Showing posts with label AutoCAD 2008. Show all posts
Showing posts with label AutoCAD 2008. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

SSMPropEditor 4.5 released

Here are the main news in SSMPropEditor 4.5 that now is available.

  • Added compatibility for AutoCAD 2013
  • Start Sheet Set associated with the current drawing when started from AutoCAD.
  • Start Sheet Set by specifying DST file as argument when running the SSMPropEditor.exe.
  • Bug fixes.

SSMPropEditor is a Sheet Set Manager (SSM) Properties Editor. With SSMPropEditor you can edit  Sheet Properties and Sheet Custom Properties on multiple sheets belonging to AutoCAD's Sheet Set Manager (SSM) or AutoCAD Architecture's Project Navigator (PN) Sheet Set View. AutoCAD is not even needed needed to use SSMPropEditor.

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.

The video shows an older version but the GUI and functionality showed is still the same.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

How to Use an AutoLisp Routine in AutoCAD

Here’s a video showing both of to load and use an AutoLISP program in AutoCAD as well as how to modify it.

Thanks Bill for featuring my AreaText.lsp code in this video. Check also out Bill’s other AutoCAD videos.

How to Customize AreaText.LSP for AutoCAD to use other formats.

How to Customize AreaText.LSP to change the text justification.

Monday, February 6, 2012

SSMPropEditor 4.4.2 released

SSMPropEditor is a Sheet Set Manager (SSM) Properties Editor. With SSMPropEditor you can edit  Sheet Properties and Sheet Custom Properties on multiple sheets belonging to AutoCAD's Sheet Set Manager (SSM) or AutoCAD Architecture's Project Navigator (PN) Sheet Set View. AutoCAD is not even needed needed to use SSMPropEditor.

Tip: Do you have a sheet set with a bunch of custom properties and another sheet set that you want them in too? SSMPropEditor will create the needed properties when using the Paste Properties button. No need to manually recreate all properties within SSM.

The upgrade is free for customers that purchased any earlier version.

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

Click to enlarge

Monday, January 23, 2012

How to select all entities passing through a point in AutoLISP

In AutoCAD if you want to use AutoLISP to select all entities/objects that crosses a point the ssget function can be used by passing the same point twice like this:
(ssget "c" pt1 pt1)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Autodesk and AutoCAD knowledge base documents

Some recent useful knowledge base documents from Autodesk:

AutoCAD 2011 Hotfix for Complex PLine Measurements

For AutoCAD 2011 with Update 2 installed, this hotfix repairs the area calculation problem of polylines positioned at a great distance from the origin.

Get it here: DL18225251

Autodesk 2012 Content Explorer Service Hot Fix 2

This hotfix applies to the Autodesk 2012 Content Explorer Service (Public and Personal) and addresses the following issues:

  • In some cases renaming a folder in Windows Explorer, which is currently being watched by the Autodesk Content Service, can cause the service to stop running.
  • The Autodesk Content Service could not be started because the size of the database file was larger than the configured maximum size. If you have encountered this issue please follow the steps found in the companion document "Configuring Maximum Database Size in Autodesk Content Service.pdf" after you have installed Hot Fix 2. If you have not encountered this issue these additional steps are not needed.
  • Files fail to index when an English Autodesk Content Service is installed on a Turkish operating system.

Get it here: DL18247986

Comparing the drawing-specific system variables of different DWG files

To compare the drawing-specific system variables of two DWGs, you can convert the drawings to DXF and compare them using a tool that can compare text files, for example the free open source program Winmerge.

Full details here: TS17915749

How to find the product key for your Autodesk product

Starting with the Autodesk 2010 product releases, most Autodesk software required both a serial number and product key to successfully install and activate.

Product keys are used to differentiate products that are both sold independently and sold as part of a product suite. For example, a user installing AutoCAD 2010 would use product key 001B1 while a user installing AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2010 (which includes AutoCAD 2010) would use product key 241B1.  The same AutoCAD is in both software packages but the product key differentiates one package from the other.

Full details here: TS1105767

Monday, December 5, 2011

Customize AreaText.LSP to change the text justification

I got a question how to customize this AutoLISP/Visual LISP AreaText.LSP to change the text justification. The solution is to make use of vla-put-attachmentPoint as seen in the example below.

