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.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
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.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Here is a Frequently Asked Questions about the Autodesk® Upgrade Policy with all details. Here’s why you should read it.
What is changing around the upgrade policy?
As of February 1, 2015, Autodesk will no longer offer the option to purchase an upgrade version of the latest software release if you own a perpetual license* to a previous version. New versions will be available through purchase of a new perpetual license for the current version or as a Subscription benefit.
*A perpetual license grants the license holder the right to use the version of Autodesk software that is purchased for as long as desired.
Why is Autodesk eliminating upgrades?
Autodesk is evolving its business model to achieve a stronger and ongoing relationship with its customers, offering perpetual software licenses with Subscription and Desktop Subscriptions (software rental) as the primary purchasing options.
Starting in 2015, we will stop selling upgrades to simplify the offering and in recognition of the fact that most of our customers are on Subscription.
Purchasing Autodesk Subscription is the most cost effective way to stay current and competitive in today’s market. We continue to provide enhanced value and experiences to Subscription customers, such as flexible licensing rights, and access to select additional Autodesk® 360 cloud services, among others.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Here’s the new Autodesk Knowledge Network where you can “access a broad range of knowledge to help you get the most out of your Autodesk products and services”.
One nice thing when searching for downloads is that you can use Narrow Results to filter out for example only a specific version or type of download like hotfixes, object enablers or service packs. It works the same with the troubleshooting section.
So I checked the AutoCAD troubleshooting result and found this link that offers not help and seems to be from the forums. Strange. It would be good to see forum results too but it should be possible to filter out as well.
“Autodesk invites you to share your knowledge with the rest of the world, inspiring others to learn, achieve goals, and ignite creativity. In collaboration with Creative Commons, Autodesk invites you to share your knowledge with the rest of the world, inspiring others to learn, achieve goals, and ignite creativity. You can freely borrow from the Autodesk Help, Support and Video libraries to build a new learning experience for anyone with a particular need or interest.” Note that this seems to apply only for noncommercially purpose. Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA) and Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works (CC BY-NC-ND) is used.
But there is a problem. If I for example visit this AutoCAD page I cannot find anywhere how to access the online help for AutoCAD. Even if I visit the Knowledge Network page for AutoCAD here. Hopefully this will be corrected soon. I did a search for AutoCAD documentation and got this link that seems to be taken from a blog post as can also be seen in the URL …/blog/autodesk.blogs.com/between_the_lines/201…
Another noteworthy thing is that “as of February 1st, 2015, upgrades from previous releases will only be available with Subscription, the most cost-effective way to stay current. Upgrade and subscribe now to gain additional savings on our latest software with all the benefits of Subscription.” More here.
After this update a lot of the direct links that before work are now broken. Before this URL format was working: http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=DL22867787 and now when searching for something like DL22867787 will not show up any result. This will break a lot of links existing on the web and even on Autodesk’s own blogs. Not sure if this will be fixed eventually or not.
Head over to http://knowledge.autodesk.com and see what you think about these updates.
UPDATE: I found that some of the old URLs to technical solutions and other pages are working and later on the Up and Ready blog said: “most of the solutions do indeed work and have proper re-directs”.
Friday, February 7, 2014
You may wonder why there is no Autodesk Design Review 2014 (ADR 2014). On the Autodesk Labs blog you got the answer:
DWF is definitely NOT dead.
We are investing significant resources on a cloud solution that will allow the sharing of models without sharing the source. This solution will also build collaboration tools because that is one of the strengths of a cloud solution.
To prove that we are strongly investing into DWF, we already are loading bigger DWF files than ADR can and will be making them available to the workflow of the cloud applications like Autodesk 360, Fusion 360, etc. AutoCAD WS is planning the same for the 2D side of things. Eventually they will merge into Autodesk 360 viewing that covers both aspects.
ADR will have less and less value as the cloud solution matures.
The cloud solution is being built in stages and handling larger DWF files is part of that roadmap. Our cloud-teams are looking at Customer Improvement Program (CIP) data from ADR on the most commonly used ADR features today. This will guide their efforts in rounding out our cloud functionality.
So in the meantime Autodesk Design Review 2013 is available and can be used.
You can also read on this post why Autodesk Freewheel was shut down.
Monday, February 3, 2014
Do you have problem in Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture to open the Detail Component Manager or using any of the tools on the Tool Palettes - Design Details tab?
