Monday, September 24, 2012

Autodesk customer videos

Autodesk has recently created new customer videos that showcase very small businesses (1-25 employees) or small groups with larger companies and how they’ve used AutoCAD and Autodesk products to create designs for their clients.

I always think it’s interesting to see how different companies use software to be more competitive and productive.

Here is the YouTube playlist or you can view them below:

Brad Miller of MC², an exhibit marketing company, discusses how Autodesk 3ds Max and AutoCAD are used to help design and build exhibits that demand attention at tradeshows. The video uses a recent project for John Deere to illustrate how MC² relies on Autodesk software to deliver increased visibility for their clients.

Eric Hebard of Production Resource Group, a supplier of entertainment and event technology, discusses how AutoCAD, AutoCAD WS, and Autodesk Sketchbook Pro are used to help design system installations for theaters and stadiums. The video uses an annual project for the Latin Grammys to illustrate how Production Resource Group Las Vegas relies on Autodesk software to create PA system installation designs and communicate that information to their clients.

Mark LaBell and Steve Kassab of SSOE Group, an international engineering, procurement and construction management firm, discuss how AutoCAD is used to help seamlessly combine multiple files and file types into one design. In this video, SSOE elaborates on how the AutoCAD development language allows both the novice and experience programmer complete control over the application to create and edit complex designs for their clients.

Natalie Cutler and Elisa Leung of Cutler Design and Construction, an interior design and general contracting company, discusses how AutoCAD LT is used to help design and build commercial retail spaces. The video illustrates how Cutler Design and Construction relies on AutoCAD LT to turn vanilla spaces into polished retail locations that follow corporate design guidelines.

Ed Hade from Shaw Industries discuss how they moved from 2D to 3D with AutoCAD to maximize use of space in their new Reclaim-to-Energy facility—part of a green initiative to reduce post-industrial waste by recycling old carpet into energy.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Autodesk Sync 2013 Service Pack 1

In June 2012 we got the Autodesk Sync Error Hotfix and now it’s time for Autodesk Sync 2013 Service Pack 1. Download it here: DL20541251

Issues resolved by this Update

  • Fix for the persistent sync errors in the System Tray.
  • Performance Improvements.
  • Various other defect fixes.

Refer to the readme file for installation instructions. Specifically “Within the Autodesk product sign out from Autodesk 360.“ The readme also says “If you have installed Autodesk product service packs from the products above you may already have this service pack installed through them.” From what I can tell Autodesk Sync 2013 Service Pack 1 is not included in AutoCAD 2013 Service Pack 1.1 because the version I have for AdSync.exe is AdSync.exe should be "" when Autodesk Sync 2013 SP1 is installed.

Unfortunately I have been unable to apply this update on a machine with AutoCAD 2013 and on a machine with AutoCAD Architecture 2013. I got this Windows Installer message: “The upgrade patch cannot be installed by the Windows Installer service because the program to be upgraded may be missing, or the upgrade patch may update a different version of the program. Verify that the program to be upgraded exists on your computer and that you have the correct upgrade patch.”

Friday, September 21, 2012

AutoCAD product keys in Visual LISP explained

The product key functions have some news in Visual LISP for AutoCAD 2013. These are extended functions provided by VLISP. You must issue vl-load-com before you can use the functions.

VLAX-MACHINE-PRODUCT-KEY - Returns the AutoCAD product key from the Machine hive in the Windows Registry.  (ie. "Software\\Autodesk\\AutoCAD\\R19.0\\ACAD-B001:409") VLAX-MACHINE-PRODUCT-KEY replaces VLAX-PRODUCT-KEY in releases AutoCAD 2013 and later.

VLAX-USER-PRODUCT-KEY - Returns the AutoCAD product key from the User hive in the Windows Registry.  (ie. "Software\\Autodesk\\AutoCAD\\R19.0\\ACAD-B001:409")

In AutoCAD these 2 strings will always be identical. The strings will only be different in Core Engine host applications other than AutoCAD.

VLAX-PRODUCT-KEY - Returns the AutoCAD Windows registry path. Old function, still available.

