Readme: AutoCAD 2006 and AutoCAD LT 2006 Service Pack 1

This Readme contains information about installing and using this service pack. Read this entire document before you apply the service pack to your product. For your reference, save this Readme to your hard drive or print a copy.


Contents


Who Should Install the Service Pack?

Service Pack 1 is for the following Autodesk products running on all supported operating systems and languages. Be sure to install the correct service pack for your software.


Primary Issues Resolved by the Service Pack

Actions That No Longer Cause Fatal Errors

Problems Reported with the Customer Error Reporting Utility

As a result detailed information from customers who used the Customer Error Reporting Utility, a number of problems were identified and fixed. Updates have been made in the following feature areas.

General Updates

Other changes included in this service pack include the following updates.

ActiveX API (AutoCAD only)

Calculator

Color

Data Extraction (AutoCAD only)

Dimensioning

Dynamic Blocks

Dynamic Input

Hatching

Key Modifiers

Layers

Migration

Modify

ObjectARX® and ObjectDBXTM (AutoCAD only)

Object Linking and Embedding (OLE)

Object Snaps

Open

Options

Plot and Publish

Profiles (AutoCAD only)

Tables

Text

Tool Palette

Xrefs (External References)


General Installation Information

Before You Start

As you prepare to install the service pack, keep these points in mind:

About Windows Command Line Switches

Three Microsoft® Windows® command line switches are built into this service pack:

Instructions about how to use the /e and /p command line switches are included in the procedures that follow.


Installation Instructions

Apply This Service Pack to a Stand-Alone Installation

Follow these instructions to install a service pack on an individual computer.

To update a stand-alone installation

  1. Download the service pack and save it to any folder.
  2. Insert the product CD (for example, AutoCAD).
  3. Find the folder where you saved the service pack and double-click the executable (EXE) file.

Apply This Service Pack Through a Local Network Using a Patch List

You can use Communication Center to apply this service pack through your local network using a local patch list.

To apply this service pack using a local patch list

  1. Insert the product CD (for example, AutoCAD) into your local computer.
  2. From the Autodesk Product Support website, download the EXE file and Readme.htm to a local server.

    Note: Make sure that all users who need to apply the service pack have access to this server.

  3. On the Start menu (Windows), click Run. Enter the following information and click OK:

    \\<local_server_ name>\<patch_name> /p <patch_list_location_name> \<patch_list_name>

    For example:

    \\myserver\patches\ACAD2006sp1SWL.exe /p c:patchlist.txt

    The contents of the patch list file are similar to the following example:

    *****
    ProductCode={5783F2D7-4001-0409-0002-0060B0CE6BBA}
    ProductVersionCandidate=16.2.54.10
    PatchTitle=AutoCAD (R) 2006 Service Pack 1
    PatchGUID=={D7B1B007-1477-4E8A-8867-55815CED4C3D}
    PatchFileLocation=\\\\your_server_name\\your_share_name\\subfolders\\patch_name.exe or ftp://your_server_name/your_share_name/your_path/patch_name.exe
    PatchSize=3833856
    PatchDesc=This Service Pack Updates AutoCAD (R) 2006 Locked.
    PatchDescLocation=\\\\your_server_name\\your_share_name\\subfolders\\readme_name.html or ftp://your_server_name/your_share_name/your_path/readme_name.html

    Note: If a patch list file already exists in this location, the new patch list information is added to the end of that file. The original file is not overwritten.

  4. Open the patch list file. If there is more than one patch list, the lists are separated by asterisks (*****).
  5. Change the fifth line in the patch list, PatchFileLocation, from the following combined instructions:

    PatchFileLocation=\\\\<your_server_name>\\<your_share_name>\\<subfolders>\\<patch_name>.exe or ftp://<your_server_name>/<your_share_name>/<your_path>/<patch_name>.exe

    to a single set of instructions:

    Note: Replace the information in brackets with your own server and path names. Do not include the brackets.