Maybe you get this error message showing up one or many times?
“Cannot open database C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\ACA 2014\enu\Details\Details (Global)\AecDtlComponents (Global).mdb.” followed by “Unable to execute the tool. Unspecified error.” and on the command line “ERROR: No database information found!” It might also show ACA 2013 or ACA 2012 or older. The file can also be for example AecDtlComponents (US).mdb or AecDtlComponents (UK).mdb.
Still if you try to open the mdb file manually it works fine.
But there is a solution available. This fix only applies to if you run a 64-bit version of AutoCAD Architecture.
SOLUTION: Download this Detail_Component_Manager_Fix.reg file and run it and you probably also need to answer yes a couple of times so it is merged into the Windows Registry. After that you should be able to use the tools as normal. No need to even restart AutoCAD Architecture.
Tools affected are Metal Runner, Metal Stud, Wood Stud, Hat Channel, Gypsum Board, Batt Insulation, Rigid Insulation, Brick, Concrete Block, Plywood, Protection Board, Roof Hatch, Roof Drain, Floor Drain, Sliding Door Head, HM Door Frame, Carpet, Stone Pavers, Recessed Light, Steel, Concrete Column, Earth Hatch and possibly some others.
Monday, January 20, 2014
Here’s some recent links that can be useful.
Update 2 for Inventor 2014 Service Pack 1 - DL22744369
Update 4 for Inventor 2013 Service Pack 2 - DL22744178
Autodesk Privacy Statement was updated March 19, 2013
Crash when launch Autodesk software on Windows 8.1 with dual video cards where one is Intel HD Graphics 4000 - DL22827547
MrSID (4th gen) crashes AutoCAD - TS22852592
When you try to insert or connect to a MrSID (*.sid) file in AutoCAD Map 3D, Civil 3D, or Raster Design, the software crashes with a Fatal Error.
4th generation MrSID images are not yet supported by AutoCAD-based products.
“An error occurred attempting to create the transmittal. Please make sure the target location is writable and that the target disk has sufficient space.” - TS22852599
Error: "There was a problem adding data to Map" when connecting to WMS in Civil 3D or Map 3D - TS22852604
When using Parallels on Mac, the activation screen displays large overlapping text - GS22859328
How to Create the SCCM Software Installation Package - TS22029889
How to remove files left after a failed AutoCAD installation - TS21942335
How to repair an AutoCAD installation - TS22857015
Creating a layout profile, grips become offset from the crosshairs - TS22859189
Raster Design does not start if Windows roaming profiles are used - TS22859271
Modeling Operation Error: Missing double in restore file - TS22859321
Geomap function does not show a map - TS22859310
WMS not visible in AutoCAD Map - TS22859275
Slow performance when switching between layouts - TS22859315
Geotechnical Module: After importing borehole data all results seem to be scaled - TS22859305
Error: This drawing was created with a newer version of Civil 3D - TS22859326
Error: 1: 5 2: adlmPITSetProductInformation failed. 3: 2 + Security Permissions - Up and Ready
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Anyone with an Autodesk account can access the entire library of video recordings and class handouts from more than 600 classes from AU 2013 in Las Vegas—for free at the AU website, login and click on Classes on Demand.
Autodesk Beta Season is in Full Swing - Do you want to test & help improve the next versions of Autodesk products? https://beta.autodesk.com/. If history is followed future products can be AutoCAD 2015, Revit 2015 and so on.
Inventor 2014 SP1 crash on Start-up Windows 8.1 with Intel HD Graphics 4000 - Up and Ready
Working with Inventor and antivirus software - TS22811064
When you work with Inventor and there is antivirus software active on your machine, you may experience slow performance. For example, you may have slow response times while using Inventor and the refresh of Inventor UI may be slow. This is caused by antivirus software and you would like to optimize your performance.
Hotfix: Fix Fillet Translation, Punch Note Untranslation in Inventor 2013/2014 - DL22823934
Hotfix: Correct issue with “Cut” feature which cannot be selected in a “Pattern” operation in Inventor 2014 - DL22823063
Hotfix: Fix incorrect hotkey issue for command “Delete” in context menu in Inventor 2013 - DL22823494
Hotfix: Correct untranslation of column headers in sheet metal column headers in Inventor 2012/2013 - DL22823919
Sites disappear, but feature lines remain until audit in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 - TS22811035
Sites are disappearing from the drawing, but the Feature Lines remain. When you run AUDIT or RECOVER, the Feature Lines then disappear.
