Friday, May 28, 2010

Automatic Save functionality explained


I get calls where the person is unable to find their Automatically saved file or feels it's not working because the file is not there.

When you turn on Autosave and give it a time then it will save to the folder specified in Options->Files->Automatic Save File Location.

Even if you specify a length of time, say 10 minutes, it may not save at that exact time. There are things that can prevent the autosave, like a dialog box being open, performing a QSAVE (clicking the save button) or SAVEAS command will reset the timer.

2011 Help says:
Automatic Save
Saves your drawing automatically at the intervals you specify. You can specify the location of all Autosave files by using the SAVEFILEPATH system variable.SAVEFILE (read-only) stores the name of the Autosave file.

Note Automatic save is disabled when the Block Editor is open.

Minutes Between Saves: When Automatic Save is on, specifies how often the drawing is saved.

(SAVETIME system variable)


The SAVETIME is saved in the Windows Registry on each machine for each persons login.

When you go to the location of the Automatically saved files and you don't see any files with a .SV$ extension this can be due to you exiting the program normally. When you exit the program normally you don't need the Autosave file as you've saved it since then and the program automatically deletes the file.

Alright, so now you've crashed and have found the most current .SV$ for the drawing you were in, now what? Copy it to another folder and rename it, I add a .dwg after the .SV$ so I know this was the autosave file. Verify everything is correct, run audit and let it fix any errors. Save it and run Recover on it. Audit and Recover are very similar commands but I trust Recover more and you use Recover to open a drawing and Audit while in the drawing.

Autosave file names can be a bit cryptic. The original name will be in it but it will also have some numbers after it. For example, my drawing name is "AutoSave.dwg" and the automatic save generated this filename "AutoSave_1_1_1411.sv$", if it saves again then you will also have a AutoSave_1_1_1411.bak with the same name.

From the Autodesk technical solution (TS67319)

Automatic save files are
  • Created based on the time interval specified by the SAVETIME system variable, or in the Options dialog box, Open and Save tab.
  • Saved only if you have modified a drawing and have not subsequently used the QSAVE, SAVE, or SAVEAS command.
  • Saved to the directory specified by the SAVEFILEPATH variable, which by default is taken from the TEMP environment variable.
  • Even if a drawing has been created and not saved, an automatic save file will be created based on the drawing name, for example, DRAWING1.bak.

The TIME command is useful in tracking whether an automatic save file will be created because it gives information about the countdown time, and whether modifications have been made to the drawing.

Note that the automatic save files are deleted if you exit the software normally. If AutoCAD exits abnormally, the automatic save files can be useful.

To get help on this or other issues call us at 800-808-7645.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Autodesk Vault 2011 Updates

Update 1 for Vault 2011 
A number of identified issues for the Vault family of products have now been resolved with the release of Autodesk Vault 2011 Update 1.  Please refer to the readme for further details on the issues and specific installation instructions.


Autodesk Inventor 2011 Hotfix - Multiple localization and performance issues with the Vault Add-In (To be installed in conjunction with Autodesk Vault 2011 Update 1)


AutoCAD 2010 Client Update for Vault 2011
This Update allows our supported 2010 AutoCAD-based CAD applications to communicate with the 2011 ADMS server.
http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=DL15159434 

Autodesk Inventor 2010 SP3 Client Update for Vault 2011 Update 1
This Update allows accessing one of the Vault 2011 Update 1 (SP1) Server releases from Inventor 2010 Service Pack 3.
http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=DL14822511

Autodesk Inventor 2010 Subscription Advantage Pack SP 3 Client Update for Vault 2011 Update 1
This Update allows accessing one of the Vault 2011 Update 1 (SP1) Server releases from Inventor 2010 Subscription Advantage Pack Service Pack 3.
http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=DL14822518


