In the AutoCAD 2015 platform you can no longer hold the control key and drag a layout to the right to quickly copy that layout. This feature has been disabled. There is, so far, no workaround to get this feature back.
This can happen if the Noun/Verb selection setting is turned off. You would not get Grips. You can only select objects when in a command. This setting has been around a long time. When CAD first came out they called the act of selecting the command such as Erase the Noun (for get English we are talking about CAD). They called the act of using the command selecting objects etc as the Verb. So you would start the command and then use the command. We have the ability if we realize it or not to reverse this. You can select objects first and then start the command. This method is where Grips come from. we do not have a command selected yet we can select several objects and use the Grips. You can select several objects and start the erase command it will Erase them. If the Noun/Verb selection is turned off you can no longer do this and as a result things such as Properties does not work because they require you select without a command.
How to turn on or off Noun/Verb selection
1.) Type options at the command line and select the <Enter> key.
2.) Go to the selection tab.
3.) In the upper left you will see noun/verb selection. Turn this on/off (On you can preselect off you cannot so if properties does not work turn it on)
4.) select OK and now the properties should work.
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For the Autodesk products, the programs are looking for access to a few specific areas. It is our best practice to allow users full permissions, but where this can't be done, Autodesk software will need full read/write access to:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Autodesk
C:\Documents and Settings\<the current user>\Application Data\Autodesk
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Autodesk Shared
C:\Users\All Users\Autodesk - you will find this by copying this path and pasting it in your window explorer or from your OS start menu's search.
C:\Users\<the current user>\AppData\Local\Autodesk
C:\Users\<the current user>\AppData\Roamin\Autodesk
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Autodesk Shared
Here are some helpful blogs when installing the Autodesk software;
If you have AutoCAD for Mac 2014 or older or AutoCAD LT for Mac 2014 or older, do not update to Mac OS X Yosemite (version 10.10) when it becomes available on October 16, 2014 as they will not run reliably until updates for them are available.
To confirm your version of OS X, click the option 'About This Mac' from the Apple icon at the top left of the desktop. If you see a lower version than 10.10, then your AutoCAD for Mac or AutoCAD LT for Mac will run OK.
According to Autodesk's KB Article, AutoCAD for Mac 2015 is compatible with Mac OSX Yosemite (10.10). AutoCAD for Mac versions 2014 and earlier currently are not compatible with Mac OSX Yosemite (10.10). These versions may launch, but will not operate properly and damage to your project data could occur.
We strongly encourage you to carefully check operating system compatibility with your version of AutoCAD for Mac before upgrading your Mac to OSX 10.10 (Yosemite).
Autodesk plans to release service packs for AutoCAD for Mac 2013 and AutoCAD for Mac 2014 within several weeks after the Yosemite release that will allow those versions to run on OSX 10.10 (Yosemite). When a service pack is released for your version, you'll receive notice in the Mac OS Notification Center. Available service packs are also posted on the AutoCAD for Mac support pages here:
Make sure you have installed all Windows Updates. You must look in the "Optional" as well. There are updates that you may need for your machines drivers and OS. Don't worry about updating internet explorer.
When you start AutoCAD 2015 you have a New Start Screen. This can be very nice but in some cases we would like to get this back to the way AutoCAD 2014 started. This can be done with a System variable called NEWTABMODE.
How to set AutoCAD back to the 2014 Start Menu
1.) Type NEWTABMODE at the command prompt and select the <Enter> key.
2.) The current value should be 1 type 0 and select the <Enter> key.
The next time you start AutoCAD it should look like 2014.
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When the installation of one of the Autodesk suites fails or one of the products in the those suites fails to install, often the cause is the condition of the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable programs on the machine.
Often the single version that fails is listed in the install log that can be located in the folder that opens when you go to Start/Run and enter %temp%. That tells Windows to open the temp folder for the current user profile.
Note: If you don't see Run available from the Start menu, press the Windows Logo key (to the left of the Alt button on your keyboard's left side) and press R to open Run).
