Archive | December, 2014

How to delete photos from iCloud to stop images getting into wrong hands | Daily Mail Online

30 Dec

How to delete photos from iCloud to stop images getting into wrong hands | Daily Mail Online.

  • When photos are taken on Apple devices, they’re stored in the Camera Roll
  • If Photo Stream is enabled, these images are also stored on iCloud
  • Camera Roll photos are only uploaded to the cloud if the option is enabled as part of the phone or tablet’s backup options
  • Removing a photo from Camera Roll does not remove it from the backup – the photos need to be deleted from the device, and the backup overwritten
  • But, deleting it from Photo Stream automatically deletes it from iCloud 

When a user takes a photo, it is stored in their Camera Roll, which is a gallery of images that are physically stored on the device. If My Photo Stream is enabled (pictured left), these photos are also stored in the My Photo Stream album (pictured right), which is automatically uploaded to iCloud and other synced devices

When a user takes a photo on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, it is stored in their Camera Roll.

This is a gallery of images that are physically stored on the device the photo was taken on.

This also includes photos that have been saved from text messages, emails and websites.

By comparison, the My Photo Stream album is in the cloud and syncs will all other connected devices.

If My Photo Stream is enabled, when a photo is taken and saved on the Camera Roll, it is saved in the My Photo Stream album and automatically saved to iCloud.

This means that particular image is synced with every connected device, and will appear those devices’ Photo Stream as well.

If the My Photo Stream album doesn’t appear, the tool hasn’t been activated, or there isn’t an iCloud account connected to that device.

Photos can also be stored on iCloud if a user chooses to back up their Camera Roll to the cloud service.

To remove these images a person must overwrite them with a new backup. This involves moving the images from the iPhone or iPad to another device – such as a laptop – and then deleting them from the Camera Roll on the phone or tablet.

Next time the phone is backed up, the existing Camera Roll backup will be replaced with the new one, which should have fewer, or no images in it.


  • On your device, go to Photos, Albums and select My Photo Stream.
  • Click Select in the top right-hand corner and choose all the photos that are to be deleted.
  • Click the bin icon in the bottom right-hand corner to permanently remove them. This will wipe them from iCloud, as well as any synced devices.
  • Go to Settings, iCloud, Photos and disable My Photo Stream and Photo Sharing.
  • Open Photos again, choose Camera Roll and select the required photos and videos. Either delete them, if you don’t want to keep them, or click the Share button in the bottom left-hand corner and choose where to store them.
  • Photos can also be transferred to a PC or laptop when connected using a USB cable.
  • Once deleted, either plug the phone into charge, or sync it with iTunes, to overwrite the current Camera Roll backup stored on iCloud with the new, empty version.
  • Once complete, go to Settings, iCloud, Storage & Backup, Manage Storage and disable the Camera Roll option for future backups.


Alternatively, Camera Roll backup options can be disabled by going to go to Settings, iCloud, Storage & Backup and Manage Storage. Select the device and turn off Camera Roll backup.

If enabled, backup occurs automatically when the device is synced with iTunes, or when it’s put on charge and connected to Wi-Fi.

Images on Photo Stream only stay on the iCloud server for 30 days, and the device will only store 1,000 Photo Stream images.

After this point, the photos are automatically deleted. To remove them sooner, open Photo Stream, select the images that need to be removed, and delete them.

This will delete them from the device and iCloud, but also any other devices that the stream has been shared with, or is connected to the same Apple ID, such as friends or family members.

Users can also disable Photo Stream by switching it off in Settings, iCloud, Photos.

Be aware that when a photo is deleted from the Camera Roll, it is not deleted from the devices My Photo Stream album, and therefore is not automatically deleted from iCloud.



How to Back Up & Share iPad Photos & Videos Without A Computer | iPad Academy

26 Dec

How to Back Up & Share iPad Photos & Videos Without A Computer | iPad Academy.

Perhaps the best way to back up and share photos and videos from your iPad without a computer is to use iCloud. Videos and photos you take with your iPad or iPhone can be automatically backed up using the Photo Sharing feature of Apple’s iCloud service. You get 5GB of iCloud storage for free. The best part is that these photos and videos don’t use any of that 5GB.

iCloud Photo Sharing FAQs

Shared Photo Streams FAQs

Once these items are on iCloud, you can share them with others or show them on an HDTV using Apple TV.

Note that My Photo Stream and Shared Photo Stream (Photo Sharing) are not the same. My Photo Stream stores up to 1000 photos for only 30 days. Shared Photo Streams are a more permanent storage solution. This article explains the difference.

