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Saving Civil 3D drawings back to earlier versions. . .not so easy.

This is one of recycled posts from my old blog site (which no longer exists).  It was originally posted August 10, 2012.  I’m bringing it back because I’ve noticed that we’re beginning to get phone calls concerning this again.  Though the images our older, the content and process is still the same for newer versions of the software.   

Over the past few weeks we’ve had several calls from people who have desired to take their current Civil 3D drawing and save it back to an earlier version. The call usually comes after the user attempts to open their drawing in the earlier software. The result is usually that the Civil 3D objects appear as empty boxes in their older software. Continue reading

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Requests for Media no longer free

Back in October of 2013 I posted this blog, Where’s My Software, to assist you in navigating through the Autodesk Subscription Center website to correctly download your software or request the software to be sent to you.  There has been an update to that blog. Continue reading

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Alignment Labels – Diving Deeper

A few weeks ago I posted the “Alignment Label – Station Offset with Elevations” blog and it’s had a good reception .  However, there are those folks out there who are much smarter and craftier than I am.  One of these geniuses is my good friend, Tom Richardson.  He read my blog and took it a step further.  Using the same concepts from my blog he adds this: Continue reading

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Modifying Deployments

Issue: This is just an example. . . .You’ve created a deployment using a standalone license. You need 1 more standalone deployment which uses a different serial number and 1 more network license deployment with a different serial number (licensed for 4 installations).

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Civil 3D 2015 Interface not correct when logged in as a different user

Civil 3D has been installed on your system under an admin account and the software appears to run fine  You then log onto the system using a user account and launch Civil 3D and you receive this:

2015-Interface-01

 
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Map 3D commands missing dialog boxes

You’ve got Civil 3D 2015 installed and it appears to be running fine.  Then you decide to import GIS data via the Map 3D tools.  You go through the process. . .successfully import a SHP file into a blank drawing (for example). . .open your working drawing and use the Map Task Pane > Map Explorer tab to attach the drawing with the SHP file. . .then attempt to tun a query on that drawing. . .but where’s your Define Query dialog box?

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Alignment Label – Station Offset with Elevations

User contacted me today with the desire to have an alignment label that provided him a station, offset, and elevation.  He couldn’t find one in out-of-the-box list nor did he know how to create one because there is no surface elevation in the list of alignment label options.

Oh, but there is! ! !  !

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Export to AutoCAD in Civil 3D 2015. . .Very Nice!

For years now when someone using Civil 3D has to send their drawing over to a basic AutoCAD user they must use the EXPORTTOAUTOCAD command to convert their Civil 3D drawing into basic AutoCAD form.  However, in Civil 3D 2015 the command is enhanced nicely.

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No Datum, No Projection, No Problem. . .NOT Quite!!!

Scenario:  You have a base file set to a coordinate zone of No Datum, No Projection.  You input labels into the base file.  In this example we’ll use a general note label with northing and easting data.  You also have a design file that has a specified coordinate zone assigned to it.

Issue:  When you xref the base file into your design file you notice that all your labeled coordinate information has changed.

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2015 Product Keys

You’ve obtained your serial number and you’re ready to install the software. You proceed down the the install path but are quickly tripped up when you realize that you also need the product key:

Product Key

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