(defun Get-ObjectIDx64 (obj / util)
  (setq util (vla-get-Utility (vla-get-activedocument (vlax-get-acad-object))))
  (if (= (type obj) 'ENAME)(setq obj (vlax-ename->vla-object obj)))
  (if (= (type obj) 'VLA-OBJECT)
    (if (> (vl-string-search "x64" (getvar "platform")) 0)
      (vlax-invoke-method util "GetObjectIdString" obj :vlax-False)
      (rtos (vla-get-objectid obj) 2 0)
    )
  )
)

(defun c:AT (/ entObject entObjectID InsertionPoint ad)
  (vl-load-com)
  (setq entObject (vlax-ename->vla-object(car (entsel)))
        entObjectID (Get-ObjectIDx64 entObject)
        InsertionPoint (vlax-3D-Point (getpoint "Select point: "))
        ad (vla-get-ActiveDocument (vlax-get-acad-object))
  )
  (vla-put-attachmentPoint (vla-addMText (if (= 1 (vla-get-activespace ad))
    (vla-get-modelspace ad)
    (if (= (vla-get-mspace ad) :vlax-true)
      (vla-get-modelspace ad)
      (vla-get-paperspace ad)
    )
  )
  InsertionPoint 0.0 (strcat
  "%<\\AcObjProp Object(%<\\_ObjId "
  entObjectID
  ">%).Area \\f \"%pr2%lu2%ct4%qf1 SQ. FT.\">%"
  )) acAttachmentPointMiddleCenter)
)

acAttachmentPointMiddleCenter can be changed to any of the following Visual LISP constants:

acAttachmentPointTopLeft
acAttachmentPointTopCenter
acAttachmentPointTopRight
acAttachmentPointMiddleLeft
acAttachmentPointMiddleCenter
acAttachmentPointMiddleRight
acAttachmentPointBottomLeft
acAttachmentPointBottomCenter
acAttachmentPointBottomRight

See also Customize AreaText.LSP for AutoCAD and AreaText.lsp updated for 64-bit AutoCAD.

Monday, October 17, 2011

FlexNet errors in the Event Viewer related to a network path

A customer of our license reporting manager JTB FlexReport recently had a problem with Autodesk Network License Manager and I found the solution in TS1053532 FLEXlm errors in the Event Viewer related to a network path:

Issue

Although the Start Server at Powerup option was selected in LMTOOLS, the FLEX service did not start automatically when you rebooted the license server. However, you were able to start the service manually.

In the Windows Event Viewer, there was an error message similar to the one below.

FLEXlm service failed to start. Cannot find the network path.

Solution

This error will occur if you use UNC paths when you configure the service in LMTOOLS.

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In most Windows networks, proper credentials are required to access UNC paths and these credentials are usually not available before a user logs in to the machine. Because the FLEXlmservice tries to start before a user logs in, the UNC paths will not be resolved correctly. As a result, the FLEXlm service will not be started automatically when the license server is rebooted. 

For this reason, it is strongly recommended that you use only valid, local drive letter paths when you configure the FLEXlm/FlexNet service in LMTOOLS.

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It is possible to configure the service to recognize UNC paths by elevating the rights of the service, but this is not recommended.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

How to change AutoCAD from network license to standalone

Sometimes it can be useful to convert a standalone license to a network license or the other way around. This works for AutoCAD and for verticals like AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD Electrical, AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD MEP, AutoCAD P&ID, AutoCAD Plant 3D and AutoCAD Structural Detailing. It can be done with a simple registry hack (start the Registry Editor with regedit.exe and take backup of the registry to be on the safe side).

For AutoCAD 2011 locate this key in the registry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Autodesk\AutoCAD\R18.1\ACAD-9001:409\AdLM

In that directory change the type for the installation that you require:

1 – Network
2 – Standalone
3 – Multiseat Standalone

For AutoCAD 2012:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Autodesk\AutoCAD\R18.2\ACAD-A001:409\AdLM

A tip is to locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Autodesk\AutoCAD first and then you will find the version (R18.2 is for 2012 products) and then the vertical (ACAD-A004:409 is for AutoCAD Architecture 2012).