Printing IDW with embedded bitmap will cause a crash

There is currently an issue with printing IDW's when the Titleblock has a bitmap logo embedded. There is also an issue saving the IDW to a AutoCAD DWG. Development have fixed the issue and the fix is included in Inventor 2011 SP1 and will be available shortly. I will announce the release as soon as the download is available.

http://beinginventive.typepad.com/being-inventive/2010/05/printing-idw-with-embedded-bitmap-will-cause-a-crash.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BeingInventive+%28Being+Inventive%29

Friday, May 21, 2010

2010 Freezes on launch

I had an interesting call recently where the program would lock up after launching it. We'd get as far as the drawing window and sometimes the ribbon would show, sometimes it wouldn't. No icons (osnap, workspace, etc) anywhere on the screen or Ribbon most of the time. It required an end task to stop 2010.

We tried all the usual suspects, video first because this type of behavior smacks of video. However, it wasn't video. I was told he would format and re-image the machine as a last resort and we were almost at that point. Then I remembered, Autodesk told me a while back that the Ribbon icons are heavily dependent on the .NET Framework, so using the Add/Remove Programs feature in Control Panel, we did a repair on .NET Framework 3.5 sp 1, rebooted and it worked!

Autodesk programs rely heavily on your graphics card and .NET Framework.

Monday, May 17, 2010

AutoCAD LT 2010 Update 2

AutoCAD LT 2010 Update 2

Published date: 2010-May-11

Applies to:
AutoCAD LT® 2010

To identify which AutoCAD LT Update 2 needs to be installed on your system, in Windows Explorer, navigate to the installation folder of AutoCAD LT 2010 (for example, C:\Program Files\AutoCAD LT 2010).
  • On Windows XP: right-click on proddata.dll, select Properties and in the resulting dialog select the Version tab.
  • On Windows Vista and Windows 7: right-click on proddata.dll, select Properties and in the resulting dialog select the Details tab.
If proddata.dll is version 18.0.55.0 or 18.0.215.0, use the following files:


If proddata.dll is version 18.0.59.0 or 18.0.215.20, use the following files:

autocadlt2010update2mld.exe (exe - 24783Kb)

If proddata.dll is version 18.0.221.0, use the following file:

You do not have to install Update 1 in order to install Update 2. Update 2 includes the most recent fixes, as well as all fixes included in Update 1.

Friday, May 14, 2010

AutoCAD® MEP 2010 Update 2

Published date: 2010-May-13
ID: DL15135406

Applies to:
AutoCAD® MEP 2010
AutoCAD® Revit® MEP Suite 2010
Readme (html - 80Kb)

You can apply Update 2 to AutoCAD® MEP 2010 running on all supported operating systems and languages. Be sure to install the correct update for your operating system.

You do not have to install Update 1 in order to install Update 2. Update 2 includes the most recent fixes, as well as all fixes included in Update 1.

AutoCAD® Architecture 2010 Update 2

Published date: 2010-May-13
ID: DL15135553

Applies to:
AutoCAD® Architecture 2010
Readme (html - 71Kb)
You can apply Update 2 to AutoCAD Architecture 2010 running on all supported operating systems and languages. Be sure to install the correct update for your operating system.

You do not have to install Update 1 in order to install Update 2. Update 2 includes the most recent fixes, as well as all fixes included in Update 1.


AutoCAD Mechanical 2010 Update 2

AutoCAD Mechanical 2010 Update 2

Published date: 2010-May-12
ID: DL15135668

Applies to:
AutoCAD® Inventor® Professional Suite 2010
AutoCAD® Inventor® Routed Systems Suite 2010
AutoCAD® Inventor® Simulation Suite 2010
AutoCAD® Inventor® Suite 2010
AutoCAD® Inventor® Tooling Suite 2010
AutoCAD® Mechanical 2010

acm2010update2.exe (exe - 39852Kb)
acm2010update2x64.exe (exe - 58392Kb)
Readme (html - 55Kb)

This update will apply to all AutoCAD Mechanical 2010 software languages.

