Readme for the AutoCAD Civil 3D Land Desktop Companion 2008 Service Pack 2

 

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

AutoCAD Civil 3D Land Desktop Companion 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, LDC2008_SP2.exe, is for all versions of AutoCAD Civil 3D Land Desktop Companion 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 Land Desktop Companion 2008 to its pre-service pack state, uninstall AutoCAD Civil 3D Land Desktop Companion 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 LDC2008_SP2.exe and save it to any folder.
  2. Insert your AutoCAD Civil 3D Land Desktop Companion 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 Land Desktop Companion 2008 installed, install the CAD Manager Tools 4.0. To install the CAD Manager Tools 4.0 , insert the AutoCAD Civil 3D Land Desktop Companion 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. On 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 Land Desktop Companion 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 Land Desktop Companion 2008.
  8. Under Manage Patches you will see AutoCAD Civil 3D Land Desktop Companion 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 Land Desktop Companion 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 Land Desktop Companion 2008 Network Administrative Image

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

Warning: You cannot modify a deployment that already includes AutoCAD Civil 3D Land Desktop Companion 2008 Service Pack 1. Attempting to include AutoCAD Civil 3D Land Desktop Companion 2008 Service Pack 2 in a deployment that already has AutoCAD Civil 3D Land Desktop Companion 2008 SP1 merged to it will result in the error message "\\server_name\path\LDC2008_SP2.msp is not a valid patch for this product." You must create a new deployment for AutoCAD Civil 3D Land Desktop Companion 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 Land Desktop Companion 2008 Service Pack 2 to a new AutoCAD Civil 3D Land Desktop Companion 2008 administrative image

  1. From the Autodesk Product Support website, download <LDC2008_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 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 Land Desktop Companion 2008 Service Pack 2 to an existing AutoCAD Civil 3D Land Desktop Companion 2008 administrative image

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

  1. From the Autodesk Product Support website, download LDC2008_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 Land Desktop Companion 2008 deployment there is a "modify <deployment name>" shortcut. Double-click this shortcut.
  4. On the Install Framework, 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, then make any appropriate changes in the Include Service Packs page, then 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 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 Land Desktop Companion 2008 will have the service pack applied to them automatically.

Issues Resolved in AutoCAD Civil 3D Land Desktop Companion 2008 Service Pack 2

This Service Pack resolves the following issues:

General

Breaklines
  • An issue with creating section top surface breaklines has been resolved.

Cross Sections

  • The program no longer terminates unexpectedly when sampling cross sections from a file.
  • Editing design control slopes no longer changes the defined station ranges of templates along an alignment.
Points
  • The program no longer terminates unexpectedly when trying to close the Point Group Manager after printing a point group list.
  • An issue with not being able to create point tables has been resolved.

Publishing

  • The program no longer terminates unexpectedly when updating a plot style and then publishing from Sheet Set Manager using Publish > Publish Using Page Setup Override.

 

Issues Resolved in AutoCAD Civil 3D Land Desktop Companion 2008 Service Pack 1

AutoCAD Civil 3D Land Desktop Companion 2008 Service Pack 1 resolves the following issues. The resolution for these issues is included in this Service Pack 2.

Annotation Scaling

Cross Sections


Grading

Hydrology

Labels

Layout

Pipes

Points

Profiles

Projects

Terrain

 

General Updates in the AutoCAD Map 3D 2008 Service Pack 1

SHP Files

  • Import of SHP files created in other GIS applications has been improved.
  • All of your parcel polygons will now be exported when you export SHP files.
  • The Display Manager now displays all features on SHP layers.

    Plotting

  • When plotting FDO raster layers, you can now expect an image resolution comparable to that displayed in AutoCAD Raster Design regardless of view scale.
  • When plotting, you can now expect to see the same styles displayed in Plot Preview as you will see in the actual printed result.