Via Up and Ready

Change AutoCAD from standalone to network describes how it works for AutoCAD 2008 and older versions.

Change AutoCAD network to standalone to network describes how it works for AutoCAD 2009 and AutoCAD 2010.

Friday, September 30, 2011

LaunchPad and other Autodesk news

LaunchPad

Autodesk Labs presents LaunchPad. The LaunchPad Technology Preview accelerates design efforts by providing a single portal into Product Design Suite applications, project data, and workflows. The LaunchPad’s one-click workflows prepare your design data in the Suite environment that is most appropriate to your task so you can quickly start designing, engineering, simulating, and visualizing your design. The LaunchPad is intended for users who already have Product Design Suite installed.

LaunchPad

Video showing LaunchPad:

Via Autodesk Labs Blog


AutoCAD crashes while trying to locate the target for transparent orbit

Problem:

Your AutoCAD based product crashes when you try to orbit the model using the shift + Center mouse button.

Solution:
  1. Use the orbit command in the navigation tools instead of shift + center mouse button to orbit the model.
  2. Start the orbit command, right click and in the right click menu uncheck the item “Enable Orbit Auto Target”. Use the transparent orbit as normal.

Via GS17773959


Cloud Computing and Your Autodesk Product Plug-ins

Overview

The world of computing is always changing:  corporate mainframe computers were replaced by desktops; desktops became laptops; phones became mobile and then became smart; mobile data streaming allowed smartphone, handheld and tablet device users to be connected anywhere in the world. These advances were ‘game changers’ – new technology that made older systems obsolete almost overnight. They were revolutions not evolutions, and those businesses that couldn’t adapt quickly enough were replaced by those that could.

A revolutionary change is happening now - the move to cloud computing (or Software as a Service (SaaS)). Cloud computing is essentially just renting processing power and storage space on a virtual server that is managed in a remote datacenter and which you access over the internet. The technology is now mature – it is reliable, low cost, and simple to use. Vendors such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google are competing with each other to make their cloud services more reliable, cheaper, and easier to use than their competitors. Autodesk is experimenting extensively with cloud services. See labs.autodesk.com for some of our technology previews, or visit www.autodesk.com to discover some of our mature solutions, such as Autodesk Homestyler® or Green Building Studio®, that are available now.

So why might your applications benefit from the cloud? The answer is simple - for the same reasons Autodesk applications do. Consider these simple example scenarios:

  • Your application performs a processor intensive task, such as photo-realistic rendering, FEA analysis, or feature recognition. Instead of tying up your customer's computer for hours, why not send the raw data to a virtual machine on the cloud and then send the results back when they are finished. While your cloud service is grinding away at the data, your customer can carry on with their work.
  • Your application, or the reference data it uses, frequently changes. Instead of shipping frequent updates for your customer to install, you can just update one application on your cloud server and your updated algorithm or data is immediately available to all your customers.
  • Your customers are accessing a common dataset from geographically distributed locations. That data needs to be stored somewhere, so do you buy a set of servers, rent a room to house them in, and pay a server admin to maintain them; or do you just rent space in the cloud and let your cloud provider take care of all the maintenance and administration for you?
  • Demand for your services varies significantly through the day. Perhaps you have thousands of customers accessing your services during peak hours, but only one or two during the night. Should you scale your server farm to cope with the peak demand and accept that most of the time your processors will be idle, should you plan for the average demand and accept that customers will be frustrated during peak demand; or should you use a cloud provider that can automatically bring additional servers online for you at the peak and remove them when they’re no longer needed – and you only pay for the additional servers when you’re using them?

Startup costs for cloud computing are so low that you can easily afford to experiment with the technology. And the learning curve is shallow, so it's an easy step from writing desktop applications to cloud applications.

Getting Started

To help you get started, the Autodesk® Developer Network team has put together the following informational DevTV videos:

  • Up in the Cloud — An overview of the benefits of cloud computing by Jim Quanci, Director for the Autodesk Developer Network.
  • Getting Started with Cloud Computing An introduction to the basics of creating a cloud computing application with demonstrations of integrating a cloud service with an AutoCAD® plug-in application by Stephen Preston, Autodesk Developer Network.
  • Cloud Computing Revit Demo A demonstration of integrating a cloud service with an Autodesk® Revit® plug-in application by Jeremy Tammik, Autodesk Developer Network.
  • Cloud Computing Inventor Demo A demonstration of integrating a cloud service with an Autodesk® Inventor® plug-in application by Philippe Leefsma, Autodesk Developer Network.
  • Cloud Computing Civil 3D Demo A demonstration of integrating a cloud service with an Autodesk® Civil 3D® plug-in application by Augusto Gonçalves, Autodesk Developer Network.

