When talking about tools that designers and architects need to bring magnificent pieces to life, a mouse is the least that comes to mind. After all, any mouse can click, scroll, and move, right? Wrong!
Picking the right mouse for an architect or a designer is something I take seriously, especially when I’m working with powerful tools and software such as AutoCAD. I believe that a mouse is like a pen that architects need to communicate all the designs they have on their heads on paper. Mouses come with moderate to adverse features that architects need for their work.
So, how can architects and designers choose the right mouse? In this article, I will talk about the best mouse for architects and designers and what to look for when buying one.
While some people may argue that all mice work the same, I will tell you that that is not the truth. Architects and designers need to use a mouse with great precision to help them navigate intricate designs and come up with precise drawings.
A good mouse for architects and designers will offer the following benefits:
The grip style of a mouse determines how comfortable I will feel when working. Since I spend most of my time working on designs, I need something comfortable on my palms, figures, and claws. The grip of my ideal mouse should naturally align with their grip style for comfort.
The normal aesthetically pleasing designs might not be good for architects. An ergonomically built mouse with weight and consideration is essential for making an architect’s work easier. I consider how naturally the mouse aligns with the wrist position when choosing.
DPI (dots per inch) is what differentiates laser from optical mice. When buying a computer mouse for design projects, an average DPI of 2000 will be ideal.
I consider how heavy the workload of my design project will be when choosing because the heavier the work, the higher the DIP. Mouses with 500 dpi are ideal for regular computer work.
The best mouse for architects should offer high precision because we require it when working on various designs and drawings. Accuracy is important for detailed drawings and 3D modeling. A computer mouse with high-precision sensors allows easy movements to provide the most intricate design.
A designer’s mouse should be compatible with various devices and operating systems. I need to use the features and functionalities across different software and devices. With this, I get the freedom to work on the go without needing additional peripherals.
Now that you know what to look for in a mouse, it is time to choose the ideal one. The following are some of the best mice for architects and designers that I recommend making your work more rewarding.
The Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse perfectly caters to the need for precision while offering an elegant look. With a sleek design and comfortable grip, this is the mouse you need for long hours of your design project without discomfort.
I love this mouse because it comes with impressive customizable buttons catering to the unique needs of architects and designers. It offers the versatility needed for 3D modeling, sketching work, or rendering. The Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse ensures you get seamless design navigation to bring your creativity to life.
The Logitech MX Master 3S is another good mouse I recommend for designers and architects. I loved this mouse’s beautiful, ergonomic design, which allows for easy navigation and comfortable use. The high-precision sensor ensures I get accurate tracking and smooth cursor control.
Logitech MX Master 3S is a wireless mouse with Bluetooth connectivity options. The rechargeable battery with USB-C ensures my work is not interrupted. I get an easy charge experience with power that lasts up to 70 days. This mouse is everything an architect needs to boost creativity and productivity.
I love Apple devices, and I believe you can never regret choosing their mouse for your designing and drawing work. Apple Magic Mouse 2 comes with a beautiful, sleek design and touch-sensitive surface ready to make your experience a magical one.
This mouse features intuitive gestures that allow architects to work on their designs in a fluid and intuitive manner. The mouse is lightweight and comfortable enough to allow architects to work on their designs for hours without feeling tired. The rechargeable battery also allows for interrupted working to enhance your productivity.
The unique design is the first thing that attracted me to this mouse. Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical mouse comes in an angled form to help prevent joint tension. Using this mouse for my design work, I said bye to any discomfort coming from my palm when working.
Even though it is an optical mouse, you still have the freedom to choose between 800, 1250, or 1600 DPI. The mouse has an impressive power-saving ability that allows it to automatically turn off when it remains inactive for 8 minutes. This is indeed the best high-quality and pocket-friendly mouse for all designers.
The best mouse for architects and designers considers things such as ergonomic design and high precision. We need a mouse that offers comfort and accuracy in any design project, whether simple or complex.
