AutoCAD 2014 for Mac Service Pack 2: small, but important update

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 13, 2014 by maximka2010

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If you use Autocad on a regular basis and you have Internet connection on your Mac enabled, you must have noticed the message that appeared recently when you launch the application.

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The message is about new patch available for AutoCAD. Maybe you already downloaded it, and now you want to know about fixes this update contains.
The update contains important fixes of the problems reported by the Customer Error Reporting (CER) utility from users running AutoCAD 2014 for Mac on Mavericks OS:

1. Random crash during drafting when dynamic input mode is on.
2. Repeatedly startup crash due to errors when welcome screen dialog load recent files.
3. It also contains fix for the License transfer utility which does not work for some kind of license types.

For the moment you can download the update only from inside AutoCAD. If you have not received an update notification message, you can try to select “Check for updates” menu item from “AutoCAD 2014″ menu while you have Internet connection established.

After downloading update quit AutoCAD, go to Downloads folder, double-click on autocad2014sp2.dmg file to mount it:

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then double-click on AutoCAD2014SP2.pkg to start update.

EDIT:

SP2 also avaliable for AutoCAD LT 2014 for Mac.

New way to reset AutoCAD for Mac settings (2014 version with SP1)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 16, 2014 by maximka2010

Have you ever had a situation when you can not start AutoCAD  because of some corruption in AutoCAD settings? In such cases AutoCAD crashes at startup and doesn’t allow to Reset Application Options from “Application Preferences” dialog.

After applying Service Pack (SP1) to AutoCAD 2014 for Mac you have new option for launching it: if you want to reset AutoCAD options to default settings, you need to launch AutoCAD from Dock by holding Shift key on keyboard and clicking on AutoCAD icon (you need to hold Shift for at least a few moments after you click on icon). This helps in the case when you cannot start AutoCAD normally.

During resetting settings AutoCAD also creates archive with your previous settings inside ~/Library/Application Support/Autodesk folder. The file have the name in a form: “Settings Backup XX-XX-XXXX xx.xx.xx.tgz“, where XX-XX-XXXX is the date and xx.xx.xx is the time when archive was created. You can use the contents of this archive in case if you need to find some of your previous customization files.

AutoCAD 2014 for Mac (full and LT) SP1 is here

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 27, 2014 by maximka2010

AC 2014 logoI’m glad to announce that Service pack 1 for AutoCAD 2014 for Mac family which resolves compatibility issues on the new Mac OS X Mavericks, as well as the issues that have been reported while using the software on the latest versions of Mac OS X Mountain Lion. It also resolves problems reported by the Customer Error Reporting (CER) utility and other general problems identified after AutoCAD 2014 for Mac and AutoCAD LT 2014 for Mac was made available. is available for download from within AutoCAD itself:

Be sure that you are connected to the Internet and launch AutoCAD. You will be notified that “Patch is available”, click on message to start downloading Service Pack, then follow instructions to install updates.

Here is the list of updates included in this Service Pack:

Problems Reported with the Customer Error Reporting Utility

As a result of detailed information from customers who used the Customer Error Reporting (CER) utility, a number of problems were identified and fixed. Updates have been made to the following features:

Block

  • Crash when making blocks in some situation.

Copy/paste

  • Crash when copy/paste in some drawings.

Drafting

  • Random crash during drawing and editing.

Startup

  • Crash at startup due to some user profiles missing.
  • Random crash at startup when getting the Displcay Card infomation.

View

  • Crash when click the viewport control label.

General Service Pack Updates

The following general changes and improvements have been made:

AutoCAD LT

  • Align command missing in LT.

Image

  • Image underlay shows twisted or white/black bands when zooming in canvas.

License

  • Cannot activate AutoCAD with some suite serial number, like Education Master suite serial number.

Other

  • System animation(scrolling or switching desktop) glitches after force quit AutoCAD in some situation.
  • Typo in lynda.com link in AutoCAD.
  • Mis-use of Lucida Grande font.

Plot

  • AutoCAD hangs when plotting drawings in some situation.
  • Plot stamp now shows the system time on local machine.
  • Image underlay is not fully displayed in plotted result.