The sample code used in the demonstration is available here.

Further Reading

For additional information and tutorial material, please visit the website of your favorite cloud computing provider. We can't list them all here, but here are three:

Read more here


General Licensing: Do I need IPv6 Network License Manager for Windows?

If you wonder if you need Autodesk Network License Manager update for IPv6 or if you can stay with IPv4 then read the post at Up and Ready


Top Autodesk Sign in Questions & Answers

What is an Autodesk ID?
How do I create an Autodesk ID?
I can’t remember my Autodesk ID
I forgot my Autodesk ID and I don’t remember what e-mail address I used when I created my account
I forgot my password
I followed the steps to reset my password but haven’t received an e-mail
How do I change my password or e-mail address?
What are the minimum character requirements for my Autodesk ID account?
How can I get additional help if I can’t resolve my sign-in issues?
What is an Autodesk ID?

For answers visit GS17837889

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

SSMPropEditor 4.4.1

SSMPropEditor version 4.4.1 is now available. If you use AutoCAD’s Sheet Set Manager you will have a hard time to not justify using SSMPropEditor. Give it a try for free and see for yourself.

Fixed problems in 4.4.1.

  • Fixed path issue with export.
  • Fixed problem to remove some of the paths.
  • Fixed browsing for sheet path.

Would you like also to have access to Sheet View information? If so, what would you like to do in SSMPropEditor?

Sheet Views View by sheet.

Sheet Views View by category.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Some useful Autodesk news

Kate Morrical, Autodesk has AutoCAD Sheet Set Manager resources available like the Introduction to the Sheet Set Manager video aimed for AutoCAD LT users.

Kate also says: The AutoCAD LT team would like to talk to people who are interested in or have thoughts on web-hosted CAD programs, where you run the program over the internet instead of on your desktop. If interested visit Need some more opinions and email her.

Aurodesk have made available the Autodesk 2012 Content Explorer Service Hot Fix as a .msp that will accept flags when executed from the command line: msiexec /p contentservicehotfix.msp /qn
See Autodesk 2012 Content Explorer Service Hot Fix – Silent Install?

If you ever get this error below the solution might be to re-apply the Windows 7 Service Pack 1.
Unable to run AutoCAD. This may be due to one of the following reasons:
1) This version of AutoCAD was not installed properly.
2) You do not have sufficient rights to run AutoCAD.

Up and Ready has this tip. When extracting the installers for Autodesk products, keep the destination folder name as the default. i.e. C:\Autodesk. If not the paths might be too long and you get the error: Some files could not be created. Please close all applications, reboot Windows and restart this installation.

Also found on Up and Ready. Do not stop or disable the LanmanServer service. If you do AutoCAD 2012 will lockup or freeze and it will probably affect other programs as well.

The Server service supports file, print, and named-pipe sharing over the network for this computer. If this service is stopped, these functions will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Windows system requirements for the Autodesk Network License Manager for Autodesk’s 2012 products. You want to know the current system requirements for the Autodesk Network License Manager on the Windows platform. See TS17796070

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Autodesk University 2011 early registration

AU members can register now for AU 2011, one week ahead of general registration. Autodesk University 2011 comes with more than 650 classes and Innovation Forums that are designed to help you visualize, optimize...and revolutionize the way you work.

I’m a Speaker for one of the virtual classes going live November 29, 2011. Welcome to register for it after November 1!

