If you are working in Civil 3D 2011, and you look up and you are missing the Prospector and Settings tabs in your Toolspace, then you are not alone. I've been experiencing this problem for months now. It wasn't until AU class CM316-2U (AutoCAD® CUI: Tricks and Traps), that I found out what is causing the problem. How did this come up in a CUI class? This was an unconference class where the discussion was driven by the participants, and the problem was mentioned by Barbara Piper, who had figured out that it is the PREVIEW command that causes this behavior to occur.
Here is the normal Toolspace, and then the incomplete one after running the PREVIEW command.
You can restore them by clicking in the correct icon (twice) in the Palettes Panel of the Home tab of the Ribbon. Notice that the buttons are all depressed (indicated by the blue background) showing that the Prospector and Settings tabs are visible, even though they are not. That is why you have to click it twice.
In my tests, you only have to do this once per session of Civil 3D, since subsequent executions of the PREVIEW command do not affect the toolspace.
Autodesk is conducting another poll/survey consisting of six questions "so that we may better understand the structure of your organization". You can participate by clicking here.
Second, Augi has opened up the voting for the Civil 3D Wish List. Click the link to vote for up to seven of your favorites. Voting closes at 4:59am (UTC) on November 21st.
The November 2010 Hot Tip Harry tips are out. Download one or all of this months tips at http://cadtips.cadalyst.com/1110harry - and stick around and browse or search for more tips while you are there. If you missed the tips for October, go here
AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 Update 1 has been released. You can find the 32-bit and 64-bit downloads here. Over 40 Civil 3D issues have been addressed with this update and it includes the latest updates for AutoCAD and AutoCAD Map also.
I normally read the RSS feeds from the Autodesk Knowledge Base pretty regularly, but I missed this one. Tony's Civil 3D World alerted me to a new kb article (TS13390398) from Autodesk that describes how to set up shortcuts to launch Civil 3D without loading the Map 3D functions. According to the article, this can save 85MB of memory.
We have some Windows 7, 64-bit systems running Nvidia FX580 display adapters with Civil 3D 2011 and Land Desktop 2009. Almost immediately, complaints started rolling in about raster images not being clipped by polygonal viewports.
If you have Civil 3D 2011 and need to import raster images like MrSid and ECW format (who doesn't?), then you will need the Raster Design Object Enabler since there is no Raster Design 2011 yet. But wait, there is no Raster Design Object Enabler for 2011 either. Oops.
Fortunately, someone figured out how to hack the 2010 RD Object Enabler so that it will work with Civil 3D 2011, and the resident MAP guru, Murph himself, posted the solution over a month ago (AutoCAD Map 2011 needs this hack too...). Since the 2010 version works for 2011, I'm not sure why Autodesk has not written an installer for it. IMO, support for these image types should be built into Civil 3D and Map anyway.
I do not have any information on when to expect a 2011 version of Raster Design or the RD Object Enabler.
The Autodesk Assistance Program provides FREE 2011 version software, online and classroom training, software certification, and discounts on retail versions of software. Click on the link below for important DETAILS.
If you are a Civil 3D user and you are trying to create a SHP file using the MapExport command, it may fail depending on the entity types you are trying to export. As I found over at the Paving the Way blog, this is a bug in Civil 3D.