Showing posts with label AutoCAD 2015. Show all posts
Showing posts with label AutoCAD 2015. Show all posts

Thursday, September 18, 2014

AutoCAD 2015 Service Pack 2

AutoCAD 2015 SP 2 is available for download via Autodesk Application Manager.

Service Pack 2 includes all of the updates from Service Pack 1. Service Pack 2 can be installed on either the original version or the Service Pack 1 version of AutoCAD 2015 or AutoCAD LT 2015.

The Readme tells what’s new with SP2:

Problems Reported with the Customer Error Reporting Utility

Block

  • Occasional crashes when inserting a parametric block from a tool palette.
  • Occasional crashes when using the ribbon to insert blocks.

Image

  • Occasional crashes when using Paste Special after capturing an image by Alt + Print Screen key combination.
  • Occasional crashes when opening a file with embedded TIFF images.

New Tab

  • Occasional crashes when closing drawings created from a New Tab.

 

Selection

  • Occasional crashes when panning with middle mouse button immediately after selecting.

Text

  • Occasional crashes when using the AutoStack feature while editing dimension text.
  • Occasional crashes when copying or moving the drawing that contains shx font.

General

  • Occasional crashes when offsetting a spline.
  • Occasional crashes in AutoCAD LT when the Group Manager is left open.
  • Occasional crashes when closing the drawing after the second block insertion if the visual style is set to Realistic.
  • Occasional crashes when panning the drawing in 3D visual style.
  • Occasional crashes when exiting AutoCAD (additional to those in SP1).
  • Occasional crashes when starting AutoCAD after setting the PATH environment variable.

The following defects have been fixed:

3D Modeling

  • In certain cases, Subtract doesn't work for regions.
  • In certain cases, Slice doesn't work for the 3D solid with parts that do not touch.

3D Navigation

  • In certain cases, Zoom using 3D Connexion device doesn't work properly for some models.

Array

  • In certain cases, AutoCAD freezes when creating classic array for the object with geometry constraints.

Block

  • In certain cases, AutoCAD freezes when using array action on dynamic block with geometry and dimension constraints.
  • In certain cases, Block Editor toolbar doesn't disappear from view after exiting the Block Editor.

Display

  • Draw order is not retained when pasting dynamic blocks from other drawings.

File Navigation

  • The drawing preview does not display in the File Open dialog box after using DXFIN.

Hatch

  • Cannot hide hatches in a clipped view.
  • The transient hatch color and transparency doesn't display in the 2D Wireframe visual style.
  • The cursor stops for seconds when selecting a solid hatch with a circular boundary and legacy highlighting (SELECTIONEFFECT is set to 0).
  • In certain cases, AutoCAD freezes while evaluating hatch boundaries when a drawing is opened.
  • Hatch is not visible on its background if hatch background color is similar and Display plot style box is checked in the Page Setup Manager.
  • In certain cases, the hatch object doesn't display the correct plot style color.
  • In certain cases, the ghosted image is displayed after trimming a hatch object of a block reference.

Layer

  • The layer selection is lost with multiple layer selection after changing a layer property in the Layer properties Manager.

Layout

  • Cannot drag and drop a layout tab to import it into Sheet Set Manager.
  • Cannot duplicate a layout tab by using the CTRL key.

Plot and Publish

  • In certain cases, a hatch object inside a block displays incorrectly in Plot and Plot Preview.
  • In certain cases, Publish will clip the margins.
  • Publish doesn't work correctly when applying the named page setup for multiple layouts.

Point Cloud

  • A memory leak issue results in a loss of performance or a crash.
  • Point clouds are not selectable after cropping.

Selection

  • When using the Windows Classic or Basic theme, cursor ghosting occurs when moving over the top of a layout viewport that is set to a 3D visual style.

