For those attending, I wanted to promote the classes I am teaching, as well as one of my colleagues classes.
1) AutoCAD support clinic. This is a class where you can attend and meet several members of the Autodesk support team. This is meant as a Q&A session where you can bring real issues you are facing at your office and let us help you. Many AU classes focus on one subject only, which is great in order to learn that subject or program. This class though, let's you come to us with anything at all you want to learn about or find troubleshooting tips on. This class is being held on Wednesday at 8:00 am of the conference week. The session number for this class is AC1512.
2) There is also a Support Clinic roundtable session. This is similar to the class above, but is a much smaller class so those attending have more time to discuss their questions in depth. With a smaller class, it is easier to dedicate a longer period of time and really help you come up with solutions to your CAD questions. This class is being held Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 during the conference week. The session number for this class is AC1515-R
3) My colleague Volker is teaching a class about CUIx as well. In Volker's own words, this class description is: "The ability to tailor the menu system in Autodesk AutoCAD software to automate commands or to create a personal workspace has always been the product's forte. Back in the day, we could easily modify the menu system with a text editor. Things change. The AutoCAD Custom User Interface File (CUIX) is a tad more complex and can be daunting to even a seasoned AutoCAD veteran. In this class, you learn how to add commands to AutoCAD, creating new tabs and panels for your workspace. You learn to add a custom partial menu to the main customization file and how to incorporate the enterprise CUIX." The session number for this class is AC3274
It would be great to meet any readers of this site that are attending. Please seek me out, and we hope to see you there!!
Do you have a backup system? It is a really good idea, especially if you are an AutoCAD/Autodesk Product user. I work with customers quite often who have had files become corrupt. Sometimes those files can be recovered and saved; sometimes they can’t. Without a backup system, if corrupt files cannot be repaired, then those files can be lost and potentially hours and hours of work are lost. That’s where a backup system becomes essential.
My recommendation is to run a nightly, weekly, and monthly backup. You then have multiple spots that you can look to to recover files. When I worked as a CAD Manager in the industry, we saved each daily backup for 7 days, each weekly backup for a month, and the monthly backups were saved permanently. In this way, we always had a spot to go back to and recover a file if needed. Sometimes you may end up with a file a few weeks old and recent work is lost, but it is still better than losing the file altogether.
You can also use the AutoCAD backup files to try and get damaged files back. A BAK file is created with each Save that is done. This BAK is saved in the same folder as the DWG. In order to use that file, you would rename the BAK extension to DWG and then it can be opened normally. Additionally, the Autosave will create a SV$ that can be renamed and used in the event of a crash. The link below does a great job of explaining how Autosave and Backup files work:
With a great backup system in place, your chances of losing a file altogether become very slim. A Google search for backup systems yields numerous results and you can then choose the one that best fits your needs. Let me know of any questions.
There's also an issue where sometimes trying to save will result in a message that says "One or more objects in this drawing cannot be saved to the specified format". This is usually caused by a network card setting. The link below has the solution:
The last one is a message that will appear when starting the program. Although you can usually bypass the "Unable to load profile file" message, the program will be sluggish afterwards. There is now a TS with a fix for this:
Have you started thinking about Autodesk University yet? This year's event is at The Venetian in Las Vegas from December 3-5. Make sure not to miss out on this premier networking and learning event! Registration opens on September 12th. Now is the time to get those requests for approval in to your managers. See the website below to learn more about the countless benefits of attending!
Next, the Communication Center needs to be enabled in AutoCAD.
To do this, you will need to modify the registry on your system.
WARNING: Microsoft have issued the following warning with respect to the Registry Editor.
"Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious, system-wide problems that may require you to re-install Windows to correct them. Microsoft cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use this tool at your own risk."
Wondering about how specific commands or functions work in AutoCAD for Mac, compared to the familiar AutoCAD in Windows?
Here are some tips where to find helpful information:
The recorded class A Crash Course in AutoCAD for Mac from Autodesk University 2011 provides an excellent introduction to AutoCAD for Mac and what the main differences to the Windows version are. (You may need to register on the AU website to see the recording).
If you would like some more in-depth technical information on differences in areas like customization and CUI, and configuration tips for a mixed environment, the materials from the Autodesk University 2011 class Working with AutoCAD® in a Mixed Mac® and PC Environment have lots of great advice. (Unfortunately the class was not recorded, but the handout and presentation slides are very comprehensive)
And - last but not least - the best way to find out things is often to just go ahead and try it out for yourself :-)