CM3943 Autodesk® Network License Manager

Class Audience

CAD/IT managers and advanced users with CAD/IT management responsibilities for network licenses

Class Description

The class is for anyone that want to learn how to manage network licenses. Learn the steps to install and configure Autodesk Network License Manager, use Options file to define groups to be allowed or denied usage or reserve licenses for, command-line tools, troubleshoot and diagnose problems, optimization, limit borrowing, upgrade licenses, find out current users and how to create usage reports. Most tasks needed to know managing network licenses will be covered. This will benefit everyone new to network licenses and those that want to learn more.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Batch processing for AutoCAD - SmartPurger 3.3 released

SmartPurger is a script and batch utility for processing multiple AutoCAD drawings with full control. Execute LSP or SCR files on multiple drawings. SmartPurger handles crashes so the AutoCAD batch processing continues to the end and leaves bad drawings to be corrected manually if and when needed.

Here are news and fixes in SmartPurger 3.3:

-Support for scripting other applications like Bricscad or AutoCAD OEM by using the “Manually select AutoCAD location” checkbox.


-Version check added to see if a newer version of SmartPurger is available.
-Support for dialog box to be closed: Open - Foreign DWG File
-Support for dialog box to be closed: Annotation Scale - Large Number of Scales
-xstrcase usage within SmartPurger to handle usage of diacritics and accentuated characters in filenames
-Profile list is not always working fixed
-OCX registration problem fixed
-Correctly showing the total time when it is more than 24 hours

Upgrade is free for current customers.

Interested in batch processing AutoCAD? Free trial of SmartPurger available.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

SSMPropEditor 4.4 released

SSMPropEditor is a Sheet Set Manager Properties Editor. Edit properties on multiple sheets belonging to AutoCAD's Sheet Set Manager (SSM) or AutoCAD Architecture's Project Navigator (PN) Sheet Set View with ease.

If you have a sheet set with a bunch of custom properties and another sheet set that you want them in SSMPropEditor will create the needed properties when using the Paste Properties button. No need to manually recreate all properties within SSM.

The upgrade is free for customers that purchased any earlier version.

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

Monday, August 22, 2011

FlexNet License Report Freeware – JTB FlexReport LT 1.1

JTB FlexReport LT is a freeware product from JTB World to create HTML reports on current usage of FlexNet/FLEXlm licenses. JTB FlexReport LT 1.1 comes with these news and fixes:

  • Installer added.
    Windows Start Menu>All Programs
  • Option as AutoCAD 2012 Plug-In.
    On AutoCAD's Plug-ins tab
  • This problem has been fixed: in some cases where Chrome is the default web browser the HTML cannot be opened.

JTB FlexReport LT

Screenshots from a sample HTML report. All users using a license will be listed, when the license was checked out and how many hours it has been used.

The aggregated list sums up multiple license servers and gives an overview of the features (applications/modules/packages), number of licenses issued, in use and available.

Sorry all Mac users but this is a Windows application only so far but if you have a Windows machine in a corner it can report the usage from your license manager running on the Mac OS X. Congratulations though to AutoCAD 2012 for Mac and AutoCAD LT 2012 for Mac. Same with license servers on Unix, Linux operating systems, they can be reported on but JTB FlexReport LT must run on Windows.

Here’s a couple of recent reviews of JTB FlexReport:

"I'm immediately putting it to use as I can now query every server with the click of one button instead of using multiple scripts for each server. Here's how it works. ... JTB FlexReport LT is a very versatile tool in itself and quickly provides you a snapshot of what is going on with your licenses at any given moment. As it's free, I'd highly recommend you take a look at it if you use network licenses." - See the complete product review at Steve Bennett's blog Adventures in the World of BIM.

"Jimmy Bergmark has released a snazzy freeware report generator for capturing FlexNet/FLEXlm license use. Run the app, click once to search for license servers and again to get a nicely formatted HTML report of current servers, license and user allocation. You can save the server search results making future reports just a click away." - See the complete product review at Robin Capper's blog.

For complete FlexNet reporting functionality see JTB FlexReport.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

How to remove all Autodesk products from Windows

Sometimes this is needed. I’ve done it many times both on my machines and on users machines.

How to remove all Autodesk products from a Windows system

From Autodesk’s Knowledge base: TS45252

Issue

A previous attempt to install or uninstall an Autodesk® product failed to successfully complete and now you are unable to install or reinstall an Autodesk product on your system.

Solution

In these cases, it is strongly recommended that you clean your system by uninstalling all Autodesk products and supporting applications (add-ins, utilities, enablers, etc.), and by removing related files and settings before attempting to reinstall. The end result is a clean system on which you can install your new Autodesk product.

