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Newforma Workflow: Mobile Plans Enablement

Task – Enable markup using Mobile Plans app.

Synopsis – From the project home in Newforma Project Center go to the Document Control under the Project Management section.

There are a lot of things to fill out here but after the first one they can be generated from each other.

To the right of the “Revision Filename”  are three dots indicating “browse” It is here that you will choose the file that will be the record document.

After you have completed adding “Record documents there is one important detail remaining. You must select the documents then choose “Issue selected Record Documents from the tasks pane on the left.

For much more detail on this follow this link.


Conference Calls on the Polycom

The Polycom SoundStation IP 6000 conference phones that we have the ability to conference up to two lines together. To use this feature, call the first party to the conference call. When you press the “Confrnc” key, the active call will be placed on hold while you dial the second party. Press “Send,” then when the second party answers, press the “Confrnc” key again to join the two calls. If you wish to return to two separate calls, press the “Split” key and both parties will be placed on hold as separate calls.

Gift Card Scam

Office 365’s New Look

Office has a new look if you are on Office 365. One advantage that Office 365 offers is real-time access to the ever growing list of features that the product receives on an ongoing basis. Microsoft has also released its on-premise version of Office 2019

Mac Mojave

Apple released the latest OS for the Mac platform. It has a new look and some great new features including group FaceTime. Be sure to run a full backup before upgrading.

  Install Mojave from the App Store

If you have already installed this update you can get more training here.

Facebook 90M Hacked

Attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s code that impacted “View As” a feature that lets people see what their own profile looks like to someone else. This allowed them to steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people’s accounts.

iOS 12

The next iOS update is here. So far it is stable and we have seen no issues with email or communications. If you like to play it safe give it a few weeks before you upgrade. Read about all the new features.

5G is here…Just not in Chicago

The next generation of cellular known as 5G is being rolled out on October 1. It will be available in four cities, but not in Chicago, so don’t worry your new iPhone is not obsolete just yet. (more…)

FBI: Remote Desktop Compromised

Remote administration tools, such as Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), as an attack vector has been on the rise since mid-late 2016 with the rise of dark markets selling RDP Access. Malicious cyber actors have developed methods of identifying and exploiting vulnerable RDP sessions over the Internet to compromise identities, steal login credentials, and ransom other sensitive information. (more…)

New iPhone X S

iPhone X S & iPhone X S Max – Compare models


  • Faster Processor
  • Better Camera
  • Water Proof to 2 Meters
  • Dual Phone Number Support
  • 1.5 hr. Longer battery life on Max (more…)


OneNote is a virtual notebook, with incredible search capabilities, that synchronizes across all your devices and between multiple users in real time. A universal platform, it works on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Online. Everything is stored as a separate element so markups can be removed, files or images can be saved or moved. Pages are a limitless whiteboard that can accept markups, tags, MS Office and 3rd party files, tables, images, video, audio,  web elements and screen clippings. Here are our detailed instructions..

iPhone as backup ISP

Did you know you can use your iPhone, or iPad with cellular service, as a backup internet connection. Here is how to set it up:

  1. Install iTunes (Before your service goes down)
  2. Connect your iPhone to the PC via your charging cable
  3. Turn on Personal Hotspot

After a few moments your PC will see the iPhone as a new network connection and you can once again access the Internet.

Avoiding Cyber Fraud

Here are some tips from the FBI you can use to avoid becoming a victim of cyber fraud:


  • Ensure company policies provide for verification of any changes to existing invoices, bank deposit information, and contact information. (more…)

Security Awareness Training

Today the greatest threat to company security is the email vector. KnowBe4 provides security awareness training and simulated phishing attacks to test employee response to manage the continuing problem of social engineering.

Drones as a service

Capturing a unique perspective of a project is easier than ever with the use of a drone. Services such as Droners.io connect you with pilots from around the country, making capturing those images very easy and affordable. Costs range from $40-$150 depending on the scope of your project. (more…)

Amazon Prices

Did you know that prices on Amazon change hourly. CamelCamelCamel.com tracks prices and can send alerts when they are at their lowest. Browser Plug-ins help simplify the service.

Never use Online Password Services

There are a multitude of services that are built specifically for storing your passwords. I’d like to briefly delve into why it is foolish to use any of them.

First of all, there are specific instances of these sites being hacked, for obvious reasons. If you store all the gold in one bank, that’s where the robbers are going to go. By placing your passwords alongside those of tens of thousands of other users, you have created a single target for a hacker. (more…)

Fake Security Alerts

Should you get a pop-up like this one. Do not follow the advice in the window, and in particular, do not call the number in the window. Just close the browser immediately. DO NOT click on any part of the window, as this can trigger a virus installation. If the pop-up is preventing you from closing the browser, then reboot your computer. Also, make a mental note of the site you were visiting when the alert popped up. Very often it will be a news site or a content aggregation site; the type of site with lots of ads in the borders or strewn throughout the articles. (more…)

SketchUp Make is Illegal

Sketchup Make is a free version of SketchUp, however, the license is not for commercial use. Employees of our clients will often unknowingly request that we install software that has similar limitations. These requests are not intended to do harm, but they can be costly. (more…)

FBI: Internet-Connected Toys

iOS: Profile Hack

There is an extremely nasty hack that will brick your iOS device if you let it in. It installs itself as a Profile on your device.  In one particular instance, we discovered the Profile was named “Emergency Alerts” and had been allowed by the user clicking on a popup link that indicated these would help in the case of a tornado. (more…)

Family Internet Safety

Keeping your family safe on the Internet is a moving target. The Internet brings technology into our lives, but like the Gutenberg Press, its original purpose has been corrupted. If left unchecked, it will influence the very character of your children. To this end, I have a number of technologies and insights that can aid you in protecting your loved ones. Read more below. (more…)


Passwords should never be stored in clear text, Excel or in the cloud. These are easy targets for viruses and hackers. There is a open source program called KeePass that will store your passwords in an encrypted file on your Mac or PC. A pin or password is used to access your data. You can also load this directly to your mobile device without it ever touching the cloud. KeePass will actually speed your access to web based accounts (more…)


A great website that walks you through complicated repairs. They have detailed manuals and sell tools and parts to fix may items including iOS devices.


Doceri allows you to mirror and control any PC or Mac from a wirelessly connected iPad.  It is also an interactive whiteboard that can be used to create a presentation, insert images, save and edit and record a screencast video that can be saved and shared. It works with any software as the makeups are actually being done in a separate space in front of your computers software. (more…)

4K Monitors & TVs

Resolution Comparison

4K monitors are taking over, but there are a number of pitfalls when implementing them.

Video cards: Even a lightweight card a NVidia Quadro NVS 295 (Passmark 103) will let you run at 4K resolution, but the PC is unusable. A more typical production card used by our architecture clients is the NVidia Quadro K2000 (Passmark 1672). The K2000 had no problem running a Samsung 75″ TV, and produces a fantastic picture. (more…)

Out of Office from your iPhone

Did you know you can enable your Out of office message from your iPhone (more…)