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:

transparency-bad

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

transparency-good

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:

Screen Shot 2013-04-03 at 16.48.11

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.

AutoCAD 2012 (SP3) And 2013 For Mac (SP1) Service Packs Adds Support For Mountain Lion

Posted in Uncategorized on October 9, 2012 by maximka2010

Glad to inform you:  from now you can download Service Packs for Mac versions of AutoCAD:

AutoCAD 2012 for Mac Service Pack 3

AutoCAD 2013 for Mac Service Pack 1

and

AutoCAD 2012 for Mac (full version re-release for fresh installation)

These updates resolves compatibility issues that have been reported while using the software on the latest versions of Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8), Mac OS X Lion (10.7.4), and Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8). Updates also resolves problems reported by the Customer Error Reporting (CER) utility and other general problems identified after AutoCAD 2012 for Mac Service Pack 2 and AutoCAD 2013 for Mac were made available.

Full version re-release of AutoCAD 2012 for Mac is provided for customers who require a fresh install. New Apple guidelines require that any software package installed on OSX 10.8 (Mountain Lion) meet certain security standards; in order to comply with this requirement, this re-released full version of AutoCAD has been built to include the changes distributed through the Service Pack. This complete package download should only be used if you require a complete re-install of the AutoCAD software, for example, you’re changing machines, Technical Support has suggested you re-install, etc.

For more information refer to the accompanying READMEs.

EDIT:

Just now AutoCAD LT 2013 Service Pack 1 (Mac) appeared at AutoCAD LT for Mac support site. This service pack is not for the AutoCAD LT 2013 purchased from the Mac App Store. That version will receive the service pack 1 update directly from the Mac App Store.

Setting Default Format For Save in AutoCAD LT For Mac

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on September 3, 2012 by maximka2010

Ability to set the default format for save a DWG file can help when working in a cooperation with AutoCAD users that are on different releases.

In AutoCAD for Microsoft Windows you can set default drawing format in the Options dialog box without any doubt. The same setting is not in the Application Preferences dialog box in AutoCAD LT for Mac nor in AutoCAD for Mac. With the help of AutoLISP in AutoCAD for Mac everyone can easily change default format for save using the “DefaultFormatForSave” environment variable. But if you are using AutoCAD LT changing the value for “DefaultFormatForSave” environment variable is not a trivial task.

In order to help users in this case I wrote a simple application (using Automator and ApleScript). The application can help in setting the default format for save on AutoCAD LT (2012 – AppStore version) and on AutoCAD LT 2013 purchased from Autodesk or reseller (non-AppStore version).

You can download application here.

Unzip, and put “AC LT default format for save.app” anywhere inside your home folder. Quit AutoCAD LT and start “AC LT default format for save” application.

First it asks for a copy of the AutoCAD LT which you want to change settings in case you have both (2012 and 2013 AutoCAD LT on your Mac)

then it asks for the default DWG format

and finally displays information dialog

Please post your questions if you have troubles with this application.

AutoCAD for Mac and Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

Posted in Uncategorized on July 24, 2012 by maximka2010

UPDATE2:
Beta1 of SP1 for AutoCAD 2013 for Mac ready for testing. It resolves compatibility issues that have been reported while using the software on the latest versions of Mac OS X Lion (10.7.4) and Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8). It also resolves problems reported by the Customer Error Reporting (CER) utility and other general problems identified after AutoCAD 2013 for Mac was made available. The project can be accessed in the AutoCAD Futures project at https://beta.autodesk.com (for for registered members) or you can join Autodesk Feedback community here: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?siteID=123112&id=20109560&linkID=15839490 Look for AutoCAD 2013 for Mac SP1 Beta Opportunity link.

UPDATE1:
Beta1 of SP3 for AutoCAD 2012 for Mac ready for testing. It resolves the problems with running AutoCAD 2012 for Mac on OSX 10.8, plus it includes fixes for general problems identified after AutoCAD 2012 for Mac SP2 was made available. The project can be accessed in the AutoCAD Futures project at https://beta.autodesk.com

Everyone knows that a new release of the operating system for Mac – Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) – expected in the near future.
And, of course, everyone wants to know: Will AutoCAD for Mac run on a Mac computer under this new operating system?

Autodesk has posted information about this in the Knowledge Base on the AutoCAD for Mac support site:

AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT support on Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

The article says, that AutoCAD 2013 for Mac, AutoCAD 2012 for Mac, AutoCAD LT 2013 for Mac and AutoCAD LT 2012 for Mac are currently NOT supported on the Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) operating system. Until such time as a service pack is available, Autodesk highly recommend NOT installing Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) on any machines where AutoCAD 2013 for Mac, AutoCAD 2012 for Mac, AutoCAD LT 2013 for Mac, or AutoCAD LT 2012 for Mac is required.

The work on a Service Pack that will add the support for OS X 10.8 to AutoCAD 2013 and 2012 for Mac is in progress, and a beta program will be announced in the near future on the Autodesk Feedback Community site.

If you want to participate in the Beta testing of these Service Packs – don’t waste the time – join Autodesk Feedback Community, add AutoCAD for Mac as a point of your interest and wait for invitation to the Beta program.

But what about AutoCAD 2011 for Mac? Looks like the support for it on Mountain Lion will be dropped at all.