Before you begin
  • These procedures are intended to completely remove Autodesk products and related support files from your computer including customization files such as menus, AutoLISP, PGP files, etc. If you wish to preserve any existing customization, you must manually back up those files before executing the procedures that follow.
  • Before you starting uninstalling your Autodesk products, we recommend you restart your system to ensure that any pending Windows OS updates get applied first.
  • Some options are presented differently depending on the version of Windows you are running. The following procedures include descriptions for the Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, and Windows XP operating systems. Follow the appropriate  instructions for your operating system.

For most Windows-based Autodesk products, the process of uninstallation is handled through the Windows Control Panel:

  1. From the Windows Start menu, open the Control Panel.
  2. Select “Uninstall a program” (Windows 7/Windows Vista) or “Add or Remove Programs” (Windows XP).


Windows 7 / Window Vista


Windows XP

The first thing to note is that each Autodesk product is listed separately and must be uninstalled separately.


List of installed applications

Even though you may have installed all of the products in a suite in a single installation, each individual Autodesk product and related add-in, enabler, bonus pack, or other supporting application must be uninstalled separately.


Uninstall peripheral applications

If you're going to uninstall a product, you should uninstall the related peripheral applications before uninstalling the main application. For example: if you're going to uninstall 3DS Max Design, you should first uninstall the FBX add-in for 3DS Max Design. Uninstall this and any other related add-ins and then uninstall the main applications. This also applies to modules such as the VBA enabler, Subscription Advantage packs, and Autodesk material libraries.

Note: When uninstalling the Autodesk material libraries it’s important to remember that these libraries are shared across all Autodesk products and should not be removed unless you are removing all Autodesk products from the system.

  1. Select the product to be uninstalled and click the “Uninstall/Change” link (Windows 7/Windows Vista) or the “Change/Remove” button(Windows XP).
  2. In most cases this will launch an uninstaller for the selected component, allowing you to uninstall it from the system.

Repeat this process for all add-ins and supporting applications before beginning uninstall of the main Autodesk products.

When uninstalling the material libraries, it's best to uninstall from largest to smallest. Begin by uninstalling the medium resolution image library–assuming that library is installed on your system–followed by the base resolution image library, and then the Autodesk material library.


Uninstall Autodesk products

Once you have uninstalled all peripheral applications, you can begin uninstalling the main Autodesk products:

  1. Select the product to be uninstalled and click the “Uninstall/Change” link (Windows 7/Windows Vista) or the “Change/Remove” button(Windows XP).
  2. At this point, the Autodesk installer will open in maintenance mode offering you the options to: Add or Remove Features, Repair or Reinstall, or Uninstall the selected product. 


    AutoCAD 2011 installer in Maintenance Mode
  3. Click the Uninstall option and click Next to confirm that you want to remove the product from your computer (if you are prompted to remove shared files, click Yes to All).
  4. After the Uninstall is complete, click Finish to close the installer.

Repeat steps 1-3 for each Autodesk product to be uninstalled.

Note: The uninstall procedure for some Autodesk products may require you to restart the computer when the uninstall has completed. If this is the case, restart the computer as instructed, return to the Control Panel and continue removing any remaining Autodesk products.


Delete remaining Autodesk product files and folders

Warning: The following steps instruct you to delete folders at locations that would affect all installed Autodesk products. These steps assume you have previously uninstalled all Autodesk products and related peripherals and that it is safe to remove those folders.

1. Using Windows Explorer, locate and delete the installation folder for each Autodesk product that was uninstalled in the previous procedures, e.g.,  "C:\Program Files\AutoCAD 2010" or "C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2012".

2. Delete the folder, "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Autodesk Shared"
Note: These locations may be different if your OS is configured to store the Program Files folder on a drive other than C: or if you installed your Autodesk product to another drive and folder name.

3. Delete the following user profile folders (substitute your login name for %username%):

Windows 7/Windows Vista

  • C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk
  • C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Autodesk
  • C:\ProgramData\Autodesk

Windows XP

  • C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\ Application Data\Autodesk
  • C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Application Data\Autodesk
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Autodesk

Windows 7 and Windows Vista: Depending on your system settings, Windows Explorer may not automatically display all the subfolders under the Users folder. If you cannot locate these folders by navigating to the folder, copy and paste the above folder locations into the Windows Explorer address bar.


