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Repro Products, Inc. Offering Free Copiers for Non-Profits

SMYRNA, GA, August 7, 2017 – Repro Products, Inc., Atlanta’s exclusive Xerox agency, announced its newest community service program, Free Copiers for Non-Profits.  Since Repro Products was established in 1979, the company has made giving back to its Community a top priority.

The Free Copier program, will provide a Xerox color copier along with free delivery, installation and training to qualifying non-profits.  “We are proud to offer this program to non-profits in the Atlanta area,” said Bob Feldberg, Repro Products’ President.  “This will give organizations an opportunity to have quality Xerox equipment in their offices while saving money they can use to support their philanthropic efforts.”

To learn more about the program and access an application, interested non-profit organizations with 501(c) tax exemption status should visit www.reprogives.com.  Selected organizations will receive free use of a Xerox color copier, delivery, installation and training.

About Repro Products, Inc.

Repro Products, Inc., metro Atlanta’s exclusive Xerox Agency, was incorporated in 1979 and has been a Xerox reseller since 1989.  In addition to providing Xerox office and production equipment and services, Repro Products is a leading provider of wide format equipment, printing and reprographic services, Autodesk software and services and 3D laser scanning services.

Repro Products Celebrates 38 Years in Business

Repro Products, Inc. (RPI) started as a blueprint business in 1979. Thirty-eight years later, RPI is still a family-owned business that has grown to be a vibrant company with two metro Atlanta locations and three spin-off companies.

As Repro Products grew in size, it also evolved from a company which provided blueprints and drafting tools to a technologically-savvy enterprise which today offers top-notch reprographic and color printing services, state-of-the-art printers and copiers and the latest Autodesk design software. Although we are larger than we were in 1979, we continue to operate under the philosophy that our customers’ satisfaction is our top priority.

It is this principle which has enabled us to sustain for almost 40 years with many happy repeat customers.

Repro Products’ Launches Safety Products Store

Repro Products’ commitment to serving the AEC industry includes offering high visibility safety apparel through our Safety Products Store.  Our advantages include:

  • We have been providing print services since 1979, your satisfaction is our primary goal
  • We stock the most popular styles and sizes, but can special order any of the items on our website and have them to you in days (custom printing will take a few days more)
  • We get your order in your hands much faster than online providers – our lead time for custom imprinting is 3 – 5 days after receipt of approved artwork for in-stock orders

Visit Safety Products Store website: www.safetyproductstore.com

Repro Products Acquires 4ColorLaser

Repro Products, Inc. announced that it has acquired 4ColorLaser, a Xerox Authorized Dealer headquartered in Roswell, GA. The purchase will allow both companies to better serve the office equipment needs of businesses throughout metro Atlanta by combining the strength of two well-respected Xerox resellers and substantially expanding the bandwidth of both companies’ service departments. 4ColorLaser will now be identified as a Repro Products company and will continue to operate with the existing staff in its present location.

“This investment represents an important strategic opportunity to offer enhanced efficiency and customer service for companies seeking office equipment solutions throughout the Atlanta area,”  said  Bob Feldberg, President of Repro Products and 4ColorLaser.

Click here to view full press release.

Click here to view feature in the Cobb Business Journal.

The Color Spot, Inc. is the Official Printer of the Candler Park Music & Food Festival

Repro Products’ sister company, The Color Spot, Inc. is the Official Printer of the Candler Park Music & Food Festival being held June 2nd & 3rd at Candler Park.  The Candler Park Music & Food Festival proudly benefits City of Atlanta Parks and Candler Park neighborhood 501c(3) organizations.  For more information on The Color Spot and their offerings, click here.  For additional info on the Festival, click here.

Repro Products, Inc. Captures the Fox Theatre with 3D Laser Scanning

“Mapping” the Historic Fox Theatre in Billions of Data Points

SMYRNA, GA, October 7, 2016 – Imagine how much easier their task would have been if Atlanta Landmarks’ “Save The Fox” organization had the advantage of 3D laser scanning data which would have given them precise, as-built renderings of the theater exactly as it was when it first opened in 1929. Unfortunately, that project took place before the technology that documents space to within ±2mm existed. Forty-one years after that restoration project, the Fox Theatre’s personnel recently engaged Repro Products, Inc. (RPI) to utilize decidedly 21st century 3D scanning technology to document every part of the historic space from the basement to the rafters. The project was undertaken to accurately capture the facility with point cloud data which will be used for historical documentation and renovations, as well as maintenance and operations.

RPI, one of the pioneers in providing 3D laser scanning services to property owners, architects, General Contractors and property managers across the U.S., has scanned the facility creating billions of data points. Point cloud data from 3D laser scans is used to create 3D models which are useful for the past, present and future. Like many other historic landmarks around the world such as Mount Rushmore and the Tower of London, it was imperative to scan Atlanta’s beloved landmark, The Fox Theatre, to create documentation which will serve as a historic preservation tool.

