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Here’s an interesting issue that can start happening when launching any flavor of AutoCAD.   The message comes from the ACInetEngine and states the following: “Could not write to the Internet cache on your computer.”  Following the error message is instructions on what to do to cure the problem, but for some users the problem persists. If you have experienced this problem and have tried the prescription but are still experiencing the issue, try the following additional steps as outlined in the following Autodesk Knowledge Network (AKN) article. Could not write to the Internet cache If you continue to experience the issue after attempting the steps outlined, please contact our support team for assistance.

Have you ever wished you had a quick way to show someone who has no access to special software, what you're up to in a CAD drawing, a Revit project file, an Inventor assembly, Civil 3D file, Fusion, Vault, and so on? It could be any need - from an executive who'd like to see how you're progressing, to maybe just your grandma who you want to impress with your latest prowess. But the problem is there's no easy way to do that without them having to install additional software to view it. Well, ever since Autodesk came up with the DWF file format way back in 1995, it was slowly improved upon and got a major boost in 2007 where it became synthesized with Microsoft's Internet Explorer to work natively with that interface. The history of DWF is quite an interesting read in and of itself for us geeks. But with that one little advancement, it made it possible for users of any Autodesk software (software that can export a DWF a.k.a. Drawing Web Format file), to send ...

I didn't realize I had ADD until we had kids in school. All three of our sons were diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder and I recognized the symptoms cited by their teachers and psychiatrists as ones I experienced myself at various times in my life. Sometimes I would choose to sit at the front of the class and engage the teacher with more questions than my peers, not to be a teacher's pet but just to stay awake. Another strategy would be to make the learning more concrete. As an architect I need to get a certain number of hours of continuing education each year. Some of that is mandated to be related to green building and some to accessibility. I would much rather go see a building under construction that incorporates energy efficiency than sit through a workshop on the same topic. My favorite accessibility class is one that I organized. We rented a half dozen wheelchairs and were given a tour of the nearby campus of St. Edward's University. Believe me, you learn a whole lot more about wheelchair accessibility ...

Recently, I had a customer contact our support team in regards to a behavior after installing release 2017. He was having issues with his mouse lagging while panning and zooming and using Inventor generally.  He had been using 2016 without any issues. A quick search yielded a result on the Autodesk Inventor Troubleshooting site. I figured I would write about this, since it has the potential to be a common problem for users who also have Vault installed. In short, the fix (until Autodesk is able to produce a patch) is to disable the My Home tab in inventor. From the Tools tab, select Application Options.   In the General tab, the My Home option has been moved to the bottom right of the dialog.  Un-check the box as displayed below.  Click OK to dismiss the dialog box. The My Home tab is the cause, as it periodically checks the vault server to ensure that the vault status for each thumbnail preview is correct.  According to the article, this is the designed behavior but it is supposed to take place on ...

According to Warwick Ashford, Security Editor for ComputerWeekly.com, Ransomware makes up a quarter of UK cyber attacks. Just what is Ransomware?   It is malware used for the purpose of data kidnapping that the attacker encrypts and then holds hostage, demanding payment for the encryption key, often in the form of bitcoins. In short, your data is the hostage and you are forced to make the decision as to whether or not it’s worth the cost to retrieve it. Sounds like something out of a movie right? Well, it’s real and it is quickly becoming one of the biggest cyber crimes to date.   Fortunately, there are those who are fighting back, for example, TeslaDecoder takes advantage of a weakness in the encryption implementation of TeslaCrypt and creates a workaround that allows its victims to decode their files appended with different extensions. It is user-friendly and free to download.   For computers themselves, the first line of defense is to be careful not to open email messages or download attachments from strangers. Most instances of crypto-malware can be traced to spammed inboxes. Such ...

We're beginning to receive quite a bit of calls and e-mails from users who are receiving pop-ups similar to this: This is because the Autodesk Application Manager is being replaced with the Autodesk desktop app.  The application manager was installed when you installed your Autodesk software and can be used to automatically check for updates for your installed Autodesk software.  If you've been using it then you will need to update to the desktop app if you still would like to receive updates.  If you've not been using it then you can simply ignore the update and, I assume, it will no longer receive update notifications from Autodesk.   The desktop app will do all that the application manager did along with some really useful new features such as: Watch videos catered to specific software (AutoCAD, Revit, Civil 3D, etc.) Read articles trending about specific software Access alternative methods of finding help and resources To learn more about the Autodesk desktop app read this:  About Autodesk desktop app

I had a user the other day contact me because they upgraded to Civil 3D 2017.  They have a client who uses Vanilla AutoCAD 2015.  They also have several other clients who have not yet made the move to 2017.  He was having all sorts of issues with proxy objects appearing in his AutoCAD drawings.  It appears that the process has changed slightly.  In the past, we would just use the export tool from the application menu or the output tab (both are the same - EXPORTC3DDRAWING) and be able to open the exported AutoCAD file in Vanilla AutoCAD file and go forth from there able to work with the lines, arcs, circles, etc.   Here's what you need to do to get the Civil 3D 2017 drawing into AutoCAD format.  It's a two step process. . . First, let's get the file from Civil 3D 2017 to Civil 3D 2016 (or earlier version): In Civil 3D 2017, make note of the coordinate system of the drawing and then export the file to AutoCAD ...

Of course, there are several exciting features released with this version of AutoCAD, and you can read about all of them in Autodesk’s AutoCAD 2017 Preview Guide. I will focus on the one’s that I believe are the most exciting and most relevant to you. • A simplified license manager. Have you ever installed AutoCAD as a standalone software or a trial and then needed to convert it to network software? Well, if you have then you already know that, historically, you had to uninstall the software and reinstall it as the type of software you need. It has always been a real pain. Now you simply install the software and when you launch it you are prompted for the type: If you find you need to change the type of software from network to standalone, or vice versa, you use the Infocenter > Manage Licenses option to do so: • Several dialog boxes have been enhanced to allow the user to stretch them to better view the information within that box. These dialog boxes include: Select File ...

We all know that if you type in U and hit ENTER you’ll undo the last command. And if you continue this process you’ll eventually undo back to the beginning of the session of your drawing. The UNDO command provides you a lot of useful tools. Just read the commandline:    · Auto: Groups the commands in a macro, such as a menu macro, into a single action, making them reversible by a single U command. UNDO Auto is not available if the Control option has turned off or limited the UNDO feature. · Control: Limits or turns off UNDO. Note: The Auto, Begin, and Mark options are not available when None or One is in effect. If you attempt to use UNDO while it is turned off, you are prompted to re-enter a Control option. All: Turns on the full UNDO command. None: Turns off the U and UNDO commands and discards any UNDO command information saved earlier in the editing session. One: Limits UNDO ...

I hope by now that you’ve made the transition to annotative text. I simply love annotative text. Where was it years ago? Well it’s here now and it’s here to stay.As great as it is, I have had some users who have asked how to get rid of the irritating “ghost” image that appear when the text is selected.Here is the text in its normal state:  And here is the text when it’s selected for editing: Not to fear, there’s a system variable here! Yes, there is a system variable that controls whether or not you receive these ghost images. Just type in SELECTIONANNODISPLAY and change the value from “1″ to “0″ and you will no longer these ghosts of annotations present.