Windows Explorer address bar


Delete remaining Autodesk product entries from the Windows registry

Warning: Improperly editing the Windows registry could render your operating system unusable. Microsoft provides a wealth of critical information that you need to know about the registry in the Microsoft Knowledge Base at http://support.microsoft.com/support.

Use the Microsoft® Registry Editor at your own risk and only after backing up the registry. Instructions on backing up your registry can be found in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base articles:

Additional information about the registry is available in the Help topics in the Microsoft Registry Editor.

  1. Log on to the workstation as a member of the local Administrators group.
  2. Launch the Run dialog by typing [Windows key] + R (Windows 7/Windows Vista) or clicking Start > Run (Windows XP).
  3. In the Run dialog, enter REGEDIT in the “Open” edit field and click OK.
  4. In the Registry Editor, locate and delete the following subkeys:
    - HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Autodesk
    - HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Autodesk 

    Deleting a subkey in the Registry Editor
  5. Close the Registry Editor.
  6. Restart the computer.

Before reinstalling any Autodesk products

At this point, each of the previously installed Autodesk products—along with residual files, folders, and registry settings—should now be gone from the system and you are almost ready to start installing (or reinstalling) your Autodesk products. Before you begin, we recommend you perform the following tasks to help ensure a successful installation:

  1. Reboot your computer. You should really do this even if you have not been prompted to reboot. Restarting your system before installation helps ensure that any pending Windows OS updates get applied before you starting installing your Autodesk products.
  2. In Windows Explorer, delete the contents of your Windows Temp folder, but do not delete the Windows Temp folder itself. You can locate the Temp folder by entering %TEMP% in the Address bar of Windows Explorer.
  3. Close all running applications. Some applications—Microsoft Outlook, for example—can interfere with the installation process. So, before you begin installing, it's just a good idea to shut down other applications that are running.
  4. Disable any virus-checking software running on your system. Virus-checking applications may block certain activities detected as suspicious, e.g., accessing the registry or adding/removing/updating DLL files, even though these activities are common when installing or removing programs. Not only can it slow down the installation process, but it can actually introduce corruption. So make sure that your virus checking software is turned off before you install, and make sure you turn it back on when you're complete.

Several anti-virus programs can be disabled by right-clicking its system tray icon and selecting Disable from the shortcut menu (for more information about disabling your anti-virus software, refer to the vendor of that software). In some cases, disabling the anti-virus application from the system tray may not be sufficient and it may be necessary to use the task manager to end the process for the anti-virus software that is still running.

To verify that an anti-virus program is not still running in the background:

  1. Press [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [Delete].
  2. Click Task Manager.
  3. On the Processes tab of the Task Manager, select the process for the anti-virus program and then click “End Process”.

You are now ready to install your new Autodesk products on the clean system.

More Information

For more information on uninstallation techniques, please refer to the following solutions:

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

AU 2011 Class Catalog Preview Is Now Available

The AU 2011 preview catalog is now available.  You can find it here. Registration goes live for AU members on August 30.

I will hold one Virtual class that goes live November 29, 2011. Registering starts November 1.

CM3943 Autodesk® Network License Manager

Class Audience

CAD/IT managers and advanced users with CAD/IT management responsibilities for network licenses

Class Description

The class is for anyone that want to learn how to manage network licenses. Learn the steps to install and configure Autodesk Network License Manager, use Options file to define groups to be allowed or denied usage or reserve licenses for, command-line tools, troubleshoot and diagnose problems, optimization, limit borrowing, upgrade licenses, find out current users and how to create usage reports. Most tasks needed to know managing network licenses will be covered. This will benefit everyone new to network licenses and those that want to learn more.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

FlexNet Host Name, MAC address, and Host ID

Some useful info for those managing network licenses (FlexNet/FLEXlm) on a network license server.

How to find your Host Name, MAC (Media Access Control) or Physical Address and Host ID

From Autodesk’s Knowledge base: GS16485462

Issue

When attempting to install, register, and activate your network license for Autodesk software, you are prompted to enter for a Host Name, MAC address, and Host ID, but are unable to find them.