This data will also enable the Fox managers to understand the entire space and represent with precision how each space interacts with the others, providing measurements which are useful for the day-to-day operations of the building. When the need arises to make any repairs, workers will be afforded accurate floorplans which will facilitate timely and cost- efficient decisions and the ability to restore the property to the condition it was in on the day it was scanned. The 3D model will also be crucial as any enhancements are made to the space, such as the upcoming incorporation of the former Churchill Grounds into the Fox facility. This will enable the historic space to honor its past while it stretches to meet the needs of today and tomorrow.

 

About Repro Products, Inc.

Repro Products, Inc. (RPI), established in 1979, specializes in 3D laser scanning services, CAD software and imaging solutions.  As metro Atlanta’s Xerox Agency and a leading provider of wide format equipment, RPI is the preferred source for printers, copiers, scanners and production equipment. RPI’s 3D Imaging Division’s services include field laser scanning, point cloud processing and Autodesk® software implementation workflows. Certified scanning professionals from RPI have extensive experience in data collection and real world application of the data to create meaningful models.

 

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Are You Taking Advantage of Section 179 for 2016 Tax Year?

Section 179 Tax Deductions Have Been Extended for 2016

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, software, or partnership 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.

Congress granted business owners an extension of the Section 179 Tax Deduction late last year, making business owners rush to take full advantage of the deductions for the 2015 tax year. But there is still time to take full advantage of this deduction for 2016 tax year.

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

With the announcement, business owners can take advantage of purchasing equipment and/or software and deduct the full purchase price of financed or leased equipment and software that qualifies, for the current tax year. The equipment or software must be within the 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 and off-the-shelf software 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 or software.

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 were to purchase a HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer and place the equipment into service by December 31, 2016, then you would be able to take advantage of the Section 179 deduction when you file your 2016 tax return.

To better understand Section 179 for 2016, 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.

3D Laser Scanning Market Expected to Make Huge Jump by the Year 2022



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.


Tutorial Tuesday: What’s New in AutoCAD Architecture 2017

 

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.
 

New Revit Architecture Training Classes Added!

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

10 Reasons to Switch to Civil 3D


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 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



Get Social

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. 

HP, Inc. Wins Coveted Red Dot Design Awards for Large Format Printers

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. 

AU2016 is Approaching: Meet Our Speakers




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.

Tutorial Tuesday: Manage your documents with Autodesk Vault

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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.


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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What’s New in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017

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

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®. 

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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Enjoyed the tutorial? Never miss another by subscribing to the Repro Products’ YouTube Channel. We have a wealth of how-to, tutorial, and informative videos to help you complete your project on time. Click the Subscribe button below:
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Leave a comment for us in the comment section and tell us what you think or what you would like to see from us in the future. And remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin to stay up to date on news, product offers, and industry information.

Tutorial Tuesday | What’s New in Revit 2017

Our Lead Applications Engineer, and Autodesk Expert Elite trainer, Dzan Ta showcases some of the new features of Autodesk Revit 2017

                                                                                                            


Want a copy of this presentation for you to access on your own time?

                                                                                                            

                                                                                                            

 

Tutorial Tuesday | Revit 2017 – Reinforcement Connectors, Variable Rebar Distribution & Rebar Constraints



In today’s #TutorialTuesday, our very own Autodesk Expert Elite trainer and Lead AEC Application Engineer, Dza Ta showcases some of the new features of Revit 2017, such as Reinforcement Connectors, Variable Rebar 
For more informative, how-to videos and tutorials from our Autodesk Elite training professionals, visit us on YouTube.

Tutorial Tuesday| Revit Structure Loads and Load Combinations – A How To Guide


In today’s #TutorialTuesday, our very own Autodesk Expert Elite trainer and Lead AEC Application EnEngineer, Dza Ta gives us a “How To” tutorial of how to set up structure loads and load combinations in Autodesk Revit.

Learn More


Join Repro Products for our live webinar to learn how to use the new features in Revit 2017, including:

  • Depth Cueing
  • Autodesk Insight 360
  • Autodesk Raytracer
  • Formit 360 Converter
  • Text Editor Improvements
  • Hosted Railings


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Tutorial Tuesday: Laser Scanning Workflow in Architectural Renovation


In today’s Tutorial Tuesday, our Application Engineer, Zoltan Ferenczy walks us through utilizing FARO Focus3D X 330 HDR laser scanning technology in an Architectural Renovation. See the video tutorial below and tell us what you think.


Learn More

Register for our free live webinar discussing the benefits of 3D Laser Scanning in the BIM workflow
This webinar will cover:
Understanding of BIM and Integrated Project Delivery Processes

Overview of 3D Data Capture Process Using Laser Scanner 

Using 3D Data in the Design Process


3D Laser Scanning Services

Repro Products’ 3D laser scanning services enable clients to add, modify, validate and document their design process in context from existing environments. Click here to learn more about our Laser Scanning Services.

