Archive for July, 2011

I-part Table Edit with Excel in Win 7

July 27, 2011

For those of you who build and use iParts you may have noticed a problem using Win Excel on a Windows 7 platform.

The problem only appears if you attempt to edit the iPart table with Excel; it does nothing at all, and finally returns control to Inventor. This fix will allow you to edit the table with the spreadsheet or “Edit via Spreadsheet”


Autodesk has placed a support document on the Support > Knowledge Base that guides you through the process to repair this editing problem.

  • In my case it only appeared after the installation of Product Design Suite Ultimate 2012 and Office 2010. I have made the registry adjustment to correct the issue and it is now working correctly.


NOTE you MUST be very careful in making this fix; anytime you edit the system registry you can create errors in your operating system that can force you to completely rebuild your system from the ground up. Please read all the information attached to this document; DO NOT SKIP any step outlined in the Autodesk knowledge base article.

The article ID number is “TS14079866” and should look like the snapshot below. The article also includes a video file that you should review; it is NOT attached here…

Link to Autodesk Article:

The link above will take you directly to the fix. I direct you to this site for the Autodesk method to accomplish the correction. Total Cad will not repair or rebuild or take any responsibility for your system in the event this operation fails. This article is to be used at your own risk. Following the procedures in the Knowledge Base article should be conducted by someone very knowledgeable with editing the system registry, and who has administrative rights on the system to be fixed. It is recommended/required that a backup of the system and the registry be completed before going forward with this operation.

The Article includes this disclaimer, and I reference here, please read the article before proceeding with any operations

Included in the article is an additional link to the Microsoft®  Registry Editor, “TS66513”, (noted above) this should also be reviewed.

If the operation is properly completed the Edit via Spreadsheet will work correctly on the repaired system. I did on mine and it should on yours…

Good Luck,


Bid Express Extension for Civil 3D 2012

July 20, 2011

How would you like to access the most current available bid data for your Department of Transportation (DOT) and create a cost analysis report?

This is something we have all looked to have for years now. 

This extension will allow you to tag Civil 3D objects with DOT pay items and calculate material quantities.  Then you can generate reports on pricing.

This is a free trial until June 30, 2012.

Read more about this extension and download it here.