When you drag+drop a DWG file onto a tool palette, the program knows what to do and creates a tool to insert that drawing file as a block (or optionally an xref). Depending on your needs however, an unfortunate side effect is that the full path of that DWG file is saved in the tool palette. If you are a single user or in a small office this probably is not a problem. If a user is not paying attention and creates this tool from a local drive or from a temporary location, he/she will find that the tool will stop working and/or point to the wrong block some day.


For larger office environments, if you move these drawings to a new server then there is no easy way to fix or change the paths. Autodesk has a KB article on this where they explain a workaround. It is a back-door method of manually editing the files that make up the tool palettes. Read more about Relative Paths in tool palettes

One of the things you might want to migrate to a new computer, new version, etc. is the items in your Places Bar, the sidebar on the left of File Dialogs in AutoCAD.

file selection dialog in AutoCAD

These locations are stored in the AutoCAD profile, but we can narrow that down a bit more in case you only want to retrieve these shortcuts without grabbing the entire profile. Read more about Migrating custom Places Bar entries

We want to call your attention to something that has just started to crop up here in Civil 3D. Not sure how widespread this is, but it's known to occur in version 2013.

Essentially, Civil 3D objects such as feature lines, sites, gradings, pipes, structures, etc. will obtain a strange name or description as shown here.

Civil 3D error

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The AutoCAD Blogger Council was welcomed to the Autodesk offices in San Francisco this week to participate in several forums. Some members took advantage of the trip to arrive early and/or stay late, but many participants arrived on Sunday afternoon. We were booked into the Lodge at Tiburon, a short and scenic ferry ride across the bay to the town of Tiburon.


 

Sunday evening we were treated to dinner at the iconic Sam's Anchor Cafe by Lynn Allen, where many of us finally met in person for the first time. After some minor travel delays, Shaan Hurley, one of the Bloggers long time and strongest supporters also joined us for dinner. Read more about AutoCAD Blogger Council Event 2014

As mentioned previously, The AutoCAD Blogger Council was treated to a visit of the Autodesk offices in San Francisco earlier this week for a sneak preview of the soon to be released AutoCAD 2015. Thanks to Autodesk for giving us the opportunity to visit their offices and hear about AutoCAD 2015 and other things. More on those other things later, right now it's time to break down AutoCAD 2015.

Since 2008, CAD Panacea has brought you a quick summary of the new AutoCAD features and here is the rundown for AutoCAD 2015. Read more about AutoCAD 2015 in two minutes

Stay tuned for more information on the happenings at the 2014 Autodesk Blogger Event. We've heard some news on AutoCAD 360, the AutoCAD User Experience developement process, and some inside information from a successful VAR.

More information coming soon. Thanks to Autodesk for the invitation to their offices. Although they always treat us well, let me add the disclaimer that we will are never "told" or even asked what to say by Autodesk. In fact, they are always open to what some might call negative feedback. When you meet these Autodesk employees in person and listen to them, it becomes clear they truly care about the products they design and create. <end disclaimer>

OK, our break is over, so more to come soon. Read more about Blogger Event 2014

Most people know that you can export an AutoCAD drawing file to DXF format. Unlike DWG, DXF is a documented file format that can be used to exchange drawing data with others who do not use AutoCAD. Here we are going to discuss a couple of tricks worth knowing. Back in the old days the command was named DXFOUT, and that should still work today. But you can access the DXF file format from the normal file selection dialogs that you get with the SAVE and SAVEAS commands.

Let's take a look. Below is the normal SAVEAS dialog box with the file types expanded at the bottom. There are as many versions of DXF available as there are of DWG. Your choice will depend on many factors, most important being: what version can your file receipient read? Read more about Exporting to DXF tips

CAD Panacea and other AutoCAD Blogger Council members have been invited to a special Autodesk event next week at the Autodesk offices at One Market in San Francisco. The content of this event has not been made fully available to us, so we are pretty excited to see what's in store.

Stay tuned for more information next week as it is revealed to us. Meanwhile if you are ever in the San Francisco area, we highly suggest taking the free tour of the Autodesk Gallery at One Market. There are many creative exhibits to view showing what imaginative designers are creating using the latest technology. I suspect we will get another opportunity to tour the Gallery again, which will be nice because the exhibits changes every so often. We'll leave you with some photos of past trips to One Market. Read more about AutoCAD Blogger Council Event

Earlier this week, Autodesk launched "Autodesk Instant" in North America. Autodesk Instant is a group messaging app for the workplace available for iOS and Android. Read more about Autodesk Instant App for iOS and Android

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