The above mice have unique features and functionalities needed for any design project, making them the best contenders on my list. So, when choosing a mouse for designing, check the comfort, precision, and customization as priority features.
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Single sign-on (SSO) lets users access Autodesk products and services using the same email and password they use for your organization. This means they only need to remember one password, and if they are already signed in to your organization’s network, they will not need to sign in again to access Autodesk.
Autodesk SSO uses the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0 protocol. We have currently tested and support the following Identity Providers (IdP):
This section gives an overview of the steps required to implement SSO. For additional details and step-by-step instructions, read through the full guide.
SSO is available to Autodesk customers on the following Autodesk plans:
This section explains how to add domains to your Autodesk Account and verify them so that they can be used for SSO, as well as other admin features such as Directory Sync. Verifying your domain lets us know you are the owner or admin for your organization’s domain name. You will need to add the email domain or domains that your Autodesk users use to sign in to your organization.
You can add up to 1,000 domains. Existing domains won’t be imported. When your list is complete, save the document as a CSV file.
If there are errors in the CSV file (such as a spelling error or a domain that’s already added to your team), you will be able to download the error log for details. Once you have corrected the errors, select Upload corrected file to continue.
Once you have successfully added a domain, it will appear in Single sign-on in the domains list.
The domains you added will be listed on the Add and Verify Domains tab, along with the domain status (Not verified). To verify a domain, click Verify domain > next to the domain you want to verify. You can verify a domain by uploading an HTML file or creating a DNS TXT record.
For this method, you’ll download an HTML file from Autodesk, then upload it to your website root directory (the folder where the website files for your domain name are stored). This verification method works instantly.
For this method, you’ll copy information from Autodesk and paste it into a new TXT record in your domain name system (DNS) server. This verification method can take up to 72 hours.
A DNS TXT record can hold any text strings, including machine-readable data that can be used for domain ownership verification. For instructions on creating a TXT record in your DNS server, refer to the documentation for your domain host.
Once the domain is verified, the domain status will appear as Verified in your domains list. In the meantime, you can continue setting up your SSO connection by going to Manage SSO in the “Domain” table.
Next you will need to set up your SSO connection so that users can sign in to Autodesk with their organization’s email address. This connection uses SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) to allow Autodesk to communicate with your identity provider to authenticate users.
You can create one connection for each identity provider, up to 25 connections. The connection must be set up and all domains must be verified before you can turn on SSO.
For step-by-step instructions, select your identity provider from the list below.
Similar to given identity providers, this connection will use SAML protocol to allow Autodesk to communicate with your identity provider to authenticate users. To enable communication, you will need to add metadata from your identity provider to Autodesk and vice versa.
This section explains how to add test users to a linked domain to test the connection before turning on SSO. This step is optional, but strongly recommended to ensure that users will be able to sign in to Autodesk products and services.
When choosing test users, you should ideally:
Your SSO connection is now turned on.
In this section, you can find instructions for editing or deleting a connection and renewing your identity provider certificate.
To edit your connection, follow these steps:
Here you can edit your connection name and identity provider metadata. You can also find your Autodesk metadata (to add to your identity provider), renew your identity provider certificate, test your connection, and link verified domains.
To delete a connection, you must first unlink all verified domains (see Linking and unlinking domains). Once all verified domains have been unlinked, follow these steps:
If SSO is turned on, contact Autodesk Support to delete the connection.
To link a domain, you must first verify it (see Add and verify domains). Then follow the instructions in Link verified domains.
If SSO has not yet been turned on, you can unlink a domain by following these steps:
If SSO is turned on, contact Autodesk Support to unlink a domain.
To renew your certificate, follow these steps:
Once SSO has been turned on for your domain, any user who is able to authenticate on your domain without an existing Autodesk account will have an account created and added to the organization’s Autodesk tenant.
It is important to note, that with only a few exceptions, the user will not be provided access to any organization data, management of the user is still a separate task to authentication.