Enhancement: Reset AutoCAD when startup

Now you can Reset AutoCAD at startup by holding Shift+click AutoCAD(or AutoCAD LT) icon. This helps in the case when you cannot start AutoCAD normally.

AutoCAD 2013 for Mac (full and LT) SP2 is here with Mavericks support

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on November 13, 2013 by maximka2010

I’m glad to announce that Service pack 2 for AutoCAD 2013 for Mac family which resolves compatibility with new Mac OS 10.9 (Mavericks) is available for download:

SP2 for AutoCAD 2013 for Mac
SP2 for AutoCAD LT 2013 for Mac

for those who purchased AutoCAD for Mac in Mac App Store:

AutoCAD 2013.2 in Mac App Store (iTunes link)

Besides added support for Mavericks SP2 resolves the issues that have been reported while using the software on the latest versions of Mac OS X Lion and Mac OS X Mountain Lion. It also resolves problems reported by the Customer Error Reporting (CER) utility and other general problems identified after AutoCAD 2013 for Mac Service Pack 1 was made available:

Block

  • Crash when switch drawings with block editor and paper space.

Modify

  • Crash when grip edit object in some situation.

Object Enabler

  • Crash when opening some drawings with AEC objects.

Open/Save

  • Crash when open some drawings.
  • Random crash after save a drawing and modify.

Quit

  • Crash when quit AutoCAD in certain situations.

The following general changes and improvements have been made:

Issues on Mavericks including

  • Command line layout is messed up
  • Crash when insert PDF underlay
  • Crash when rename layer
  • Crash when cancel PDF layer dialog
  • Crash when close UCSICON dialog
  • CUI dialog shows in wrong size
  • Double clicking a drawing does not open the drawing in AutoCAD
  • Hangs when close Attribute Editor dialog
  • Hangs when close the Modify Dimension Style dialog
  • Image file cannot be detached from Reference Manager palette
  • Palettes dock behind menubar on dual monitor
  • Sectiontoblock shows error
  • Slidebar in Properties Inspector shows wrong
  • Some labels in dialog are messed up
  • Visor does not show

Block

  • The Uniform Scale setting in Insert dialog is not remembered in some situation.

CUI

  • Newly created button does not show in the Tool Sets palette.

Find and Replace

  • Find and Replace dialog now keeps the view with finding result after dialog dismissed.

General UI

  • Palette position is not remembered in certain situation on single monitor.

Hatch

  • AutoCAD hangs when import some kind of corrupted hatch patterns.

Layer

  • Slow response when move cursor over the layer dropdown menu on Layers palette.

Open/Save

  • AutoCAD hangs when open some drawings with excessive layer filters.
  • The OPEN dialog now responds to the File Format selection.

Performance

  • Performance becomes slow when using Hatch a lot.

Plot

  • The plotted PDF file size is too large if the plotstyle is using Milter/Bevel/Round Line join style.
  • Page setup dialog now shows correct paper size when a different printer is selected.
  • Page setup dialog now shows readable paper size name.
  • AutoCAD now does not show the Select template dialog when plotting drawings with unreconciled layers.
  • Object plot style property cannot be changed through the Properties Inspector.

Status Bar

  • Status Bar refreshes heavily when work in Layout.

Select

  • Sometimes the SELECTIONPREVIEW system variable is set to 0 during drawing edit and zoom.

AutoCAD 2013 for Mac SP2 Beta with Mavericks support available for testing!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 25, 2013 by maximka2010

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Hello all!

There are good news for AutoCAD 2103 for Mac users, who cannot afford to upgrade to the new release of AutoCAD now.

Beta 1 version of the AutoCAD 2013 for Mac Service Pack 2 is now available for testing on Autodesk Feedback Community site. This service pack fixes the compatibility issues on Mac OS X Mavericks, as well as some other serious issues.

To participate in this program, please click the link below.

http://beta.autodesk.com/callout/?callid=5AC170CC43094C76BA5EB4B8A0DE1FED

Please make sure to download and check the ReadMe file prior to the Service Pack 2 Beta 1 installation and submitting of feedback.