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2 ways to Improve your AEC workflows with Bluebeam Revu 2016


Bluebeam Revu 2016 was launched on February 23rd and comes with a slew of new features that will help transform the way the AEC Industry works. New features like the Batch Markup Summary, Tag and Drawing Logs, Revit Plugin Enhancements are just a few of the new features that makes Bluebeam Revu 2016 a more intuitive PDF creation and markup tool for today’s AEC professional. 

We have compiled a list of our top 2 ways you can improve your workflows with Bluebeam Revu 2016. In this list, we highlight how Blubeam Revu 2016’s new features and enhancements work with other complimentary products from HP and Autodesk to ensure that your project meets its deadline within budget. 


Generate Smarter PDFs


Revit Plugins


Revit Plugins have seen a major improvement in the 2016 version of Revu. With one simple click, you can generate smarter PDFs from Revit. Now you can export Revit Rooms to Spaces automatically, which creates a more intelligent 2D PDF allowing you to track the location of all your markups and makes area measure even easier to calculate. The plugin uses the current Room naming convention from Revit and applied them to the Space labels in Revu. With the improvements to 3D PDF creation, Linked Models handling, color and material properties transferal and more.

The new Revit plugin enhancements allows you to improve your workflow by seamlessly integrating all of your room information right into the PDF for improved collaboration with your project teams in real time, anytime.  

Collaborate and Deliver


HP DesignJet T830

 HP DesignJet T830 Large Format Multifunction Printer

Late last year, HP released the HP DesignJet T830 Multifunction Printer reinventing how the AEC industry prints, scans and copies documents by designing a rugged new printer engineered to withstand touch environments. The DesignJet T830 Multifunction Printer is the industry’s most affordable, compact and transportable integrated large-format Multifunction Printer. Combined with the leading developer of markup and collaboration solutions for the industry there is a tremendous amount of flexibility. 


Bluebeam Revu is compatible with all Windows tablets and is also offers Revu for iPad, allowing you to view, markup, edit and collaborate on-site. The HP DesignJet T830 allows you to print right from your tablet, so you can share feedback and deliver building and schedule changes on time.


Related: HP, Inc. Wins Coveted Red Dot Design Awards for Large Format Printers



Imagine the Possibilities!

Bluebeam Revu Offer


Try Bluebeam Revu 2016 free for 30-days

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Need a consultation on the many solutions and to help improve your AEC workflows?


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Contact a Repro Products representative today to find out what solutions best fit your needs for an improved workflow and increased productivity. 

Tutorial Tuesday | A360 Collab for Revit

In this installment of Tutorial Tuesday, Dzan Ta gives a detailed demonstration on how to use A360 Collaboration for Revit to empower your project team no matter where they’re located. 

Autodesk® A360 Collaboration for Revit®

Autodesk® A360 Collaboration for Revit® is a subscription service that works with Revit® software to connect project teams with centralized access to BIM project data in the cloud . Stay connected in real-time using the Communicator chat tool within models enabling the entire project team to work on shared building information models.

Press play below to view the demonstration video:

Tutorial Tuesday | A360 Collaboration for Revit 

A Detailed Demo

Presented by Dzan Ta
Lead AEC Application Engineer, Repro Products, Inc.

Learn More

Want to find out more about A360 Collaboration for Revit, including how other companies have integrated it into their workflows? 
Register for Project Collaborate | Live Training Event

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Tutorial Tuesday: How to Create a Project Dashboard

In today’s Tutorial Tuesday, our very own Dzan Ta provides us with a step-by-step tutorial of how to use Autodesk Revit, Dynamo, and Microsoft Excel to create a digital project dashboard. 

In this tutorial, our Lead AEC Applications Engineer, Dzan goes over how to create and use digital dashboards, and empowers you with the expertise to create your own to utilize within your workflows. 
Original content was created by CAD Blog website and ArchSmarter. I created this video as a learning exercise for myself and to share their knowledge. Credit to be given to original authors. 

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Are you in need of training for yourself and/or employees? Repro Products is an Autodesk Authorized Training Center (ATC). Check out our training calendar for a comprehensive schedule of our training classes that we offer both on-location and online. 

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Get the benefits of increased productivity, predictable budgeting, and simplified license management with Autodesk® Subscription. You get new upgrades and any incremental product enhancements of your Autodesk software, plus you get exclusive license terms available only to subscription members.

Contact us today and discover why Repro Products is the best choice to improve the success of your business. 

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Xerox Boosts MFP Productivity with ConnectKey Technology

Xerox ConnectKey technology revolutionizes your workflow capabilities with apps to ensure you get the job done. 


The way the world works has changed. Technological advances, such as: mobile-based applications, ‘the cloud’ and email have created a shift in demand for technology to improve workflows while limiting the need for paper.

However, paper has not yet died, in fact, an estimated 40 percent of business processes still require paper.