Online Backup
You can also use other online storage (cloud) services to store your photos.
Dropbox is a popular service and offers 2GB of free storage when you sign up. You can turn on the automatic photo upload feature in the Dropbox mobile app to get up to 3GB of extra space.
Flickr easily bests Dropbox and most other online storage services with 1 terabyte of free storage. That’s over 500,000 typical digital photos. Learn more about Flickr photo storage.

Wireless Hard Drives
A number of companies make external wireless hard drives that allow you to move photos and videos to and from your iPad.
The Seagate Wireless Plus External Hard Drive gets good reviews:

To Compare Two Versions of the Model

24 Dec

In-Product View

To compare two versions of the model

  1. Open the first file that you want to compare in Autodesk Navisworks.
  2. Click Home tab >Project panel >Append drop-down >Append , locate the second file, and click Open.
  3. Hold down CTRL key, and select both files in the Selection tree .
  4. Click Home tab >Tools panel >Compare .
  5. In the Compare dialog box, the Find Differences In area, select the check boxes for all required options.
    Note: The Overridden Material and Overridden Transform check boxes relate to changing the color and transparency in Autodesk Navisworks, and changing a file’s origin, scale or rotation since loading into Autodesk Navisworks, respectively. These check boxes are clear by default. All the other criteria relate to properties of items from the original CAD model.
  6. In the Results area, select the check boxes to control how the comparison results are displayed:
    • Save as Selection Sets. Saves the items that you are comparing as a selection set. You can then use this set for later comparisons between the same items.
    • Save Each Difference As Set. Saves the resulting differences found in the comparison between the two items as a selection set for later analysis. The selection set will also have a comment attached detailing the differences in more depth.
    • Remove Old Results.Removes any selection sets resulting from a previous comparison, in order to reduce confusion when looking at the results.
    • Hide Matches. Hides all items that turn out to be the same in the comparison, when the comparison finishes.
    • Highlight Results. Highlights each resulting difference with a color override, when the comparison finishes. You can reset the colors back by clicking Home tab Project panel Reset All drop-down Appearances .

Room Data Sheet in Revit

17 Dec

Room data sheets done in Revit require three steps: make a view; tag it; and place it on a sheet.

Each of the rooms is tagged, in the small room view, with a special tag that includes labels for all of the
parameters that are going to be displayed.

This is just a standard Revit Room Tag with many labels, which means that it will need to be repositioned if the walls around the room change. (Whitefeet)
Each of these tagged views is then placed on its own sheet. The sheet uses a special Revit title block that is designed especially for this purpose, usually with a letter or tabloid paper size. The WhiteFeet command View Tools : Create Sheets From Views is used to do this in a batch process.

AU 2013 – AB1796 Mario Guttmann – Advanced Techniques for Managing Building Data in Autodesk® Revit®

Best Practices for Collaborating in Revit

12 Dec

Best Practices for Collaborating in Revit | AUGI.

Note: The definition of a successful BIM project is one that delivers a good quality product and one that is profitable.

Part 1:    Managing Expectations

Establishing and understanding expectations from each design team member

A successful Autodesk® Revit® project goes beyond knowing the technical side of BIM software. There are important topics that need to be considered at the beginning of each project, long before the first element is even modeled. Some of these important topics and questions are listed below.

Revit models contain extensive amounts of rich and intelligent data, and the use and application of these Revit models are virtually endless. Therefore, it is extremely important to establish boundaries for the Revit models with the architect, owner, and contractor. This means that you will need to come to some understanding and agreement of the expectations among team members for what the Revit model contains and what it is to be used for.

Critical questions to ask at the beginning of each project:

  • What is the intended use of the Revit model?

Coming to an agreement on the use of the Revit model with the architect, owner, and contractor will establish how much modeling effort there needs to be. Is the Revit model to be used just for architectural and structural coordination, or are there other disciplines involved in the 3D coordination effort? Will the Revit model be part of the deliverable as a contract document in which the contractor uses it to build from?

  • What must be submitted at each phase of the project?

Is the Revit model expected to be delivered with the 2D drawings at schematic design? What about at development design and construction document phases?

  • Between the architect and the structural engineer, who is modeling what?

The architect, structural engineer, and other design team members will need to come to an understanding about who is modeling which elements in each of their respective models. This could be done by a checklist that simply lists all the elements on the project and then assigning an element to each design team member.

Bear in mind that some elements overlap and more than one design team member may want to model these elements; floor slabs, for example. This checklist will also help establish who is ultimately responsible for the size and location of the elements in the 3D models.

  • Are the management, organization, and exchange of the architectural and structural Revit models planned in advance?

A well-planned program between the architect, structural engineer, and other design professionals that establishes how each model is organized and how each Revit model will be exchanged will help the coordination process and eventually create a well-coordinated set of 2D documents.

