Author: Donnie Gladfelter

A First Look at AutoCAD 2018

Autodesk just announced the release of AutoCAD 2018 and with it a wealth of new tools designed to help you stay at the forefront of design. Beyond the collection of new features typical of the new release, AutoCAD 2018 also marks the 35th anniversary of the world’s most popular design platform. My impression of this release is that it is as much about the legacy of AutoCAD as it is the future of AutoCAD. Opening AutoCAD 2018 for the first time you will find tools to help with common workflow challenges, improvements to save performance, the ability to fully...

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Troubleshooting Installations with the Autodesk Installation Diagnostic Assistant

Instead of seeing new icons on your desktop, you get the rather unhelpful “Some products Failed to install” message at the end of your Autodesk software installation. Where do you go from here? How do you even begin to find why your software failed to install in the first place? The good news is the installation log file has the answer to both of these questions. The bad news is these log files aren’t always the easiest thing to read – much less find. Who am I kidding? Unless you’ve learned the secret language of LOG file they’re next...

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Why is my AutoCAD Civil 3D drawing so slow?

Your computer is one notch below the classification of super computer. You’ve tried the mosaic of AutoCAD configuration tweaks scattered across the internet – LAYOUTREGENCTL, SAVEFIDELITY, among others. You’ve purged, cleaned, and optimized your drawing by freezing layers and more – yet your AutoCAD Civil 3D drawing is still slow. In every practical sense, you’ve done all the right things and yet performance remains a concern – why? While configuration tweaks may result in some small performance gains, software configuration is rarely the issue when customers reach out to us about Civil 3D performance. In a similar way, customers who reach out to us have typically...

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A First Look at InfraWorks 2017.3

Building upon the two previous releases this year, Autodesk just released InfraWorks 2017.3. This new version continues some of the trends we’ve seen in previous releases as it relates to the experience, modeling, connected workflows, and platform itself. Although many of the new features focus on road and bridge modeling, there’s still plenty of new features to make this release worthwhile regardless of the project types you work on. Some of these new features include: Configure and View Engineering Details We now have more control over the units in our models, and can now control measurement elements such as...

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Checking your Autodesk Software Version

You have the 2017 release of AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Revit or some other Autodesk application installed – but what version of it do you have installed? Like most software companies, Autodesk periodically releases updates and service packs for it’s software. Since these updates contain things like bug fixes, it’s important to keep your software up-to-date. One thing every Autodesk application shares is an About dialog box. As it’s name implies, the About dialog box will display information about the application you have open. What’s better, Autodesk has made finding the About dialog box a consistent process between applications. Do the following to...

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