Direction in Object Viewer does not match UCS in AutoCAD Civil 3D - TS22813499
Xrefed survey figures plot with the wrong plot style in Civil 3D 2013 - TS22814640
Error: "Please wait while Windows configures AutoCAD Raster Design" - TS22817946
Wipeout draw order is not working with viewports - TS22817919
Error: "Not enough free RAM for HIDE--some lines will be hidden incorrectly" - TS22824497
AutoCAD P&ID 2014 Service Pack 1 - DL22757675
This Service Pack does not apply to AutoCAD Plant 3D 2014 Extensions 1 or 2 (Subscription). The updates in this Service Pack are included in Extension 2. AutoCAD 2014 Service Pack 1 is included in this service pack.
Issues fixed with this Service Pack:
- A new slregroup command has been added to make it easier to manage line groups. For more information, see About P&ID Line (SLINE) Grouping.
- The Edit Sline Group... command was not available in the shortcut menu.
- Control valve substitution did not work. If the substitution palette does not display correctly, you can erase and replace the control valve.
Customer Reported (CER) Defects
- File open command would fail when a drawing is opened that contains custom entities with embedded 3D solids.
- Return bends would not always align with routed pipe.
- Parts created with plantpartconvert could not be selected in the Spec Editor.
- Ladders and structure did not always display correctly in an Ortho view.
- Butterfly valves placed into a short pipe segment could cause the program to shut down unexpectedly.
- Splitting at a branch would sometimes place components outside the draw-area.
- Tap weld was assigned to the same line number as the olet.
- Improvements to isometric drawings including annotation and dimension placement.
- Flange thickness in inches did not update correctly for metric projects.
Friday, December 13, 2013
AEC Feed keeps you up-to-date on AEC industry news, trends and the latest updates from your favorite Autodesk AEC software products. You can download the app from Apple App Store (note: iPad 6.0 or higher required). Via Beyond Design
FLEXnet Licensing error:-15,10 when performing Status inquiry on LMtools - TS22754152
Issue: FLEXnet Licensing error:-15,10. System Error: 10049 "WinSock: Invalid address" When performing Status Inquiry on LMtools.
Windows firewall interfering with license server
Educational Watermarks [Plot Stamp] + AutoCAD 2014 SP1. Please be very cautious when using an Educational version of AutoCAD 2014 SP1. There is a STILL an EDU watermark [plot stamp] but the warning is now suppressed in SP1. - via Up and Ready
Check also out EduFinder by JTB World to find and identify AutoCAD drawings (DWG) that contain the educational stamp.
Stability issues and unexpected exit when you click on a command in the contextual ribbon tab in Autodesk Revit - TS22753368
Customers have been able to solve this issue by updating the WACOM drivers installed on the system.
Some map features are not labeled - TS22745944
Although you've created labels in the Style Editor, many features do not display their labels. Applies to AutoCAD Map 3D and AutoCAD Utility Design.
QSAVE does not work because AutoCAD considers the drawing to be read-only - TS22745933
Suddenly you are unable to save an open drawing because AutoCAD considers the file as read-only. The drawing you are working with is saved on a network. Applies to: AutoCAD Map 3D 2014
Extraneous spatial data types showing in Style Editor in AutoCAD Map 3D/AutoCAD Civil 3D - TS22757634
Cannot select schema in Bulk Copy target field in AutoCAD Map 3D - TS22754136
FDO connection still shows Oracle feature classes in Map 3D that were removed - TS22754647
Error: "Failed to create the Data Source file" when trying to Attach Access Database in Map 3D - TS22754416
Dialog box for Define Query does not appear in Map 3D (ADEQUERY command) - TS22753406
Productstream Professional 2011 Client Update for Windows Internet Explorer 10 - DL22757907
Strange graphics behavior and frequent crashing on launch of AutoCAD - TS22754147
Issue: Your AutoCAD-based product either crashes while launching, or when AutoCAD loads,or you notice abnormal behavior in the user interface.
Symptoms: AutoCAD launches but then immediately crashes.
The AutoCAD dmpuserinfo.xml file shows "32-bit" within the <DisplayMode> tag, even though your system is 64-bit.
If AutoCAD launches successfully, and you switch to a Classic workspace, some of the tools and tabs disappear from the user interface.