General

  • In certain cases, the border of a layout viewport flashes when the cursor moves within model space in that viewport if it's set to a 3D visual style.
  • Lines display in unexpected locations when the UCS is different than the WCS and the DYNMODE system variable is turned off.
  • The Autodesk 360 ribbon tab is disabled when AdSync is installed from a deployment.
  • In certain cases, AutoCAD freezes after running lisp a second time in Visual LISP.
  • The model and layout tabs in source DWG files cannot be selected in the preview window of DWG import dialog.
  • A memory issue occurs when switching between the Model tab and layout tabs.
  • In certain cases, the horizontal scroll bar is not displayed.
  • In certain cases, AUDIT doesn't fix the corrupted associative information in DWG file.

Security Hotfix

  • This Service Pack includes the Autodesk AutoCAD Security Hotfix. This Service Pack can be applied whether that security hotfix was originally applied to your system or not.
  • If you have Autodesk ReCap 2015 installed together with AutoCAD 2015, please install Autodesk ReCap 2015 Hotfix 1 via Autodesk Application Manager.

Finally in the readme you find Windows Command Line Switches that are useful to silently distribute the SP as well as how to Apply Service Pack in different ways like to a Network Administrative Image.

After installing the About dialog box will show Product Version: J.210.0.0, AutoCAD 2015 SP2. _VERNUM = "J.210.0.0 (UNICODE)" (read only)

Monday, September 8, 2014

JTB Sheet Set Creator 1.3 for AutoCAD released

JTB Sheet Set Creator 1.3 includes support for AutoCAD 2015 as well as some minor adjustments. Trial is available on Autodesk Exchange Apps as well as on our product website.

JTB Sheet Set Creator is an add-in for AutoCAD that creates new Sheet Sets and Sheets based on an Excel template

Here are some more apps from JTB World. If you don’t find what you need we also create custom solution for AutoCAD and Revit.

Monday, June 23, 2014

SmartPurger 3.6 - batch processing for AutoCAD

SmartPurger 3.6 comes with support for Autodesk AutoCAD 2015 and the new Orphaned Data purge (remains from MicroStation DGN linetypes)  and support for sharepoint folder locations.

SmartPurger is a batch and script 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 needed. Many purge and cleanup settings are available.

The free trial is fully functional except that you can only batch process 10 drawings per session to give you the chance to confirm that the program works as expected. When you purchase you can use SmartPurger with no limitations.

Check out more about SmartPurger here.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Autodesk BIM 360 add-in app for Autodesk AutoCAD 2015 R1 Update

I was notified about Autodesk BIM 360 add-in app for Autodesk AutoCAD 2015 64-bit R1 Update and noticed the severity was high and details that said “Updated authentication security” among other things. Seems like reason to install. I clicked on View Details to see more but just ended up on the BIM 360 page.

I had expected to get to a web page with more details about the update as well as download links. I wonder if there is one or not? Is there an update for 32-bit too? As a CAD manager you want to be able to distribute updates like this in a controlled manner. Now the install probably has to be retrieved from the folder “Autodesk Application Manager” found in the Documents folder for the current user.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Align objects in AutoCAD with JTB Align Plus

JTB Align Plus for AutoCAD has commands that will copy and align your text, block or selection of objects at picked point of selected line or curve. Curve can be Arc, Circle, Polyline, Leader or 3D Polyline, in current space as well as nested inside Blocks or Xrefs.

Text will be aligned and placed at an the same offset distance as text in current dimension style. Block will be aligned and fit tangentially to curve.

If you pick on text or block, or on empty space, Match Text Content or Match Block command will run, help you easily manage your drawing's tags and symbol blocks.

Want to know more about what JTB Align Plus can do?
Take a look at the JTB Align Plus page.

JTB Align Plus can be purchased on Autodesk Exchange Apps. JTB Align Plus Trial can be downloaded here.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

AutoCAD 2015 Service Pack 1

AutoCAD 2015 Service Pack 1 is now available to download.

You can see the notification on the New Tab within AutoCAD.

