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Autodesk has released a new update for AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 2018. Click on images to get a bigger picture for viewing. Keep in mind, not all of the below is included in LT. The following is included in the update…
The AutoCAD 2018.1 Update offers new software enhancements and tools to simplify your
workflows and improve productivity. To help you quickly identify new features in the user
interface, make sure the Highlight New Features option in the Help menu is turned on.
Views and Viewports
Enhancements in the AutoCAD 2018.1 Update make working with named views and layout
viewports easier than ever!
A new Named Views panel is added to the View ribbon tab with tools to easily create, restore,
and edit named views.
The View dropdown list in the panel allows you to easily restore named views by selecting it
from the dropdown list:
The New View tool offers a simplified version of the New View/Shot Properties dialog box with
only the most basic controls for creating a new view. You can expand it to access the full set
of View and Shot Properties.
The View Manager button displays the View Manager dialog box. From there, you can edit and
manage named views.
Inserting Named Views as Viewports
Now for the cool part: inserting named views onto a layout!
The Layout ribbon tab is a contextual tab that is displayed when a layout is made active. If
you click on the Layout ribbon tab, you will see that it now includes a new Insert View tool.
The Insert View tool displays all the named model views in the drawing as either a gallery
with thumbnail preview images, or a simple list (depending on whether you have
Simply select a view from the gallery and place it onto your layout. The result is the same as
the multi-step process of creating a layout viewport, making it active, selecting a view, setting
the scale, resizing the viewport, and locking it. Now, you can do it in a single step—enabling
you to add many views very quickly!
AutoCAD applies the annotation scale of the view to the viewport scale if it will fit on the
sheet. If it doesn’t fit, AutoCAD estimates and applies a standard scale based on the size of
the named view and the layout in order to fit on half the sheet. You can easily change the
scale during insertion by selecting the desired scale from the right-click menu.
Viewport Grip Enhancements
You can easily change the scale of or move a paper space viewport at any time by selecting it
and then using the move grip or the triangular scale grip. You can also use viewport grips at
the corners to modify the viewport boundary—but you’re much less likely to need them as
viewport boundaries automatically resize when you change the viewport scale!
Inserting a New View as a Viewport
You can quickly create new model views—even while working on a layout—by selecting the
New View tool from the Insert View gallery control.
This allows you to specify the view area in model space and then immediately place the view
on the layout. If the drawing contains no named views, selecting the Insert View tool from the
Layout ribbon tab automatically launches the New View behavior.
With these enhancements to views and viewports, we think you’ll be able to reduce clicks and
Layer Property Overrides
Improvements to the Layer Manager and other Layer controls make it easier to identify
overrides and to restore them to their default values.
The Layer Properties Manager includes a new status icon to indicate when an Xref layer
contains overrides. Passing the cursor over the icon displays a tooltip listing all of the applied
the layer overrides.
A new toggle in the Layer Properties Manager makes it even easier to identify Xref layer
overrides by applying a background color to any and all layers and properties with overrides—
including both Xref and viewport overrides.
To further aide in identifying Xref layers with overrides, a new Xref Overrides layer filter is
available. Simply select the Xref Overrides filter to see a list of all the Xref layers in the
drawing with applied overrides. A right-click menu option enables you to easily reset any or
all of the Xref layer properties to their original values.
A similar option is available when you right-click on any layer in the layer list with Xref layer
overrides. You can choose to reset Xref layer properties for just the selected layers or for all
Additionally, a new XREF option in the -LAYER command offers command line access to
remove Xref overrides, and a previously hidden option in the VPLAYER command for removing
Viewport Overrides [reMoveoverrides] has been exposed.
Note: The order of the columns in the Layer Properties Manager has changed for Layouts and
the Global and VP properties for each Layer property are now grouped together. To simplify
the Layer Properties Manager, the Plot Style and VP Plot Style columns are no longer
displayed for drawings in Color Dependent mode (PSTYLEMODE-1).