For a user to create a new account in an SSO environment:
If, for some reason, you have turned on SSO in error during testing or have significant user access issues it is possible to turn off SSO, but this must be done via Autodesk Support, we do not provide the ability to turn off SSO within the Autodesk Account.
In order to request SSO be turned off, please create a support case with the account name, domain, and reasons.
Autodesk Support will contact you once it has been disabled and your users will be able to access Autodesk products and services using their original account credentials.
If users cannot recall their passwords they will need to reset them following the standard reset password process.
If users account were created with New users access, they will not have a password – please see the following procedure for these users.
After you turn off SSO, your Autodesk Account will still be accessible using the same email address and your legacy password (the password set for the account PRIOR to turning on SSO). However, if a user has created an account using the “New users access” method, while SSO was turned on, the user will not have a valid password and steps are required to reinstate this account.
The first time a user without credentials signs in after disabling SSO, they will receive an error. This might fall in either of the following cases.
If user cannot recall their password, the following screen displays.
Once the above process is completed, the user should now be able to sign in and access the Autodesk products.
If users account were created with New users access, they will not have a password. Hence, on entering the email credential, the following screen displays.
Once the above process is completed, the user should now be able to sign in and access their Autodesk software and services as usual.
For any additional questions, please contact our support team at email@example.com
With the newest release of Autodesk products, we bring you a new list of Autodesk 2024 product keys. Product keys are codes that differentiate products and product versions. You may need them to install Autodesk products. If you get an activation error when you enter your product key, check that you specified the correct product (or suite) and version in the lookup tool.
Interested in seeing what the new Autodesk features can do for you? Microsol Resources hosts these annual webinar series on What’s New with Autodesk that showcase and highlight the newest features of the various Autodesk products on the different versions.
The product keys for Autodesk 2024 products are in alphabetical order.
|3ds Max with Softimage
|AutoCAD LT for Mac
|AutoCAD Raster Design
|AutoCAD Revit LT Suite
|CFD – Ultimate
|FeatureCAM – Premium
|FeatureCAM – Standard
|FeatureCAM – Ultimate
|Flame – Education
|Flame – transition
|Fusion 360 with Netfabb Standard
|InfoDrainage – Standard
|InfoDrainage – Ultimate
|InfoWorks ICM – Standard
|InfoWorks ICM – Ultimate
|InfoWorks WS Pro
|Inventor Engineer-to-Order Series
|Inventor Engineer-to-Order Series Distribution Fee
|Inventor Engineer-to-Order Server
|Inventor ETO – Developer
|Inventor ETO – Distribution
|Lustre – transition
|Maya with Softimage
|Netfabb Local Simulation
|PowerInspect – Premium
|PowerInspect – Standard
|PowerInspect – Ultimate
|PowerMill – Premium
|PowerMill – Standard
|PowerMill – Ultimate
|PowerShape – Premium
|PowerShape – Standard
|PowerShape – Ultimate
|Robot Structural Analysis Professional
|Structural Bridge Design
|VRED Render Node
Depending on the type of license you purchase, you may be prompted for a serial number and product key during product activation.
There are various ways to find this information, depending on how you obtained your software.
In your Autodesk Account, find your product and click View Details. Next, click License Details to access your serial number. If your product does not have a serial number, View Details does not display. Your Serial Number is the same for all versions of a standalone or multi-user subscription product.
If you are a software coordinator or contract manager, Autodesk Account provides serial numbers and product keys for all products on your subscription contract.
The serial numbers and product keys are in the Serial/Key column for each product on your subscription contract.
Each product in an industry collection like the Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection has a different product key. If you bought your product as part of a collection, use the lookup tool to find that specific product.
If you bought your product as part of a suite (for example, Autodesk Building Design Suite), the same product key is used to activate all products in the suite. Use the tool to look up the name of the suite.
If you obtain student software by using the Install Now download method, your serial number and product key are automatically entered during installation. If you still need to find this information, sign in to the Education Community website and follow these steps:
If you need further assistance, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.