continuing education credits, we have Training Opportunities available for Infrastructure Design and other disciplines, including Manufacturing, Building/Architecture, and General Design. Training classes can be taken at our corporate headquarters or at your local office. 

For more information on the training courses we offer along with a schedule or to schedule your next training class, visit our Autodesk Training Center.


Classes


Don’t forget to sign up to catch Dave Young teaching in Las Vegas at Autodesk University this year when registration opens up on August 17th. This year, he will be teaching Georeferenced Point Clouds into Civil 3D Surfaces and assisting on A360 Infraworks Bridge Design with Revit and Structural Detailing along with our Lead AEC Applications Engineer, Dzan Ta.


Make sure you plan accordingly to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration until October 10th.


Related: AU2016 is Approaching: Meet Our Speakers



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Make sure to follow us on our social channels and keep up with the latest news in Civil Infrastructure design and Autodesk® products and suites. 
 

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HP, Inc. announced on July 12th, 2016  that it has been awarded two prestigious 2016 Red Dot Awards for their HP PageWide XL Printer and the HP DesignJet T830 Multifunction Printer. With the help of the jury of experts, the internationally organised competition “Red Dot Award: Product Design” appraises the best products of the year. Manufacturers and designers from all over the world submit originals of their latest products in the hope of being awarded the sought-after distinction “Red Dot”.

The HP PageWide XL Printer series took away the highest distinction, the Red Dot: Best of the Best Design Award, for its outstanding and ground-breaking design quality. The HP PageWide XL Printer portfolio is part of the large-format product line and

“This large-format printer convinces with a careful design. Elegant in appearance, its form is complemented by easy accessibility and perfectly thought out functionality. The HP PageWide XL delivers intuitive operation, quickly making its use self-evident and integration meaningful. This printer impresses with a technical and aesthetic quality that immediately casts a spell on users.”

– Statement by the Red Dot jury

The HP DesignJet T830 Multifunction Printer was also awarded, receiving the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016.

“This space-saving multifunction printer enables large-format prints, scans and copies to be easily created on site in any place where they are required.”

– Statement by the Red Dot Jury

 

Attend Our Open House

Interested in learning more about how HP models can transform your business?
RSVP for our HP Open House on July 27th, and automatically be entered for an Apple iPad when you attend.

Download Our Interactive Guide

Learn everything you need to consider before purchasing your next Large Format solution. Included in this guide are tips and tricks to help ensure you consider all of the crucial factors on your checklist before selecting your next wide format solution.

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Autodesk’s premier annual event – Autodesk University – is four months away, and Repro Products is excited to announce that we have two speakers representing us this year at the world’s largest gathering of Autodesk software users. Our two speakers, Lead AEC Application Engineer, Dzan Ta and Application Engineer, Dave Young will be hosting two classes during the three-day conference in Las Vegas, from November 15-17, 2016. 

This year’s theme is “Insight. Innovation. Inspiration” as thousands of CAD professionals converge on Las Vegas to share ideas, tips and tricks with their peers to help improve design processes, foster innovative solutions, and inspire the future of making things. 

Sessions

 
There will be over 650 sessions to attend at this year’s conference with a slew of great information and tips for the 2017 software releases, so make sure you plan accordingly to maximize your time and learning potential as registration will open in August. 


Interested in registering for a class led by one of our Autodesk Certified Trainers at #AU2016? See below for session information and registration details. 


Tuesday, November 15, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

A360 Infraworks Bridge Design with Revit and Structural Detailing

 

Wednesday, November 16, 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Georeferenced Point Clouds into Civil 3D Surfaces


Related: What’s New in Revit 2017


 

Plan Accordingly

 
As stated before, Autodesk University sessions will not be open for registration until August 17th, but in the meantime you have plenty of time to plan out your schedule with the new AU schedule
 
Early bird registration is only $1,750 available until October 9th, after that the price jumps up to $2,175 which gives you plenty of time to convince your boss to help you pick up the tab. 


Attend Events Before AU

 
Interested in attending one of our company events led by our Autodesk Certified Trainers? We hold a number of webinars and seminars for CAD users and AEC professionals to help empower your data management and design processes: Click here for a list of events.
 
Want hands-on training at the Repro Products’ Authorized Training Center? We offer an extensive list of training courses on-site and are conveniently scheduled for you to maximize your time and gain the greatest return on your investment.


Related: What’s New in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017


 

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Are you just as excited as us for #AU2016? Leave a comment and let us know what you are most excited about learning during #AU2016.

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Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday! This week we are presenting Autodesk Vault: Document Management for Everyone hosted by our Manufacturing Solutions Engineer, Dan Williams in conjunction with DLT Solutions.
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In this tutorial, Dan discusses Autodesk® Vault 2016 and all of the benefits it brings to allow you to effectively manage your data. View the 30-minute presentation and step-by-step walk-through to help empower your data management strategy.

Check out the video below:
 

Related: Tutorial Tuesday: What’s New in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017


 

Attend a Webinar

 
Interested in learning how the newest features of Autodesk® Vault 2017 can further improve your data management strategies? Register to one of our following webinars below to see how Autodesk® Vault 2017 applies to your industry:

Civil:

 Manufacturing:


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Welcome to today’s edition of Tutorial Tuesday. In this episode, our Applications Engineer, Dave Young gives us an in-depth look into the newest features and upgrades included in the latest offering of AutoCAD® Civil 3D®. 

Tutorial Tuesday: What's New in AutoCAD Civil 3D

This 42-minute video includes a presentation of all of the new features, and what they mean for you in real-life application. After the presentation, Dave gives you a guided tutorial of the offerings to show how they actually work in the program. 

Check out the video below: 


Related: What’s New in AutoCAD 2017


Want to become more powerful in your design elements? Register now for this intuitive 2-day hands-on workshop that will help you gain greater flexibility in the presentation of your design elements. 


To learn more or register, click the event flyer below:
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