Friday, July 29, 2005
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Here are some misc links you might want to take a look at:
PC Magazine about Vista - http://www.pcmag.com/category2/0,1874,1786052,00.asp
Microsoft Windows Vista Developer Center - http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/
Visual Studio 2005 code snippets FAQ - http://blogs.msdn.com/vbide/archive/2005/07/22/441923.aspx
Visual Basic 2005 Starter Kits - http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/downloads/2005/starterkits/
MSN Screen Saver - http://screensaver.msn.com/
"Escape from YesterWorld" with some fun videos - http://www.escapeyesterworld.com/
For NG nerds - http://netscan.research.microsoft.com/
MSN Virtual Earth - http://virtualearth.msn.com/
MSN Virtual Earth on Channel 9 - http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=91714#91714
Acrylic Beta - http://www.microsoft.com/products/expression/default.aspx
DPack is a FREE collection of Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 and 2005 tools. - http://www.usysware.com/dpack/
Monday, July 25, 2005
They and others can be found at http://www.systeminternals.com/
I had a case today with a PC that I run a lot of automated scripts on every night.
I tried to manually start AutoCAD 2006 and noticed that it took an extremely long time to start. I actually thought AutoCAD had locked up. Of course I could reinstall or repair AutoCAD but I wanted to find the reason for this so I fired up Filemon, filtered on *acad* but I didn't notice anything strange. I then run Regmon and found that it was a lot of traffic to some keys in the registry.
I took a look at the keys in question and found the cause. It was related to one of the new features in AutoCAD 2006, the Drawing Recovery Manager.
The locations where:
If where thousands of entries in there pointing to files. Not sure exactly how so many could get in there but since I don't is in need to use drawing recovery manager on that PC I deleted these registry keys and when starting AutoCAD again it was as quick as it should.
It seems like AutoCAD has a hard time to start when there are so many files listed. Not really a bug but something that the developers at Autodesk might take a look at. Especially the reason why AutoCAD thinks that it might need to recover drawings when AutoCAD haven't crashed. I any several users have seen this behavior before. And that looks like a defect to me.
To prevent this from happen again I first though about deleting these registry keys automatically but remembered that there was a new system variable to control this. RECOVERYMODE
Controls whether drawing recovery information is recorded after a system failure.
0 - Recovery information is not recorded, the Drawing Recovery window does not display automatically after a system failure, and any recovery information in the system registry is removed
1 - Recovery information is recorded, but the Drawing Recovery window does not display automatically after a system failure
2 - Recovery information is recorded, and the Drawing Recovery window displays automatically in the next session after a system failure
So I ended up setting it it 0.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Can DWF files created by DWF Toolkit 7.0 be read by Autodesk DWF Viewer 6.0 and Autodesk DWF Composer 2.0?
Saturday, July 16, 2005
I will speak at the Autodesk Univerity 2005 in Orlando, Florida. The event will be held November 28 - December 1, 2005 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel.
Multi-discipline CAD usage at an EPC company. (PD12-1, Plant Design, All Levels, Mon. 11/28 10:00 am - 11:30 am)
I'll let you know more about the content later.
See you there!
Thursday, July 14, 2005
There has been some minor updates to the FLEXnet/FLEXlm graphic report tool JTB FlexReport.
-The time on the file name on the HTML backup files is more correct now. It was off 10 minutes before.
-Some special cases of the FLEXnet/FLEXlm status file syntax that generated an error are fixed upon users notification.
-Spaces in the user name are now handled correctly.
-There is a undocumented registry fix so the temporary files can be saved in another folder than %temp%. Contact me if needed.
-There is a separate Access database (JTBFlexReportDetailed.NET.mdb) that helps you with detailed reports on user usage.
-Some issues with grouping of users in the grafic report have been addressed.
The update is free for all existing users.
Backup the installation folder to be on the safe side.
Install the latest version from this location:
Here you can find 2 free books in PDF format.
Free Book - Introducing Visual Basic 2005 for Developers
Free Book - Upgrading Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 to Microsoft Visual Basic .NET
The ADT OE enables some basic AutoCAD commands to work on ADT objects. If you erase a door the hole in the wall heals. You can explode ADT objects into basic AutoCAD objects. Automatic cleanup is done using commands like Move, Copy, Rotate, Trim, Extend and Array. Node osnap points on ADT objects are also available.
Command: -EXPORTTOAUTOCAD File format: 2004 Bind xrefs: Yes Bind type: Insert Filename prefix: ACAD- Filename suffix: Export options [Format/Bind/bind Type/Prefix/Suffix/?] <>:
Meaning of term "heartbeat" Published date: 2005-07-12 ID: TS66065 Applies to: AutoCAD® 2006 AutoCAD® 2005 AutoCAD® 2004 AutoCAD® 2002 Issue The term "heartbeat" is used in reference to a network license. You would like to know what this term means. Solution When AutoCAD is running, it communicates with the license server at one-minute intervals using a communication method known as the "heartbeat." If the heartbeat connection is missed, the server tries to reconnect. If it cannot, it sends a message to the user indicating a license error. Once the user acknowledges the message, AutoCAD starts a 6 minute countdown to give the user time to save his or her work. When AutoCAD stops working because it lost a connection to the server, you must shut down AutoCAD and restart the program. If the problem causing the original loss of the heartbeat signal is resolved, and there are available licenses on the server, the program starts working again. Note: If you are using the redundant server model, this server model also passes heartbeats between redundant servers.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Monday, July 11, 2005
Saturday, July 9, 2005
Friday, July 8, 2005
Tuesday, July 5, 2005
Back from vacation I thought about making a new wish for adding RSS feed support for the Autodesk product knowledge bases. To my suprise I read Shaan's blog entry that this has now been added.
This is great news!
AutoCAD LT: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/syn/rss?siteID=123112&id=2334144&linkID=2475874
Autodesk Inventor Series: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/syn/rss?siteID=123112&id=2334144&linkID=4183228
Autodesk Inventor Pro: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/syn/rss?siteID=123112&id=2334144&linkID=4189372
Autodesk Vault: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/syn/rss?siteID=123112&id=2334144&linkID=4517338
Autodesk Architectural Desktop:http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/syn/rss?siteID=123112&id=2334144&linkID=2476059
Autodesk Building Systems: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/syn/rss?siteID=123112&id=2334144&linkID=2476435
Autodesk Civil 3D: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/syn/rss?siteID=123112&id=2334144&linkID=3549480
Autodesk Map 3D: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/syn/rss?siteID=123112&id=2334144&linkID=2786831
Autodesk Revit Building: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/syn/rss?siteID=123112&id=2334144&linkID=3770375
AutoCAD Mechanical: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/syn/rss?siteID=123112&id=2334144&linkID=4198944