So this begs the question: How will we improve our workflows?

Well, your multi-function printer (MFP) is one way to bridge the gap between processes that involve a mix of print and digital documents. By investing in the right solutions that will streamline your business processes, you can limit the amount of time your workforce spends on menial tasks and thus increase the productivity of your team and your bottom-line.

To help tackle the task of improving workflows, Xerox announces the 2016 ConnectKey Technology enabled i-Series MFPs. The ConnectKey Technology ecosystem is a combination of hardware and a common set of software solutions and apps, developed by Xerox and its partners, to help simplify and improve the way our customers work.

Let’s take a closer look at the Xerox ConnectKey Technology and how it works:

 

Increase Productivity

The 2016 Xerox ConnectKey Technology enabled i-Series MFPs come loaded with a new service, the Xerox App Gallery. From this revolutionary portal, you can access additional apps for personal customization. Imagine setting up print and scan workflows that are connected directly to cloud hosting services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Office 365,  Microsoft OneDrive and Box, allowing you to print or scan documents that you’ve saved without having to connect to your computer. This is just one way that ConnectKey Technology increases your productivity. 

Broaden Communication

Have you ever run into the occasional situation where documentation was in another language? Well, with the new Xerox Easy Translator Service you can translate any document easily from your ConnectKey MFP. Simply scan the document in the original language and select your output language, and the ConnectKey MFP will print the translated document at the device using machine translation. Even better, you can use this service with a picture from your smartphone or drag and drop from any document repository in our online portal at https://xeroxtranslates.com/.

Extend Mobile-Usability

Increase your productivity by extending your mobile capabilities with Xerox ConnectKey Technology. Regain wasted time and effort throughout your office with simpler processes and centralized print management. Add extra productivity with anything-to-anywhere mobile printing. And secure both your printers and printed documents.

Xerox has talked a lot about the ways you can make it easy for mobile workers to print from iOSAndroid and with the Xerox Mobile Print Solution, and the latest version of ConnectKey Technology makes it even easier. Embedded on the front screen of new i-Series MFPs are 2 apps that keep your mobile workforce productive:

@PrintByXerox App

Whether it’s from your laptop, your smartphone or your tablet, you can print to an MFP by sending your document via email to an @PrintByXerox email address.

QR Code

When you are using a Xerox app to print or scan from a device, connecting to the specific MFP you’d like to print to is now easier. Once the app is loaded on your smartphone or tablet, you can walk up to the ConnectKey enabled MFP and the device pairs with a simple scan of a QR code. This makes scanning, printing and sharing your documents to a multitude of repositories seamless.

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Xerox wins BLI Imaging Software Line of the Year Award 2016

Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) announced Xerox Corporation as the winner of the “Document Imaging Software Line of the Year” award for 2016. 

Xerox WorkCentre 7970i

Award Winning Solutions

Three years in a row and counting Xerox Corporation has been crowned winner of the “Document Imaging Software Line of the Year” award. Xerox three consecutive wins can be attributed to its exceptional portfolio of document imaging capabilities, including Xerox App Studio, Xerox DocuShare, Xerox Mobile Print Cloud and Mobile Print Solution, and Xerox FreeFlow Core. 

Xerox Class-Leading Software Options

Xerox earned a multitude of points for its own class-leading software offerings:

“Xerox also benefitted from its excellent range of thirdparty partner solutions, including Nuance’s Equitrac print management offerings, NSi AutoStore and Nuance eCopy ShareScan capture/routing products, Print Audit’s accounting and fleet management tools, and a host of others.”

About BLI

For over 50 years,  Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) is the world’s leading independent provider of analytical information and services to the digital imaging and document management industry. consumables. In addition to publishing the industry’s most comprehensive and accurate test reports on office document imaging devices, each representing months of exhaustive hands-on testing in BLI’s US and UK laboratories, BLI has been the leading source for specifications/pricing databases on MFPs, printers, scanners and wide format devices. With its “Pick” awards, BLI gives special recognition in each category twice a year to those products that provided the most outstanding performances in BLI’s exhaustive lab tests. Its “Outstanding Achievement” awards acknowledge products or capabilities that stand out for attributes such as innovation, usefulness, energy efficiency or value. “Line of the Year” awards, presented once each year, recognize the vendors whose product lines are judged to be the best in their respective categories based on their cumulative test results.

HP PageWide XL Awarded 2016 iF Gold Award

HP, Inc. announced that it is the proud winner of the iF Gold Award for “Best of the Best” in product design.

The HP PageWide XL 8000 was one of just 75 Gold Award winners selected by an expert panel of 58 international judges out of a record-high field of 5,300 submissions this year. The iF Design awards typically receives 5,000 submissions annually, making this year more difficult than ever.

2016 marks the second consecutive year that HP, Inc. has won a prestigious iF Award for their wide format printing technology. In 2015, the HP Designjet T3500 won an iF Award for outstanding product design for marrying industrial design with product functionality in the first year a wide format HP printer was entered in the iF Design Awards.