Or you can see it within the Autodesk Application Manager.

AutoCAD 2015 Service Pack 1 can be downloaded here and AutoCAD LT 2015 Service Pack 1 here.

This Service Pack can be applied to AutoCAD 2015 installed as a standalone application as well as AutoCAD 2015 installed from the following Autodesk Design Suites and bundled product.
Autodesk AutoCAD Design Suite 2015
Autodesk AutoCAD with Advance Steel 2015
Autodesk Building Design Suite 2015
Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2015
Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2015
Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2015
Autodesk Product Design Suite 2015

First off there is a new system variable added to AutoCAD 2015.

CURSORBADGE (System Variable)

Controls the display of visual aide badges near the cursor like the erase badge in red below.

Type: Integer
Saved in: Registry
Initial value: 2

1 - Turn off all new badges
2 - Turn on all badges (Default)

Badges that will be disabled:

  • Selection - cross and window selection
  • Inspection
  • Deletion
  • Copy
  • Move
  • Rotate
  • Scale
  • Zoom
  • Add vertex
  • Covert to arc
  • Hatch inherit property

Problems Reported with the Customer Error Reporting Utility

As a result of the detailed information that we received from customers who used the Customer Error Reporting Utility, several problems were identified and fixed. Updates have been made in the following commands and features:

DB Connect

  • Occasional crashes when using DB Connect feature on 64-bit machines with 4GB and more RAM.

Status Bar

  • Occasional crashes when opening drawing file when a bubble notification is still displayed.

New Tab

  • Occasional crashes when clicking New in the Quick Access Toolbar or the Start Drawing tile on the New Tab page.
  • Occasional crashes when clicking the New Tab Plus button after adding LayerFilterComboControl or Filter in the CUI dialog box.

Design Center

  • Occasional crashes when inserting a block from Design Center on the second time.

General

  • Occasional crashes when selecting the "Fully open the drawing file" option that displays when opening a drawing that was saved in the partial open state.
  • Occasional crashes when exiting AutoCAD.

General Service Pack Updates

The following defects have been fixed:

3D Modeling

  • Using the ViewCube dropdown for selecting a saved UCS will not accept UCS names that contain a space.
  • The SCALE command is not applied correctly for scale factors less than 1/100th.

Display

  • Cursor trails will display on the screen for users with Optimus or Dynamic Switchable Graphics technology.

Hatch

  • Lineweight is applied and displayed for solid hatch objects.
  • Additional lines display in the selection highlighting for a solid hatch object.
  • Hatch objects do not apply LAYLOCKFADECTL or XDWGFADECTL.
  • The angle of a gradient changes the appearance of that gradient.
  • Solid hatch objects display the edge color.

Plot

  • ViewCube will appear on plots under certain conditions.

VBA

  • Unable to execute SendCommand API in multiple drawings.

General

  • The number of recently used files accepts a maximum of 10. The maximum has been restored to 50.

Security Hotfix

  • This Service Pack includes the Autodesk AutoCAD Security Hotfix. This Service Pack can be applied whether that security hotfix was originally applied to your system or not.
  • If you have Autodesk ReCap 2015 installed together with AutoCAD 2015, please install Autodesk ReCap 2015 Hotfix 1 via Autodesk Application Manager.

When installed the About dialog box will show Product Version: J.104.0.0. AutoCAD 2015 SP1.

More about AutoCAD 2015.

Monday, June 9, 2014

JTB Text Bubble Plus - AutoCAD app

JTB Text Bubble Plus 1.1 and its more basic version Text Bubble have been released. Both are apps for AutoCAD and its verticals.

With Text Bubble Plus you can insert text bubbles to lines, curves, or draw leaders with it, or quickly make a schedule from text bubbles and/or other blocks.

