Autodesk Help

Many of you might not know about Autodesk Help forums, and I would like to share with this with you.  It takes less time to look up a solution yourself rather than to call me (if I’m in the office) and ask for help.  Not that I’m saying not to call me, but again, it’s faster and easier to search for a solution on your own.  The Autodesk Help forums list solutions by linking the solution to the Autodesk Knowledge Network.

This month’s solutions can be found by clicking here.

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Bring Your Corridors Into InfraWorks with Style Rules for Materials

From the Ground Up blog site has posted a great workflow to directly bring in Civil 3D corridors, with assigned materials attached, into InfraWorks or InfraWorks 360.

Keep in mind, you will need Civil 3D 2015 Service Pack 2 installed in order for this to work.

Read about this great workflow here.

Get Current NOW! Time is Running Out…

After today, you will have one more week to get your software upgraded before Autodesk discontinues upgrades.  Make sure you get your software upgraded, or if you did not purchase subscription, get on subscription so you will not lose the right to upgrade.

Please go here to read and find out more about this policy.

Adding Help Files to Subassembly Composer

Todd Rogers:

Brian Hailey at Civil 3D Plus blog posted this. Great Job Brian!

Originally posted on Civil 3D Plus:

So, I was doing some work for a client, creating some custom subassemblies, and I created a document that I wanted to include as a help file. When working in Subassembly Composer, on the Packet Settings tab, there is an option to include a help file.

Add Help File Add Help File

When you select the ellipsis (that’s the button with the three periods…) you can browse for the file and it shows you the allowable file types.

Available File Types Available File Types

As you can see, you can choose .htm, .html, .pdf, .doc, .docx, and .txt. Just a tip,

NONE OF THESE WORK!!!!!!!!

That’s right, want to add a .pdf as a help file, nope not gonna happen. To be honest, the html options sorta work but not like what you would expect. If you choose a .pdf file, when you right click on your subassembly on your tool palette and choose, “help”, you’ll…

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Time is Running Out!

Protect the Value of Your Autodesk Licenses

Autodesk Previous Version Upgrades are Going Away

Time is running out. Protect the value of your Autodesk licenses by having them under Maintenance Subscription or risk paying more to stay up-to-date with your software.

 

As of February 1st, 2015, Autodesk will no longer offer the option to purchase a new license by leveraging trade-in value of an older license. Any Autodesk licenses not current by January 31st, 2015 will no longer be eligible to upgrade their software.  This means if you’d like to move to the current version of Autodesk software after this date, you will have to purchase a new license at full price.

 

The last day Autodesk will accept upgrade orders from a non-current version of software will be January 30th, 2015.

 

If you have a 2015 version of Autodesk Software without Maintenance Subscription, please contact your local Total CAD Rep (281) 445-6161 to review options available to you.

 


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AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 Productivity Pack 1

Autodesk has released it’s Productivity Pack for Civil 3D 2015.  This productivity pack contains the following:

  1. Ability for AutoCAD Civil 3D users to directly read Autodesk InfraWorks models for detailed design / production tasks
  2. Coordinate Geometry Editor utility that provides a streamlined process for point, line, and curve entry and balance
  3. Automated process for creating AutoCAD 3D solids from Civil 3D surface models and pipe networks

You can download the productivity pack by logging into the Autodesk Subscription site.

Civil 3D 2015 Service Pack 2

Autodesk has released Civil 3D 2015 Service Pack 2.  However, it is not yet on their website.  You will need to check your Autodesk Application Manager in your system tray.

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The following issues have been resolved in Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 Service Pack 2:

Alignments and Profiles

  • An issue has been resolved where opening an AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 drawing in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 or AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 caused profiles to shift unexpectedly.
  • An issue has been resolved where opening a drawing that contains corrupted profile views caused the application to close unexpectedly.
  • An issue has been resolved where horizontal grid lines in profile views were extended into the axis offset.
  • An issue has been resolved where a fixed parabolic vertical curve was lost when exported to LandXML and then imported back into AutoCAD Civil 3D.
  • An issue has been resolved where station/elevation values in an Autodesk® InfraWorks™ profile were not converted from feet to meters when importing an imperial IMX file into a metric AutoCAD Civil 3D drawing.
  • An issue has been resolved where the Autodesk® Civil Engineering Data Translator did not include certain profile layout configurations when exporting drawings to files that can be used in Bentley® GEOPAK® or Bentley® InRoads®.
  • An issue has been resolved where the Export Civil 3D Drawing command would export alignments as lines and arcs instead of polylines when exporting to a DGN file.
  • An issue has been resolved where unexpected solid objects were projected to a section view.
  • An issue has been resolved where a projected solid extended above or below section views and profile views.
  • An issue has been resolved where full superelevation critical point labels were not drawn in certain situations.
  • An issue has been resolved where the Export LandXML command output incorrect station equations for alignments that included more than three station equations.
  • An issue has been resolved where the Alignment.EndingStation API property returned raw stations when there were station equations in the alignment.
  • An issue has been resolved where station equations could not be added to end of an alignment.
  • An issue has been resolved where a profile may be missing when a drawing is exported to GEOPAK using the Autodesk Civil Engineering Data Translator.
  • The AutoCAD Civil 3D API has been extended to enable superelevation data to be imported from an external file.