A repair and/or reinstall of AutoCAD has not resolved the issue.
When I try to install I get an Internal Error 2738 (this can apply to many different Autodesk products) - GS22754600
Objects not visible after zoom extents in AutoCAD - TS22757632
In paper space, the xref and other drawn entities are shown. While in the model space, none of the objects are visible. Performing a zoom extents results in multiple small dots appearing. While trying to zoom to one of these dots, nothing is showing and you cannot see the xref or other drawn entities.
Cause: Objects in the drawing were grouped far away.
Zero upstream distance error for Culvert model in River and Flood Analysis in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 - TS22757720
Zoom to profile view does not work in River and Flood Analysis Module in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 - TS22757610
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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Here’s some recent Autodesk news:
Autodesk Dynamo and Autodesk FormIt Updates– For building designers, Autodesk announced a major update for computational design with the merger of Autodesk Dynamo and Autodesk DesignScript. Dynamo is an open source visual programming environment for BIM. It can be used stand-alone, or allows users to extend the parametric capabilities of Autodesk Revit software products. Autodesk DesignScript is a unique programming language, intended to help designers build and analyze complex geometric models that would be difficult to model with interactive techniques. Now both are coming together in Dynamo to deliver a clear confluence of the best of both worlds: a clean and modern UI that combines DesignScript responsiveness and visual feedback with Dynamo's tight integration with Revit.
Also today, Autodesk announced that the BIM-based conceptual design tool, Autodesk FormIt, now includes a web-based application that runs on a choice of browsers for Windows and Mac (currently available in beta at autodeskformit.com). On all platforms – including previously released iPad and Android versions – Autodesk FormIt gives architects and designers easy-to-use tools to create, collaborate and share early-stage design ideas and continue their BIM process by taking models straight into Autodesk Revit. FormIt for iPad has been updated to take advantage of iOS 7 and also includes new energy analysis features that enable users to get simple indications of potential building performance – valuable insight at the beginning of the BIM process that can reduce rework later.
Looking ahead, Autodesk demonstrated a forthcoming feature in the FormIt family of applications that supports real-time collaboration, enabling future designers to simultaneously access and collaborate on design models using their FormIt application of choice.
For more on the Dynamo and FormIt updates, please see a related blog post here.
Graitec Acquisition – Expanding its capabilities in the structural detailing stages of BIM, Autodesk also today announced the close of its acquisition of Graitec’s Advance Steel and Advance Concrete product lines and associated employees. Building on Autodesk’s current portfolio for structural engineering, the acquired product lines offer modeling, detailing, and fabrication solutions to support BIM-based steel and reinforced concrete workflows.
Autodesk Structural Bridge Design - For bridge designers and engineers, Autodesk recently launched Autodesk Structural Bridge Design. Resulting from the August acquisition of technology assets from UK-based Bestech Systems, the new software is an important addition to the Autodesk BIM for infrastructure portfolio. Autodesk Structural Bridge Design gives engineers greater flexibility and efficiency in their small- to medium-span bridge design processes by integrating loading, analysis and code checking in a single environment. By using this unique approach, more consistent data can be used throughout the bridge design process allowing projects to be more quickly and accurately brought to completion. For more on Autodesk Structural Bridge Design, please see a related blog post here.
Azalient Technology Acquisition - Also today Autodesk announced the acquisition of technology assets from UK-based Azalient Ltd. The acquisition helps support the evolution to BIM-based design workflows among traffic engineers and transportation planners working on roads, highways and railway projects. The acquired traffic analysis technology enables designers to simulate how people travel - whether by automobiles, busses or trains - in isolation and in series. It also provides transportation customers with tools to help predict demand for new infrastructure projects, forecast how to handle future demand and predict traffic disruptions caused during construction, with the addition of cost and benefit analysis of alternative infrastructure designs. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Topcon Collaboration – Building upon Autodesk's existing collaboration with Topcon, the two companies are working together to further improve the integration of BIM workflows and field layout to support greater predictability, productivity and profitability. Autodesk is developing a new BIM 360 mobile app for iPad that further simplifies the process of precisely locating BIM coordinates on a construction site. Designed for general contractors and MEP trades, the app controls a robotic total station – as well as the new LN-100 3D positioning system from Topcon announced yesterday - that can accurately position control and layout points on the construction site, and as-built data can be fed back into the design model via BIM 360 for quality assurance.
