Monday, April 21, 2014

Autodesk Application Manager

Did everyone that has installed 2015 notice a little piece of software called the "Application Manager?"

I wasn't sure what it was at first, but it actively keeps you informed of important product updates, by sending alerts to your desktop about new Service Packs and other assets (such as Product Extensions for Subscription Customers) as they become available.

Therefore eliminating the need to independently search for updates from other sources!!

I happen to think this is very useful. You will see the first screen with two tabs, WELCOME and UPDATES.

The UPDATES screen will have all the updates currently available.  So if you have the full suite this will really help out.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Point Clouds Coming in WITHOUT Color

Ever have the problem with your point cloud coming in as one color?  ME TOO!!

Like a lot of people in Civil 3D, I turn off my HARDWARE ACCELERATION.  But if you want to see the RGB values of your Point Cloud, then you will need to turn this on.

It initial may come in like the image above.  Simply go to the bottom right of your Civil 3D (2014 in this case), and check on Hardware Acceleration.

REGEN if needed and the color will be there.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 NEW FEATURES

Here is some quick information about the new features coming out in Civil 3D.  I will post several videos and blogs coming up in the next couple weeks.  I think this will be by far the best version of Civil 3D to come out.  So look forward to being blasted with information soon!!!

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 NEW FEATURES

Corridor modeling enhancements
Experience greater flexibility when designing and displaying corridor models.
  • Corridor frequency (target and baseline)
  • Corridor sampling improvements
  • Retain corridor targets when substituting a subassembly

Profile layout enhancements
Experience greater efficiency when creating profiles.
  • Extend curves and tangents to profile extents
  • Create Free curve using Pass Through point
  • Change Parameter Constraint (selected curve)
  • New “Profile Locking” controls and display notifications for impacted Vertical Alignment entities if Horizontal Alignment changes

Production drafting enhancements
Create production deliverables more efficiently.
  • Re-associate various Surface and Alignment labels to different Civil 3D source objects
  • Stagger “Corridor Point” section labels

User Interface
Work more efficiently on daily tasks.
  • Improved consistency between the AutoCAD Civil 3D and AutoCAD ribbon / command set.
  • Improved graphics, enhanced visual feedback and object selection.

Subassembly Composer
Build custom subassemblies more easily. Improvements includsupport for “Voids” in shapes, Axis of Rotation, and Rail Cant.

Geographic Location (Online Map Data)             
Geographic Location functionality is significantly streamlined and enhanced including a new capability to capture and embed Online Map Data (e.g., aerial map information) for offline viewing and plotting.

Reality Capture
Improved performance and more flexibility when working with point cloud files.

Interoperability and Data Exchange
Help improve collaboration with new and enhanced functionality.
  • Enhanced export capabilities for DWG and DGN
  • Export Civil 3D model elements (corridor models, surfaces, alignments/profiles, and gravity and pressure pipes) and 3D solid AutoCAD modeling objects to Keyhole Markup Language (KML).
  • Open and edit AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 drawings in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 and 2013 software.