Today, Autodesk has announced the release of the 2015 versions of AutoCAD for Mac and AutoCAD LT for Mac.

According to Micah Dickerson, Product Manager, AutoCAD for Mac, the number of Mac users has grown from 15 million in 2006 to over 80 million today and Autodesk is listening to their Mac user base.

Some of the highlights in these 2015 versions include Read more about AutoCAD for Mac and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015

In an email we received from Autodesk today, it was announced that "Autodesk will no longer ship physical software—free of charge—to Maintenance Subscription customers in US and Canada."

Also announced was "Effective September 29, 2014, physical shipments will be available for purchase for $30 US each (costs include standard shipping)."

Personally, we prefer a physical shipment so we don't have any download hassles and so that we always have a copy on physical media. What is your stance?

Read more about Autodesk physical media shipments no longer free

Autodesk has released Service Pack 2 for AutoCAD 2015.

Be sure to read the download page and the readme file (English only).

  • This service pack contains the fixes included in AutoCAD 2015 Service Pack 1
  • You do not have to install SP1 first if your current AutoCAD 2015 is unpatched.

  Read more about AutoCAD 2015 SP2 is now available

AutoCAD 2015 and its verticals do not include the horizontal scroll bar for viewports. Personally, this is a feature I have never used since it was introduced, and in fact is one of the first things I disable in a new install. But one of the quickest ways to find out if something is being used it to take it away, and there are obviously a lot of people who prefer to have the horizontal scroll bar.

screenshot of Autodesk KB article

The current Autodesk Knowledge Network article on this topic originally did not offer much help other than to reinforce the fact that the horizontal scroll bar is not available. A few weeks later, they did update the document to say that you can use the middle mouse button and the Shift key. It should be noted that the -Pan command with Ortho can also constrain the movement to horizontal or vertical.

  Read more about No Horizontal Scroll Bar - AutoCAD 2015

Autodesk has released Service Pack 1 for Civil 3D 2015.

Be sure to read the download page and the readme file (English only).

  • This service pack contains the fixes included in Autodesk AutoCAD 2015 Service Pack 1 and Autodesk AutoCAD Map 3D 2015 Service Pack 1.
  • This service pack includes the Autodesk AutoCAD Security Hotfix.

  Read more about Autodesk Civil 3D 2015 Service Pack 1

In Civil 3D, you can use the Ctrl Key to alter the selection of certain objects. For example, if you select a single alignment geometry point label, the entire string of labels are selected. However if you hold the Ctrl key and select a single alignment label, only the label you pick is selected. This is useful if you want to delete a single label. The same thing applies to grade break labels on a profile.

Selection of one alignment label, entire string is selected.

Selection of one alignment label while using the Ctrl key, only that label is selected

If for some reason the Ctrl assisted selection method does not work, check the value LEGACYCTRLPICK. When this is set to 1, the Ctrl key has no effect when trying to select a single label.

Interestingly, as noted in the documentation on LEGACYCTRLPICK, the sysvar SUBOBJSELECTIONMODE has an effect on how selections are performed. When SUBOBJSELECTIONMODE is set to 2 or 3, single label selection is the default and the Ctrl key is not needed. Read more about Single label selection in Civil 3D


We were recently performing some Civil 3D upgrades, and in the process, more or less defined an acceptable order of removal for all the components of Civil 3D 2013. When we ran into removing all the components of Infrastructure Design Suite (IDSP) 2014, we where delighted to find that Autodesk supplied an Uninstall Tool. This quickly turned to disappointment after it was discovered that the Uninstall Tool only removes some of the components installed by the installer. Read more about Uninstalling IDSP 2014

Autodesk has released Service Pack 2 for Civil 3D 2014.

Be sure to read the download page and the readme file (English only).

  • This Service Pack applies to all language versions of Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014.
  • Autodesk Civil 3D 2014 Service Pack 2 contains the fixes included in AutoCAD 2014 Service Pack 2 and AutoCAD Map 3D 2014 Service Pack 2.
  • This service pack includes all previous hotfixes and service packs for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014.

  Read more about Autodesk Civil 3D 2014 Service Pack 2

A while back we had a Twitter conversation with @AutodeskHelp and @TommieR on UNinstall procedures for various Autodesk products. Autodesk has published articles regarding the removal of Civil 3D 2009, 2011, and 2012. For whatever reason, there is nothing on 2013, and the articles that do exist do not cover the removal of every component installed with Civil 3D

Recently we had the task of performing a few Uninstalls of Civil 3D 2013 and the order of Uninstalls shown below seems to work successfully. This is not the only order that will work, but there are certain things that must occur. For example, you have to remove the Storm and Sanitary Analysis Plug-in before removing the Storm and Sanitary Analysis component itself. Read more about Uninstall Order of Civil 3D components



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