There is a bug in Civil 3D 2013 that occurs when you try to sort the parcels in the Prospector. Normally, you can click on a column header and sort the table by that column, but if you do this with Parcels, the entire list goes away. Closing and restarting Civil 3D does not help, and neither does rebooting the entire machine. Here is a before and after screen shot. Notice the little sort arrow in the Name header does not appear in the Before shot, but it does appear after clicking on the Name header in the After shot. Read more about Civil 3D Parcel Sorting

This is a quick tutorial on adding and using User Defined Properties for Civil 3D cogo points, and we will create a new expression for use in our point label style. I’m starting with the stock template provided with Civil 3D 2013. Create a single point whose point style is Storm Sewer Manhole, and whose point label style is “Point#-Elevation-Description”

plain cogo point with label

  Read more about Civil 3D User Defined Properties

What a week at Autodesk University 2012 in Las Vegas. More than 7,000 AU attendees were present for the event, now in its 20th year. Many of those 7,000 gathered Tuesday morning for the main stage, keynote session featuring the following speakers.

  • Jeff Kowalski, Chief Technology Officer, Autodesk: @jeff_kowalski
  • Dezsö Molnár, co-founder of Molnari, Inc., developer of the Gyrocycle.
  • Christine Furstoss, Technical Director for Manufacturing and Materials Technologies at GE.
  • Schuyler St. Leger, young designer, speaker, and maker: @DocProfSky
  • Carl Bass, President and Chief Executive Officer, Autodesk: @carlbass
  • Lynn Allen, Technical Evangelist, Autodesk: @lynn_allen

images of the AU2012 General Session Speakers

  Read more about AU2012 Report - Part 1

Autodesk CEO Carl Bass and R.K. McSwain at the Expert Elite Lunch, Las Vegas, NV, 2012-11-28
Autodesk CEO Carl Bass and R.K. McSwain at the Expert Elite Lunch, Las Vegas, NV, 2012-11-28<br />

 

One of the events at AU2012 was a special luncheon on Wed., Nov 28. to announce the creation of the Expert Elite group, a select group of individual community members who have been recognized for their extraordinary contributions, helping customers by sharing knowledge, providing community leadership, and exemplifying an engaging style of collaboration that drives a healthy and valuable Autodesk customer community.

I was honored to be included among this groups initial members, composed of approximately sixty worldwide members. If you participate in the Autodesk forums, you may have noticed the term "Expert Elite" in use on some of the user titles. We have been empowered to better share our knowledge, while supporting our peers and the Autodesk Community in general. Read more about Autodesk Expert Elite group

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 Service Pack 1 is now available for download! This Service Pack includes all previous hotfixes for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013. It also includes the fixes included in AutoCAD 2013 Service Pack 1.1 and AutoCAD Map 3D 2013 Service Pack 1. 

Thank you Autodesk! I have not installed it yet, but I'm looking forward to this fix -> "In drawings with a custom UCS, switching from the model tab to the layout tab will no longer reset model tab to isometric."

How do I know this has been fixed without installing the SP? It's in the readme file, which is a good idea to read anyway in case there are install notes or other things to be aware of. Hopefully there won't be a recall of this SP or anything like that. There is also an issue regarding the toolspace and parcels, which did NOT get fixed. If you suffer from this bug, I have posted the temporary fix/workaround in message 9 in that discussion group thread

I have now installed the SP and confirmed it by running the ABOUT command.

screenshot of the About dialog showing the current product level

  Read more about AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 SP1 is now available

Stay tuned for some reviews of what's happening this week at AU early next week. Meanwhile, since I'm running light with the hardware here, you can check out the latest real-time activities by checking out the cadpanacea twitter feed.

  Read more about AU 2012 update

Let's see. Been up since 3:30am, Southwest Airlines managed to delay my flight by 100 minutes, but thanks to allowing plenty of time, I made it and we're getting ready to get started here at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for AU 2012.

  Read more about AU2012 Day 0

It's been a busy summer and fall 2012, you may have noticed fewer posts here than normal. Things are going to pick up starting Monday, the first day of AU2012. We'll be in Las Vegas blogging and tweeting, live from the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino

Here is some recent AU2012 news from Shaan Hurley over at Between the Lines.

If you are attending AU and this is your first time, try to make the Freshman Orientation, Monday, November 26, 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. 

Freshman or not, the AU survival tips are always good to read, and practice.

See you next week!

  Read more about Next stop, Autodesk University

Autodesk has published a knowledge base article describing the products which are currently supported on Windows 8.

The article is pretty short, essentially two sentences. But those two sentences are very interesting.

  1. Autodesk intends to support many of our key products on Windows 8 and will add additional products to the list of products supported on Windows 8 as updates and future versions are released.
  2. Product Support will provide its best effort to assist customers who have issues with products that are not currently supported.

So, it looks like more products will be supported, going even back to 2010 versions, and they will provide some support for products that are not "officially supported". The full KB article is here.

  Read more about Windows 8 support for Autodesk Products

With regard to Civil 3D Cogo Points, you probably know that the point labels include a "Dragged State", the properties of which take over when you drag the point label away from the point location.

    Read more about Civil 3D Cogo Points: Sub-Item Grips

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