The Core Engine host AcCoreConsole.exe that ships with AutoCAD can be configured to run ’isolated’ in which case the vlax-user-product-key will return a different string than vlax-machine-product-key. Normally, it shares the HKLM/HKCU keys with AutoCAD. However, you can configure it with the /isolate switch to use a different HKCU root key. The /isolate switch can be used to prevent the changes to the system variables from affecting regular AutoCAD. This is useful when you want to set sysvars or other registry based configuration setting for AcCoreConsole.exe but you don’t want these settings to change for your AutoCAD instance.

When using the /isolate switch you also need to include an existing or new userid.

Example: AcCoreConsole.exe /isolate batch

When that is done you will notice how vlax-user-product-key will return a different value compared with the other functions:

Command: (vl-load-com)

Command: (princ (vlax-product-key))

Command: (princ (vlax-user-product-key))

Command: (princ (vlax-machine-product-key))

Here AutoCAD registry product keys are explained further. The registry product keys are not the same thing as the Autodesk Product Keys that are used to differentiate products that are both sold independently and as part of a product suite.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

How to solve problem when setup says AutoCAD is installed

Have you run into a problem when the installer says on Configure Installation that AutoCAD is already installed and trying to clear out remaining folders, files and registry keys does not help? AutoCAD is not installed but still the setup says it is. It might be that you had tried to manually uninstall AutoCAD (or Revit or whatever it is) and failed to do it 100%. What to do?

This trick might help to solve the problem. Note that the GUID (the code at the end in italics) is different for different applications and versions so you might need to search in the parent folder or go through them all to find what you look for.

Locate this folder and delete it with its content. Make a backup if you want to be on the safe side.

Use regedit, locate this registry key and delete it with its content. Make a backup if you want to be on the safe side.

After that hopefully you will find that you can run the setup and install AutoCAD or whatever product you had in mind to install. Now you know how to install AutoCAD even if AutoCAD is already installed even though it was just the installer thinking so.

See also Completely clean out traces of AutoCAD installations

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

CAD notes giveaway of AutoCAD productivity products

CAD notes is having a giveaway of AutoCAD related books, training videos and software (including some from JTB World). Check it out.

Monday, September 17, 2012

AutoCAD Architecture 2013 database connectivity with ACA_db

ACA_db is an app/add-on from JTB World for AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD MEP.

Make use of AutoCAD Architecture or AutoCAD MEP more fully in your BIM process. Property Set values can automatically be updated back and forth to one or many external databases. If you make changes to the Extended Data values within a Property Set they can be synchronized back to the external database. Any Property in a Property Set Definition can be exported and all editable Properties can be imported.

With the new release ACA_db 4 there is support for AutoCAD Architecture 2013, AutoCAD MEP 2013, both 32-bit and 64-bit.

Synchronization between database and CAD

ACA_db will improve the BIM process and experience and will improve quality of your data and remove redundancy and conflicts of data.

Contact us to get a time limited license file for free.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

AutoCAD’s Help Update for AutoCAD 2013 Reviewed

The online Help for AutoCAD 2013 has had several problems and missing pieces. The good news is that now the Help is much better but with room for more improvements.

To see the new Help press F1 within AutoCAD to see the updated Help welcome page or visit the online Help directly in your browser.

At this point the update is for the English language.

The update include new content, search enhancements, additional reference links for Command and System Variables, Glossary, FAQs.

Filter on All Content, User, Developer or Administrator.

Search filters making it easy to filter on Commands, System Variables, AutoLISP, ActiveX, DXF and .NET.

Related References at the bottom of many pages are helpful.

Welcome to the new The Hitchhiker’s Guide to AutoCAD—your guide to the basic 42 commands you need to create 2D drawings using modern AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to AutoCAD

“This guide is a great place to get started if you just completed your initial training, or to refresh your memory if you only use AutoCAD occasionally. As you can see from the illustration, the 42 commands are grouped together according to types of activity. In addition, these groups are arranged sequentially to follow a typical workflow.”

I had expected the image to be clickable to navigate to the islands or command. Under the subject (island) Viewing I would expect links to more related references.

AutoCAD Services & Support page needs to be updated for 2013.

I still miss a table of contents, the User’s Guide and Customization Guide with their topics making it easy to navigate the help. No easy access (if any) to news about the 2013 version.

Imagine that you want to learn about AutoLISP. Make a search for AutoLISP and the “not” function is the top result. Not that relevant at all.

