If you are printing from AutoCAD using the DWG to PDF.pc3 file, the resulting PDF file may open in your PDF application when the print action is complete. If you do not want this to happen, follow these steps. Read more about Prevent PDF from displaying after printing from AutoCAD

In recent versions of AutoCAD, we have seen cases where the xref fade setting (XDWGFADECTL) has no effect on arcs and circles in the xref drawing while other entities are faded correctly.

To fix this problem, set the system variable WHIPARC to 0.

Thanks to Allen Jessup in the Autodesk Forums for this tip.

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In Civil 3D 2014 and 2015, when you switch to a layout you may notice that the "Layout Tools" contextual tab appears. If you want to stop this behavior, follow these steps. Read more about Stop "Layout Tools" tab from appearing in Civil 3D

Autodesk has decided to discontinue Design Review, according to Autodesk Labs program manager Scott Sheppard, in this thread in the Autodesk Design Review user forum.

The current Design Review downloads will continue to be available for some time, but according to Scott, it "will eventually be replaced by Autodesk 360".



Related: DWG Trueview direct downloads. Read more about Autodesk Design Review discontinued, to be replaced by Autodesk 360

Autodesk has released AutoCAD 2014 Service Pack 1. Be sure to read the download page and the readme file (English only).
This service pack can be applied to AutoCAD standalone application, or AutoCAD as part of many suites. Read more about AutoCAD 2014 Service Pack 1 is now available

Autodesk has released AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 Service Pack 4. Be sure to read the download page and the readme file.
One thing to note is that you must have already installed Service Pack 3 and Service Pack 2.1 Read more about AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 Service Pack 4 is now available

Over six years ago, we published a table of tools that could be used to convert a PDF file to a DWG file. At the time, this list was composed of programs that you installed locally. Today, we want to tell you about a FREE online service that you might want to consider named ConvertPDFToAutoCAD.com - there is nothing to purchase or download, you simply upload the file to the service and provide an email address. When the file conversion is complete, you will receive an email containing a link to your file.

We know, the first things that probably cross your mind at this point are security and privacy. Their privacy policy states that they "will not share, lease, disclose, transfer, transmit, or rent any personal information you submit" This includes your email address and any files you upload. Moreover, the privacy policy states that files you upload are deleted as soon as the conversion is made and the converted files are only stored for 24 hours. Read more about Tool for converting PDF to DWG

Autodesk has announced a contest for developers of AutoCAD, Revit, Inventor, and BIM 360 Glue.

The grand prize is $5000, a tablet computer and a trip to Las Vegas.

You can find more information on Apphack 2.0 here. The contest runs from today through October 11, 2013



Read more about Autodesk developers: Win prizes for your application

Previously we reported an issue in AutoCAD where imported DGN linetypes caused DWG file bloat. Soon afterwards a hotfix was released, but then pulled due to a potential data loss issue.

A revised hotfix for 2013 was released about a month later.

Autodesk has now made available the same hotfix for 2012 versions. The hotfix creates a command for cleaning up bloated files, and it also prevents the data from being copied during a copy+paste action. Read more about DGN linetype hotfix for 2012

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