Our reseller Total CAD Systems held an informative event on 06/10/2014 in Houston. There were breakout sessions in the morning covering the new 2015 features in Infrastructure Systems, Digital Prototyping, and Building Systems. Check out the twitter feed from the #DiveInto2015 event. Read more about 2015 Autodesk event recap #DiveInto2015

Autodesk has released Service Pack 1 for AutoCAD 2015.

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

This Service Pack can be applied to AutoCAD 2015 and AutoCAD LT 2015 installed as a standalone application as well as AutoCAD 2015 and AutoCAD LT 2015 installed from the following suites or bundled products.

  • Autodesk AutoCAD Design Suite 2015
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Inventor LT Suite 2015
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Revit LT Suite 2015
  • Autodesk AutoCAD with Advance Steel 2015
  • Autodesk Building Design Suite 2015
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2015
  • Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2015
  • Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2015
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite 2015
Read more about AutoCAD 2015 Service Pack 1 is now available

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Many years ago, programs started using splash screens to give you something to look at while the program was loading. Now days many programs load so quickly that trying to display a splash screen would probably cause the program load time to take longer. We recently tested AutoCAD 2015 with and without the splash screen and startup time without the splash screen is cut roughly in half (from 19 seconds to 9 seconds). If you want to try this for yourself, follow the steps below. Read more about AutoCAD startup with no splash screen

When you drag+drop a DWG file onto a tool palette, the program knows what to do and creates a tool to insert that drawing file as a block (or optionally an xref). Depending on your needs however, an unfortunate side effect is that the full path of that DWG file is saved in the tool palette. If you are a single user or in a small office this probably is not a problem. If a user is not paying attention and creates this tool from a local drive or from a temporary location, he/she will find that the tool will stop working and/or point to the wrong block some day.


For larger office environments, if you move these drawings to a new server then there is no easy way to fix or change the paths. Autodesk has a KB article on this where they explain a workaround. It is a back-door method of manually editing the files that make up the tool palettes. Read more about Relative Paths in tool palettes

One of the things you might want to migrate to a new computer, new version, etc. is the items in your Places Bar, the sidebar on the left of File Dialogs in AutoCAD.

file selection dialog in AutoCAD

These locations are stored in the AutoCAD profile, but we can narrow that down a bit more in case you only want to retrieve these shortcuts without grabbing the entire profile. Read more about Migrating custom Places Bar entries

We want to call your attention to something that has just started to crop up here in Civil 3D. Not sure how widespread this is, but it's known to occur in version 2013.

Essentially, Civil 3D objects such as feature lines, sites, gradings, pipes, structures, etc. will obtain a strange name or description as shown here.

Civil 3D error

Read more about Civil 3D - Strange object names

The AutoCAD Blogger Council was welcomed to the Autodesk offices in San Francisco this week to participate in several forums. Some members took advantage of the trip to arrive early and/or stay late, but many participants arrived on Sunday afternoon. We were booked into the Lodge at Tiburon, a short and scenic ferry ride across the bay to the town of Tiburon.


 

Sunday evening we were treated to dinner at the iconic Sam's Anchor Cafe by Lynn Allen, where many of us finally met in person for the first time. After some minor travel delays, Shaan Hurley, one of the Bloggers long time and strongest supporters also joined us for dinner. Read more about AutoCAD Blogger Council Event 2014

As mentioned previously, The AutoCAD Blogger Council was treated to a visit of the Autodesk offices in San Francisco earlier this week for a sneak preview of the soon to be released AutoCAD 2015. Thanks to Autodesk for giving us the opportunity to visit their offices and hear about AutoCAD 2015 and other things. More on those other things later, right now it's time to break down AutoCAD 2015.

Since 2008, CAD Panacea has brought you a quick summary of the new AutoCAD features and here is the rundown for AutoCAD 2015. Read more about AutoCAD 2015 in two minutes

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