FAQs link on the start page is just a link to a search for “faq” and at the top FAQ for Autodesk 360 shows up. Not that relevant and probably not what most users look for.

A search for the command alias SSM returns “No results found for ssm”.


Search for HELP and the Help system will fail to work. You need to refresh the page. UPDATE 2012-09-19: This has now been fixed, thanks for the help Dieter.

A tip if you want the URL to a specific help topic is to right click on the Add to Favorites icons and copy the link address.

Search tip: This should really be documented in the help. To search for a phrase add quotes around it. To search only for any of several keywords use the operator OR between. For example Sheet AND Plot. When you search, a minus or dash means that you want to exclude the term. So searching for -ARRAY will not show up the -ARRAY command at all. But when minus is used on one word and you have to other words you will not get the expected result. Try to search for Sheet Stamp and it will show 14 results. Search for Sheet Stamp –Plot and there is suddenly 243 results. The first will work like Sheet AND Stamp while the second will work like Sheet OR Stamp but NOT Plot.

See also the related help/documentation news: Visual LISP and ActiveX/VBA Comparison and AutoCAD ActiveX API History.

Visual LISP and ActiveX/VBA Comparison

The following table compares AutoLISP/Visual LISP functions in AutoCAD with the similar ActiveX, VBA, and Visual Basic 6 functions and operators. The ActiveX Automation equivalents are indicated by “AutoCAD.Application.” and the Visual Basic 6 equivalents are listed as a function or operator. This chart can be useful when you jump between working in different languages as well as if you know one of them and want to learn the other.