Refer to the Readme for detailed information about this update and installation instructions.

Autodesk Inventor 2010 Service Pack 3 Client Update for Autodesk Vault 2011 SP1 Server Releases

Published date: 2010-May-06
ID: DL14822511
Applies to:
AutoCAD® Inventor® Professional Suite 2010
AutoCAD® Inventor® Routed Systems Suite 2010
AutoCAD® Inventor® Simulation Suite 2010
AutoCAD® Inventor® Suite 2010
AutoCAD® Inventor® Tooling Suite 2010
Autodesk® Inventor® 2010
Important: Do not install this update unless you have a clear need to access one of the Autodesk Vault 2011 SP1 Server releases from Inventor 2010 Service Pack 3.
You must install Autodesk Inventor 2010 Service Pack 3 before you can install Inventor 2010 Service Pack 3 Client Update for Autodesk Vault 2011 SP1 Server Releases.

Autodesk Inventor 2010 SP3 Client Update ADMS 2011 SP1 - 32-bit (zip - 1345Kb)


Autodesk Inventor 2010 SP3 Client Update ADMS 2011 SP1 - 64-bit (zip - 1665Kb)


Readme (htm - 23Kb)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Think 2011 laid an egg in Hatching?

Hatching is actually better than ever. However it has a new workflow that most of us are not accustom to and it may take a little bit to get used to it.

Entering BHATCH now brings up a new Ribbon tab (fig. 1). Select an internal point (default) or click the ribbon button to select an object/boundary. Then hover over an area to display what the hatch will look like. Need to change the pattern, click the Hatch Pattern dropdown (fig. 2) and select a new hatch and hover again, it changes on the fly! Nice! Hit Escape to end the command or keep picking points or selecting objects/boundaries to insert additional hatches and they appear immediately. Think of it like the Layer Manager palette that stays on the screen and you see the changes as you make them.


Fig. 1


Fig. 2

Now, if you've given the new workflow the good old college try and need to revert back to the old tried and true, then set HPDLGMODE = 1 and you will have your dialog back. This is the quickest way to revert back if you use the Ribbon.

Give the new workflow a chance and I know you'll like it.

Need help for your 2011 Help?

With the latest release Autodesk has given us a new option for help. When you hit F1 or click the help button you will open a Web browser that accesses the help system over the internet. This method enables Autodesk to quickly change content without having to post a hotfix/update or service pack.

But what if you don't have internet access? What if your internet access is too slow? Autodesk has given us the Option to not use the web based Help.

To use the local content installed onto your hard drive:
  1. Enter OPTIONS at the command line (right click command line select options).
  2. Select the System tab.
  3. Uncheck the box "Use online help from Autodesk website when available" (see fig. 1)
  4. Click Apply, then click Ok.
  5. Exit AutoCAD and re-launch it.
Now using help should pull information from your local hard drive.

Note: you will not have immediate access to the most current help content.


fig. 1


Monday, May 10, 2010

Get FlexLM for your 2011 (and prior) programs

You need to upgrade the license manager when upgrading your Autodesk software:

There are threee places you can get the license manager:
  1. From your downloaded Autodesk program. Run the Setup and select Tools and Utilities.
  2. If you requested CDs or DVDs you can get it from the media - same thing, select Tools and Utilities.
  3. Autodesk also has it posted on their website.

See the Autodesk Technical Solution:

To get help on this or other issues call us at 800-808-7645.

Get a new GRIP


There are new Grips in AutoCAD 2011 that will allow us to modify objects with little effort.
1.) Select a Polyline (with no command active) you will see a new Grip at the midpoint of the polyline (pline) segment. Select this Grip and you will see that it stretches not just the line but the lines that are at each end in a case like we have below. In Figure 1


Figure 1



2.) While you still have the Grip selected right click and take a look at the menu. There are several new Options such as Add Vertex that will allow you to add a point on the Polyline. Convert to Arc so you can change the Polyline to an Arc. See figure 2


Figure 2

Take a look at these new Grip options and I think you will be very impressed.
Thank you and happy gripping.