For example, here is an instance of a specific version of VC++ Redist that failed in an installation of an Autodesk Building Design Premium Setup.log:
2014/9/10:16:17:36 administrator Installing Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable (x86): G:\3rdParty\x86\VCRedist\2010\vcredist_x86.exe /q /l C:\Users\ADMINI~1\AppData\Local\Temp\vcredist_x86_2010.log 2014/9/10:16:17:38 administrator Install Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable (x86) Failed Installation aborted, Result=1603
Often the listed version is either missing, already installed but not allowing a reinstall, or installed with a later version than the installer expects.
The fastest remedy is to install the noted version if it's missing, or uninstall the existing version, then install the noted version from within the 3rd Party folder in the Suite's installation source folder.
For example, the installer for the noted version in the error log excerpt above is located here:
That works fine for a listed version of VC++ Redist that fails. But it's not always the same version that fails on every machine. Also, a failed version may not even be listed, or worse, the installation fails before the setup log is created.
So that brings up the question, what versions of Visual C++ are required to run the products in the Autodesk suites?
For 32-bit machines, the total possible versions is 13. For 64-bit machines, the 32-bit (in the (x86) folder) and the 64-bit versions are both installed. So 26 possible versions can be used.
If you try to guess which versions are corrupted or not present, that can take a while to get the right one if the setup log is not available.
So, recently we have found that it's faster to uninstall all versions of VC++ Redistributable listed in the Control Panel's Programs and Features, then install all possible versions from the 3rd Party folder.
So, here is a listing of all possible VC++ Redist versions for both 2014 suites and 2015 suites, using the Product Design Suite Ultimate as an example.
PrDSU 2014 VC++ Redist versions from 3rd Party Folder
PrDSU 2015 VC++ Redist versions from 3rd Party Folder
For difficult installs where the VC++ version at fault is not clear, if you install all 26 of these versions, then the Suite will install successfully. Though a bit tedious, each install is fairly fast.
Note: If you encounter a version that states that it requires Admin access, right-click on it's installer and choose 'Run as Administrator'.
When launching Showcase it switches your desktop theme to Windows 7 basic mode. For some it's ok, but others it's a big problem and very annoying. Here is what you can do to fix this from happening again:
NOTE: After applying this to your software you will notice that your software will take a little bit longer to load. This is because Showcase is very demanding on the video card so by default it switches the OS theme.
Open up Showcase. From the top click on the black error/triangle to pull down the menus.
Go to File/Add-in Manager/Add/select DisableThemeSwitch.py and click open/click close and restart showcase.
Here's a list of what's addressed in Inventor 2015 SP1:
Security This Service Pack 1 addresses Heartbleed vulnerability - a security bug in the open-source OpenSSL cryptography library. Heartbleed is registered in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures system as CVE-2014-0160. For more information, please visit the CVE dictionary at http://cve.mitre.org.
1516-453: ComponentOccurrence.Excluded API does nothing and returns an error.
1516-939: Memory leak occurs when calling the API method AttributeSet.Add on an object that is a member of an OccurrencePattern object.
1517-042: Inventor unexpectedly exits when you move the cursor over an edge when calling FindUsingVector API within OnPreSelect event.
1514-728: Inventor API incorrectly places the ArcLengthDimConstraint into Geometric Constraint collection, instead of the Dimension Constraint collection.
1516-710: Inventor API Edge.CalculateStrokes behavior is inconsistent.
1516-052: Inventor unexpectedly exits due to the incomplete handling of peek message loop while running a spreadsheet edit related workflow within Inventor.
1515-904: Inventor becomes unresponsive when you use measure tool in drawing.
1515-681: iLogic browser obscures the Model browser when My Home is enabled.
1514-905: BAK files and other non-Part/Assembly/Drawing/Presentation files appear in the My Home RECENTLY USED area.
1517-874: Inventor becomes unresponsive when displaying My Home and Opening and Saving Inventor documents in rapid succession with Inventor API.
1517-955: Changing the active project from My Home does not set the current Workspace correctly.
1518-176: The Team Web page does not appear behind some proxy servers.
1516-695: Help search results display incorrectly and point to incorrect target.
1517-015: 'Want to Learn more?' in the learning page links to a wrong page.
1518-141: Drawing Resource Transfer Wizard tool does not work on Windows 8 operating system.
1517-902: Replacing an ipart member in the Table Author dialog requires an extra click to set focus on the cell.