AutoLISP function ActiveX, VBA, or Visual Basic 6 equivalent
+ (addition) + (addition operator)
- (subtraction) - (subtraction operator)
* (multiplication) * (multiplication operator)
/ (division) / (division operator)
= (equal to) = (equal to comparison operator)
/= (not equal to) <> (not equal to comparison operator)
< (less than) < (less than comparison operator)
<= (less than or equal to) <= (less than or equal to comparison operator)
> (greater than) > (greater than comparison operator)
>= (greater than or equal to) >= (greater than or equal to comparison operator)
~ (bitwise not) Not operator
1+ (increment) Use + (addition operator)
1- (decrement) Use - (subtraction operator)
abs Abs function
acad_colordlg Not provided
acad_helpdlg Search for HELP in the online Help index
acad_strlsort Search for SORT in the online Help index
action_tile Use the Dialog Editor
add_list Use the Dialog Editor
ads AutoCAD.Application.ListADS method
alert MsgBox function
and And operator
angle AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Utility.
AngleFromXAxis method
angtof AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Utility.
AngleToReal method
angtos AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Utility.
AngleToString method
append Use array manipulation functions
apply Not provided
arx AutoCAD.Application.ListARX method
arxload AutoCAD.Application.LoadARX method
arxunload AutoCAD.Application.UnloadARX method
ascii Asc function
assoc Not provided
atan Atn function
atof CDbl Function
atoi CInt Function
atom Search for IS in the online Help index
atoms-family Not provided
autoarxload Not provided
autoload Not provided
Boole Use logical operators
boundp Search for IS in the online Help index
car/cdr Use array manipulation functions
chr Chr function
client_data_tile Use the Dialog Editor
close AutoCAD.Application.Documents.Close method
command AutoCAD.ActiveDocument.SendCommand method
cond Select Case statement
cons Use array manipulation functions or AutoCAD.Application.collection.Add<entityname> method
cos Cos function
cvunit Use the conversion functions
defun The keywords Function and End Function
dictadd AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Dictionaries.
Add method
dictnext AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Dictionaries.
Item method
dictremove AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Dictionaries.
Dictionary.Delete method
dictrename AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Dictionaries.
Dictionary.Rename method
dictsearch AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Dictionaries.
Dictionary.GetName and GetObject methods
dimx_tile and dimy_tile Use the Dialog Editor
distance AutoCAD.Application.Utility.
GetDistance for interactive method.
distof Not provided
done_dialog Use the Dialog Editor
end_image Use the Dialog Editor
end_list Use the Dialog Editor
entdel AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.
collection_object.Delete method
entget AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument. properties
entlast AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Modelspace.
entmake AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Modelspace.
Add<entityname> method
entmakex AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Modelspace.
Add<entityname> method
entmod Use any of the read-write properties for the object
entnext AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.collection.
Item method
entsel AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.SelectionSets object/methods/properties
entupd AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Modelspace.
object.Update method
eq Not provided
equal Eqv operator
*error* Error object/method/properties
eval Not provided
exit AutoCAD.Application.Quit method
exp Exp function
expand Not provided
expt ^ (exponentiation operator)
fill_image Use the Dialog Editor
findfile Dir function
fix Fix, Int, Cint functions
float CDbl Function
foreach For Each...Next statement
gc AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.PurgeAll
gcd Not provided
get_attr Use the Dialog Editor
get_tile Use the Dialog Editor
getangle AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Utility.
GetAngle method
getcfg property
getcname Not provided
getcorner AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Utility.
GetCorner method
getdist AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Utility.
GetDistance method
getenv property
getfiled Use the file dialog
getint AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Utility.
GetInteger method
getkword AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Utility.
GetKeyword method
getorient AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Utility.
GetOrientation method
getpoint AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Utility.
GetPoint method
getreal AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Utility.
GetReal method
getstring AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Utility.
GetString method
getvar AutoCAD.Application.GetVariable method
graphscr AppActivate AutoCAD.Application.Caption
grclear Obsolete function
grdraw Not provided
grread Not provided
grtext AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Utility.Prompt
grvecs Not provided
handent AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.ModelSpace.
object.Handle property
help Search for HELP in the online Help index
if If… Then… Else statement
initget AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Utility.
inters AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Modelspace.
itoa Str function
lambda Not provided
last arrayname(UBound(arrayname))
length UBound function
list ReDim statement
listp IsArray function
load_dialog Use the Dialog Editor
load AutoLISP is not supported through Automation
log Log function
logand And function
logior Or function
lsh Imp function
mapcar Not provided
max Max function
mem Not provided
member Use collection
menucmd AutoCAD.Application.MenuBar object
menugroup AutoCAD.Application.MenuGroup object
min Min function
minusp Use < 0 syntax
mode_tile Use the Dialog Editor
namedobjdict AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Dictionaries collection
nentsel AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.SelectionSets.
SelectionSet.SelectAtPoint method
nentselp AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.SelectionSets.
SelectionSet.SelectAtPoint method
new_dialog Use the Dialog Editor
not Use the logical operators
nth Use object(n) syntax
null IsNull function
numberp TypeName function
open Open function
or Use the logical operators
osnap Not provided (You can use the SetVariable method to control the OSMODE system variable.)
polar AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Utility.
PolarPoint method
prin1 AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Utility.Prompt
princ AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Utility.Prompt
print AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Utility.Prompt
progn Not provided
prompt AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Utility.Prompt
quit AutoCAD.Application.Quit method
quote Not provided
read Not provided
read-char Input function
read-line Line Input function
redraw AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Modelspace.
object.Update method
regapp AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.
RegisteredApplications.Add method
rem Mod function
repeat For… Each, While,
reverse Not provided
rtos AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Utility.
RealToString method
set Set function
set_tile Use the Dialog Editor
setcfg property
setfunhelp Not provided
setq Set function
setvar AutoCAD.Application.SetVariable method
sin Sin function
setview AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Viewports.
Viewport.SetView method
slide_image Use the Dialog Editor
snvalid Not provided
sqrt Sqr function
ssadd AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.SelectionSets.
Add method
ssdel AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.SelectionSets.
SelectionSet.Delete method
ssget AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.SelectionSets.
SelectionSet.SelectOnScreen method
ssgetfirst Not provided
sslength AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.SelectionSets.
SelectionSet.Count method
ssmemb Compare ID of object with the SelectionSet members
ssname AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.SelectionSets.
SelectionSet.Name property
ssnamex Not provided
sssetfirst AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.
startapp Shell function
start_dialog Use the Dialog Editor
start_image Use the Dialog Editor
start_list Use the Dialog Editor
strcase StrConv function
strcat & operator
strlen Len function
subst Not provided
substr Mid function
tablet Not provided
tblnext AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.
collection_object.Item method
tblobjname AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.
collection_object.Name method
tblsearch AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.
collection_object.Name method
term_dialog Use the Dialog Editor
terpri Not provided
GetBoundingBox method
textpage Not provided
textscr Not provided
trace Not provided
trans AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.Utility.
TranslateCoordinates method
type TypeName function
unload_dialog Use the Dialog Editor
untrace Not provided
vector_image Use the Dialog Editor
ver AutoCAD.Application.Version property
vports AutoCAD.Application.ActiveDocument.
Viewports collection
wcmatch Like operator
while While… Wend
write-char Print function
write-line Print function
xdroom Not provided
xdsize Not provided
zerop Use = 0 syntax