And finally a workaround tip: Performance issue and flickering in AutoCAD LT 2014 when panning and zooming - TS22742730
While working with certain drawings in AutoCAD® LT 2014, the program runs slow and the status bar flickers, especially with multiple files open, even with basic commands such as panning and zooming.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Autodesk University 2013 has started now and the Keynote Address: The Answer Is Outside is recorded if you missed it live or online. You may also check out the posts on It’s Alive in the Lab on this: #au2013 keynote: The answer is outside and #au2013 keynote: customers who have looked outside.
Autodesk, Inc. today unveiled Autodesk CAM 360—the industry’s first cloud-based solution for computer-aided manufacturing (CAM). http://cam.autodesk.com
Hotfix for AutoCAD MEP 2014 - True/False Localization Hotfix for Russian - DL22716991
Civil 3D 2014 Fatal error: Unhandled access violation writing 0x006c exception at f3256d5ah - Up and Ready
Marking Menu Hotfix for AutoCAD Electrical 2014 - DL22730324
Terminal Strip Editor Hotfix for AutoCAD Electrical 2014 - DL22730368
This hotfix resolves a performance issue with Terminal Strip Editor. For some projects, Terminal Strip Selection dialog box takes significant time to launch.
Map query causes drawing to lock (AutoCAD Civil 3D or AutoCAD Map 3D) - TS22736443
Inventor menu browser does not work in Parallels Desktop - TS22736367
Monday, November 25, 2013
Here’s some recent news from Autodesk:
Autodesk Community has been updated. Check it out the new look.
123D Catch 2.0 for iOS makes 3D photography and model creation epically better.
Guided capture tools give you dynamic feedback as you take your photos.
The new gallery provides a streaming showcase of captures from around the world.
And underneath the hood is an entirely new pipeline that makes better, faster, more amazing 3D models. More here.
Microsoft Windows XP support for AutoCAD products FAQ - GS22683753
Autodesk support for the Microsoft Windows XP operating system ends on January 1, 2014 for all new and upgraded versions of AutoCAD products released in 2014 and later. Versions of AutoCAD products (AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD Electrical, AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD MEP) released prior to January 1, 2014 will continue to be supported on the Windows XP operating system.
The Revit 2014 Daylighting Analysis (RDA) plug-in uses the Autodesk 360 Rendering cloud service to perform very fast and physically accurate daylighting analyses from within Revit. More here.
Hotfix - Autodesk Inventor 2014 (Polish only) Flat pattern text parameters missing - DL22712527
Revit LT 2014 Update Release 2 - DL22607186
Friday, November 15, 2013
Hotfix - Inventor unexpectedly exits after updating to Windows 8.1 - DL22541232
AutoCAD LT 2013 for Mac Service Pack 2 - DL22617033
From the Press release: Autodesk and the Smithsonian today debuted the Smithsonian x3D Explorer, an interactive 3D educational tool accessible to anyone via the web. Autodesk built the tool exclusively for the Smithsonian to democratize access to prized specimens and to bring their stories to life. The public can now experience priceless objects digitized by the Smithsonian like never before, from seeing “behind the glass” to holding 3D printed replicas.
Here’s a detail from 1903 Wright Flyer:
Friday, November 8, 2013
Here’s some recent news from Autodesk:
- Autodesk Provides 3D Design in a Browser via press release and with some comments by Shaan. Collaboration with Amazon Web Services, OTOY and NVIDIA Enables Developers to Access Powerful 3D Modeling from Anywhere, Anytime, with Any Device Using a Simple Web Browser. Even though the press release says it’s available now I don’t find it available yet to test.
- Autodesk Vehicle Tracking Product Center is Autodesk’s Vehicle Tracking software based on AutoTrack that was acquired by Autodesk. It is a transportation analysis and design solution for vehicle swept path analysis that helps to predictably evaluate vehicle movements on transportation or site design projects.
- Project Shapeshifter Now Available via Autodesk Labs. See this post.
- Hotfix - Hebrew language is switching backward while printing and print preview - DL22524059
- Update 3 for Inventor 2013 Service Pack 2 - DL22436649
- Hotfix - Frame Generator length results are inaccurate - Inventor 2012 - DL22499412
- Hotfix - OnPopulateFileMetadata suggests same name for different occurrences in Copy command - Inventor 2012 - DL22499409
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Revit 2014's Web Update Release 2 is available.
