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.)
"Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally." Remember that from algebra class? This memory aid is helpful to understand the order of operations required to get the correct answer when solving algebraic equations.
Similarly, when it comes to working with FDO, sometimes, it's all about order of operations.
The following workflow, innocent as it is, will result in a freeze/indefinite hang:
1. Connect to an FDO data source in AutoCAD Map 3D. 2. Select many features (I selected 809 points) 3. In the AutoCAD Properties Pane, try to "globally" edit the value of one attribute for all of your selected features.
Sadly, even if Auto Checkout is enabled, you're just not gonna get anywhere. You'll likely have to End Process for acad.exe in Task Manager.
1. Connect to an FDO data source in AutoCAD Map 3D. 2. Select many features (I selected 809 points). 3. Hit Check Out (same as running MAPCHECKOUT). 4. In the AutoCAD Properties Pane, try to "globally" edit the value of one attribute for all of your selected features. Result: almost an immediate change! Finally, be sure to Check In your features by clicking the button or by running MAPCHECKINALL.
Lesson: if you follow order of operations, you're almost guaranteed smooth sailing!
Autodesk Infrastructure Map Server (AIMS) has several components that have prerequisites, one of which is PHP. If PHP is not installed on the server, or if PHP is out-of-date, it can cause problems, sometimes as serious as not being able to log into your site!
So if you are having problems with AIMS, it's good to know how to find out which version of PHP your server is running. This is easy to find. Here is an example of how you might do it on your server:
1. In a text editor, start a new file and enter the following: <?php phpinfo(); ?>
2. Save it as phpinfo.php in: C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Autodesk Infrastructure Web Server Extension 2013\www\mapadmin
3. Now browse to: http://localhost/mapserver2013/mapadmin/phpinfo.php
4. Check your php version against the System Requirements for AIMS. For AIMS 2013, you can find them in the installation media folder here: en-US/Help/files/AIMS-sys-reqs.htm
The System Requirements for AIMS 2013 specify PHP 5.3.8. Is this the same PHP as you are running?
While we await support for the 4th generation MrSID® file format in AutoCAD, how can you know if your MrSID® image is a 4th generation or not? Because all generations have the .sid extension, the file extension won't tell you. Here's one way you can find out:
1. Launch the program GeoViewer (a free download from www.lizardtech.com). 2. Go to File > Add Layer > Local Layer to bring in the image. 3. Once the image appears, go to Layer > View Layer Metadata. 4. Look under "Image properties". In the value for Format, a generation 4 MrSID will show MRSID/MG4RASTER. Other generations will show other formats (e.g. MG2 if it's a MrSID generation 2).
You can also use GeoViewer to Export to TIFF (Tools menu). The file size will grow a bit, but it won't crash AutoCAD! :)
A hotfix was prepared to fix a number of issues with AutoCAD Map 3D 2013 SP1. You need to have SP1 applied already in order to apply this hotfix. Please read the readme for more instruction on this. A big thank you to customers who regularly submit CERs (Customer Error Reports) to Autodesk!