Source: AutoCAD 2013 Active X Developer’s Guide on AutoCAD Developer Center. To utilize the documentation with the VBA IDE or Visual LISP IDE, download and extract the contents of the ZIP file to the following location: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Autodesk Shared

Monday, September 10, 2012

AutoCAD 2013 Service Pack 1.1

If you were quick to install AutoCAD 2013 SP1 you might run into the Fatal error after applying AutoCAD 2013 SP1. If you didn’t and kept SP1 you can now just install SP1.1 without having to uninstall SP1.

DL20327837 has the downloads for AutoCAD 2013 SP1.1 and DL20327876 has the downloads for AutoCAD LT 2013 Service Pack 1.1.

_VERNUM (product version) details:
AutoCAD 2013 SP1.1: G.114.0.0 (UNICODE)
AutoCAD 2013 SP1: G.112.0.0 (UNICODE)
AutoCAD 2013: G.55.0.0 (UNICODE)

You can apply this update to AutoCAD 2013 (with or without SP1) running on all supported operating systems and languages. Consult the readme file for installation instructions and more details on the primary issues resolved by this update. Be sure to install the correct update (32-bit or 64-bit) for your software and operating system.

This Service Pack can be applied to AutoCAD 2013 installed as a standalone application as well as AutoCAD 2013 installed from the following Autodesk Design Suites.

  • AutoCAD Design Suite 2013
  • Autodesk Building Design Suite 2013
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2013
  • Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2013
  • Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2013
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite 2013

NOTE: You can also use Autodesk Exchange to install the Live Update Maintenance Patches, which will automatically show the correct Service Pack for your product.

Here is a nice Thank you found in the Readme:

We want to express our appreciation to all our customers who identified these issues and reported them to us. Their reports gave us the opportunity to improve the product and to provide you with the best solution in general design and drafting. We also thank you for your continued business, and for your feedback regarding this release.


Autodesk AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Product Team

I noticed that "Crash while switching IME language for double-byte characters, when Dynmode is turned off." was removed from the readme when comparing SP1 with SP1.1. I got this confirmation from Autodesk: “this fix was removed as it was causing other issues in the product. The AutoCAD team is still working on resolving that issue outside of the Service Pack but cannot currently comment on when or how that fix will be made available.”

See also more details in the posts AutoCAD 2013 SP1 & AutoCAD LT 2013 SP1 and AutoLISP and VBA Security Controls in AutoCAD 2013 SP1.

Microsoft Expression Web Server error: Web "<Stammweb>" ist ausgelastet.

I recently got a problem to publish from Microsoft Expression Web 4 to my website. Strangely enough the error message shows in German even though the application is English as well as Windows and locale settings.

Microsoft Expression Web: Server error: Web "<Stammweb>" ist ausgelastet. Versuchen Sie es später wieder.

In the connection settings I use FrontPage Server Extensions and I have not changed anything after the point it worked and when it stopped working.

My website host company could not find anything wrong either but after they restarted the server it worked again for me.

Friday, September 7, 2012

FlexNet 11.11 downloads available

The updated FlexNet (FLEXlm) version (based on Flexera Software’s FlexNet Publisher Licensing Toolkit 11.11.0) was released in August 2012 and is available as a public download as well as the updated License Administration Guide.

Here are the news in Version 11.11.0
• Support for XenServer in virtualized environments
• New hostid keyword VM_UUID to support binding to a virtual machine on VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, and XenServer platforms

No words about if there are any bug fixes but if you experienced unknown problems with the license manager it can be worth trying if updating will help.

lmgrd.exe, lmutil.exe and lmtools.exe are all 11.11 now.

Previous FlexNet Version 11.10.1 described.