The HP PageWide XL 8000 was a standout among the judges:

“The design language of the HP Page Wide XL8000 signals its function as a professional tool. Every element clearly visualizes its function, enabling the user to maximize efficiency. Unlike with similar products, key components like the toner cartridges are not hidden away, but designed as a key visual element, thus enabling the user quick access to this often-replaced component.” – The iF Jury

The HP PageWide XL printer portfolio delivers the fastest large-format monochrome and color printing at breakthrough speeds (up to 30 D/A1-size prints per minute), and 60% faster than the fastest LED printer. These features come standard in the HP PageWide XL 4000 and HP PageWide 5000 printers.

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Autodesk Infraworks 360 Repackaged

Autodesk Infraworks 360
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What’s New in Autodesk® Infraworks® 360


On February 8th, Autodesk announced significant changes to its preliminary civil engineering design software – Autodesk® Infraworks® 360.

Autodesk decided to repackage its Infraworks® 360 core product, integrating all of the vertical modules and while maintaining price. Until now, in order to access the road, drainage, and bridge design modules of the software they had to be purchased separately. Not only does this repackaging offer you access to all of the modules in the core product, but you get all of this value with no increase in price. 

These changes were brought about as Autodesk seeks to simplify the offering and enable customers to accelerate their move to BIM and continue to improve their project workflows. 

Why Infraworks® 360?

Infraworks ® 360 is Autodesk’s BIM-based infrastructure design tool specifically created for civil engineers. Infraworks ® 360 is designed to aggregate real-world data, including 2D CAD, 3D model, GIS and raster data and LiDar and Photogrammetry capture. By bringing all this data together, the software creates a 3D model for users to design within the context of reality.

Infraworks ® 360 has been a product favorite of Repro Products.  However, as sometimes happens when new technology is brought to the market, the offering still did not quite fit with our client’s needs vs. price. Now with the repackaged core product, customers can access all of the advanced features included in the vertical applications models.Save time and money using the data you have access to instead of purchasing or creating what you need.

If you are interested in pricing or learning more about the updated offering of Infraworks® 360, contact Repro Products.

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Revit Sections and Elevations – A How To Guide

Revit Sections and Elevations – A How To Guide

Presented by Dzan Ta
Repro Products, Inc.





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Top 5 Tips for Success at UCT2016

Repro Products is excited to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition in Atlanta on February 3rd – 4th. UCT is the premier event in the United States focusing on the total underground pipeline infrastructure. For over 21 years, UCT has been the meeting place for business professionals involved in maintaining the underground utility pipe infrastructure.
Individuals representing water, sewer, gas, telecom and electric rely on UCT to learn about the latest techniques used in trenchless, open cut, new construction and pipe rehabilitation. Repro Products is proud to say that we have served this vibrant and innovative community since 1979 and we are eager to network with industry experts and discuss the implications of large format printing on the construction community.
UCT has so much to offer. In order to help you gain the most out of your time this year, we thought we would provide our top 5 tips for a successful #UCT2016:
  1. Register: UCT is fast approaching, but it is not too late to attend this premier industry trade show. Register Here to make sure you don’t miss out!
  2. Plan: Visit the Who’s Attending page to see who is attending and make a plan to visit booths, visit exhibits and take an opportunity to rub elbows with some industry movers and shakers.
  3. Practice: Practice your elevator pitch and have plenty of business cards on hand. With so many heavy-hitters in one room, you don’t want to miss out on any opportunities to build your business and your network.
  4. Learn: Featuring 90 Information-Packed Sessions, UCT is a great opportunity to collect continuing education units. This dynamic educational program will help you understand the new technologies and products displayed in the exhibit hall and stay on top of the latest safety, regulatory and operational issues that are impacting the way you do business. UCT’s primary program (Feb. 3-4) qualifies for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Professional Development Hours (PDHs) granted by the University of Texas at Arlington.
  5. Earn: Make sure to visit Repro Products in booth #904 to learn more about all of the exciting new products and offerings that have come from the Wide Format Printing industry. We will also be offering special show pricing on the HP T3500. 

We look forward to seeing you at the Georgia World Congress Center on February 3rd & 4th!
If you would like to visit the exhibit hall at no charge, click here for instructions on how you can see what’s new in the industry for FREE. 

Revit Line Based Family – A How To Guide

Revit Line Based Family – A How To Guide
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Repro Products, Inc.


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Revit Phasing – A How To Guide

Revit Phasing – A How To Guide

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Repro Products, Inc.

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Revit Project Browser Organization – A How To Guide

Revit Project Browser Organization – A How To Guide

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Repro Products, Inc.