The Layer Settings dialog box is updated to include new controls for managing Xref layer
properties. Access it from the Settings icon in the upper righthand corner of the Layer
Properties Manager. The option to Retain changes to Xref layers (VISRETAIN system variable)
has moved from the Options dialog box (Open and Save tab) to the Layer Settings dialog box.
With the option to retain overrides to Xref layer properties enabled (VISRETAIN = 1), you can
now specify which, if any, Xref layer properties you want to reload, offering you more
flexibility to control Xref overrides. The various layer property options are stored in the
registry via the new VISRETAINMODE system variable.
Another new control in the Layer Settings dialog box, Treat Xref object properties as ByLayer,
offers easy access to the XREFOVERRIDE system variable (which enables you to force object
properties of Xref objects to use ByLayer properties).
Additional Enhancements to Layer Behavior
A new system variable, XREFLAYER, allows you to specify a default layer on which to place
attached Xref files regardless of which layer is set as current.
When you rename or delete an Xref layer in the Xref drawing, it will automatically be
renamed/deleted when you reload it in the host drawings.
Improved 3D Navigation Performance
The navigation speed of 3D models (when viewing with the most common visual styles)
continues to improve with the AutoCAD 2018.1 Update. The 3D graphics performance for the
Wireframe, Realistic, and Shaded visual styles has increased significantly, depending on the
content of the DWG files tested. Measuring the frames-per-second performance in six large
benchmark models, the median FPS performance increase in AutoCAD 2018 Update was 175%
faster (2.75x) than the FPS in AutoCAD 2017, and 37% faster (1.37x) than in AutoCAD 2018 (preupdate).
For best results, use these 3D visual styles in their default states on a 64-bit machine
with a compatible graphics card. The commands offering the greatest benefit from these
performance improvements include those that are most used: 3DORBIT, ZOOM, PAN, and
High Resolution (4K) Monitor Support
Support for high resolution monitors continues to be improved in the AutoCAD 2018.1 Update.
More than 200 dialog boxes and other User Interface elements have been updated to ensure
the best possible viewing experience on 4K displays and higher. Just a few examples include
the Edit Layer State and Insert Table dialog boxes as well as the Visual LISP editor.
Plot and Preview offer significant performance improvements for drawings with missing SHX
Custom line type properties are supported when checking STANDARDS with multiple custom
line type definitions in drawing.
Crossing window and Fence selections are supported when trimming or extending lines that
are not on the current UCS plane.
Another year has come and gone, but it brings forth new technology and excitement to dive into. In this blog, I will cover the new features of Civil 3D 2018.
The first thing I want to mention is the new drawing format. I think many of you became spoiled with the backward compatibility that Civil 3D offered with versions 2013-2016. Let’s face it; Civil 3D was NEVER backward compatible until the aforementioned versions. So, what’s the big deal, right? All the AutoCAD based products have this new format. If you’re moving to 2018, make sure you are willing to stay on 2018.
So let’s take a look at these nice new features…
Below you will see that nice, new drawing format:
You can create dynamic offset profiles using the same command you use to create offset alignments. The profile geometry is offset using a default cross slope which you can modify by editing the profile properties.
In the offset profiles the geometry of the parent profile is replicated in cases where there is a consistent cross slope from the parent profile. For example, a vertical curve in the parent profile is a vertical curve in the offset profile when the cross slope that is specified for those stations is consistent, as shown in the following illustration.
Note: Vertical curves in offset profile geometry are tessellated as multiple straight segments as shown below when the profile is superimposed onto another profile view. For reviewing and editing the offset profile geometry, insert the offset profile into its own profile view by using the Create Profile View command and selecting the offset alignment.
In areas of the offset profile where there are vertical curves and there is a transition between one cross slope to another cross slope, as specified in the Offset Parameters tab of the offset profile properties, the vertical curve geometry that was replicated from the parent profile will not be preserved. Instead, straight lines are added between control points to approximate the curve as shown in the following illustration.