- Onebox - Direct link for RVT version
- Readme for Revit 2014's Web Update Release 2.
- Revit Architecture 2014 Update Release 2 - DL22607262 - Direct link for RAC version
- Revit MEP 2014 Update Release 2 - DL22607205 - Direct link for MEP version
- Revit Structure 2014 Update Release 2 - DL22607563 - Direct link for RST version
Autodesk® Revit® Platform 2014 Enhancements
Disables the ability to paste spot elevations into a Sketch mode.
Improves stability when using Results and Compare for Energy Analysis.
Improves stability when exporting to AutoCAD 2000 DWG format.
Improves Online Help experience by properly redirecting help inquiries to Autodesk Help.
Improves stability when enabling Sun Path.
Improves graphic display of Analytical Model Walls.
Improves data integrity of user defined parameters when utilizing temporary view templates.
Improves stability when editing dimensions.
Improves upgrade reliability of projects created with a different language version of Revit.
Improves stability when selecting materials within the Material Browser.
Restores the appearance of area color fills within linked files, when setting the view as By Linked View.
Improves stability when upgrading projects which utilize Keynotes.
Improves stability when importing IFC files.
Improves stability when editing Filters within the Visibility/Graphics Overrides dialog.
Improves stability when saving projects which were upgraded.
Improves stability when combining Phases.
Improves accuracy of Analytical Volumes.
Improves display of Imported Categories for DWG files linked into the project using the “Current View Only” option at time of import.
Improves stability when attempting to turn on sun path while temporary view properties mode is active.
Improves data integrity when export model to FBX.
Improves display of hidden lines on walls in Floor Plan and Elevation views.
Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2014 Enhancements
Improves the visual fidelity of point clouds in MEP discipline views in regards to underlay elements in the view.
Improves connection reliability between fittings when upgrading MEP projects.
Improves connection reliability between fittings when changing the size of MEP elements.
Improves the data integrity of the Outside Air per Area value for a HVAC when exported to gbXML.
Removes the “Multiple Values” values for Flow, Velocity and Friction parameters and replaces it with the highest value applied to the entire segment length.
Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2014 Enhancements
Improves display of vertical rebar when the rebar extends past the View Range.
Improves the location consistency of Structural beams when upgrading projects.
Improves stability when viewing a sheet which contains Structural Reinforcement Areas.
And here are some more Autodesk updates.
- Update 1 for Inventor 2014 Service Pack 1 - DL22436654
- Hotfix - Custom OE derived from a simple AutoCAD entity class - DL22520257
- Navisworks 2014 SP1 NWF Refresh Hotfix - DL22506086
- Hotfix - Autodesk Revit LT 2013 - Spot Elevation - DL22511641
- While installing Inventor 2013 or Inventor 2014 you might get a dialog box with a red X and the text PLACEHOLDER and the installation fails. The only solution is uninstall the the Avast software before installing Inventor. - Up and Ready
See also this recent post about Windows 8.1 and Autodesk products.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
AutoCAD 2014 for Mac and AutoCAD LT 2014 for Mac were released October 22, 2013.
Retina display support is of course a much welcome news. The right side of the image shows what it look like now compared to before on the left side.
Autodesk 360 Sync for your drawings and design files. On a Mac, Autodesk 360 support only includes file sync.
Compress, store, and distribute CAD for Mac files with “Package Drawing” that is similar to eTransmit as it is called in AutoCAD for Windows.
Other news are Autodesk Exchange Apps, Secure load (enhances software security and helps prevent loading and running “unauthorized or malicious” AutoLISP applications), it’s now possible to set a default save-as version for your drawings in OPTIONS, ZeroDocWindow option in General tab, FIND command fixes, usability enhancements, including a new online help homepage, a reworked welcome screen, a print dialogue preview button, detailed print dialog panel expanded by default and of course support for OS X Mavericks.
The online Help Search is not working yet. (UPDATE. I have been contacted by Autodesk and informed about that the issue with the Help Search has been solved.)
Function Listing (by Name and Feature) - Provides you with access to AutoLISP functions not only by alphabetic names but also by feature classification.
AutoLISP Developer's Topic Map - Listing of all essential topics in one page.
Gone is the separate Windows and Mac AutoLISP documentation, the function reference topics now call out what platform they are supported on.
The following commands were added:
ETRANSMIT Packages a set of drawings and dependency files into one unit for sharing.