Solution

Definitions

Your Host Name is the name of your computer, a unique identifier - up to 255 characters long - that consists of numbers and letters.

Your MAC (Media Access Control) or Physical Address refers to the physical address of the Ethernet connection to your computer. It is twelve characters long, and is a combination of numbers (0 through 9) and letters (A through F). Your MAC Address will appear in this format (XX-XX-XX-XX-XX-XX) and may be referred to as your Physical Address.

Your Host ID, is similar to your MAC Address, and is a unique combination of numbers and letters that identifies a specific machine—similar to a license plate on a vehicle.

Windows©

If you use Windows©, please follow these instructions to find your Host Name, MAC or Physical Address, and Host ID.

1. Open the Command Prompt by clicking on Start ➤ (All) Programs ➤ Accessories ➤ Command Prompt

NOTE: If you do not have access to the Command Prompt, please contact your IT department, or someone with administrative rights to your machine, to help you locate the information.

2. At the Command Prompt, type ipconfig/all and press the Enter key. Information about your Internet Protocol Configuration will appear.

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3. Scroll up to find the Ethernet connection information associated with the physical connection (not wireless or Bluetooth) and note your Host Name, MAC (Media Access Control) Address and Host ID.

4. Close the Command Prompt window.

Mac© OS

If you use Mac© OS or terminal window, please follow these instructions to find your Host Name, MAC or Physical Address, and Host ID.

1. From your Utilities, launch a Terminal window.

2. Navigate to the directory, where lmutil is installed.

3. Retrieve the host name by entering the following in Terminal:
<prompt>./lmutil lmhostid –hostname

4. Note your Host Name.

5. Retrieve the Host ID by entering the following in Terminal:
<prompt>./lmutil lmhostid

6. Note your Host ID.

7. Close the Terminal Window.

8. From the Apple Menu, select About This Mac.

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9. Click the More Info button.

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10. Under the Network, find the Ethernet connection. The MAC Address will be listed there.

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11. Note your MAC or Address.

See also Autodesk Network License Manager for IPv4 and IPv6, FlexNet Options File documentation and tips and How to find the port used by a FlexNet license service.

Need historical statistics of license usage? JTB FlexReport from JTB World can help.

Try also the freeware JTB FlexReport LT for HTML reports of current FlexNet / FLEXlm usage .

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

AutoCAD Sheet Sets – Reasons to Use Sheet Set Manager

Brian Benton has put together this nice AutoCAD article TIPniques: Why You Should Be Using Sheet Sets for AUGI HotNews - August 2011.

How are you managing the data in your title blocks?  How do you populate the data in your title block? How do you manage recurring information in your drawing set?  If you and your coworkers are manually performing any of these tasks, then there is a way to reduce errors and increase efficiency.

The solution is to fully use and integrate Sheet Sets.  When fully incorporated into a company’s workflow, Sheet Sets can minimize errors, control documents, manage data, manage files, automate drawing set up, provide easy access to department drawings, simplify publishing/printing of the entire design set (or any part thereof), and archive your data.  Yes, it can really do all of that!

read the rest here

To further increase your productivity using AutoCAD Sheet Sets with the Sheet Set Manager, SSMPropEditor will make editing of multiple properties across many sheets a breeze.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Sheet Set Manager performance issue with Windows 2008 R2 server with SMB V2 active

This is for users of AutoCAD or any AutoCAD vertical together with Sheet Set Manager (SSM) having DWG files stored in a Windows 2008 R2 server with SMB V2 active. It seems to be unrelated to the AutoCAD version. Should affect AutoCAD LT 2012 too.

As soon we open a Sheet Set from the server, Process Explorer shows that the process AdcomFolderWatch.dll uses until 50% CPU utilization, and the Network traffic goes up and stays at ~5 Mbps, even after closing all drawings in AutoCAD).

This issue only affects the systems having SMB Ver.2 active, like Windows 2008 Server R2.

The Autodesk development team is working actively in trying to fix this issue, but for instance, the only way to avoid it is to enable SMB 1. See How to Disable SMB 2.0 on Windows Vista/2008

Via Up and Ready

See also Slow Sheet Set Manager solution and Sheet Set Manager performance tips as well as the Sheet Set Manager Editor SSMPropEditor.


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