JTB FlexReport license monitoring tool has been tested with and supports this new version. See also JTB FlexReport 7.1 introduces MathLM monitoring

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Autodesk Revit LT

Just like with AutoCAD there is AutoCAD LT, there will be a Revit LT with lower price than Revit but limited functionality. Take a look and see if it may be relevant for you.

Here’s some info about the upcoming Autodesk Revit LT 2013.

Revit LT could help to make the move to BIM.
The features in Autodesk Revit LT are specifically built to support Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflows for high-quality design and documentation. Use the intuitive 3D modeling tools to visualize and communicate your designs more clearly, and meet the demand for BIM deliverables. And create photorealistic 3D architectural renderings in the cloud with Autodesk 360 Rendering, available with Autodesk Subscription.

How does Revit LT support the BIM process?
Revit LT supports the BIM process by creating coordinated, consistent, and quantifiable information about a building project throughout design and construction. BIM helps give design professionals insight to their projects with the ability to keep design information upto-date, and extract information from the building model during any stage of design. This insight helps professionals design more efficiently, obtain earlier approvals, and deliver higher quality, more easily constructible projects with fewer complications during the construction process.  

Who is Revit LT for?
Revit LT is intended for building design professionals working on projects that can be completed independently or with limited internal collaboration but could benefit from a BIM-based workflow to produce more accurate, coordinated designs and documentation. Revit LT is ideal for single users who do not need to collaborate in the same project file simultaneously with others in the firm, and who do not need access to energy or structural analysis tools. 

What is AutoCAD Revit LT Suite 2013 software?
AutoCAD Revit LT Suite 2013 is a bundle consisting of Autodesk Revit LT 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013 software with a single serial number and a single authorization code. This combination enables you to maintain your investment in AutoCAD LT, while, when you’re ready, offering the flexibility to move to BIM with help from Revit LT.

What are the differences between Autodesk Revit and Revit LT?
Autodesk Revit LT contains a subset of the features in the Autodesk Revit software, available in Autodesk Building Design Suite Premium and Ultimate editions. A basic summary of additional functionality included in Autodesk Revit is below:

Included in Revit LT: Single, Coordinated Model, Autodesk 360 Rendering, Intelligent (Parametric) Components

Not included in Revit LT: Worksharing (Multiuser Environment),Autodesk 360 Energy Analysis for Autodesk Revit, Near-Photorealistic Rendering within the Product, Conceptual Massing, Adaptive Components, Exports to gbXML, and  IFC file format, Interference Checking, Copy/Monitor, Construction Modeling - Parts and Assemblies and Autodesk Revit LT does not support 3rd party API.

Autodesk Revit LT 2013 stand alone price will be $1200 (MSRP in USD) and the AutoCAD Revit LT Suite 2013 will be $1500 (MSRP USD). You can save up to 50% when you upgrade from AutoCAD LT to AutoCAD Revit LT Suite.

Sounds interesting? If so visit September 18, 2012 the 30 day trial for Autodesk Revit LT will be available and to purchase it you also have to wait a while more.

  • Launch Territories: North America, Northern Europe, UK, Central Europe, and Japan
  • Launch Languages: English, German, Japanese

The old Project Spark Technology Preview (pre-Revit LT) is still available on Autodesk Labs at:

AutoCAD ActiveX API History

There have been a number of changes to the AutoCAD ActiveX API since its first introduction with AutoCAD R14. Typically this API is used by AutoLISP/Visual LISP and AutoCAD VBA.

A full history of the additions, changes, and removals made to the ActiveX API is now available in the AutoCAD 2013 ActiveX Developer’s Guide (acad_aag.chm) that is found at AutoCAD Developer Center. To utilize the documentation with the VBA IDE or Visual LISP IDE, download and extract the contents of the ZIP file to the following location: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Autodesk Shared

Via AutoCAD DevBlog

Monday, September 3, 2012

SSMPropEditor 4.6 released

SSMPropEditor is the Sheet Set Manager Properties Editor for AutoCAD based products and SSMPropEditor 4.6 is now available and comes with the addition of localization for Spanish and French as well as some bug fixes.

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The upgrade is free for customers that purchased any earlier version. Get the downloads here.

Contact us to get a time limited license file for free.

See also SSMPropEditor 4.5 released and SSMPropEditor as AutoCAD app.

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