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Revit Slab Cut by Void Family – A How To Guide

Revit Slab Cut by Void Family – A How To Guide
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New Color Print Capacity with the HP XL 8000


The Repro Products’ Print Services department is enthusiastically awaiting the arrival of the new HP XL technology.  We will soon be installing a HP XL 8000 and are eager to have the capacity to print 30 – 24×36 color documents per minute.  Speed like this is unheard of with previous technology.
For several years, many of our customers have expressed a desire for color prints, but not at ‘ink jet’ pricing.  The HP XL will allow us to fill that void in our service offering.  We plan to have this printer fully operational in our Production Department by November.  The printer has the capability for heavier media, but our standard ‘go to’ media on this device will be 20 lb. bond, the same as normal construction documents.  We will also be able to offer a wide range of other media including indoor and outdoor substrates as well as specialty media, but extra time will need to be allowed for medias we do not stock.   
With the availability of economical color, that portion of our customer base who do their ‘take-offs’ without the use of software, will immediately realize the ease, additional accuracy, and time savings of utilizing color documents.  The reduction of necessary ‘change orders’ alone will justify the use of color in normal document production.  From economical color GIS mapping sets to color cover sheets for construction documents, we’re excited to have this service enhancement available for our customers.

Check out the hot new models – the KIP 800 Color Series

Introducing the just-announced KIP 800 color series – a new generation of wide format functionality.  The KIP Color 800 series is designed to conquer a range of wide format tasks that require speed, quality and performance.  The series includes the KIP 850, 860, 870, 880 and 890.  With 8 D’s per minute printing, 2 rolls of paper, a 50-sheet stacker, fully integrated color scanner and System K, we feel the KIP 860 will be our most popular model. But we’ll provide the right solution for your needs and service all the 800 series printers.

What’s new about the KIP 860?  Aside from its remarkable speed at 8 D-size prints per minute in either B&W or color or mixed, the KIP 860 produces extraordinary print quality and performance for both color and black & white wide format printing of technical and business graphics. Productivity Alert!– No more printing B&W on one printer then printing color on another printer and manually putting them together. The KIP 860 will print the entire set with mixed color for immediate distribution. Prints and copies generated by the KIP 800 Color Series are fully lightfast – they will not fade or exhibit color deterioration from exposure to light over extended periods.  The images produced by the CMYK dry toner system are 100% waterproof and are suitable for outdoor applications even in inclement weather. Print on a no-tear paper and the document will last through any storm or spilled cup of coffee.

The KIP 860 combines multi-function productivity with a single footprint to save space.  Other features of the 860 include:

  • 2 roll multi-function system with integrated scanner
  • Intuitive 12” touchscreen navigation that automates copy, scan and print function for single touch productivity
  • Standard front stacking
  • Optional rear stacking or KIP Fold
  • KIP System K, KIP Print Pro, KIP Print Web Printing
  • Windows and AutoCAD drivers
  • Workflow automation

Below are just a few of the applications that wide format color can help your business:

  • CAD and MCAD drawings
  • Line data for AEC
  • Renderings 
  • Erections
  • Film overlays
  • Network diagrams
  • Floor plans

Want to see the KIP 860 in action?  Just call Repro Products at 678-784-0396 to schedule your live demonstration and consultation on the benefits of color to your business.  Click here for more information about the KIP 800 series.

Xerox Security Without Updates?

Have you ever wondered why the antivirus software on your desktop or laptop needs to be updated so often? Well, the simple answer is that the software has to be constantly updated to keep up with the rash of new viruses being created every day so it can decide what to let into your computer and what not to.

That’s why Xerox has partnered with McAfee and Cisco to protect you and your clients’ information with no monthly updates needed. Why? Because McAfee’s whitelisting technology ensures only safe, pre-approved files and functions are executed on your devices, minimizing the need to manually update software levels against security threats. In other words instead of having to update your software with a list of files that it can’t run it has a “whitelist” of functions and files that it can. If any other programs or files attempt to enter through your print portal, the McAfee technology will shut it down. It’s similar to the technology used on ATMs.

When you combine that with Xerox’s Image Overwrite Protection with a 3-pass scrub process to ensure total deletion of all data fragments and encrypted PDF files for scanning as well as complete hard drive encryption, you have a security system that protects all aspects of your workflow. You won’t have to worry about being the next victim of client identity theft and having your company’s name smeared across the news headlines. There’s no wonder Xerox has won so many contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense.

The good news is that you don’t need to be the Federal Government or a large corporation to afford this kind of security. It comes on all of Xerox’s Connect Key Multi-Functional Devices (MFDs). So why take chances with your client’s information and your company’s reputation? You’ve got enough to worry about in today’s business environment. You have to bring in the business. Let Xerox MFDs from Repro Products keep them and their information safe and secure.

Predictably Evaluate Vehicle Movements with Autodesk Vehicle Tracking


Are you still using a manual vehicle turn template to evaluate the movements of steered vehicles?  Many of our clients are.

As an Autodesk reseller for over 20 years, when a product comes along that specifically addresses our client’s needs, we want them to know about it.