Corridor Modeling

  • An issue has been resolved where the Swept Solids option in the Extract Corridor Solids command only included links and did not include shapes.
  • An issue has been resolved with the search path of the subassembly codes file.
  • An issue has been resolved where the Extract Corridor Solids command did not include the correct corridor shape code names as part of the layer names for the solids.
  • An issue has been resolved where corridor feature lines were not using the code set styles assigned to the corridor.
  • An issue has been resolved where the material refill factor value in the Edit Material List dialog box was blank and would not preserve an assigned value.

Feature Lines, Parcels, and Sites

  • An issue has been resolved where feature lines and their site would disappear when moved to a different site in drawings created from acad.dwt.
  • An issue has been resolved where using the Insert Intermediate Grade Break Points option in the Elevations From Surface command would result in errors in the drawing.
  • An issue has been resolved where invalid characters were added to feature line and alignment names in certain cases.
  • An issue has been resolved where the Export Civil 3D Drawing command would export corridor feature lines as lines instead of polylines when exporting to a DGN file.
  • An issue has been resolved where copying a parcel to another site would delete the source site in drawings created from acad.dwt.
  • An issue has been resolved with crow’s feet in parcel labels when a parcel intersects itself.

Miscellaneous

  • An issue has been resolved where north arrows were not adjusting to north if sheets were created in the current drawing with the Create Sheets command.
  • An issue has been resolved where layers created from styles did not include the definitions for transparency and plot style.
  • An issue has been resolved where labels for data-referenced surfaces were not appearing when drawings were opened.
  • An issue has been resolved where Cyrillic characters were not accepted when entering path information for the AutoCAD Support File Search Path.
  • An issue has been resolved when attempting to connect to WMS using the AutoCAD Map 3D Connect command.
  • An issue has been resolved where users may not have been able to export a drawing to DGN using the Export Civil 3D Drawing command when MicroStation® was installed.
  • An issue has been resolved where note labels could not be copied from one drawing to another.
  • An issue has been resolved where descriptions defined for Toolbox items were being displayed as tooltips for Toolbox items.
  • An issue has been resolved where referenced drawings that contained hatches were plotting differently than the source drawings.

Pipe Networks and Pressure Networks

  • An issue has been resolved where the Break Pipe command for pressure pipes may not have worked as expected.
  • An issue has been resolved where connecting a pipe to an existing circular structure may have reset the structure size to the smallest size in its family.
  • An issue has been resolved where structures with 0′ (0m) sump depth may have been drawn incorrectly in profile view.
  • An issue has been resolved where an Optional Property for a pipe or structure was not retained.
  • An issue has been resolved with the performance of opening drawings in certain cases where the drawings included data-referenced pipe networks.
  • An issue has been resolved where using the Select command from the Pipes or Structures collections in the Prospector tree did not select the pipes and structures in the drawing.
  • An issue has been resolved where materials could not be selected from the drop-down list when using specific parts lists.
  • An issue has been resolved where only two materials could be added into the drop-down list when adding parts to a part list in a metric drawing.

Points, Surfaces, and Survey

  • An issue has been resolved where user-defined properties were removed from all COGO points after deleting and then undoing the deletion of a single COGO point.
  • An issue has been resolved where the Build option Maximum Angle Between Adjacent TIN Lines on the Definition tab of the Surface Properties dialog box was not saved when a drawing was reopened.
  • An issue has been resolved in cases where there was a large angular error in survey traverse analysis.
  • Warning icons are now displayed for survey figures in the following situations:
    • If a figure contains only two consecutive curve vertices.
    • If there is an issue with the geometric information for a figure that is imported from an FBK file.

    The warning icons are displayed on the Figures collection on the Survey tab in Toolspace and for individual figures in the Toolspace item view and in the Figures Editor.

Vault

  • An issue has been resolved where an unexpected error would occur when checking in a drawing using Autodesk® Vault 2015 R2 Server.
  • An issue has been resolved where revisions of xrefs were not managed correctly when using Autodesk Vault.
  • An issue has been resolved with Autodesk Vault performance when opening a sheet set within AutoCAD Civil 3D in cases where multiple projects are displayed in the Prospector tree.

Water Analysis

  • An issue has been resolved where the graphic plot for an inlet section in Hydraflow Storm Sewers listed the units for inlet depth incorrectly.
  • An issue has been resolved where junction loss was not properly computed in Hydraflow Storm Sewers.