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Civil 3D – 2010 Update 1 resolution

I have finally patched the Civil 3D 2010 up to Version 7.0.1348.0.

Well I’d like to tell everyone that I solved the bug, but I cannot.  I gutted the app and installed again.  Time is money, and you all don’t pay very well.  So I had to get my unit on the move very quickly.  A VAR Tech decided to throw his 2 cents in, and I figured I’d play along while I had him available.  It was not long before the application was rendered useless.

Checked items and review

Along the way, I ended up checking a few things that you may want to learn about.

Correct Update File

Make sure the file is c3d2010sp1.exe, and the size should be 9,853,952 bytes.

AECC Version

In Civil 3D, key in AECCVERSION.  The list of AECC modules will run through, displaying their respective versions.  The OEM will respond with 7.0.1289.0, and Upgrade 1 will come back with 7.0.1348.0.  If the latter is found, the Update will not install.

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September 2, 2009 Posted by | 2010, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Update | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Civil 3D – Google Earth v5 problems

8/14/2009

image If you have tried installing Google Earth 5 recently, you may have run into some problem.  I did, and it led me on a wild goose chase that ended at the ‘Being Civil’ blog.  The article noted scaling problems when inserting images via the Civil 3D Google Image link.

The Being Civil Blog image article

The article explains that the current download version (5.0.11733.9347) is bugged, but points to a previous version (5.0.11337.1968) and says that it should work properly.

I did a Google search for “Google Earth 5.0.11337.1968“ and got numerous results.  Be Aware!!! Most still downloaded from the Google Earth site current release.

I found the Google release url…  Google Earth 5.0 (5.0.11337.1968) from Google

After installing I confirmed the version number; I got the same results!

Time for a major version change

I found a link on Google to the previous Major revision: 4.3…Google Earth 4.3 (4.3.7284.3916) from Google (Later I found a message from Jason Hickey discussing the merits of 4.3)

I installed it, and verified the version number; uuuh same result

Test Bed C3D 09 and GE 4.3

I ambushed one of my associates, who has been using Google 4.3 with Hypack.  I had him mock up the same 2 overlapping images, and link them into Civil 09.  Exact same result.

More Research

I went shopping to find out what gives.  Discussion groups were my next stop.  I found a discussion that referred to the ‘Being Civil’ blog (again), with a different article from February.  It discussed surfacing, and after GE 4.2 the surfacing import was altered, and a reduced amount of data being exported to C3D.  They said if this is a problem, we should go back to 4.2.  Well, I’ve tried all the other versions, why not 4.2.  I know it’s not a surfacing error, but maybe they are linked.  They were kind enough to provide a link:

Google Earth 4.2 (4.2.0205) from filehippo  BTW….The same site has links to ALL the versions!

No Joy!! 

I did the same overlap test at a different region in Vegas and even worse results.

Conclusions

I wish I had some conclusions. I can’t say what the answer is.  It just does not work properly.

All things said, I have not been keeping up with the “Google Earth gotta have latest version” push.  It’s a nice tool, but I don’t use it every day.  I cannot say when things went wrong, but I don’t remember a problem in 2008.  2009 was a blur, and all I did was study for Certifications.

I might be inclined to blame my poor abused machine, but my associate received the same results from a different version of both Civil and Google. 

If you are having the same trouble, please post here so I can determine a pattern.  Then maybe we can get Justin and Jason will to do a little more research for us.

August 14, 2009 Posted by | 2010, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Bug Report | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Autodesk – DWG Launcher wigged out fix

7/8/2009

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This has been a pain in numerous people’s sides for a long time.  One day you love it and the next day you hate it. 

The DWG Launcher

This gizmo is the thing that loads the drawings from remote requests, based on the registered DWG extension. AcLauncher.exe

Since Autodesk is trying to spread it’s trademarked use of DWG to numerous platforms, it needs some flexible way to allow users to open the DWG easily through explorer and other applications. 

How this works

When the OS sees a DWG file request sent, it uses the DWG registered app to open it with. In this case it is the DWG Launcher. The application uses registry entries to figure out which version of what application to use.  It is fairly simple, except there is nothing evident about it, and it gets fouled up. 

The registry settings governing this work something like a flow chart:

  1. Windows initiates default dwg app ->DWG Launcher
  2. Launcher reads shell DWG default Application –> AutoCAD
  3. Launcher goes to AutoCAD and reads launch instruction –> AutoCAD r18 exe path
  4. Launcher executes launch statement with requested dwg file

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Most users will never have a problem with this since they only use 1 type of DWG application.  Actually, most users of differing DWG apps never have a problem. 

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July 6, 2009 Posted by | AutoCAD Civil 3D, Inventor | , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Inventor 2010 – Here we go!

Ok, Autodesk has ripped the tape off of everyone’s mouth about Manufacturing today!  So I can tap dance around and yell 2010 all I want to now.

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My associates at IMAGINiT beat me to the information, so let me highlight some of the features in their article.

Plastic Parts Handling

  • Plastic Parts design has been expanded to include Drag and Drop surface models from Alias
  • Move Bodies command creating editable accurate multi part moves
  • Updated Derive Command
  • 3D Sketch Silhouette curve (Example used was parting lines)
  • Multi element Grille openings, Bosses, Rests, Hook and Loop Snap Fits, and…
  • Rule Based Fillets

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February 18, 2009 Posted by | 2010 | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to get the OLD Mtext editor back

This was posted on the Civil 3D discussion group:

http://discussion.autodesk.com/forums/thread.jspa?messageID=6057865&

Type MTextEd at the command line and then type OldEditor in the command line. Now the Mtext will utilize the old editor like in previous versions. 

Probably could make a lisp to switch between the two

October 23, 2008 Posted by | AutoCAD Civil 3D | , , , , , | Leave a comment