Readme for the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 Service Pack 2

In a continuing effort to provide high quality products, Autodesk has released the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 Service Pack 2. AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 Service Pack 2 is cumulative and contains all the updates that were included in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 Service Pack 1; therefore, it is not necessary to install AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 Service Pack 1.

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 Service Pack 2 also contains all the fixes included in the AutoCAD 2008 Service Pack 1, the AutoCAD Map 3D 2008 Service Pack 1, as well as several AutoCAD 2008 hotfixes.

This Readme contains information regarding the installation and use of this Service Pack. It is strongly recommended that you read this entire document before you apply the Service Pack 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:

Who Should Install This Service Pack?

This Service Pack, C3D2008_SP2.exe, is for all versions of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 running on English-language and non-English-language operating systems.

General Installation Information

Important: You cannot run an automatic uninstall to remove this service pack. To restore your version of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 to its pre-service pack state, uninstall AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 and reinstall it.

Windows Command Line Switches

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

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

Applying this Service Pack to a Stand-alone Installation

  1. Download C3D2008_SP2.exe and save it to any folder.
  2. Insert your AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 media into your media drive.
  3. Navigate to the folder where you saved the service pack.
  4. Double-click the executable file for the service pack to install it.

Applying this Service Pack Through Your Local Network Using a Patch List

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

To apply this service pack through Communication Center using local patch list functionality

  1. On a machine that has AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 installed, install the CAD Manager Tools 4.0. To install the CAD Manager Tools 4.0, insert the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 product media and select Install Tools and Utilities. On the Welcome screen, click Next. On the Select Products To Install page, select CAD Manager Tools 4.0.

    NOTE: The service pack should not be installed on this machine.

  2. In a shared location, create a folder where the patches will be downloaded to (example: \\servername\shared_folder_location\ ).
  3. Click Start > Programs > Autodesk > CAD Manager Tools > CAD Manager Control Utility.
  4. Select AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 from the drop-down list and click OK.
  5. On the Info Center 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 (example: \\servername\shared_folder_location\ ).
  7. Select Manage Patches. This option will connect with the Autodesk servers and allow you to download any available patches for your current installation of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008.
  8. Under Manage Patches you will see AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 Service Packs listed. Select the service pack 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 3D 2008, ensure the Communication Center is configured. Once it is configured you will see that a Live Update Maintenance Patch is available.

Applying this Service Pack to an AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 Network Administrative Image

The following two methods of distributing AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 Service Pack 2 apply only to administrative images created with the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 Network Installation wizard. After you complete these procedures, any new deployments of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 will have the service pack applied to them automatically.

Warning: You cannot modify a deployment that already includes AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 Service Pack 1. Attempting to include AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 Service Pack 2 in a deployment that already has AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 SP1 merged to it will create and install an unstable version of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008. You must create a new deployment for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 Service Pack 2.

NOTE: In both of the following procedures, the service pack 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 add AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 Service Pack 2 to a new AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 administrative image

  1. From the Autodesk Product Support website, download C3D2008_SP2.exe to your local computer.
  2. On the Start menu (Windows), click Run. Enter the following information, and then click OK.

    <local drive>:\<patch name> /e <local drive>:\<patch name.msp>

  3. From the installation media, select Create Deployment.
  4. Select the location of your deployment and provide a name, and then click Next.
  5. Select the products you would like to install, and then click Next.
  6. On the Configure page, select the Configure button to customize the deployment.
  7. Continue with the customizations of the deployment. On the Include Service Packs page, use the ellipses button to browse to the location of the MSP file that was downloaded and extracted from the executable file.
  8. Select the merge installation of the service pack option. Merging the installation installs both Civil 3D and the service pack during the product installation.
  9. NOTE: You must select the "Merge the service packs into the administrative image MSI file" method of including the service pack. Do not select the option to append the administrative image because that method will not include the service pack in the installation.

  10. Complete the customizations and select Configuration Complete, then select Create Deployment.

To apply AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 Service Pack 2 to an existing AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 administrative image

NOTE: Before applying this AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 Service Pack 2 to the existing AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 administrative image, ensure that all client machines have already been updated with Service Pack 2.

  1. From the Autodesk Product Support website, download C3D2008_SP2.exe to your local computer.
  2. On the Start menu (Windows), click Run. Enter the following information, and then click OK.

    <local drive>:\<patch name> /e <local drive>:\<patch name.msp>

  3. On the computer where you created the original AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 deployment there is a "modify <deployment name>" shortcut. Double-click this shortcut.
  4. On the Install Framework page, you can select a new name or location for the deployment.
  5. On the Begin Deployment page, specify a new name or leave the name as-is.
  6. Review and make any changes required on the Review - Configure - Create Deployment page.
  7. Select Configure and then make any appropriate changes on the Include Service Packs page. Now use the ellipses button to browse to the location of the MSP file that was downloaded and extracted from the executable file.
  8. Select the merge installation of the service pack option. Merging the installation installs both Civil 3D and the service pack during the product installation.

