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Alignment Labels – Diving Deeper

By Jason Porter

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

By Jason Porter

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

By Jason Porter

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

By Jason Porter

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!

By Jason Porter

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!!!

By Jason Porter

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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Please wait while Windows configures AutoCAD Raster Design

By Jason Porter

We’ve had a couple of calls about this today so I thought I’d write a refresher blog.  This is somewhat of an oldie but goodie.

You launch AutoCAD, Map 3D, or CIvil 3D and you get a dialog box with a message that reads “Please wait while Windows configures AutoCAD Raster Design (version)”.

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Civil 3D 2014 drawings running slow after SP1

By Jason Porter

This information came to me completely by coincidence.  I have a user who has been having lots of issues with drawings opening very slowly when they have pipe network data references in them.  We’ve tried several options on how to resolve this with no luck.  It was slowing down production really bad.  It just so happened that this user, who happens to be one of the best Civil 3D minds I know, was invited to sit at a “round table” discussion among other great Civil 3D minds.  In the discussion this exact topic came up and one user in another city, another state had figured out the fix.

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Can’t Define My Query

By Jason Porter

I just got off the phone with a user who’s having this exact issue.  I too was having it so I thought it might be something that you all need to know.

So you’ve installed Civil 3D 2015 and ready to chug away.  You begin by importing some GIS dat through using the Map 3D tools.  Now you want to query that data in.  Problem. . .you select define query and everything is prompted at the command line.  you verified the system variables FILEDIA and CMDDIA are both set to 1, but it still doesn’t work.

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Your Annual Anti-Virus Warning

By Matt Dillon

It’s Spring again, which means it’s the time of year when everyone gleefully installs all of their new Autodesk software. And this is the time of year when we see the most install-related tech support calls. One that you can avoid having to make has to do with what can result if you leave your anti-virus software enabled when installing Autodesk products.

I know… if you’ve not heard this before, you probably think I’m nuts. But trust me. DISABLE YOUR ANTI-VIRUS when installing Autodesk software. In most cases the install may actually appear to go just peachy. Until you start trying to run the applications. Then things just act… weird. There’s really no other way to describe it. Sometimes it’s obvious – the software just won’t run. More often it’s more insidious.

One that is particularly nasty to installation attempts this go-round is Trend Micro’s antivirus. I ran into this with a customer recently – when they disabled the anti-virus everything went just fine. And today I’m vindicated, as it appears on Autodesk’s “Up and Ready” blog.

So if you don’t want to believe me, or if you need ammo for your skeptical IT people, go here: Up and Ready

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