I guess there must be a new Inventor 2013 feature here, but I can’t seem to find it. The info in the box below is from the “What’s New” sheet, but for the life of me, I don’t see anything new –except that the Help and Tutorials and Help were updated for the new Inventor 2013 version.
At any rate…. I have created hopefully helpful information below for those of you who have never downloaded and installed Inventor Help or Tutorial files. I recommend that you download and install the offline help files if nothing else…
The default Autodesk Inventor Help is online, and is updated continuously.
The online Wiki Help is the default help in Autodesk Inventor. If you are connected to the internet when you access Help in Autodesk Inventor, the Wiki Help displays. The Wiki provides robust, relevant, and up to date information. In addition, the Wiki enables you to partner with Autodesk to share your knowledge with others.
Local Help Download
When you are not online, you can still have access to the Inventor Help locally. Access the internet, and then download from: http://www.autodesk.com/inventor- 2013-help-download./a> W When you are offline and you access the help, the local help displays.
Tutorial Data Sets
Inventor 2013 Tutorials
First, download the files…
Download the Inventor 2013 Tutorial Files (zip – 238Mb) and unzip the desired zip files to the following location based on your operating system:
Windows Win 7:
Some files are duplicated within the zips. If prompted, select the option to overwrite existing files during the unzipping process. After extracting the tutorial files, double-click the tutorial_files.ipj file in the folder to launch Inventor and set the tutorial files project current. The tutorial files are now accessible and ready for use.
Once you have your zip file downloaded, go to the folder you downloaded it to and right click the zip file and choose Extract All…
You will be prompted to specify a location to extract to. The default location is where the zip file is located, which is the correct place to be, so just click Extract…
When the extraction is complete, right click and delete the zip file.
Inventor 2013 Offline Help
I recommend that you do install the local help. If you need help sometime when your internet is down, you’ll be glad you did. First thing you need to do is download and run the installer. The link below is directly to the installer on Autodesk’s website, or, alternatively, you can go there and click on the same link:
Help Installer (exe – 445268Kb)
I just click run instead of saving the file –it’s pretty big, but whatever way you do it, you need to eventually run the installer program. The install will go to the right place, and you shouldn’t have to do anything else.
Note: The local help is only available when you are not online (why?). That’s all there is to it. The next Inventor 2013 feature we will be reviewing is the new Welcome Screen. See you then.
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