Many Autodesk products including AutoCAD and verticals such as Civil 3D include a proprietary shortcut bar in file selection dialogs, known as the Places List. It's the leftmost panel shown here.

file selection dialog in AutoCAD

Notice that the panel is light gray and the icon text is white, which makes the text difficult to read. Here is how to fix it..... Read more about AutoCAD Places List hard to read?

 

Today, March 29, is the 8th birthday of CAD Panacea. Inspired by Shaan Hurley, our first post was a simple tech tip back on March 29, 2005 on the old free Google blogspot system. Over the years we moved to our own domain, been through a few makeovers, and watched many other CAD blogs being born. Hopefully CAD Panacea has helped, informed, and provoked thought in many of you. Thanks to all of our readers over the years, especially those who leave feedback. Read more about CAD Panacea 8th Birthday

Autodesk announced the new line of 2014 branded products this week. Since 2008, CAD Panacea has brought you a quick summary of the new AutoCAD features and here is the rundown for AutoCAD 2014. Read more about AutoCAD 2014 in two minutes

Fill out and complete a survey on AU for Autodesk, and you will be entered into a drawing for a free pass to AU2013.  Survey closes Friday, April 12, 2013. Good luck!

More details here.

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Have you ever come across a block that you could not explode? You might try and get this message:

Command: explode
Select objects: 1 found
Select objects:
1 could not be exploded.
Command:

The ability to restrict blocks from being exploded was added many releases ago, but I still see a lot of users confused by this. Here is how to "fix it". Read more about Can't explode a block?

Have you ever wanted to run a script file on one or more drawings, without having to use the overhead of the entire AutoCAD application? Starting with AutoCAD 2013, you can. AutoCAD 2013 comes with a tiny application named AcCoreConsole.exe. (The AutoCAD Core Console). This is basically a stripped down version of the AutoCAD engine without the graphics screen. Read more about AutoCAD 2013 Core Console

There does not seem to be an option for changing text portions of dates (such as the name of the month) to UPPERCASE (or lowercase) using the Field command dialog box. All of the examples shown are in First capital.

Field dialog box

However, if you explore other fields where there are options to change the case, you can see that setting a field to UPPERCASE simply adds some code to the end of the field like this: "%tc1".   Read more about Changing the case of date fields

A common problem I see in Civil 3D on is hard to read text in the Text Component Editor, as shown here.

This can be caused by a feature in Windows called ClearText. Here is how to change that setting in Windows 7. Read more about Text hard to read in the Civil 3D text component editor?

Have you even run into a problem in AutoCAD (or a vertical such as Civil 3D), that you can't figure out such as a drawing behaving strange, commands not acting right, commands not working, or maybe even the whole application just won't launch? One of the first things I would suggest is to have someone new log onto your machine and launch AutoCAD under their Windows profile, essentially creating a new "AutoCAD Windows Profile". If the problem goes away when you do this, then it is probably some error or corruption in your own "AutoCAD Windows Profile". Read more about Reset your AutoCAD Windows Profile

Brian M. Curran of www.draftingservices.com has posted his annual Top CAD Blogs, this time for 2012. It is no surprise that the top spot belongs to Shaan Hurley for his Between the Lines blog, which features new content almost daily. Read more about Top CAD Blogs of 2012

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