Monday, June 29, 2009

We're Watching the Fireworks... ooohh... aaahhhh...

On Friday, July 3, we'll be taking a break to rejuvenate, practice our pyrotech skills and relax. And we're taking Autodesk with us. Just in case something may break, we think you should make a preemptive strike and take a break too!

Normal business hours will resume on Monday, July 6, 2009.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Raster Design 2010 installation fixed!

Due to a large amount of customer feedback, Autodesk has posted a limited hotfix.

This hotfix will enable you to install a network version of Raster Design 2010 onto a standalone platform (AutoCAD, Architecture, Civil 3D, Mechanical, etc.).

Note: There is still a limitation - you are unable to install a standalone Raster Design onto a network platform.

Please get the hotfix and view the readme for more details:
http://support.autodesk.com/getdoc.asp?id=DL13435443

Monday, June 22, 2009

Autodesk Service Packs and Updates as of 6-12-2009

The following have all be listed within the last 60 days. Be sure to read all the readme or FAQ files before you execute any update or service pack. We highly recommend you have a backup of your files before you begin as a precaution.



If you run into an error you cannot easily fix, remember we're just a phone call away - 800-808-7945.




AutoCAD 2009 Update 3
Published date: 2009-Jun-08
http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=DL13271527
Applies to:
AutoCAD® 2009


AutoCAD LT 2009 Update 3
Published date: 2009-Jun-08
http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=DL13271636
Applies to:
AutoCAD LT® 2009


AutoCAD Architecture 2009 Product Update 3
Published date: 2009-May-27
http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=DL13343557
Applies to:
AutoCAD® Architecture 2009


AutoCAD Civil 3D Land Desktop Companion 2009 Update 3
Published date: 2009-Jun-01
http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=DL13357570
Applies to:
AutoCAD® Civil 3D® Land Desktop Companion 2009


AutoCAD Land Desktop 2009 Update 3
Published date: 2009-Jun-01
http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=DL13360444
Applies to:
AutoCAD® Land Desktop 2009


AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Update 3
Published date: 2009-Jun-01
http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=DL13360959
Applies to:
AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2009


AutoCAD Civil 2009 Update 3
Published date: 2009-Jun-01
http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=DL13357575
Applies to:
AutoCAD® Civil 2009


AutoCAD Electrical 2009 Service Pack 3
Published date: 2009-May-28
http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=DL13345350
Applies to:
AutoCAD® Electrical 2009


AutoCAD Map 3D 2009 Update 2
Published date: 2009-Apr-03
http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=DL12567467
Applies to:
AutoCAD® Map 3D 2009


AutoCAD Mechanical 2009 Service Pack 3
Published date: 2009-May-29
http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=DL13356110
Applies to:
Autodesk® Inventor™ Professional 2009
Autodesk® Inventor™ Routed Systems Suite 2009
Autodesk® Inventor™ Simulation Suite 2009
Autodesk® Inventor™ Suite 2009
AutoCAD® Mechanical 2009


AutoCAD MEP 2009 Product Update 3
Published date: 2009-Jun-02
http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=DL13368075
Applies to:
AutoCAD® MEP 2009
AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite 2009


Autodesk Mechanical Desktop 2009 Service Pack 3
Published date: 2009-May-29
http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=DL13356151
Applies to:
Autodesk® Inventor™ Professional 2009
Autodesk® Inventor™ Routed Systems Suite 2009
Autodesk® Inventor™ Simulation Suite 2009
Autodesk® Inventor™ Suite 2009
Autodesk Mechanical Desktop 2009 (AIP - Routed Systems)
Autodesk Mechanical Desktop 2009 (AIP - Simulation)
Autodesk Mechanical Desktop 2009 (AIP)
Autodesk Mechanical Desktop 2009 (AIS)


Autodesk Maya 2009 Service Pack 1
Published date: 2009-Apr-14
http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=DL12715497
Applies to:
Autodesk® Maya® 2009
Autodesk® Maya® Complete 2009
Autodesk® Maya® Unlimited 2009


AutoCAD 2009 Update 3 for AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2009
Published date: 2009-May-11
http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=DL13271534
Applies to:
AutoCAD® 2009
AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2009
Revit® Architecture 2009


AutoCAD 2009 Update 3 for AutoCAD Revit Structure Suite 2009
Published date: 2009-May-11
http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=DL13271518
Applies to:
AutoCAD® 2009
AutoCAD Revit Structure Suite 2009
Revit® Structure 2009

Monday, June 8, 2009

AutoCAD & LT 2009 service pack 3 is available.

