As you probably know by now, today marks the release of AutoCAD 2012. I'm confident you'll see lots of social media traffic extolling the awesomeness of our latest release so I won't spend any time doing it here. Instead, I want to talk about a change in how we provide one of the materials libraries.
In AutoCAD 2011, the materials medium resolution image library was an optional installation. This library contains medium resolution images (approximately 1024 x 1024) for rendering materials in medium detail and is used for close-ups and for rendering objects at larger scale. Due to its size (close to 750 MB) and somewhat infrequent usage by most AutoCAD customers, this library was not included in the 2012 installer.
One exception to this will be some 2012 Suite offerings, e.g., Autodesk Design Suite Ultimate 2012. Some Suite products, such as Showcase, will include the Medium Resolution Image Library in the installer as an installable option. Otherwise, with the AutoCAD 2012 release, you can get this library one of two ways.
If the AutoCAD 2012 Medium Resolution Image Library is required to produce higher resolution renderings when issuing the RENDER or RENDERCROP commands, the following in-product notification will be displayed:
If you choose the option to Install the Medium Images Library, AutoCAD will automatically download and install this library. If You choose the Get More Information option, you will be redirected to the following page on the Autodesk knowledge base where you can manually download and install the library.
If you already know that you will need this image library, I recommend you use that link to download and install it now. As with the 2011 release, the image libraries are shared across all Autodesk 2012 products so once it's installed it will automatically be used by all installed Autodesk 2012 products that need it.