Showing posts with label AutoCAD 2011. Show all posts
Showing posts with label AutoCAD 2011. Show all posts

Monday, July 15, 2013

Security Hotfix: Autodesk AutoCAD Code Execution Vulnerability

This hot fix addresses a vulnerability that could lead to an arbitrary code execution when loading specifically crafted DWG files. The vulnerability has a Common Vulnerabilities Exposure (CVE) ID CVE-2013-3665. For more information, please visit the CVE dictionary at http://cve.mitre.org as well as this detailed paper.

This Hotfix works with supported versions (see readme) of AutoCAD 2011-2014, AutoCAD LT 2011-2014, DWG TrueView 2011-2014, and associated verticals. Download it here. Files affected are acdb18.dll, acdb19.dll, AcSignCore16.dll and AdApplicationFrame.dll.

Note that when the script is run it will kill explorer.exe and restart it when ready.

But I got problem to run this.

Windows Script Host displayed this error:
---------------------------
Script:    C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Temp\BufferOverrunHotfix\Hotfix.vbs
Line:    556
Char:    5
Error:    Permission denied
Code:    800A0046
Source:     Microsoft VBScript runtime error
---------------------------

Afterward Explorer had to be started manually.

I looked at the log file %temp%\BufferOverrunHotfix.log and found this as the last row:
Applying Hotfix file AcSignCore16.dll from: C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Temp\BufferOverrunHotfix\files\19.1.75.0\x64\ to: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Autodesk Shared\

I then used Process Explorer and searched for AcSignCore16.dll and found that the process KeePass.exe used it so I killed it and after that I successfully could run the complete hotfix.

If you want to distribute this hotfix on many computers run it on a test computer and then grab the files found in %TEMP%\BufferOverrunHotfix. HotfixLauncher.vbs and Hotfix.vbs can be edited as needed.

UPDATE: This hotfix is included in AutoCAD 2014 Service Pack 1.

Monday, October 8, 2012

ACAD_db 2 released–AutoCAD Database Synchronizing

Would you like to use AutoCAD together with an external database? With ACAD_db block attribute values can automatically be updated back and forth to one or many external databases. If you make changes to the attribute values they can be synchronized back to the external database or the other way around.

ACAD_db

The main news in version 2.0 is support for AutoCAD 2013 based products and support for Oracle database.

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

Monday, April 23, 2012

No source available in Visual Studio debugging AutoCAD .NET code

AutoCAD 2011 through AutoCAD 2013 is being in progress migrating to fiberless operation. See Wikipedia for more about Fibers.

This affects ARX application using acedCommand (replaced with acedCommandS and acedCommandC), acedCmd (replaced with acedCmdS and acedCmdC) as well as ARX or .NET application using AcApDocManager functions to create, close or activate documents. If P/Invoke has been used to access acedCommand in .NET API, it will not work.  Finally LISP *error* handlers using the (command) function. In most cases you simply have to replace (command) from within an *error* handler with calls to the new (command-s) function. Worth knowing is that (command-s) is significantly faster than (command). A limitation with (command-s) is that “pause” tokens cannot be used and the expression must represent complete commands..

AutoCAD 2011 introduced two variables FIBERWORLD and NEXTFIBERWORLD to help programmers to test and migrate code.
FIBERWORLD = 1 if Fibers are being used.
Change NEXTFIBERWORLD to 0 to disable fibers and 1 to enable fibers. Close and relaunch AutoCAD, or close all the current documents in AutoCAD and then open/new one.

If breakpoints in custom forms being opened using ShowModalDialog or ShowDialog cannot be hit when debugging .NET addins in Visual Studio 2010 the workaround is to set AutoCAD to run in fiberless operation (FIBERWORLD = 0). When you try to debug you may see this message in Visual Studio: No Source Available. No symbols are loaded for any call stack frame. The source code cannot be displayed.

The problem that you may have with FIBERWORLD = 0 is that the Ribbon is not working, you may get strange crashes and have other issues. If you cannot type any commands you may need to disable and enable the command line using the application menu and search for command. If you need to work on a specific drawing it can help to load it automatically from within the Visual Studio debugger as the open command may break the command functionality.

When ready remember to set back AutoCAD to run in fiber mode again.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

How to start a VBS file using AutoLISP

If you in AutoCAD want to start a VBScript file with AutoLISP here are three ways where the variable app holds the full path to the VBS file:

(startapp "WSCRIPT.EXE" (strcat "\"" app "\""))

(command "START" app)

(if (setq WScript (vlax-get-or-create-object "WScript.Shell"))
  (vl-catch-all-apply 'vlax-invoke-method (list WScript "Run" app 1 :vlax-true))
)

If the START command is used you will quickly see the AutoCAD Shell so I prefer to use the startapp function.