The AutoCAD 2009 service pack/update 3 is now available.


This update includes updates 1 & 2 and combined there are over 20 crash, freeze or fatal error defects fixed!


Please see the readme and backup your customization before installing.

To download the AutoCAD update click here or copy/paste the following link:
http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=DL13271527

To download the AutoCAD LT update click here or copy/paste the following link: http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=DL13271527

From the AutoCAD Readme:
AutoCAD 2009 Update Version Numbers
If you search for an update within the installed programs on your system, the update displays by its version number. The following table contains version numbers for AutoCAD 2009 updates.

Product - - Version Number
AutoCAD & LT 2009 Update 1 - -2
AutoCAD & LT 2009 Update 2 - -3
AutoCAD & LT 2009 Update 3 - -4

Also see the bottom of the Readme for known issues once you've installed the update.

Find the network license activation utility for 2010

The network license activation utility is no longer on the DVD.

To get a network license you can use one of the following methods:

  • Call Autodesk at 800-551-1490, 1 for English and then 2 for Network (have your serial number, hostname and MAC address ready).

  • Register & get a license online. Use www.autodesk.com/register

  • If you are on subscription you can also login to the subscription website and get a license.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Norton Antivirus Interaction With 3ds Max 2010

Norton Antivirus is a great virus protection program and it is very widely used. The only problem is that Norton is like that misbehaving dog that jumps on guests and won't stay off your couch. Norton has a tendency to wreak havoc on Autodesk programs and unfortunately this is true for 3ds Max & 3ds Max Design as well. Users of the 2010 release that also had Norton installed have been experiencing more trouble than most. They've been finding that 3ds Max will not even run, it crashes out with various errors. This is a result of a problem with the Symantec Endpoint Protecttion. Autodesk has confirmed this issue and fortunately have found a solution. You will need to modify your Norton Antivirus installation in the following way.
  1. Go into Add / Remove programs in Windows Control Panel, locate Symantec endpoint protection and select the option to modify the install.

  2. Under "Proactive Threat Protection" disable "Application & Device Control"

  3. Follow through the steps of the installation modification and then close the Control Panel.

  4. Restart your machine

Once this completed 3ds Max should run as normal. It may take a some time to initialize the first time the software is run so be patient.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Nice Tip to make Inventor easier to view

In the next part of the Inventomization Series comes a look into Colors Schemes of Inventor. Inventor comes pre-installed with a few standard color schemes that bring a little diversity to the modeling environment. What some users do not know is that there is actually a bonus tool for customizing your own color schemes if you don't like the defaults.










The Color Scheme Editor is a added utility you will find the SDK folder of your install. It will usually require first the installation of the UserTools.msi. After which you will have a folder called User Tools and sub folders for the additional utilities and commands.





The purpose of having the color scheme editor is for a couple reasons. One I ran into just the other week when I had a visually impaired user that had trouble discerning greens and reds. After I researched how many people are affected by this I started to wonder how many CAD users out there are in need of adjusting their color schemes for this reason or another. More often than not I run into users that dislike the standard color of their work planes or surfaces in their models. This is a way to adjust those items as well.

Before going into the foray of editing default or creating new color schemes you should back up the originals which are in fact registry entries. In the Color Scheme Editor you have a backup pull down, make sure you use the commands there.





You also have to choose which registry you are affecting. Below I have 2009 and 2010 installed and they have different registry versions. Remember this: Inventor Versions




After you have effectively backed up your registry and have chosen the correct one to adjust feel free to experiment away with the options in here to gain the result you desire whether it be comfortable usage or graphically pleasing. After it is created and in your registry it will be available in your Application Options on the Colors tab as an available Color Scheme.


Until next time, may your colors be discernible!

Carl Smith

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

How Can I Get My Pull Downs Back In AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010

When in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 you will find just above the Ribbon Tabs at the top to the left a small Toolbar. This Toolbar has a few commands on it such as Save, Open, New, Etc. To the right side of this Toolbar you will find a Drop Down.
1.) Select the Drop Down
2.) On the Drop Down Select “Show Menu Bar”
3.) Now the Pull Downs are back as they were before.