Friday, May 7, 2010

AutoCAD 2010 Update 2 is available.

AutoCAD 2010 Update 2 can be downloaded from:

Published date: 2010-Apr-28
ID: DL15074619

Applies to:
AutoCAD® 2010

autocad2010update2.exe (exe - 30814Kb)
autocad2010update2x64.exe (exe - 42094Kb)
Readme (html - 64Kb)

You can apply Update 2 to AutoCAD 2010 running on all supported operating systems and languages. Be sure to install the correct update for your operating system.

You do not have to install Update 1 in order to install Update 2. Update 2 includes the most recent fixes, as well as all fixes included in Update 1.



Thursday, May 6, 2010

Change parameter value from linked Excel file does not update sketch

http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?siteID=123112&id=14965008&linkID=9242019

Published date: 2010-Apr-28
ID: DL14965008

Applies to:
AutoCAD® Inventor® Professional Suite 2011
AutoCAD® Inventor® Routed Systems Suite 2011
AutoCAD® Inventor® Simulation Suite 2011
AutoCAD® Inventor® Suite 2011
AutoCAD® Inventor® Tooling Suite 2011


dl14965008.zip (zip - 351Kb)
Readme.pdf (pdf - 61Kb)

Readme:
Addresses an issue where changing the parameter value from a linked Excel file does not update the parameter in Inventor.

All kinds of problems can be resolved by...

When working with Autodesk programs it is important to use an Autodesk supported and recommended graphics card and driver. Why is this? Well, there are two main reasons.

1) If you need support from Autodesk they're going to tell you (at some point) that you need to get on a Supported/Recommended card and driver to help you troubleshoot further.

2) It alleviates many issues. Some issues that may be resolve include: Performance issues, mouse trails (moving the mouse leaves part of the crosshairs on the screen), fatal errors, printing (yes even some printing issue), and even a machine spontaneously rebooting just by installing an Autodesk Supported and Recommended graphics driver.

I've been told, "but this is the 'latest' driver". If wasn't tested by Autodesk we don't know how it will work. Install the one that Autodesk has tested (and recommended), it may mean you have to install an older version.

Will this resolve all your issues? No, but once you have an Autodesk Supported/Recommended card and driver installed you are one step closer to error free designing.

Once installed, you'll need to go into Options to configure it (or enter 3DCONFIG) and use Manual Tune to turn on (or change) your Hardware Acceleration settings.

How can you tell if you have a supported/recommended driver? That's the easy part and takes less than 5 minutes to find out if you read our other blog first: http://avatechsupport.blogspot.com/2008/05/hows-your-cad-doing-under-hood.html

To get help on this or other issues call us at 800-808-7645.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Autodesk Vault 2011 Update 1 is out!

I heard that an update to vault was coming out. It IS out. This applies to all versions for 2011.

Please download and carefully look through the readme for details on applying this.

http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?siteID=123112&id=15092560&linkID=9261341

Also Here is the "associated" Inventor hotfix.
http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?siteID=123112&id=15104453&linkID=9242019

Monday, May 3, 2010

Inventor 2010 SP 3 is available

Even though Inventor 2011 is out, they just released another service pack for 2010.

http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?siteID=123112&id=14822533&linkID=9242019

You must install Autodesk Inventor 2010 and apply Service Pack 1 & Service Pack 2, before you can install Autodesk Inventor 2010 Service Pack 3. If you have previously installed the Subscription Advantage Pack for Autodesk Inventor 2010, in addition to Service Pack 1 and the approriate Service Pack 2, ensure you download and install from the appropriate Autodesk Inventor 2010 Subscription Bonus Pack SP3 file instead of the appropriate Autodesk Inventor 2010 SP3 file.