Offset profiles are created in a dynamic state by default. A dynamic offset profile automatically updates to reflect changes in the elevation or geometry of the parent profile and parent alignment. When an offset profile is dynamic, you can add cross slope regions on the Offset Parameters tab, but the profile geometry cannot be edited.
You can change the update mode for an offset profile on the Profile Data tab of the Profile Properties dialog box.
Relative Feature Lines
Feature line elevations can be obtained from a surface and can also be relative to a surface, so if the surface is updated, the feature line is updated.
The update behavior of relative feature lines is different depending on whether the feature line was set to be relative to a surface when it was created, or whether it was created at absolute elevations and then set to be relative.
The following illustration shows a feature line in green drawn so that it is follows the surface elevations (shown in a dashed gray line) at a positive elevational offset. This feature line was created so that it is relative to the surface.
If the surface is edited, the feature line is updated automatically and maintains the elevational offsets, as shown in the following illustration.
Behavior of feature lines created at fixed elevations, and then set to be relative
The following illustration shows a feature line that was drawn at fixed elevations with no relationship to the surface. If the surface below it is edited, the feature line elevations will not update.
The feature line is then set to be relative to the surface. This creates a relationship between the feature line and the surface but does not reset the feature line elevations to follow the surface.
However, the relative elevational offsets between the feature line and the surface will now be maintained if the surface is edited, such as if the elevation is lowered, as shown in the following illustration.
Note: Feature lines created at fixed elevations, or from grading objects, or that were draped on a surface but not relative to it all share the behavior described in this section if they are subsequently set to be relative to a surface. If you want to reset the elevations of feature line to fully follow a surface, you can use the Elevations from Surface command.
Using relative feature lines as data in surface definitions:
Editing relative feature lines:
Feature line editing commands are supported for relative feature lines.
When you open the Grading Elevation Editor for a feature line that is set to be relative to a surface, you will see the selected surface listed in the Grading Elevation Editor, and the editable feature line points will be shown as being relative to the surface.
You can specify relative elevation options by using the following features in the Grading Elevation Editor.
For a feature line that was not previously set to be relative to a surface, when you open the Grading Elevation Editor and then select a surface from the Relative to Surface list, the Elevation Derived From column is initially set to Absolute Elevation for all points and does not automatically change to Relative to Surface. Use the drop-down list to select Relative to Surface for the points that you want to be relative.
Updating elevation points on a relative feature line:
When you create a feature line and assign elevations based on a surface, you can select the Insert Intermediate Grade Break Points check box. This creates elevation points along the feature line where the feature line crosses surface TIN lines. These points are shown as green circles in the following illustration.
If you edit or otherwise move a relative feature line, or if the surface it is relative to is updated, elevation points are not automatically added or removed on the feature line to match the surface TIN lines, as shown in the following illustration.
You can update the elevation points on the feature line by using the Insert Elevation Point and Delete Elevation Point editing options in the Grading Elevation Editor or on the Edit Elevations panel of the Feature Line ribbon tab.
You can use the connected alignments feature to create an alignment that transitions between two intersecting alignments and to create a profile that transitions between their profiles.
You can use this feature to create a curb return, an exit ramp, a merging/diverging road, or you can connect an existing road with a proposed road.
The connected alignment is created between the two intersecting alignments at a specified radius.
The geometry of the connected profile is automatically generated from the parent profiles that you select. The start and end elevations and slope are taken from the parent profiles, and the middle section of the connected profile is calculated depending on whether extensions of the parent profiles intersect.
Editing the geometry of a connected alignment or profile:
When you create a connected alignment and associated profile, by default they are set to dynamic state, which means that they will partially update if their parent alignments and profiles change. You can change the update mode to static if you want to prevent any updates from occurring and if you want full editing control over the alignment and profile.
Note: Editing the geometry of a connected alignment in the Layout Parameters window is not supported.
You can change the update mode for a connected alignment on the Connection Parameters tab of the Alignment Properties dialog box.
You can change the update mode for a connected profile on the Profile Data tab of the Profile Properties dialog box.
