Prior to the official release of the 2017 Autodesk products, I downloaded and installed the beta version of Civil 3D 2017 which of course included SSA 2017. The machine I had was running Windows 10. Civil 3D itself installed with no issues. SSA on the other hand did not. It kept producing an error message like the one shown below. I tried running the install as administrator, disabling anti-virus, etc. etc. Nothing worked.
Most Cad users are pretty well versed in using basic Windows commands such as ctrl-c for copy and ctrl-v for paste. It’s quick, easy and convenient to do inside of AutoCAD based software. That being said, it’s easy to forget that we are indeed using Windows commands inside of AutoCAD and as a result, those heavy Cad elements can start to weigh down the Windows clipboard. At this point, some funky behavior can start to occur inside of AutoCAD. So what do we do when this happens? Uninstall/reinstall? Repair? Boo hoo, grab a tissue? No! Clear that Windows clipboard off!
Civil 3D 2015 and 2016 both have the ability to re-associate labels to different parent objects. What exactly does this mean? Let’s discuss a specific example. What if you went into a drawing that someone had worked on and discovered that all of the station and offset labels that they put into the drawing were actually referencing the wrong alignment? Even worse, have you ever had a data reference go bad on you and then, you wanted to simply recreate it, but you have all of your labeling done? Of course you don’t want to risk losing those labels causing you to have to recreate them all. What can you do at this point? The following workflow should help you save some headaches. We will use some AutoCAD techniques to go along with Civil 3D operations.
As most of you know, Autodesk comes out with several add-ons for Civil 3D during the year. This year with Civil 3D 2016 is no different. Earlier in the year they released the Civil 3D Productivity Pack which gave us some additional functionality such as a Civil data translator for working with Bentley Civil data, an Earthwork Plan Production utility, and a COGO routine. More recently, Autodesk released their Transportation Extension. Before you jump to judgment thinking that “I don’t do transportation projects”, take a look at some of the functionality that this release provides.
Recently I attempted to install an AutoCAD-based product (Map 3D to be precise) on several machines. I only had one DVD of the install so I decided to copy the contents of the DVD over to a flash drive so that I could get more than one install going at the same time. Of course, the copying of the content went fine and everything seemed good to go; that is, until I tried to install from the copied content! Every attempt to use the copied install files resulted in getting a prompt to “Insert AutoCAD Disc 1”. If I cancelled the operation, it would stop the install. If I clicked “OK” it would keep prompting for the AutoCAD disc one. At this point, I just chalked it up to a bad copy over to the flash drive. I proceeded to download an installer from our Subscription site and figured that I would copy that over to several flash drives to help speed this process up. I was quickly amazed to see that, indeed the installer was running faster, but in reality, it was running faster to get to the same AutoCAD Disc 1 prompt from earlier! Are you kidding me? Is this a joke? Are people with cameras going to jump out and say, “Smile! You’re on Candid Camera”? Well, as I discovered after some research, it wasn’t a joke, but I was amazed to see how simple the solution was.
Have you ever seen a drawing file you created with Civil 3D balloon in file size? Has this caused performance to take a nose dive?
The following steps should help you get some improvement on getting smaller file size, and hopefully better performance:
In this blog, I am going to talk about the Civil 3D Productivity Pack 1 for Civil 3D 2015. There are three components contained in this pack:
1. Open Autodesk Infraworks Model
2. Coordinate Geometry Editor
3. Create AutoCAD Solids.
When the 2015 AutoCAD-based products were introduced, one of the first things that users noticed was that the status bar had changed. This was by no means a slight change either. The change was dramatic! A few releases ago, we had to get used to the new icons that they came out with on the status bar. No biggy there because if you decided that you didn’t like the icons, you could always turn off those icons and the status bar would go back to showing the actual words like osnap, ortho, etc. Not this new status bar though.
You may have heard the term (SAM), or Software Asset Management before. You may have also heard some negative things about it. I am writing this blog to inform you of the positive aspects surrounding SAM and to also show you that there is no negative aspect of it. For those that perceive SAM as something negative, they generally feel that SAM is a way to report on companies that are overusing licenses or have pirated software. SAM has different stages involved in it and the very first stage simply involves asking for and getting a software report from Autodesk. All this does is provide you with what the Autodesk system states that your company owns. Plain and simple! There is no finger pointing or calling anyone out. It is just a report. If you want to stop there, that is just fine. The purpose of the report is to let you know what the Autodesk system shows that you own.