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 - 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

If you want a date field that always updates (or at least as often as defined by the system variable FIELDEVAL), use a DIESEL expression. (DIESEL stands for Direct Interpretively Evaluated String Expression Language).

Here is an example that will give you the full month, spelled out and the four digit year, in uppercase.

$(upper,$(edtime, 0, MONTH YYYY))

Which will give you this:

The DIESEL function "edtime" allows for almost any date string you might need. In addition to the DIESEL reference, see this for more info also. Read more about Date Field that updates


Many people are aware of the AutoCAD drawing (v 2.18) of the solar system, circa 1985. The name of the file is solar.dwg and it was included as a sample drawing at one point. You can download the drawing from this Between the Lines post from a couple of years ago.

Why am I bringing this up again now? I just thought is was pretty awesome that you can view this drawing using AutoCAD 360, on a smartphone. At one extreme, you can view the entire solar system including the almost 6 BILLION km orbit of Pluto. At the other extreme, you can zoom all the way down to the ±1/3 inch writing on the plaque on the lunar lander sitting on the moon. See screenshots below. (Note: I changed the colors of the linework to green in the screenshots for visual clarity)

Read more about Solar System drawn to scale on your smartphone

If you have an AutoCAD shape file (.SHX) and you want to make changes to it, you will need the source file (.SHP) from which is was created. If you do not have the source file, there is a way to convert the .SHX to .SHP if you have Express Tools installed with your copy of AutoCAD. Read more about Converting AutoCAD SHX to SHP



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