-ETRANSMIT From the Command line, packages a set of files for sharing.
ONLINESHARE Designates who can access the current drawing from Autodesk 360.
ONLINEOPENFOLDER Opens your local Autodesk 360 folder in Finder.
The following commands were changed:
PLOT Plots a drawing to a plotter, printer, or file.
OPTIONS Customizes the program settings
WELCOMESCREEN Displays the Welcome window when you start the program.
NEWSHEETSET Creates a new project data (DST) file that manages drawing layouts, file paths, and project information.
FIND Finds the text that you specify, and can optionally replace it with other text.
New System Variables
The following system variables were added:
ONLINEUSERNAME Displays the username that is used to log into the Autodesk 360 account.
ONLINEDOCMODE Indicates whether a copies of your drawings and linked files are uploaded automatically to Autodesk 360.
ONLINEFOLDER Displays the location of your local Autodesk 360 folder in Finder.
SECURELOAD Controls whether AutoCAD loads executable files based on their location.
TRUSTEDDOMAINS Specifies the domains from which AutoCAD has permission to load and execute files that contain code.
TRUSTEDPATHS Specifies the folders from which AutoCAD has permission to load and execute files that contain code.
ONLINEUSERID Displays the ID associated with the Autodesk 360 backend system.
The feature comparison chart shows the differences between AutoCAD and AutoCAD for Mac.
The 30 day trial of Autodesk AutoCAD 2014 for Mac is now available at http://www.autodesk.com/products/autodesk-autocad/free-trial
If you have AutoCAD 2014 (for Windows) or the AutoCAD Design Suite your serial numbers works for the Mac version of AutoCAD 2014.
AutoCAD for Mac is available worldwide in English and French.
AutoCAD 360, optimized for iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, will also be available on the App Store. On the new iPad, AutoCAD 360 opens files faster, and rendering and selection is also twice as fast.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Windows 8.1 is now available for all. I’ve used first the preview and recently the “RTM” and if you have Windows 8 I see no reason to not update. Here’s how to Update to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8. If you hesitated to update to Windows 8 before I think you really should consider Windows 8.1. I now prefer Windows 8.1 over any earlier Windows version and even without a touch screen I don’t miss the old Start menu especially after the Start button return in Windows 8.1.
There is one annoying bug I have after installing Windows 8.1 though. Windows Live Writer + Windows 8.1 paste/undo bug. Possibly related to the new Internet Explorer 11.
What about Autodesk products and Windows 8.1?
Model Documentation Hotfix for 64-bit Windows 8.1. This hotfix for AutoCAD and AutoCAD verticals fixes Model Documentation and IMPORT command related issues on 64-bit Windows 8.1. Download at DL22443084
Inventor Unexpectedly Exits on Startup on Windows 8.1. Windows reports: "The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000142). Click OK to close the application." See solution at TS22238097
And finally another recent update from Autodesk: Cumulative Hotfix 2 for Autodesk Vault 2014 Service Pack 1 Download at DL22258964
- When two DWGs are referencing the same part number, and one of them is checked out, performing an Assign Item on the other would cause an error 1455.
- Resolved an issue that could result in preventing a server background task from running.
- Files checked into Vault, in a folder containing a single quote, would result in an 'Unknown Server Error' when selecting Data Cards from the Inventor Vault ribbon menu.
- Logging into ADMS with Windows Authentication and selecting the Administration option would result in the error 'Object reference not set to an instance of an object'.
Monday, October 14, 2013
AutoCAD Architecture 2014 Service Pack 1 Download at DL22420526
Problems Reported with the Customer Error Reporting Utility
As a result of detailed information from customers who used the Customer Error Reporting Utility, a number of problems were identified and fixed in AutoCAD Architecture 2014 SP 1. Updates have been made in the following commands and features:
- Closing AutoCAD Architecture while the Project Navigator is open may cause occasional crashes.
- Crash when saving an image in the object viewer while the steering wheel is enabled.
- Modifying text height appearance in schedule tables results to a crash.
The following defects have been fixed:
- Some objects may disappear after performing Boolean operations such as cleaning up, inserting a window, modifying a roof line, and so on.
- Elevations or sections of corner window styles may display incorrectly.
- Elevation labels may not reflect the current elevation location. As a work around, use AecElevationLabelClearCache command to fix the elevation labels with incorrect elevation location values.
