Friday, December 20, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cleaning Files Facts…

Hi All… Everybody knows how valuable our files are, so to keep the integrity of your files is it important to do some housekeeping once in while… But this can be a tedious task that involve multiples steps…
A big number of users like to create Lisp routines, to execute all these steps; but for those of us that do not have a clue how to do something like that, you can use an Action Recorder Macro. These are used to record commands and input values that can be played back as an action macro.
They are very easy to use and you can find all the information that you need on the AutoCAD Help file.
This is what I like to do, to clean my files…

Because of those unwanted DGN Linetypes issue, I always like to run the DGNPURGE command alone with an AUDIT and a –PURGE to erase any Regapps present on the file and of course QSAVE the drawing. 
So I created a macro that grouped all these steps on one command that I called CLEANDWG
Here is how my Macro looks like: 
Important!!! 
Please remember that the DGNPURGE command will not stay loaded on your system after shutting down AutoCAD. If you need to use this command in future sessions of AutoCAD, you will need to reload the DGNLsPurge.dll by using the NETLOAD command. 

And you can use this macro by just typing CLEANDWG on the command line… 
Have fun creating your own macros and… 
 … To all!!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Excel Spreadsheet OLE Objects in AutoCAD…

Hi everybody… This is a conversation that I had more than once in last week…
Some customer are having issues trying to link an Excel spreadsheet as an OLE object in AutoCAD using the OLE Object insert command INSERTOBJ.
Using this command they can’t seems to control the area that they are trying to show, so the display of the information showing is incomplete most of the time.
Here is what I do to make it work:
1. From within Excel, Select the area that you want to show in AutoCAD
2. From AutoCAD -> Home Tab -> Clipboard panel -> Paste Special
3. Paste link -> Microsoft Excel -> Worksheet and click OK
To edit use the OLELINKS command so you can change the source range using the "change source" box.
Doing it like this, you will stay link to the original document so any change that you make to the Excel document will automatically shows on AutoCAD, and also works the other way around. 
Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving to all!!! 
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

How can I download an older version of any Autodesk software???

Hello everybody…. This is a question that I been asked over and over again by many customers…
If you are a customer on Subscription and you are looking for a previous release of the software that you own, just log on into your Subscription Center and there you will find it.
But what about if you don’t have subscription or if you want to download any 2012 or 2013 software?… In Autodesk.com you can only see current releases from the applications…
So what do you do then…???
You can actually download older version of any Autodesk software from Autodesk.com; this is what you need to do:
1. Go to Up and Ready
2. Now click in ASK
3. From the new window that just open, select Download Links
5. And select the Product that you are looking for…
Hope that you will find this helpful… I sure did… so enjoy it!!!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Important things to know about your Autodesk Subscription Account!

Hi all…. Knowing how to manage your Autodesk Subscription account it is really important.
Here are some links that I find to be very helpful… 
How to create a named user and set permissions in User Management
How to add or remove users in User Management
How to assign or change your Software Coordinator or Contract Manager
How to create a Group name for multiple products in Subscription Center 

How to consolidate Multiple Contracts in Subscription Center
How to allow your Reseller to view your Web Support Requests in Subscription Center 
 
Understanding how your Autodesk Subscription works, can make a big difference when release time comes around and when you are seeking for technical support assistance.
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 Service Pack 2!!!

Hi all... In a continuing effort to provide high quality products, Autodesk has released AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 Service Pack 2, which fixes or addresses a variety of issues discovered by customers and by Autodesk's internal testing team.
This Service Pack includes all previous hotfixes for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013. It also includes the fixes included in AutoCAD 2013 Service Pack 2 and AutoCAD Map 3D 2013 Service Pack 2.1.
Note: This update applies to all language versions and to versions of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 with previous hotfixes applied.
Before applying this update, make sure that any customizations made to the user profile (such as, customizations made to the support file search paths, print file customizations, printer support file paths, redirections, custom template settings, and so on) are exported to a secure location, then imported and reapplied after the update has been successfully installed.
You cannot run an automatic uninstall to remove this update. 
To restore your version of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 to its pre-update state, uninstall AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 and reinstall it again.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 Service Pack 1!!!

Hello everybody... In a continuing effort to provide high quality products, Autodesk has released Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 Service Pack 1, which fixes or addresses a variety of issues discovered by Autodesk's internal testing team and by customers using the Customer Error Reporting Utility. 
Please always refer to the README file for installation first.

Notes:

  • This Service Pack applies to all language versions of Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014.
  • Be sure to close Civil 3D and any other AutoCAD based application before installing this Service Pack.
  • If, during installation, the prompt "Automatically close applications and attempt to restart them after setup is complete" is displayed, choose this option and continue the installation.
  • If your system is not automatically rebooted as part of the Service Pack installation, reboot your system after the installation is complete.
  • Please view the readme file for instructions on how to uninstall this Service Pack.
  • Before applying this Hotfix, export user profile customizations to a secure location. Customizations include changes made to support file search paths, print file customizations, printer support file paths, redirections, custom template settings, etc. After successful installation of this Service Pack, import and reapply the customizations.
     

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 Service Pack 4!!!

Hi all... In a continuing effort to provide high quality products, Autodesk has released AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 Service Pack 4, which fixes or addresses a variety of issues discovered by customers and by Autodesk's internal testing team.
This service pack does not include previous hotfixes or Service Packs for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012. In order to install AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 Service Pack 4 you must have already applied AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 Service Pack 3 and Civil 3D 2012 Service Pack 2.1.

Please remember to always refer to the README file for installation first.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Those unwanted DGN Linetypes on my file....

Hi all, its been a while since the last time that I wrote here... This time I would like to talk about an old issue that it became really big in Latin America.
Files with almost no information on it that shows a really big size, and every time that you are copying and pasting objects from one drawing to another all these DGN linetypes are coming alone with you.
When this happens the RECOVERY command AUDIT and -PURGE will not do anything for you, neither any method to recreate the problematic file.
How to know if that is your case....? ??
Run the PURGE command, select the option to view items that you cannot purge and if you have some of these linetypes they will show under blocks.
Autodesk has release two AutoCAD DGN Hotfix for this that will work on any AutoCAD-Based software:
Please remember to always refer to the README file for installation and use.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

I'm Back!!!

Hi everybody.... I am back after my really rewording experience working as AEC Infrastructure Product Support Specialist for Autodesk... You will hear from me really soon again...
@Civil3DBTF