A newer Autodesk product that does not get a lot of attention is Vehicle Tracking.  It makes it much easier to do swept path analysis, parking lot layout and roundabouts within AutoCAD software.

Our clients’ projects’ needs change throughout the design process.  Vehicle Tracking is created with an intelligent workflow.  You should not need to delete, start-over, or explode a vehicle path.  The simulations are stored within the .dwg file so you or anyone with Vehicle Tracking can re-visit the vehicle path, edit the geometry, and even check and change vehicle speed.

How accurate and easy is it for you to predict how a vehicle will navigate a parking lot?  Can large trucks maneuver through tight spaces and not drive over curbs? 

Do you design with wasted space in order to ensure vehicle maneuverability?

One our clients’ favorite tools in Vehicle Tracking is the Grip Editing mode. Grips enables you to tailor the maneuver to a driver’s behavior.  How do you currently design for the driver of a large truck who needs to swing out wide to the left before making a tight right hand turn?

No one likes to have to do their work in in multiple software applications.   Vehicle Tracking has a tight integration with Civil 3D and AutoCAD.  With Civil 3D, it includes 3D surface tracking and native object creation.  Within Civil 3D, you can drive vehicles over surfaces and carry out ground clearance analysis checks in 3D.

Since you are working inside of AutoCAD or Civil 3D, you can connect the modeling and design processes.  This enables the reuse of preliminary design work in the detail design phase.  Also, because you are using Civil 3D or AutoCAD, you can easily consider safety factors interactively during the design process.  You can also use the integrated analysis and simulation tools to predictably evaluate movement.

Vehicle Tracking is an all-in-one product.  There are not a myriad of different modules that you need to buy to get the important features you need.  The all-in-one product concept allows users to not have to redo or import their work into different packages.  A great example is being able to record AVI movie files from within the product while you are selecting a path. It eliminates the need to copy path alignments or points.

If you want to learn more about Vehicle Tracking, call Repro Products at (678) 385-2185.  Also visit the events page of our website to see a listing of upcoming seminars and webinars on topics such as Vehicle Tracking: www.reproproducts.com/events.asp.

New Color Printing Technologies Broaden the Possibilities for Print Shops


To buy inkjet, color toner, latex, or solvent; now that is the question – at least for many print shops.  With updated media options and applications, plus the flexibility of digital output, customers are wanting to print more than just wide format banners.  Today’s savvy consumers are requesting canvas, fine art wall covering, point of purchase displays and vehicle wraps.  The challenge for print shops is choosing and investing in the right technology to meet demand.
    
Slow printing and high quality vs. faster print speeds and monochrome is no longer a choice that has to be made by print providers.  Traditionally, inkjet hardware has been the least expensive, but the consumables’ costs made them considerably more expensive to operate, not to mention the much slower printing speeds.  HP has bridged the time/cost gap by introducing the HP PageWide XL series.  This series reduces production time by delivering mixed monochrome and color sets in 50% of the time with a consolidated workflow. The print speeds of up to 30 D/A1 pages per minute are the fastest print speeds in the market.  The long-life printheads, coupled with high ink efficiency, further drive down the cost of operation of the PageWide XL series.

KIP is also introducing new models to broaden the choices for print providers.  They are adding color toner units for print shops and the office environment that print on a range of media options that are durable, even in the elements.  These systems produce vibrant colors, striking graphics and photographic images at unprecedented speeds for this price point.

As the industry changes to color printing where the cost of color is coming down and print speeds are increasing, there are a host of possibilities and applications available for print shops and offices.  Let Repro Products help you navigate the options so you can choose the best hardware to meet your customers’ demands.  We have been providing wide format expertise since 1979 and have unsurpassed experience and breadth of products representing solutions from HP, KIP, Canon and Océ.   Call us at 678-784-0396 to set up a consultation.

Is your file on Data Island?


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. 
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.  If you are interested in learning more, call us at (678) 385-2185.

Autodesk Perpetual Network Licensing


Most of our clients’ questions about Autodesk software are around licensing. Should they have standalone or would they be better off to purchase a network license?  As an Autodesk reseller for over 20 years, Repro Products has guided many companies through the changes and growth of Autodesk licensing.  Recently the alternatives for acquiring Autodesk software have increased.  Clients now have options of not only Stand-alone or Network but Perpetual and Usage/Time models as well.
One of the first questions we get from a client is how do I know if Network licensing is right for our business?
  • Do you have 5 or more licenses? If yes, you should use Network Licenses.
  • Do you have less than 5 people needing to use the software but they are partial time users? If yes, you should use Network Licenses.
  • Do you have a one person design team but need to access it at the office or in the field or from home? No, a Stand-alone License with subscription covers that need.