Corner Cleanup for Corridors
At some locations on corridor models, the corridor links can cross each other, resulting in bowtie-like configurations.
The following illustration shows a corridor with a bowtie configuration at the corner.
Automatic and command-based corner cleanup:
In some situations, such as where corridor tangents intersect at a corner, and where the corridor is created at a fixed width, bowties can be cleared automatically. You can control which types of bowtie intersections are cleared automatically by changing the Automatic Clear Bowtie Options in the Edit Feature Settings – Corridor dialog box.
In other situations, such as when the corridor is created at a variable width (such as when daylighting to a surface), you can use the Clear Corridor Bowties command.
Conditions where automatic corridor cleanup behavior is applied:
The automatic AutoCAD Civil 3D corridor cleanup behavior can be applied at tangent-tangent, tangent-curve, and tangent-curve-tangent intersection locations in corridors that use feature lines or alignment/profiles as baselines, and the assemblies have consistent widths as set by shapes within the assembly.
For example, where corridor tangents intersect at a corner, and where the corridor is created at a fixed width, the corners are cleaned up as follows:
The point where the inner corners meet is calculated and radial lines are extended from that location, using the insertion frequency along the baseline as defined in the Frequency to Apply Assemblies dialog box.
In addition, one station is also added at the corner if the At Horizontal Geometry Points option is selected in the Frequency to Apply Assemblies dialog box:
The subassembly width value is overridden at the radial stations; the width is calculated to produce a corner solution that is similar to the AutoCAD Offset command.
For more examples of automatic corner cleanup, see “Corner cleanup examples” below.
Note: You can control which types of bowtie intersections are cleared automatically by changing the Automatic Clear Bowtie Options in the Edit Feature Settings – Corridor dialog box. By default the option to clear bowties at tangent-tangent intersections is set to Yes and the option to clear bowties at tangent-arc and arc-tangent intersections is set to No. If you choose not to enable the Automatic Clear Bowtie Options for fixed width corridors, you can use the Clear Corridor Bowties command on those corridors.
Using the Clear Corridor Bowties command:
Use the Clear Corridor Bowties command in the following conditions:
For more examples of command-based corner cleanup, see the following section.
Corner cleanup examples:
The following table shows different corridor corner examples which can occur in fixed width and variable width corridors.
Corner elevation value after clearing a bowtie:
The elevation value that is used for the corner after bowtie resolution is obtained from one of the inner points of the bowtie as shown in the following illustrations.
The following illustration represents a corner prior to clearing the bowtie. The corridor baseline is shown in red.
The following illustration represents a corner after clearing the bowtie.
Points 3 and 4 are moved to the location of point 5, and the elevation of point 4 is now used in that location. The locations and elevations of points 1 and 2 are unchanged.
Resolving other corner cleanup issues:
Corner cleanup does not get applied at the end point of a closed feature line-based corridor if the start and end of the feature line meet at the corner, as shown in the following illustration on the left.
To work around this, it is recommended that you draw the feature line so that it starts and ends at a location other than a corner as shown in the following illustration on the right.
To resolve other corner cleanup issues that are not cleaned up automatically and which cannot be addressed with the Clear Corridor Bowties command, you can extract a dynamic feature line from the corridor and use the grading tools to grade from that feature line. The following is an example of adding grading to the right side of the corridor.
Move Section Views to a Different Section View Group
You can move one or more section views into a specified section view group.
When you move section views to a different section view group, the following occurs:
In the following example, an individual section SL-25 needs to be moved into the section view group. Its station is 1+75 so it will be inserted between the sections for station 1+50 and 2+00.
The following illustration shows the section view inserted into the section view group. You can choose to keep the existing stylization, as shown in this example, or you can choose to apply the stylization of the destination section view group to the moved sections. The section view for station 3+00 was moved to the next sheet.
Section View Drafting Buffers
Section views are created with drafting buffers. When you add AutoCAD annotation or drafting elements or AutoCAD Civil 3D note labels within or crossing the drafting buffers, they are bound with the section views, and are moved with the section views if they are moved.