- Some visual styles do not work in the object viewer.
- Generated sections may not display all lines.
- Failure to create projects on WebDAV servers.
This Service Pack can be applied to AutoCAD Architecture 2014 installed as a standalone application as well as AutoCAD Architecture 2014 installed from the following Autodesk Design Suites.
Autodesk Building Design Suite 2014
Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2014
AutoCAD MEP 2014 Service Pack 1 Download at DL22421229
The following AutoCAD MEP issues have been fixed:
- Sometimes, when the global profile is active, the add grips icon (+ icon) on cable trays appear too far away.
- The part size of some special MvParts do not update correctly when you change their “L” values.
- Some schedule tables do not indicate that they are “out-of-date” when you add duct property sets while AECPSDAUTOATTACH is OFF.
This Service Pack can be applied to AutoCAD MEP 2014 installed as a standalone application as well as AutoCAD MEP 2014 installed from the following Autodesk Design Suites.
- Autodesk Building Design Suite 2014
Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 Service Pack 1 Details and download at DL22421170
AutoCAD Electrical 2014 Service Pack 1.1 Details and download at DL22418370
Autodesk AutoCAD Map 3D 2014 Service Pack 1 Details and download at DL22356664
AutoCAD Mechanical 2014 Service Pack 1 Details and download at DL22336321
AutoCAD 2014 Service Pack 1 is included with the above vertical service packs.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
The Cloud Sync for AutoCAD Architecture/MEP plug-in is a free technology preview from Autodesk that allows users to manage drawing access on local computer networks and also across cloud storage services (e.g., Autodesk 360, Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive). With this functionality and depending on how a user has elected to set up a given cloud storage service, automatic access to the Internet and automatic sync of a file between a local machine (or network) and the cloud storage service is possible.
The technology preview is available for Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture 2014/2013 or Autodesk AutoCAD MEP 2014/2013 software (English versions only). The technology preview will operate until April 1, 2014.
Right click on a construct, view or sheet and Check Out or Check In.
In the Project Navigator you can see what files are checked out by the current user or by other users.
It’s possible to revert to previous versions using Rollback to this version in the Check-In History.
If this sounds interesting download it from Autodesk Labs site.
If you handle many sheets our SSMPropEditor can help to update sheet properties on multiple sheets at the same time.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
According to this press release Autodesk Signs Agreement to Acquire Structural Fabrication and Detailing Technology from Graitec.
No word in the press release of how these products runs on the AutoCAD or Revit platforms. But both Advance Concrete and Advance Steel runs on AutoCAD and there is some kind of bidirectional integration with Autodesk Revit Architecture and Autodesk Revit Structure.
More details from the press release:
Autodesk has signed a definitive agreement with the shareholders of Graitec to acquire certain technology assets, including Graitec’s Advance Steel and Advance Concrete product lines, and associated employees. The acquisition will enhance Autodesk’s current offerings for structural engineering and expand its portfolio of technology for Building Information Modeling (BIM) for structural fabrication and detailing. Through the proposed acquisition, Autodesk will continue to lead the industry’s migration to BIM and evolution of model-based workflows for structural engineers, detailers, fabricators and contractors who provide modeling, analysis, detailing, and production services.
“Autodesk continues to extend Building Information Modeling across the building lifecycle. The proposed acquisition of the Graitec technology will provide our customers with a more seamless structural engineering workflow, from design to fabrication and to construction, with enhanced offerings for structural steel and concrete detailing,” said Amar Hanspal, Autodesk senior vice president of Information Modeling and Platform Products. “We look forward to welcoming Graitec employees, customers and partners to the Autodesk community.”
Graitec is a global provider of CAD and engineering software for structural engineering, civil engineering and building construction headquartered in France. Graitec’s Advance Steel and Advance Concrete products offer modeling, detailing, and fabrication solutions to support BIM-based steel and reinforced concrete workflows. Graitec will to continue to sell and support Advance Steel and Advance Concrete, as well as sell, support, and develop its remaining products for structural engineering.
"Autodesk's acquisition of the Advance Steel and Advance Concrete products in support of its BIM strategy is a testament to the expertise of the Graitec team and the quality of our steel and concrete detailing solutions," said Francis Guillemard, CEO, Graitec. "Graitec continues to develop dedicated BIM software and services that are complementary to Autodesk, and together we look forward to maximizing the efficiency and performance of the global construction industry."