See the AutoCAD Futures Downloads section at https://beta.autodesk.com for these files
– AutoCAD 2013 for Mac SP2 Beta1 ReadMe
– AutoCAD 2013 for Mac SP2 Beta1

Here are the list of general changes and improvements have been made:

Mavericks Support

  • Compatibility issues on Mac OS X Mavericks.

Block

  • The Uniform Scale setting in Insert dialog is not remembered in some situation.

CUI

  • Newly created button does not show in the Tool Sets palette.

Find and Replace

  • Find and Replace dialog now keeps the view with finding result after dialog dismissed.

General UI

  • Palette position is not remembered in certain situation on single monitor.

Hatch

  • AutoCAD hangs when import some kind of corrupted hatch patterns.

Layer

  • Slow response when move cursor over the layer dropdown menu on Layers palette.

Open/Save

  • AutoCAD hangs when open some drawings with excessive layer filters.
  • The OPEN dialog now responds to the File Format selection.

Performance

  • Performance becomes slow when using Hatch a lot.

Plot

  • The plotted PDF file size is too large if the plotstyle is using Milter/Bevel/Round Line join style.
  • Page setup dialog now shows correct paper size when a different printer is selected.
  • Page setup dialog now shows readable paper size name.
  • AutoCAD now does not show the Select template dialog when plotting drawings with unreconciled layers.
  • Object plot style property cannot be changed through the Properties Inspector.

Status Bar

  • Status Bar refreshes heavily when work in Layout.

Select

  • Sometimes the SELECTIONPREVIEW system variable is set to 0 during drawing edit and zoom.

Good lack in testing!

AutoCAD for Mac 2014. Long awaited, it is here

Posted in Uncategorized on October 22, 2013 by maximka2010

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This spring, architosh ™ (the leading Internet magazine dedicated to Mac & iOS CAD and 3D professionals and students worldwide) published an interview with Micah Dickerson, AutoCAD for Mac 2013 Product manager. In this in interview he spoke about the present and the future of AutoCAD for Mac, talking about the future, he noted that “With AutoCAD for Mac we want to be more aligned with Apple’s OS X roadmap. We want to take better advantage of their software and hardware advances.

As you probably know the new release of Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks was launched today at Apple October event. So it is a time for new AutoCAD for Mac release. And it is here now!

You may be curious of new features of AutoCAD 2014 for Mac, so let me tell about them. But at first I want to note that there aren’t a lot of new features in the new release, but a lot of “old” bugs are corrected. So I begin with new set of features:

- Long awaiting support for Retina display. AutoCAD now fully supports this high definition experience. If you owned one of MacBooks with Retina display, you will find high-definition graphics throughout the AutoCAD UI – desktop application icon, toolbars and tool icons, in-canvas transient graphics (UCS, View Cube, etc.), in-canvas line rendering.

- Package Drawing (aka eTransmit) – Similar to eTransmit in AutoCAD for Windows, Package Drawing allows you to quickly collect related files into a compressed folder for easy distribution or storage. AutoCAD now includes Package Drawing settings dialog, where you can adjust settings for creation of drawing archive.Screen Shot 2013-10-22 at 15.25.32

- Drawing Sync – AutoCAD 2014 for Mac allows you to directly access your files from Autodesk 360 and synchronize them between your computer and the cloud. To use Drawing Sync, you’ll first need to be signed into Autodesk 360. You can Screen Shot 2013-10-22 at 15.27.49sign-in from within AutoCAD using the “Connect” Menu or when AutoCAD isn’t running, you can also sign in from the OS X Menu Bar by clicking on the A360 icon. Once you’ve successfully signed in, you can access your Autodesk 360 cloud drive from: the AutoCAD menu bar (Connect > Open Autodesk 360 Drive), the AutoCAD Menu bar (File> New Drawing…/Open… > Autodesk 360), the OS X Finder Sidebar (“Autodesk 360”), the OS X Menu Bar (“Open Autodesk 360 Drive”). You can also enable automatic sync in application Preferences.