  6. Change the last line in the patch list, PatchDescLocation, from the following combined instructions:

    PatchDescLocation=\\\\<your_server_name>\\<your_share_name>\\<subfolders>\\<readme_name>.html or ftp://<your_server_name>/<your_share_name>/<your_path>/<readme_name>.html

    to a single set of instructions:

    Note: Replace the information in brackets with your own server and path names. Do not include the brackets.

  7. Save and close the patch list file.
  8. On the Start menu (Windows), click Run. Enter the following information and click OK:

    <your_CD-ROM_drive>:\Bin\<acad or aclt>Feui\support\CADManagerControl

  9. Double-click CMControl.exe.
  10. In the CAD Manager Control utility, in the product list, select your product and click OK.
  11. In the CAD Manager Control utility, Communication Center tab, follow these steps:

  12. At the bottom of the CAD Manager Control utility, in the drop-down list, select Create .reg Registry File. Click OK.
  13. In the Save As dialog box, save the file to your system. Make note of this location.

    The registry file can now be deployed to users. Distribute and run the file using the method of your choice.

    Note: You must apply the service pack on each workstation that is running AutoCAD 2006.

Apply This Service Pack to a Network Administrative Image

The following distribution methods apply only to administrative images created with the Deployment wizard. After you complete these procedures, any subsequent deployments of the product will include the service pack updates.

The patch (service pack) file that you download contains an MSP (Microsoft Patch) file, which you extract from the executable file using the /e (extract) switch. For an example of the syntax, see step 2, below.

To add the service pack to a new administrative image

  1. From the Autodesk Product Support website, download the service pack EXE file to your local computer.
  2. On the Start menu (Windows), click Run. Enter information using the following syntax and click OK:

    <local_drive:>\< patch_name>\ /e <local_drive:>\< patch_name>.msp

  3. On the computer where you installed the Deployment wizard, on the Start menu (Windows), click All Programs (or Programs) > Autodesk > Deployment Wizard.
  4. In the Deployment wizard, on the Welcome page, select Create an Administrative Image. Click Next.
  5. On the Create Administrative Image page, in the Select Autodesk Installer (MSI) File box, enter the path to acad.msi (or aclt.msi), the MSI file that you use as the basis for your administrative image. You can find this file on your product CD-ROM in cdrom:\Bin\acadFeui (or cdrom:\Bin\acltFeui).
  6. In the Administrative Image Location box, specify the shared network location where you want to create an administrative image, or click Browse to find a location. Users install the product from this location.
  7. Select the Apply a Patch (Service Pack) to This Image option.
  8. In the Select Patch box, enter the path for the patch (the location you entered in step 2, including the file extension .msp). You can also browse to locate the MSP file. Click Next.
  9. Follow the instructions in the Deployment wizard to complete the service pack deployment.

To apply the service pack to an existing administrative image

  1. From the Autodesk Product Support website, download the service pack EXE file to your local computer.
  2. On the Start menu (Windows), click Run. Enter the following information and click OK.

    <local_drive:>\<patch_name>\ /e <local_drive:>\< patch_name>.msp

  3. On the computer where you installed the Deployment wizard, on the Start menu (Windows), click All Programs (or Programs > Autodesk > Deployment Wizard.
  4. In the Deployment wizard, on the Welcome page, select Modify an Administrative Image. Click Next.
  5. On the Modify Administrative Image page, in the Select an MSI File list, select an Autodesk installer MSI file from a shared network location that contains the administrative image you want to modify. Users install the product from this location.
  6. Select the Apply a Patch (Service Pack) to This Image option.
  7. In the Select Patch box, enter the path to the patch (the location you entered in step 2, including the file extension .msp). You can also browse to locate the MSP file. Click Next.
  8. Follow the instructions in the Deployment wizard to complete the service pack deployment.

Files Patched by This Service Pack

Depending on the product and the type of installation, this service pack updates the following files. In the listed path names, substitute the name of your product (for example, AutoCAD) for the word "Product."

Folder: . . .Program Files\Product

Folder: ...Program Files\Product\Drv

Folder: ...Program Files\Product\Express

Folder: ...Program Files\Common Files\Autodesk Shared

Folder: ...Program Files\Common Files\Autodesk Shared\Thumbnail


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