In the following illustration, the drafting buffers around the section views are shown in magenta. Drafting elements that were added to the sheet are shown in red.
When the section views for station 2+50 and 3+00 are moved up or off the sheet, the drafting elements that are inside the drafting buffers are moved with the section views. The text that notes the lane slope is not moved because it was outside the drafting buffer area.
Binding drafting elements with a section view:
Drafting elements become bound to a section view when they are added or modified within or crossing the drafting buffer.
Drafting buffer grips:
You can use the grips on a drafting buffer to increase or decrease its size. The following illustration shows the grips and the value of the right drafting buffer margin (50.0000) when you hover over that grip. You can select the grip and drag it to resize the drafting buffer, or you can and enter a new value at the command line.
Note: Resizing a drafting buffer after drafting elements already exist does not automatically change the binding behavior of the drafting elements relative to that drafting buffer. For more information about the binding behavior, see “Binding drafting elements with a section view” above.
Settings and styles related to drafting buffers:
Settings and styles that impact drafting buffers are as follows:
Behavior when changing the direction of section views or deleting section views:
Changing the direction of section views that have drafting elements
If you edit the style of a section view so that the section view direction changes, the drafting buffer is changed to accommodate the new direction, but the drafting elements that are inside or crossing the buffer are not moved. If this results in existing drafting elements being displayed outside of the buffer, the drafting elements will still be bound with the buffer unless you move them to a different location outside the drafting buffer. For more information about the binding behavior, see “Binding drafting elements with a section view” above.
Deleting section views that have drafting elements
If you delete section views that have drafting elements within a drafting buffer, you have the option to delete the drafting elements or preserve them. A task dialog box is displayed with options you can select.
Note: If you select the Always Use My Selection in the Future check box in the task dialog box, and you want to change the behavior in the future, you can edit the Hidden Messages Settings on the System tab of the AutoCAD Options dialog box.
Two new templates for Plan Production have been added for Plan over Plan and Profile over Profile…
Autodesk InfraWorks Ribbon
The new Autodesk InfraWorks ribbon has more options than before. See illustration below…
There are some more new features in this release. I will hold off posting them for now. Stay tuned for more features, tutorials, and webinars.
In this web series, we will explore the different capabilities of Autodesk InfraWorks 360.
Working with InfraWorks 360 LT (Part 1) – August 30
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Working with InfraWorks 360 LT (Part 2) – September 13
Part 2 of the Working with InfraWorks 360 LT webinar will show you how to build your model without Model Builder. This webinar will also explore how to put together a model and place terrain, images, roads, and buildings from free GIS data from the internet.
Striping with InfraWorks 360 and Vehicle Tracking – September 27
Striping in InfraWorks has never been as easy as using it with Autodesk Vehicle Tracking. Explore parking lot layouts with Vehicle Tracking and learn how you can bring that striping into InfraWorks to layout a parking lot in a matter of minutes.
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Creating a storyboard in InfraWorks 360 – October 25
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The Model Builder service will be upgraded on Friday, March 11, 2016, and will no longer support release version 2015.3 of InfraWorks 360. This means that if you are using InfraWorks 360 release version 2015.3, the Model Builder service will no longer work for you beginning March 11, 2016. (For your reference, release version 2015.3 is also known as the December 2014 release of InfraWorks 360.)
This will not affect models that you have already created with the Model Builder, but you will be unable to create new models with the Model Builder if you are using the 2015.3 release version of InfraWorks 360 on or after March 11, 2016. To ensure that you can continue to use the Model Builder, make sure that you upgrade to a more recent release version of InfraWorks 360. You can upgrade to a more recent release of InfraWorks 360 after March 11, 2016, but we recommend that you do so in advance.
If you forget to upgrade to a more recent release of InfraWorks 360 — don’t worry! Beginning March 11, 2016, InfraWorks 360 will push you the following notification (shown in the image below) when you try to use the Model Builder with the 2015.3 release version of InfraWorks 360. You can follow the instructions in the notification to resume using the Model Builder service.