- New redesigned Welcome Screen – Now it’s easier to work with files when creating a new drawing or working on an existing one. The new Welcome Screen also gives you quick access to learning materials, your cloud storage, and helps you connect with other AutoCAD for Mac users so you collaborate, share information, and solve problems. One of the cool features of new Welcome Screen is that it pop-ups automatically if AutoCAD is running, but all drawings are closed and you pick AutoCAD icon in the Dock.Screen Shot 2013-10-22 at 16.15.19

- New Preview Button in Print dialog allows you to open Preview application with PDF preview of the Screen Shot 2013-10-22 at 16.30.46drawing file you want to print.

- Default Save-as-Previous Version drop-down list now added to AutoCAD Preferences dialog. You can forget about Terminal commands and AutoLISP expressions that you used to change default format for save.Screen Shot 2013-10-22 at 16.20.18

- Software Security Enhancements – AutoCAD 2014 for Mac enhances software security and helps prevent loading and running of unauthorized or malicious AutoLISP applications. You can allow executable files to be loaded from all search paths or only from the trusted locations, specified by TRUSTEDPATH system variable. And you can choose to display a warning before loading executable files outside the trusted locations via SECURELOAD system variable. AutoCAD also renames ’-nolisp’ startup switch to ‘-safemode’, and expand ‘safemode’ startup switch to block all executable code (vs. just LISP)

- New Find Dialog behavior – when you search a text in a drawing, the view will not switch back and will remain after the text found and located. It is more convenient to search a text in a big drawing.

- New Online Help – you can press F1 from anywhere within the AutoCAD for Mac application to be directed to relevant help topics. The new Online Help homepage is less cluttered and thereby easier to search and find relevant information. The new Online Help gives you focused search-based access to the information you need. You can refine your search results by choosing the following topic types: Documentation, Installation & Deployment, Developer’s documentation.

And now – about “old” bugs that was corrected with tis release:

- During your work with AutoCAD you may be noticed that when the number of layers in a drawing is higher than 10 (or slightly more) Layers drop-down list on Layers palette become extremely slow responsive. Now Layers drop-down flies as a rocket, even with dozens of Layers!

- In all previous releases of AutoCAD for Mac if you have viewport locked in a drawing and are trying to zoom with mouse wheel inside this viewport with Status Bar opened, zooming works with significant delays. Now this have been fixed – no more ZOOM delays!

- Crashes when user trying to render drawings with image assigned to background Image (in Windows version of AutoCAD) now doesn’t occur in most cases.

- When you change default Printer in Page Setup Manager (by selecting it from Printer drop-down list) Paper Size list now updates automatically to reflect selected Printer.

- When you have a lot of Custom Hatch patterns files on Support Files Search Path noticeable delays when switching between opened drawings now doesn’t occur anymore!

And now about Operating Systems compatible with AutoCAD 2014 for Mac:

The following versions of Apple Mac OS X are supported:

■ Mac OS X Mountain Lion – 10.8 or later

■ Mac OS X Mavericks – 10.9 or later

Now you are faced with having to decide – whether to upgrade or not.

Workaround For Printing Solid Hatches With Transparency In AutoCAD For Mac

Posted in Uncategorized on April 3, 2013 by maximka2010

There is one annoying bug in AutoCAD for Mac (since 2011 initial release), that prevented me from using solid hatches (fills) with transparency in my daily work: if you assign transparency to the solid hatch, on output (to the real plotter/printer or to PDF file) you will get such results:

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Recently I accidentally found a kind of workaround for this problem (in order to get right output as you see on the next image):

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And here is the solution.

When you create solid fill of some closed area in the drawing, you have to use Gradient with two colors instead of using Hatch with Solid pattern:

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Just assign the same color to the “Color 1″ and “Color 2″ in Gradient properties and you will get the expected result when you will print such solid fill with transparency assigned.

As I discovered, when we use Gradient fill with transparency, AutoCAD converts such fill to raster image with opacity during output to PDF (or to the real plot device). This eliminates the side effect (the appearance of the contour lines of the triangles that form the fill).

I have not tested this workaround in AutoCAD 2011 for Mac, but in 2012 and 2013 it works just fine for me. Hope it will help you too.

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