Part 2: Coordination

What software are your clients/consultants using?

The ideal model setup for coordination is for each consultant to use Revit. At the outset of a project, it would be best to identify what software each design team member intends to use so that any problems with interoperability can be foreseen.

During the course of a project, upgrades or changes to the version of a software package can occur. It is best practice to allow for this when dealing with consultants who might not want to upgrade to newer software.

If a design team member is still using something as basic as 2D CAD, it is still perfectly feasible to make use of this kind of information in a Revit model, either as background linework or as lines upon which to trace particular items using some of the native tools for items such as grids, levels, walls, and beams.

The easiest way to coordinate

The easiest way to achieve efficient coordination is to get all of the design team to agree on a logical structure for the Revit model. This could be achieved via a BIM standards project. Creating project standards for items such as the software in use, file naming, sheet naming, and so on, can go a long way in creating a more efficient environment for the coordination efforts on a large job. This also results in a well-coordinated set of documents between all the design consultants, S-101A / A-101A

How can this be recorded?

When working on very large Revit models that may be set up with Worksharing or Worksets, it is a very good practice to include comments when performing a “Save to Central” so that at particular times the model can be saved to another copy or rolled back if necessary.

Another method to record the evolution of the Revit model is to use reporting tools within Revit to save html reports of the interferences in the model. These can be useful to send to consultants to communicate where potential clashes are occurring. The consultant can then use tools such as “Select by ID” to find the pertinent members in the model.

Coordinating with non-Revit design team members

For very large Revit models, the combination of all discipline’s models may require Autodesk® Navisworks. The use of such software can make it easier to clash check and visualize very large or complex models, especially if some of the design team members are not using the Revit platform.

One of the many useful tools that Revit has for coordination in conditions where a multi-platform BIM is in effect is the use of the 3d DWF file which is a very lightweight file that can be emailed if necessary.

Revit is able to batch export 2D or 3D CAD files from the model. This can make it very easy to work with non-Revit consultants that require DWG or DGN files for coordination. The export of such files is very streamlined and should be tailored to suit the standard layer and linetype setup for the company CAD standards.

Who owns what? The new area of BIM contracts

With BIM technology maturing, new issues are appearing. One of these involves the determination of who owns the final Revit model. Deciding who will be ultimately responsible for the complete model at the conclusion of a project, or who will be maintaining as-built models for the project, will help  avoid repeat work or unnecessary survey work.

Other decisions that are critical to efficiency are items such as whether the fabricator or detailer will be working from the model. Also, the consequences of sharing the digital model with the contractor could have a positive influence on the communication of the design and execution on site.

These issues should be covered in the contracts for BIM projects so that lines are set up for each member of the design team. Our office sets all this language in the terms and conditions of each contract and it is also referenced in the general notes of the contract documents.

Summary of Methods for Well-Coordinated Documents in Revit

  • Set up linked views that show only specific elements and control this with view templates in each design team’s Revit model. This way, when the models are linked there no extra elements showing.
  • Consider project size before linking/importing.
  • The modeler should be aware of the frequency of revisions (weekly, bi-weekly?) of the other models.
  • Origin (0,0,0) should be maintained throughout all design team members’ drawings.  This is much more crucial than in 2D drawings.
  • The standard organization can work for smaller projects, but custom organization may be necessary for larger, more complex projects.
  • Customize for intuitive understanding for others who may work on the model.
  • Use “Project Parameters” and apply to Views for custom organization (e.g., “For Reference Only” or a separation of “Perspective” and “Orthographic” for 3D views may be necessary).
  • Keep in mind that copy/monitoring elements depends on the project and that there is no absolute standard.
  • Consider the fact that the party responsible for the geometry (e.g., slab outline – architect) may be different than the party responsible for its properties (e.g., slab thickness and reinforcement – engineer).
  • Coordination Review can be used only after copy/monitoring is set up and there will even be an automatic notification.
  • Create/save the HTML Coordination Review Report once Coordination Review is completed, then export to Excel format. Excel allows better organization and manipulation of data.
  • Identify the person responsible for the “actions” (manager or modeler). Do not ignore the “add comments” option for recordkeeping purposes.
  • Exporting to AutoCAD® is useful for design team members who do not use Revit.
  • 2D DWF may work better than 2D PDF for simpler viewing and printing.
  • When exporting to 3D DWG, check the level of detail (e.g., Coarse, Medium & Fine). Structural members in fine detail show even the fillet radius adding additional geometry that may not be necessary.
  • 3D ADT exporting from Revit may not recognize all Revit objects such as foundations and coping of structural members.