JTB Text Bubble Plus can be purchased on Autodesk Exchange Apps. JTB Text Bubble Plus Trial can be downloaded here. The basic Text Bubble app is also available.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Palette Auto-hide Speed 1.4 with support for AutoCAD 2015

JTB World’s freeware Palette Auto-hide Speed has been updated to work with AutoCAD 2015 and is available via Autodesk Exchange Apps site.

 

With this app you will be able to change the time it takes to show/hide or roll-up/roll-out the palette windows in AutoCAD.

You can see the effect with palettes like Properties, Quickcalc, External References, Sheet Set Manager, Markup Set Manager, and Visual Styles Manager set to auto-hide.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Autodesk AutoCAD Security Hotfix - Heartbleed vulnerability

You probably have heard about the Heartbleed vulnerability by now and if you use AutoCAD 2015 you should read this.

Autodesk has developed the AutoCAD Security Hotfix for Autodesk AutoCAD 2015, AutoCAD LT 2015, AutoCAD 2015-based vertical products, and other AutoCAD 2015-based products, to address the Heartbleed vulnerability.

A security update for the Autodesk 360 desktop client has also been developed. This update will be provided via Live Update through the Autodesk 360 desktop client. If you declined the Live Update you can check the Autodesk Trust Center Page for additional details and alternative download options as they become available. For AutoCAD users:

AutoCAD 2015: Please just install the AutoCAD Security Hotfix on this page. You do not need to install the Autodesk 360 desktop client update but it is fine if you already have.
AutoCAD 2014: You do not need to install this AutoCAD Security Hotfix. Please install the Autodesk 360 desktop client update.

This hotfix addresses Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability - a security bug in the open-source OpenSSL cryptography library. Heartbleed is registered in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures system as CVE-2014-0160. For more information, please visit the CVE dictionary at http://cve.mitre.org.

For other Autodesk Security related Hotfixes see this page where right now it’s also available for Inventor.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Autodesk 2015 FlexNet feature codes

AutoCAD 2015 and other Autodesk 2015 products have recently been made available and thus there are a bunch of new FlexNet feature codes added to this page. AutoCAD 2015 feature code is 86295ACD_2015_0F.

From within JTB FlexReport and the free JTB FlexReport LT you can use the button to get these new feature descriptions.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Autodesk AutoCAD 2015 trial available

Autodesk AutoCAD 2015 was released last week and now available as trial too.

As you can see AutoCAD has a new updated look with a the theme darker. There are also several nice new features to consider. I’m updating the page about AutoCAD 2015 so it’s not yet complete and I’ll post more about it later on too.

Most JTB World’s apps will just work with AutoCAD 2015 as they are and where needed they soon will be updated to work fully with AutoCAD 2015.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

DWG TrueView 2015 can remove educational plot stamps

If you visit www.autodesk.com/trueview you will find that the English version of Autodesk DWG TrueView 2015 now is available for download. Note that only Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are supported operating systems.

Direct links to download:

DWG TrueView 2015

By default there is a dark color scheme and some icons have an updated look. Layout Tabs is a new icon that lets you display or hide layout and model tabs. The status bar where the coordinates are is now on the same row as the layout tabs.

The “New Tab” lets you open files and access Recent Documents.

In DWG Convert Modify Conversion Setup, “Remove Design Feed” is a new option.

DWG Convert 2015 Setup Settings

In the post AutoCAD Educational Version - Plot Stamp Not Detected! I speculated that “Autodesk DWG TrueView 2015 and DWG Convert to batch re-save drawings to get rid of the stamp.” and after testing I can verify that DWG Convert now remove the educational plot stamp just by re-saving the drawings. If you want to know if you have any of these infected drawings in your network use JTB World’s EduFinder.

Goodbye to  “Educational Version - Plot Stamp Detected This drawing will display the message, "PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT," Do you want to continue? If you continue, the message will mark this drawing and any drawings that reference it.”