1517-471: Moment of Inertia is calculated to negative value when you modify the Mass value manually.
1516-933: Inventor unexpectedly exits when you create a shrinkwrap of an assembly that contains a part with Repaired Geometry composite and source feature deleted.
1516-885: A part file with sweep feature fails to export to .rfa file.
1515-497: Cannot edit the custom angle value for a custom content center component when it is inserted as a standard part.
1518-489: Inventor becomes unresponsive when connected to the Vault 2015 R2 library.
1516-181: Hidden trails in .ipn file display in drawing raster view.
1517-964: Inventor may unexpectedly exit when you open a certain drawing file with a titleblock.
1517-162: ‘T’ command alias creates a drawing sketch and starts the sketch text command instead of starting the general annotation text command. **Additional Step Required**In order to use ‘T’ command for drawing text and also ‘T’ command for sketch text add the ‘T’ alias to the drawing Text command. To do this use the Quick Launch context menu to access the Customer User Commands dialog. On the Keyboard page, scroll to the Text/Annotation command and specify ‘T’ as the alias.
1510-967: Inventor unexpectedly exits when you copy and paste components which have an engineering note deleted.
1368-705: Dimension values are difficult to see if you change the background color.
1514-968: Drawing dimensions disappear on images in a sketch.
1517-178: Ray Tracing: The iFeature causes a black face if the appearance has the reflectivity setting.
1517-511: Ground shadows show white effect under Ray Tracing Good and Best mode.
1511-131: The display of workplanes prevents the view at the half section of an assembly.
1515-809: A transparent model that partially displays in the graphics window loses face after editing constraint.
1517-634: NVIDIA graphics devices on the laptops with dual graphics device are not recognized.
1518-156: Inventor unexpectedly exits when you edit the thickness column in iFeature Author Table of an .ide file from a catalog.
1518-703: The model displays too brightly after migrating the customized lighting styles to the Inventor default styles.
1515-783: Style Library Manager unexpectedly exits when you migrate style library with non-English Inventor.
1446-107: Some Inventor Studio dialog boxes such as Render Image collapse automatically.
1500-905: Failure to purge unused material styles for certain datasets.
1517-473: Inventor unexpectedly exits when you assign an appearance to multi-selected faces.
1518-136: Inventor unexpectedly exits when you save a legacy file with custom material in Inventor 2015.
1518-288: Failure to save a customized material styles.
1517-465: Inventor sometimes unexpectedly exits when you create a Freeform Bridge.
1517-835: Body color of derived part is not maintained.
1515-447: Inventor unexpectedly exits when you edit a sick sweep feature.
1513-384: The temporary plane label of a mirrored work plane is incorrect.
1517-835: The body color of a derived part is not maintained.
1517-052: Inventor unexpectedly exits when you create a view with a custom level of detail.
1515-838: Inventor becomes unresponsive when you heal the intersection error of two faces.
1511-075: Cut normal on a cone sometimes generates an incorrect result.
1515-420: Cut normal sometimes fails on a model which contains two adjacent bends.
1515-705: Cut normal sometimes fails if you first define the A-side face.
1515-458: Unable to deselect sketch points when you edit the punch tool.
1517-300: Import issue: Originally imported geometries in all 3D sketches have to be deleted. The .dwg file has to be re-imported to an existing 3D sketch.
1515-682: If the operation system format is set to an Eastern Asian languages, such as Korean or Traditional Chinese, Inventor reads a CATIA V4 file as empty.
1516-822: Failure to read some specific CATIA V5 in assembly files.
1356-879: Importing an AutoCAD .dwg with meters units changes to mm after importing into Inventor.
1517-206: Unable to import MDT.dwg files.
1517-907: Improve import performance for a large number of geometry specific .dwg files when importing to sketch environment.
1517-908: Improve window selection performance in sketch environment, for various geometry.
1514-742: Failure to read certain SolidWorks assembly files.
1517-121: Inventor may unexpectedly exit when you open .step files.
1517-469: The .step assembly file exported from Inventor cannot be opened with QuickStep 2010.
1516-894: The mesh data imported from some specific .stl file do not display in Inventor correctly.