Archive for October, 2011

My Distances Are Not Correct!!

October 28, 2011

This post is definitely an oldie, but a goodie.  I had a customer call a few days ago stating that his distance from a line perpendicular to another line is not correct.  This is common when working with points.

Let take for instance that we have two lines running parallel to each other.  Let’s look at the two lines that we are discussing…

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If I do a distance between the two lines, I get a distance of 10’ as shown…

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Now let’s pretend that we had points in the drawing and we drew these two lines from point to point (node to node).  See image below:

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Now if I do a distance, I get 10.0125.

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As you well know, in the Civil industry, precision is a must.  So, when working with these conditions there are few different ways in getting the precise distance in 2D.

One is to use the FLATTEN command.  This will set all the linework that is selected to a 0=Z value.

Another way is to go to the properties of the line and change the Z value to a 0.

Well, suppose you didn’t want to alter the line, and you wanted the line to maintain the Z values, BUT you wanted to get the 2D dimension between the two?  What do you do in this case?

There is a system variable for this called OSNAPZ.  Type this in the command line and set the value to 1.  Now do your distance.  It now reflects the 2D value as shown…

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Have a great Halloween!!

Finding and Extracting the 64 bit SDE DLLs

October 24, 2011

For those who need to read/ write sde data in AutoCAD Map on a 64 bit OS , here is a way to acquire the ESRI DLLs you need.

Special thanks to Dale Boyett for this TIDBIT

1. Download the MSP file (the right service pack for your sde).

2. Go to the following web site, download, and extract the EXE and PDB files (2 files).

3. Run the following command from a command line. Modify the path as necessary.

msix sde931sp1-sqlserver-64.msp /out C:\dale\msp

4. Copy out the file PCW_CAB_BB77E0ED, and add the .cab extension to the copied file. You should end up with a file similar to the following: Copy of

5. With Windows Explorer, navigate inside of the cab file by double clicking it (winrar) and extract the following 3 files:




6. Rename the files by removing everything after the .dll extension.

7.  Copy the DLLs to the FDO\BIN folder and connect to SDE!!!

Text Disappearing?

October 24, 2011

Some of you may have come across this issue with 2012.  If you move text, or copy it, it disappears or it will not allow you to select it.

This is a known issue with 2012.  However, there are a few workarounds that I will list out for you.

1.  AUDIT the drawing, then do an UNDO so you can see the text again.

2.  Get out of the drawing and get back in it.

3.  This is probably the best fix.  It will prevent it from happening again.  Type in TEXTED and set it to 1.

Apparently it has something to do with the text editor tweaking out the the text.  Even though it is a move or copy, this should do the trick and prevent it from happening again, at least until they get a Service Pack or Hotfix out for this issue.

Annotate Between 2 Points

October 7, 2011

As most of you know, when doing plats you need to annotate the R.O.W. (Right-of-Way) with a bearing and distance, and then you must annotate the lots with a distance if they are along the same bearing.

I have received many complaints that you must draw lines on top of already existing lines  in order to label it separately, resulting in extra work.

The complaint I hear from customers is that “it worked in LDD”.  Well that is true.  The label from “point to point” option has been abolished, leaving customers extremely frustrated.  There is a solution…

Thanks to one of our customers, Jay May at Johnson & Pace, he has came up with a great solution!!

The solution is very simple.  Create a dimension style with all linework of the style suppressed, leaving you with only the dimension with no linework, arrows or ticks.  The dimension style should be annotative.  The grips are still present for moving the text around and manipulating the text.  Making it annotative will update the viewport text sizing.

I have added the “label from point to point” to the wish list.  So hopefully they will add this feature back into the program.  Until then, we thank you Jay for saving us some valuable production time!!