SMS and SCCM Integration ReadMe
Improvements in Autodesk® deployment technology allow many administrators to streamline their process of integrating Autodesk deployments on Microsoft® Systems Management Server (SMS) and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). In most cases, Autodesk deployments can now be advertised using a single program line instead of individual program lines for each component in the deployment.
To advertise a deployment with a single program line, use the following syntax:
.\Img\Setup.exe /W /Q /I .\Img\<deployment name>.ini /language en-us
This sample command line assumes that the package contents are defined at the root folder of your Autodesk product deployment folder, and that the product language is US English (en-us). If you have created a combined deployment and you would like to advertise it, use the following syntax:
.\img\Setup.exe /w /x86 <adminImage's name> /x64 <adminImage's name>

Software Requirements
Before creating an SCCM advertisement, ensure that all target computers have Microsoft .NET 4.0 Framework installed. Windows XP computers need Direct X installed prior to receiving a 2011 or later Autodesk product advertisement.

Component-level Advertisement
Special circumstances such as execution time limits may require you to advertise an Autodesk deployment at the component level. Please refer to <deployment name>_SCCM.txt for a listing of required program lines in the order they must occur on target computers. These commands will vary by deployment. For long command lines, use a batch file.

See also this post on install/uninstall.

This gives us an early sneak peek of what AutoCAD 2015  will look like. If you wonder about its system requirements they are already available here. You also find that AutoCAD 2015 is the only version officially supporting Windows 8.1 at this point.

I’ve also heard that Autodesk Subscription downloads already have 2015 available as well as the news that Network Licensing for AutoCAD LT 2015 is available and thus JTB FlexReport will also be able to monitor these FlexNet-based network licenses.

If you want to compare 2015 to what DWG TrueView 2014 looks like.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

AutoCAD Educational Version - Plot Stamp Not Detected!

There was a change in AutoCAD 2014 SP1 that can put you in problems. If you open, plot or save a drawing you will not be aware that the drawing have been saved with an Educational version of AutoCAD and thus unknowingly infecting a lot of drawings that you will have problem to use in older versions. I think this is a very dangerous bug that was introduced. In AutoCAD 2014 without SP1, AutoCAD 2013 and older you will see this dialog box. “Educational Version - Plot Stamp Detected This drawing will display the message, "PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT," Do you want to continue? If you continue, the message will mark this drawing and any drawings that reference it.”

The plan is that in AutoCAD 2015 it will be possible to save drawings with the plot stamp and then have it removed permanently. That is at least good news. I guess it will also work with Autodesk DWG TrueView 2015 and DWG Convert to batch re-save drawings to get rid of the stamp.

Here’s a quote from an Autodesk employee in the AutoCAD forum:

“The educational plot stamp has been a part of the Educational version of AutoCAD for a long time. It was meant to prevent commercial use being done with an educational version of the product. Recently, a decision was made to no longer show this stamp, even on files created with the EDU version. Starting with the installation of SP1 for the 2014 products, files will no longer show the stamp when plotting, nor will they give a warning message when opening them. However, the stamp is still attached to the file even though it is not showing.”

“So yes, the danger is that someone with 2014 SP1 could open a file and work on it without realizing it has the educational stamp on it. If they then send that to someone without SP1, or on an earlier version, that user will see the warning and the stamp. At this time, using 2014 with SP1 will still propagate the stamp to other drawings, as in the past. The current plan (and please keep in mind that this could change), but the current plan is that the 2015 version will have the ability to remove the stamp altogether if a Save is performed. You'd then be able to save a file in 2015, and send it back to users on earlier versions, and the stamp will be gone altogether. More information will be provided on this as we go on as to what the final implementation will be.”

See also this knowledge base article explaining more about the Educational Plot Stamp.

If you want to identify drawings with the Educational Plot Stamp try our EduFinder app that is able to batch process all your drawings and find those with the stamp. Due to the change in AutoCAD 2014 SP1 the app might not be able to find them unless you also have for example AutoCAD 2013 installed or remove the AutoCAD 2014 SP1.


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