Autodesk July 2018 Update Roundup

We typically see the largest number of updates from Autodesk in late summer to early fall. In fact, when clients ask our team when to upgrade to the new version, our advice is typically to wait until the first update/service pack is released.

Consistent with trends observed in previous years, Autodesk released updates for five of their products in July. Although products as far back as 2016 received updates this month, most of the updates we see are for the 2019 version.

Something important to note about the 2019 updates is most not only offer fixes to issues reported to Autodesk, but they also introduce new features. The “point one” updates are often called the “little release,” as they provide a preview of some new features to expect with the 2020 release in the spring.

As we cross the point where updates/service packs exist for many 2019 products, now is the time to begin executing upon your 2019 upgrade plans. To assist you with your installation needs, our Autodesk Subscription Resources page answers many of the most common account management and installation questions our CADD Care team receives.

Alias Updates

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Alias 2019.1 Update

  • Released: July 24, 2018
  • Severity: High

Part of the first batch of “point-one” releases, the 2019.1 update for Alias not only delivers fixes to observed issues, but also introduces many new features. With more than two-dozen new features plus just as many fixes to existing features, this is a significant update. You can read about everything included in this update from the release notes.

AutoCAD Updates

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AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 2019.1 Update

  • Released: July 26, 2018
  • Severity: High

The first of the “point-one” releases are upon us. The 2019.1 release of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT includes a couple feature enhancements including:

  • Drawing Compare: Drawing Compare has been improved to support objects that were created with the AutoCAD Architecture specialized toolset, such as wall objects.
  • Icon Refresh: The new and remaining icons on the Ribbon and the Quick Access toolbar have been updated in the new style. The Command window now supports the light and dark themes.

In addition to the above feature enhancements, this update also includes fixes for crashes observed when editing revision clouds, editing xrefs with blocks, zooming when hardware acceleration is off, copying to the clipboard, hatching, changing to a tablet device, when changing an object’s layer with Undo turned off, loading a partial CUIX file. Also this update resolves draw order for switching layout tabs, hatch color display in blocks, multiple line text display, icon display in toolbars, file names remaining capitalized, maintaining draw order set when creating a block, tabbing order of dynamic inputs in distance editing, ability to remove open from web and mobile and save to web and mobile buttons on Quick Access Toolbar, stacked fractions not applying non-default settings, and the tool palette path can be changed from the default value.

The update applies to all AutoCAD toolsets plus Autodesk Civil 3D. See the release notes for a complete list of everything included inside this release.

Inventor Updates

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Inventor 2019.1 Update

  • Released: July 17, 2018
  • Severity: High

Fixes plus customer-requested enhancements for Inventor and Inventor Professional 2019 including enhancements to Content Center, Frame Generator, translator updates, STEP AP242 PMI support, What’s New Highlighting and more. See Release Notes for a list of issues addressed.

Inventor 2018.3.1 Update

  • Released: July 24, 2018
  • Severity: High

This update addresses dozens of issues observed with Inventor 2018, and is cumulative in nature. Inside the update you’ll find fixes for a half-dozen issues reported using the Customer Error Reporting (CER) Utility, plus two-dozen more. A complete list of fixes for this high-priority update is found in the release notes.

Inventor 2017.4.5 Update

  • Released: July 24, 2018
  • Severity: High

A high-priority update for Inventor 2017, this cumulative Update includes the following fixes:

  • INVGEN-16705: Adding date to title block no longer inserts erroneous dates in some fields.
  • INVGEN-16644: The Suppress and Unsuppress context menu options now work correctly when applied to Content Center parts.
  • INVGEN-14723: Fixes and issue where embedded Excel parameters can’t get deleted after copying to another file.
  • INVGEN-15126: Improved stability with large assembly graphics.
  • INVGEN-15640: Improved stability with Sheet Metal when deleting a face.

The release notes for the 2017.4.5 update contains information for all fixes included in this cumulative update.

Inventor 2016.2.8 Hotfix

  • Released: July 31, 2018
  • Severity: High

Adding to the dozens of issues addressed by previous updates and service packs, the Inventor 2016.2.8 hotfix addresses several new issues including:

  • INVGEN-15095: Improved Stability when opening assembly and creating custom properties through the Inventor API.
  • INVGEN-16706: Adding date to title block no longer inserts erroneous dates in some fields.
  • INVGEN-16993: Creation Date iProperty will now match system date.

In addition to the above issues, the release notes contain a list of all issues addressed with this fix. Although a Hotfix and not a full Update, the severity of this fix is listed as High, and therefore something CADD Microsystems highly recommends installing.

Point Layout Updates

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Point Layout 2019.1 Update

  • Released: July 24, 2018
  • Severity: Medium

Autodesk Point Layout construction layout software helps contractors and subcontractors bring model accuracy to the field. Use model coordinate information at the job site to improve office-to-field efficiency and QA/QC, reduce rework, and increase construction site layout productivity. The 2019.1 update includes fixes for several issues with AutoCAD and Revit, details for which are found in the release notes.

ReCap Updates

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ReCap Photo 2019.2.1 Hotfix

  • Released: July 19, 2018
  • Severity: Medium

The 2019.2.1 hotfix for ReCap Photo includes many new features, enhancements, and fixes to several major defects that were discovered since the previous version 19.1.0.10. Specifically addressed in this update is a fix for an issue where the project status appeared hung while syncing. Review the release notes for Information on all the fixes and improvements included in this release.

With over 15 years of industry experience, Donnie is a recognized Autodesk design solutions expert. His extensive knowledge of the technical requirements for completing design and engineering projects empowers his clients to fully realize the power of their technology solutions.

Donnie is also a published author, having written the Autodesk Official Training Guide -AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT: No Experience Required. He is a regular instructor at Autodesk University each year, delivering critical information to address specific needs of Autodesk users.

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