    NOTE: You must select the "Merge the service packs into the administrative image MSI file" method of including the service pack. Do not select the option to append the administrative image because that method will not include the service pack in the installation.

  9. Complete the customizations and select Configuration Complete, and then select Create Deployment. Now any new deployments of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 will have the service pack applied to them automatically.

Known Issues in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008

When inserting a Civil 3D assembly from a tool palette as a block, ensure that the Explode option in the Tool Properties dialog box is set to No. Selecting Yes for the Explode option will result in the subassembly pieces being scattered in the drawing window. As a workaround you can explode the block after you insert the assembly.

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 Issues 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 issues in the following areas were identified and fixed:

Issues Resolved in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 Service Pack 2

This service pack includes the resolution of over 70 issues. This section of the readme documents the resolved issues that previously caused loss of data, unexpected failures of Civil 3D, or reflect a change in functionality.

General

Project Management

Corridor Design and Subassemblies

Grading and Feature Lines

Labels

Parcels

Plan Production

Profiles and Profile Views

Alignments

Pipes

Points

Cross Section Views

Survey

Surfaces

Tables

Issues Resolved in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 Service Pack 1

This Service Pack resolves the following issues:

General

Alignments

Plans Production

Corridor Design and Subassemblies

Grading and Feature Lines

Labels

Parcels

Profiles and Profile Views

Pipes

  • Structures are now labeled in the profile view. Previously, only the pipes were labeled.
  • An option has been added so that you can select 'null structure' when creating a network from a polyline.
  • An issue with pipe tables not updating when edits were made to structure names has been resolved.
  • The program no longer closes unexpectedly if you delete the last pipe or structure listed in Prospector.
  • An issue with changing pipe styles using the Pipe Properties has been resolved. Previously, if you selected a part size that was unavailable, no message was sent to the Event Viewer and an incorrect size was selected. If you select a pipe size that does not exist in the catalog, the Event Viewer alerts you that the pipe size is being changed to the closest size available.
  • Pipe and structure labels in profile view now correctly display expression calculation values.
  • An issue with the migration of pipe network labels has been resolved. Previously, if there was a network with a single labeled pipe, the label would not appear when the drawing was opened in AutoCAD Civil 3D.
  • An issue with invalid pipe structures has been resolved. Previously, a drawing with invalid structures would not display structure labels, and structure labels successfully created in plan view would not display in profile view. AeccNetwork.dbx is included with this service pack.
  • The Export to LandXML command now correctly exports pipe networks with their alignment data. Previously, the absence of this associated alignment data resulted in pipes and structures being drawn incorrectly in profile view, and alignment stations were displayed as starting at station 0+0.
  • The values for user defined expressions now appear correctly in profile view labels. Previously, the values displayed as question marks.
  • There is improved performance when working with Pipe Networks in Prospector.
  • An issue with deleting parts in the Pipe Network vista has been resolved. Previously, if you opened the Pipe Network vista from the Network Layout Tools dialog box and deleted multiple parts, the program closed unexpectedly when the vista was closed. Deleting parts from the vista while in layout mode is now no longer an option. When you right-click a part in the Pipes Network vista and select delete, the following message is displayed, "While in layout mode you must use the delete button on the network editing toolbar to erase parts." Use this alternative method to delete parts.
  • An issue with exporting pipe networks to LandXML has been resolved. Previously, if two networks contained parts with identical names, they would not export.
  • Pipes and structures that are added to an existing referenced network now display the correct style in the referenced drawing.
  • Alignments created from a network now display the pipe network name. Previously, the pipe network name displayed as question marks (???).
  • Invalid profiles cannot be added to structures. Previously, if you added an invalid profile and then tried to delete it, the program would close unexpectedly.

Points

Cross Section Views

Survey

Surfaces

Tables

General Updates in AutoCAD Map 3D 2008 Service Pack 1

SHP Files

Plotting

General Issues

AutoCAD Blocks

Style Editor

Oracle Connections

API Users

AutoCAD 2008 Hotfixes Included in this Service Pack

General Updates in the AutoCAD 2008 Service Pack 1

.NET API

64-Bit

Annotation Scaling

Attributes

Blocks

Communication Center
Dashboards

Data Extraction

Dimensions

Display

DWG

E-Transmit

Fields

Hatch

Image

Layouts

Multileader

MText

Open/Save

Object Snap

PDF Export

Performance Tuner

Plot

Tables

Tool Palette

Visual Styles

XREF

Known Issues With This Service Pack

AutoCAD 2008 Issues 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 issues in the following areas were identified and fixed:

 


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