Archive for April, 2012

Label Survey Figures

April 19, 2012

If you have taken my Civil 3D Fundamentals class, you know that we bring survey data in, and the linework that is drawn are survey figures.  So in order for us to label the parcels created from the linework, we have to do a Mapcheck and then create a polyline from the Mapcheck.  Then we had to created a parcel from that polyline.  All of that just to label the parcel.

With Civil 3D 2013 you are able to label Survey Figures.

To read more about this, go to Being Civil’s blog and read AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 New Feature: Labeling Survey Figures.

Infrastructure Modeler 2013

April 17, 2012

I have created a video with Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler 2013.  The new release has some great new features.

If you want to view the video, and see what is coming up at our 2013 Products Rollout Event, click on the image below…

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Fix for the New Layout Elements: Inserting North Arrows

April 11, 2012

There is a new feature in Map 3D and Civil 3D 2013 that will insert a north arrow and a scale bar.  When you click on a viewport, the contextual ribbon appears with new features for inserting north arrows and scale bars…

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A co-worker of mine noticed that when you insert the north arrow, it is rotated a little bit to the left as shown in the image below…

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Well after beating our heads against the wall with this, I had an epiphany.  Well the last resort and solution worked.

Type in GEOGRAPHICLOCATION.  Keep in mind, you can only do this command in Model space.  If you try it in Paper space, it will make you aware that you have to be in Model space.

A dialog box will appear…

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Choose Remove the geographic location.  Then it will prompt you, “All geographic location data will be removed from the drawing.  Do you want to continue?”.  Select Yes.

Erase the north arrow you inserted and re-insert it again.  It should be straight up and down now.

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Downloading Subscription Software

April 11, 2012

The 2013 Autodesk products are out so it’s time to download your new software and see what’s in store for you.  The Autodesk Subscription Center is where current Subscription customers download their software, request media and access the current product key.

This link walks you through the process of accessing your software and necessary activation information.

AutoCAD 2013 – Object Property Preview

April 10, 2012

A new feature in AutoCAD 2013 is the Object Property Preview. With this feature enabled, you can preview the results of property changes in real time.  For example, watch the following animation and notice that the color and linetype changes are applied to the objects as they are contemplated in the Properties palette.

You can control this feature in Options on the Selection tab, or by using the new system variable named PropertyPreview.