Archive for October, 2010

ESRI ArcGIS Online Maps inside AutoCAD

October 28, 2010

ESRI has released ArcGIS for AutoCAD 2010 and 2011. They also have 32 and 64 bit versions. I’ve tested this application on 64 bit with AutoCAD 2011, AutoCAD Map 3D 2011, and Civil 3D 2011. It adds a (ArcGIS for AutoCAD) ribbon tab to existing workspaces. I overlaid some vector parcel data and the two lined up reasonably well. ArcGIS Online offers eight different World maps you can add. It is also compatible with ArcGIS Server 9.3 and above. Below are some screenshots and a link where you can download and install the correct version for you.

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The download link below also has installation instructions.

Leveraging your AutoCAD Legacy Data…

October 28, 2010

On Oct. 21st we presented a web cast covering the following subjects: Leveraging your AutoCAD legacy Data in Inventor. We covered the following applications: 2d to 3d tool application, Creating and using Block Layouts in the Sketch environments, and finished up with Creating components in an Assembly Layout using the Block layout method. We have published those recorded video presentations for your review. You can view these at a your convenience from the following URL locations…

2d to 3d tool application : (Leveraging your AutoCAD Legacy Data – Part 1)

Creating and using Block Layouts in the Sketch environments: (Leveraging your AutoCAD Legacy Data – Part 2)

Creating components in an Assembly Layout: ( Leveraging your AutoCAD Legacy Data – Part 3)

The posted videos contain audio so turn on and turn up your speakers…

We again thank you for attending our Oct. 21st web cast and look forward to seeing you again on our next web cast…

Thank you,

Total CAD Systems Inc. MSD Solutions team…

Civil 3D Model Operation Error

October 22, 2010

I received a phone call yesterday with an error message saying “Model Operation Error:  Missing Logical in Restore File”.  This is the first call I have received with this problem. 

What happens is when you open the Civil 3D drawing, you receive the Model Operation Error and it freezes the whole machine.  After consulting with Autodesk, it seems the ONLY fix is to open the drawing in Map 3D 2011.  The drawing will then open up fine.  You will be able to Audit and save.

Once the drawing is saved, you can then open it back up in Civil 3D with no problems.

AutoCAD for Mac

October 15, 2010

It’s here!! AutoCAD for Mac has been released.  You can download the trial version at

Read about it here in the Press Release.

Students can down AutoCAD for Mac for free from the Autodesk Education Community.  There are over 25 products that students can download and use free for 3 years.

Don’t forget to check out the free AutoCAD WS Mobile for your iPhones and iPads.

C3D 2011: Have you seen my Ribbon! It seems to be missing…

October 11, 2010

This is an issue popping up more and more lately. In older releases, I would suggest to restore the backup CUI as a solution since the CUI contains Ribbon data but times are changing. A different solution is available for Civil 3D 2010 and now determined to solve the same issue in the 2011 product too. Apparently when the workspace loads after the application has been launched, a registry key that controls what license type is installed, network or stand alone has switched leading up to this error…


The solution is simple!

1. Type WSCURRENT in the command line.

2. When prompted, type Civil 3D.

3. Wait! You will see the workspace reload.

4. Next, type WSSAVE and overwrite the Civil 3D workspace.

Once you reopen the application, the Ribbon will display as expected.

Refer to the Autodesk thread for more details:

Have a great week,

Ryan Caudell