AutoCAD® Civil® 2009 Update 3 Readme

In a continuing effort to provide high quality products, Autodesk has released AutoCAD Civil 2009 Update 3.

AutoCAD Civil 2009 Update 3 contains the fixes included in AutoCAD 2009 Update 3. To be able to install and use this update you must have AutoCAD Civil 2009 Update 2.1 installed on your system.

This Readme contains information regarding the installation and use of this update. It is strongly recommended that you read the entire document before you apply the update to your product. For your reference, you should save this Readme to your hard drive or print a copy.

This Readme includes the following topics:

This update, Civil2009SP3.exe, is for all versions of AutoCAD Civil 2009 running on English-language and non-English-language operating systems.

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Important: You cannot run an automatic uninstall to remove this update. To restore your version of AutoCAD Civil 2009 to its pre-update state, uninstall AutoCAD Civil 2009 and reinstall it.

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The Windows command line switches built into this update are as follows:

Instructions about how to use these command line switches are included in the procedures that follow.

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  1. Download Civil2009SP3.exe and save it to any folder.
  2. Insert your AutoCAD Civil 2009 media into your media drive.
  3. Navigate to the folder where you saved the update.
  4. Double-click the executable file to begin the installation.

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Use this procedure if you want to use Communication Center to apply this update through your local network.

To apply this update through Communication Center using local patch list functionality

  1. On a machine that has AutoCAD Civil 2009 installed, install the Autodesk CAD Manager Tools. To install the Autodesk CAD Manager Tools, insert the AutoCAD Civil 2009 product media and select Install Tools and Utilities. On the Select the Products to Install page, select Autodesk CAD Manager Tools. Click Next to review and accept the License Agreement, then click Install to start the installation.

    NOTE: The update should not be installed on this machine.

  2. In a shared location, create a folder where the patches will be downloaded to (for example, \\servername\shared_folder_location\).
  3. Click Start > Programs > Autodesk > CAD Manager Tools > CAD Manager Control Utility.
  4. Select AutoCAD Civil 2009 from the drop-down list and click OK.
  5. On the InfoCenter tab, under Communication Center Panel, select Enable Live Updates. From the drop-down list, select Receive Live Updates from Local Network.
  6. Select Browse and browse to the previously created shared location (for example, \\servername\shared_folder_location\ ).
  7. Select Manage Patches. This option allows to connect with the Autodesk servers and allow you to download any available patches for your current installation of AutoCAD Civil 2009.
  8. Under Manage Patches, the AutoCAD Civil 2009 Service Packs are listed. Select the update you want to apply. Under Action Type select Add To Patch Folder and select Update Patch Folder.
  9. Under details you will see "downloaded to local patch folder on <time><date>".
  10. Click Close.

    In AutoCAD Civil 2009, ensure the Communication Center is configured. Once it is configured you will see that a Live Update Maintenance Patch is available.

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The following method of distributing AutoCAD Civil 2009 Update 3 applies only to administrative images created with the AutoCAD Civil 2009 Network Installation wizard. After you complete this procedure, any new deployments of AutoCAD Civil 2009 will have the update applied to them automatically.

NOTE: In the following procedure, the update file that you download contains an MSP (Microsoft Patch) file. You must extract that file from the executable file. To extract the MSP file from the executable, use the /e ("extract") switch.

To apply AutoCAD Civil 2009 Update 3 to an existing AutoCAD Civil 2009 Update 2.1 administrative image

NOTE: Before applying AutoCAD Civil 2009 Update 3 to the existing AutoCAD Civil 2009 Update 2.1 administrative image, ensure that all client machines have already been updated with Update 3.

  1. From the Autodesk Product Support website, download Civil2009SP3.exe to your local computer.
  2. On the Start menu (Windows), click Run and enter "<local drive>:\<patch name> /e <local drive>:\<patch name.msp>"
  3. Click OK.
  4. On the computer where you created the original AutoCAD Civil 2009 deployment there is a "modify <deployment name>" shortcut. Double-click this shortcut.
  5. On the Install Framework page, you can select a new name or location for the deployment.
  6. On the Begin Deployment page, specify a new name or leave the existing name.
  7. Review and make any changes required on the Review - Configure - Create Deployment page.
  8. Click Configure and then make any appropriate changes on the Include Service Packs page.
  9. Click the ellipses button to browse to the location of the MSP file that was downloaded and extracted from the executable file.
  10. Select an option to either merge or append the installation of the update. Merging the installation installs both Civil and the update during the product installation. Appending the installation installs Civil and then installs the update.
  11. Complete the customizations and click Configuration Complete, and then click Create Deployment. Now any new deployments of AutoCAD Civil 2009 will have the update applied to them automatically.

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AutoCAD Civil 2009 Update 3 provides the following AutoCAD 2009 Update 3 fixes in a format that is installable on AutoCAD Civil. No fixes to AutoCAD Civil features are included in this Update.

Problems Reported with the Customer Error Reporting Utility

As a result of 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:

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General Updates

The following defects have also been fixed:

2D Display

3D Navigation Tools

3D Plot

Annotation Scaling




Corrupt DWG file



DGN Support

Display Drivers

Draw 2D

Dynamic Dimensions


Graphic System



Impression Toolbar








Multiline Text (mtext)

Object Snaps




Properties Palette






Section and Flatten


Visual Styles

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Known Issues with This Update

After you apply this update, you may experience the following ribbon customization-related problems:

An Incorrect or Missing Ribbon Tab

Known Issue: When you display a ribbon tab from a partial or Enterprise CUI file, on the ribbon, the ribbon tab displays incorrectly or is missing.

Workaround: To correctly display a ribbon tab, recreate the workspace used to display the ribbon tab from scratch. Do not duplicate or attempt to update the workspace. Once you create a new workspace, set the workspace current. The ribbon tab should display correctly.

For a partial CUI file, before you add a ribbon tab to a workspace, use the Customize User Interface (CUI) Editor to change the customization group name of the file. The customization group name is represented by the uppermost node of the tree in the Customization In pane.

A Blank Image for a Command

Known Issue: On a ribbon panel, the image associated with a command defined in the Command List pane displays as a blank icon.

Workaround: To recreate a ribbon command item on a ribbon panel, delete it. Then, from the Command List pane, add the command to the ribbon panel.

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