In a continuing effort to provide high quality products, Autodesk has released AutoCAD Map 3D 2014 Service Pack 1, which fixes or addresses a variety of issues discovered by customers and by Autodesk's internal testing team.
You can obtain it from this link: DL22356664 AutoCAD Map 3D Service Pack 1. As always, check readme before installing to get familiar with installation instructions and what is being updated.
Recently we got a few reports where exporting or importing Shape files (SHP) or SDF files (MAPEXPORT or MAPIMPORT commands) provided a dialog to name the file but nothing after that. The issue only happens with Civil 3D 2014 and Map 3D 2014. So users were unable to see this dialog.
It took a while to find it but luckily this was already documented and the hotfix was released. It involves replacing an old providers.xml file with the one provided on the link. All you needed to do is to unzip the providers.zip file and replace the old one found in:
Civil 3D 2014: C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014\bin\FDO
Map 3D 2014: C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Autodesk AutoCAD Map 3D 2014\bin\FDO
Sometimes error messages aren't very specific...perhaps at times they are *too* specific for non-programmers to comprehend? Anyway, here is an example of one that you can get when trying to connect to an Excel spreadsheet using FDO:
External component has thrown an exception.
The solution? Re-create (or Edit existing) DSN in ODBC Administrator, remembering the ever-crucial step of [Select Workbook].
After this, connect again to the DSN and do what you need to to [Add to Map]. You should be a happy camper!
might have wanted to create a map series of your model and realize it with View
Frames in Civil 3D.
In the Model View you see all your View Frames and how they line up to each
other. To give an overview of where each View Frame is located in the model you
might want to create an overview map and plot it, but the View Frames are not
displayed in the Layout.
The solution to this is to check the Viewport Frame Type and set it to
“Undefined”. After a REGENALL command the View Frames should be displayed in
the Layout View and the overview map can be plotted.
To illustrate please see these two images:
View Frames in Model View
Frames missing in Layout View
selecting “Undefined” for View Port Type and a REGENALL the View Frames are
So often, people are puzzled at how to control the Draw Order of raster images in AutoCAD Map/Civil 3D. Most users don't want their linework obscured by an aerial image! Here are some tips to help you in this regard:
If Image is Inserted - • Send your raster to the back (select the image frame, right-click, and look under Draw Order). • Assign a transparency to the raster (called Fade on the ribbon, when the image is selected). • Check your DRAWORDERCTL variable - it should be set to 3. • Check your TREEDEPTH variable. More information on this in the AutoCAD user guide here.
If Image is brought in using Data Connect - • Check Draw Order in Display Manager, and ensure that your raster layer is at the bottom
• Try turning the raster layer off and back on using the checkbox. • Try right-clicking the raster layer and choosing Resample Raster.
AutoCAD Map/Civil 3D 2014 shipped with some updates to the FDO Providers. Some of those updates were not reflected in the providers.xml file that comes with the program, so when some users run MAPIMPORT or MAPEXPORT, they get a FDO Provider ### Not Registered error message.
The current solution (and it seems to only affect users that have a previous release of Map/Civil 3D installed) is to replace your providers.xml file with the one attached here. Download providers.xml
File is generally located in: C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Autodesk AutoCAD Map 3D 2014\bin\FDO or C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014\bin\FDO
Not too long ago one of our customer
asked me this question, how can I bind a raster image in AutoCAD?... As you
probably already know raster images can only be referenced into AutoCAD
drawings. If you send the drawing to someone else, you must send the image file
also, if not you will end up with a broken reference.
One way to get it done is inserting the image as an OLE object.
Go to the Insert Tab and look for OLE Object or just type INSERTOBJ on
the command line.
Choose "Create New", and then choose "Paintbrush Picture".
Next, Windows Paintbrush should open
In Paintbrush, choose from the ribbons -> Paste, then Paste from...
Select your existing image file
(JPG, BMP, PNG, TIF, etc.)