My Favorite New Features in 2012 – Part 1


Civil 3D 2012 has some great new features and functionality coming with it. Since there are enough significant new features, I decided to do more than one blog to talk about them. For this post, I am going to talk about what Civil 3D 2012 has for styles. For me, some of these features have been a long time coming. I can remember instructing classes and saying, “that would be great if we could do this?”…………and………..”wouldn’t it be handy if you could do that?” Well, some of those “ifs” are now realities! With the new Styles Management tools in Civil 3D, you can manage your styles better than ever before! A new dialog box allows users to select a dwg or dwt file that they want to import styles and settings from. In this dialog box, users can see all of the styles that a file has and they can select all of the styles, or, they can select only the styles that they want. In addition, if an incoming  style already exists in the destination drawing, users have the ability  to see the differences between the styles, then and decide to update the style with the imported style, or not to update it. This will essentially get rid of the old “drag and drop” method of getting a few styles from another drawing or template file. Figure 1 below shows the Import Styles dialog box. Very cool!

Figure 1

Figure 1

There are a couple other new features involving style management in 2012 that rock as well. One of these features, reminds me of when I mentioned in several of my Civil 3D classes what I would like to see Civil 3D be able to do with styles; find all the locations in the settings where they are being used, and, which objects are using them as well. Tada! We can do that now! Yeah! Now, when you right-click on a style in the Settings tab of the Toolspace, you have the option to “find references” as shown in figure 2 below. This opens a dialog  box that shows where the style is used in the settings as well as which objects are using them. In addition, you can click on any of the references as shown in figure 3 and it will bring you to where the reference is, weather it is on the Settings tab, or if it is an object, it will bring you to that object on the Prospector tab.

Figure 2

Figure 2

Figure 3

Figure 3

The last new feature for style management is the ability to right click on a style, and then choose “replace with”. This will allow you to replace a style used in settings with a different style for the instances where that style is used. What it will not replace is instances where the style was used on objects. That will still have to be done in the object properties.

These new features for styles in Civil 3D 2012 are really going to be useful. I hope you find them as useful as I do. Watch out for my next blog coming out shortly on some of the other new features in Civil 3D 2012.

Civil Infrastructure software is my main professional interest. Civil 3D, Infraworks, and Recap are what I work with mostly. I have been with CADsoft Consulting for over 10 years now. I got my start using Softdesk and AutoCAD R12 in DOS. My wife and I have four children and I am a die hard Red Sox fan.