If the path contains spaces like (C:\\Folder A\\test.vbs) the startapp function must have the path with double quotes like the snippet above, otherwise the Windows Script Host will show this error: There is no file extension in "C:\Folder".

Some of this works with starting or running other files (EXE, BAT, CMD,…) or open files in their associated application. See also how to Start a Windows application within AutoCAD.

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, March 21, 2012

System Requirements for AutoCAD 2013

AutoCAD 2013 is soon to be released and now the System Requirements have been made public.

Note that Windows Vista is not supported by Autodesk for AutoCAD 2013. Autodesk to cease support of Windows Vista even though Microsoft changed their mind Autodesk didn’t follow.

There is nothing that restricts you from running AutoCAD 2013 on Windows Vista but you're on your own. Other than that if you already run AutoCAD 2011 or AutoCAD 2012 your system will probably work the same.

As always with system requirements these are minimal requirements for AutoCAD to run. For professional usage you surely want to have much better hardware.

32-bit version

Operating System:

  • Service Pack 3 (SP3) or later of the following:
    • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    • Microsoft Windows XP Home
  • The following operating systems:
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

Hardware:

  • CPU
  • Memory: 2 GB (4 GB recommended)
  • Disk: Installation requires 6 GB space
  • Display: 1,024 x 768 with true color (1,600 x 1,050 with true color recommended)

Misc.

  • Browser: Internet Explorer 7.0 or later web browser
  • File Formats: (New file format in AutoCAD 2013):
    • Save-as Support
      AutoCAD R14, AutoCAD 2000, AutoCAD 2004, AutoCAD 2007, AutoCAD 2010, AutoCAD 2013.
    • DXF Support
      AutoCAD R12, AutoCAD 2000, AutoCAD 2004, AutoCAD 2007, AutoCAD 2010, AutoCAD 2013
  • API
    • LISP are compatible
    • Scripts are compatible
    • ObjectARX application will need to be recompiled

64-bit version

Operating System:

  • Service Pack 2 (SP2) or later of the following:
    • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • The following operating systems:
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

Hardware:

  • CPU
    • AMD Athlon 64 with SSE2 technology
    • AMD Opteron with SSE2 technology
    • Intel Xeon with Intel EM64T support and SSE2
    • Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support and SSE2 technology
  • Memory: 2 GB (4 GB recommended)
  • Disk: Installation requires 6 GB space
  • Display: 1,024 x 768 with true color (1,600 x 1,050 with true color recommended)

For both 32 & 64-bit Misc.

  • Browser: Internet Explorer 7.0 or later web browser
  • File Formats: (New file format in AutoCAD 2013):
    • Save-as Support AutoCAD R14, AutoCAD 2000, AutoCAD 2004, AutoCAD 2007, AutoCAD 2010, AutoCAD 2013.
    • DXF Support AutoCAD R12, AutoCAD 2000, AutoCAD 2004, AutoCAD 2007, AutoCAD 2010, AutoCAD 2013
  • API
    • LISP are compatible
    • Scripts are compatible
    • ObjectARX application will need to be recompiled

For both 32 & 64-bit using 3D modeling workflows:

  • Memory 4 GB RAM or more
  • 6 GB free hard disk available not including installation requirements
  • 1,280 x 1,024 True color video display adapter 128 MB or greater, Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater support by your graphics card, Direct3D capable workstation class graphics card.

Via Between the Lines

Monday, March 19, 2012

Jumping Cursor and performance issues in AutoCAD

Cursor performance issues in Windows 7 when hardware acceleration is off is described in this new knowledge base document from Autodesk.

Issue
You are running AutoCAD 2010 up to AutoCAD 2013, AutoCAD LT or an AutoCAD-based vertical product in Windows 7 and are experiencing cursor performance issues or the cursor is jumping as if SNAP was enabled.

This issue only happens in Windows 7 and affects AutoCAD LT and all AutoCAD-based products where hardware acceleration has been turned off.

Solution
Enable Hardware Acceleration if possible. Use 3DCONFIG. Another method is to disable Aero effects on Windows 7. It is also recommended to in AutoCAD, turn off all Dynamic Input features, including dynamic prompts, by setting the DYNMODE system variable to 0. Full details are found here: TS14898223

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.

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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)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

AutoCAD 2011 Hotfix for Complex PLine Measurements

This hotfix repairs the area calculation problem of polylines positioned at a great distance from the origin and is for AutoCAD 2011 with Update 2. When a complex polyline with excessively large curves is positioned far from the origin, its area calculation is incorrect. This hotfix does not fix issues when calculating areas of the polylines including curves that are self-intersecting or contain interior loops.

Download it here: DL18225251

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.


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