Is Network Licensing Cheaper than Stand Alone? No and Yes

  • At the time of software purchase, Network Licenses are an additional cost. Examples of real cost savings are below:
o   Most clients who use design software rarely have all their software users using it 8 hours a day.  The majority of company’s design teams have project meetings, client meetings and field work, in addition to design/modeling time.  Since network licenses are based on a concurrent pool of licenses, typically a license per every user is not required. So money can be saved by not having to purchase a separate, individual license for every user.
o   A tremendous amount of time is saved managing the licenses.  With a network license, you can set up as many workstations as you need or want.  Hardware replacement is a constant part of today’s new office lifestyle and keeping track of all the serial numbers, past serial numbers and versions can quickly become a large time-consuming process.
Do you have to be connected to the server to access a network license?
  •   No, a user can check out/check in (borrow) a license

Are there different ways to set up a license server?
  • Yes, you can choose a single license server model or a distributed server model
    Can network licensing help me gain more control?
  • Yes, it can help you control license access several ways, including who and by what time.  You can create a report log, regulate how long a license can be used, reserve licenses for specific users or systems and control license recovery for idle products.

In-Plant and Commercial Printers’ Strategic Initiatives Over the Next Five Years


Info Trends recently produced a study entitled U.S. Production Software Investment Survey 2015.  In this study, commercial print service providers and corporate in-plants were surveyed about their strategic business direction. The 120 respondents revealed both similarities and differences worth noting.  The survey, which also included questions about software usage and purchase intentions, as well as services offered, included a key question:  “Which initiatives best describe your strategic business direction in the next five years?”
Both the in-plant providers and commercial printers selected the following as top initiatives:
  • Reducing production cost and improving efficiency
  • Expanding to new print applications or services
  • Focusing on growing existing core offerings

It is not surprising that both in-plant and commercial printers see reducing manufacturing costs as a top priority.  This strategy was selected by 81.4% of corporate in-plant printers as a key initiative of their business strategy and it was the second most selected initiative by the commercial printers at 57.1%.  It is also clearly imperative that both groups must expand their offerings to new applications and services in order to grow over the next five years as print volumes decline.  
 
Commercial printers also recognize the need to focus on specific vertical markets and industries.  In fact, this initiative was chosen by the highest percentage of commercial printer survey respondents with 67.5% choosing this strategy as one of their top three strategies over the 5-year period.  This movement is in line with the recommendation Barb Pellow, Group Director at Info Trends, has made in her presentations over the years.  Similarly, in the book, “The Winning Performance: How America’s high-growth Midsize companies succeed” authors D.K. Clifford Jr. and R.E. Cavanaugh say, “Midsize high-growth companies succeed by identifying and meeting the needs of certain kinds of customers – not all customers – for specific kinds of products and services. Business academics call this market segmentation, entrepreneurs call it common sense.”
For more information on how to achieve the top ranking initiatives of in-plant and commercial printers as noted in the Info Trends study, contact Repro Products.  One of our staff business consultants will perform a business analysis and assist you in creating a plan to work more efficiently, expand your offerings and market your services more effectively.

Why is BIM Driving Color in Wide Format Printing?



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 . . .
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.     

If you haven’t visited Repro Products lately… then you don’t know Repro Products


Now that Repro Products is an Autodesk National Reseller and sells Xerox equipment, many of our customers do not know our background.  With a name like Repro Products Inc. (RPI), newer clients wonder how does that relate to what they do?  In 1979, Repro Products started as a reprographer.  In this, our first blog, join us for a brief walk down memory lane to see what has changed since 1979:
  •        The Bee Gees were topping the charts and Disco was King
  •     The Walkman represented the newest “gotta have it” technology
  •       A gallon of gas cost less than a dollar
In 1979, while nothing was coming between Brooke Shields and her Calvins, we were selling drafting supplies and were a blue printer.  It has been a long time since prints came out blue.  And a lot has evolved at Repro Products – it’s a good thing, or we would be a footnote to history like the 8-track tape.
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 20 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.
  • Clients wanted to be able to print in their offices and on jobsites.  We became one of the South’s largest resellers of wide format equipment and service. 
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.  Five years ago, we expanded our decades-long affiliation with Xerox and became a Platinum Xerox Agent providing multi- function and production devices that support not only our architectural and construction customers’ drawings but also the office staff and marketing teams (and production printers) from a wide variety of businesses throughout metro Atlanta.
One part 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 just being in architects’ and engineers’ offices to also being out 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 seeing the end results of jobs they pushed to make come together, 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.  When choosing a 3D laser scanner manufacturer to align with, we needed the technology to be accurate, easy to use and travel ready.  We partnered with FARO because their scanners fit the needs for both our own services and our clients.  We offer the FARO line of 3D laser scanners as well as scanning services for those clients who do not want to do the scanning themselves.  We also rent scanners for those in between.
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.

So that is 36+ years of evolution in under 800 words!  Moving forward, our blogs will be specific to our lines of business so you can get timely information on just the subjects that interest you most: Autodesk software, 3D laser scanning, wide format printing and equipment and Xerox office and production equipment.  Check back here weekly to see what’s new.