    General Issues

  • DWF files published in Map 3D 2008 will now be approximately the same size as those published in Map 3D 2007.
  • DGN import has been improved.
  • You can now successfully export a Map with joined data to a DWG file.
  • The performance of SDF files has improved by 20%.
  • You can now successfully select a feature when the view scale for a LAYER file is zoomed in all the way.
  • You can now successfully use the Zoom feature to view raster layers in Layout View.

    AutoCAD Blocks

  • The text style in AutoCAD blocks in SDF layers will now display at the orientation to which it is set.
  • You can now successfully insert AutoCAD blocks with hatching in the Display Manager.

    Style Editor

  • You can now successfully select a new theme after editing a fill style.
  • You can now successfully create themes in SDF files with view scale information.

    Oracle Connections

  • You can now export a DWG that is set to an arbitrary X-Y coordinate system without losing your Oracle connection.
  • You can now successfully check out or update Oracle data that uses a foreign schema for a version-enabled table.

    API Users

  • Calling the API function AcMapLayer.GetFeatureData(…) with valid entity IDs will now return an MgFeatureReader with valid Identity properties for each Feature.
  • Calling the API function AcMapLayer.UpdateFeatures(…) with an MgInsertFeatures command now properly returns an MgFeatureProperty with a type of MgPropertyType.Feature, and with a value of an MgFeatureReader containing the IDs of newly-created features. In addition, you must now use AcMapLayer.UpdateFeatures(…) instead of AcMapFeatureService.UpdateFeatures(…) for all editing operations, including Insert, Update, Delete, Lock, and Unlock.
  • AutoCAD Map 3D 2008 will now call the API function GetCurrentMap(…) in multiple open documents without quitting unexpectedly or becoming unstable.

    General Updates in the AutoCAD 2008 Service Pack 1

    .NET API

    • ObjectID.Open no longer causes a crash
    • Removing a handler from Database.ObjectAppended then firing the event now generates an error message

    64-Bit

    • vl-arx-import now functions for namespaces separate from VLX
    • i-Drop is operating correctly

    Annotation Scaling

    • When dragging and dropping a named view from the style sheet manager to the host drawing, the annotation scaling features work properly
    • Custom scales which exist in the nested xrefs are no longer duplicated in the host drawing
    • Blocks in the Tool Palettes created from the DesignCenter annotative drawings are now annotative

    Attributes

    • Multiline attributes no longer shift positions every time drawings are saved and opened
    • The Value field for an attribute definition may now be modified in the Property Palette

    Blocks

    • The Y-scale factor of inserted blocks is now scaled accurately

    Communication Center

    • The Communication Center is now enabled by default.

    Dashboards

    • The dashboard panel configuration is now maintained throughout different workspaces and user sessions

    Data Extraction

    • All dynamic block properties are now correctly extracted

    Dimensions

    • Radial extension arcs may now be disabled, restoring the ability to dimension small radii
    • The In-Place dimension text editor size is now correct
    • Round-off dimension values now appear correctly
    • Dimension breaks no longer cause AutoCAD to hang

    Display

    • Linetypes now always display properly after zooming operations

    DWG

    • Copy/paste now works in the drawings saved as 2000 and then resaved in AutoCAD 2004, AutoCAD 2005, or AutoCAD 2006

    E-Transmit

    • AutoCAD 2000 and Release 14 file formats are preserved while using ETRANSMIT with the "Keep existing drawing file formats" setting enabled

    Fields

    • Drawing name field now always plots correctly

    Hatch

    • The BHATCH command boundary detection mechanism has been improved

    Image

    • Image frames are no longer plotted or displayed when IMAGEFRAME is set to 0

    Layouts

    • The ampersand character ("&") may now be entered on the Layout tab

    Multileader

    • The location of attributes in multileader block is no longer off-center
    • Multileader text no longer unexpectedly rotates
    • Multileader attributes are no longer off-center in a rotated UCS

    MText

    • MText tabs are now saved correctly to the older DWG formats
    • Certain Japanese characters are displayed correctly
    • Portuguese (Iberian and Brazilian) dictionaries now have accented capital letters

    Open/Save

    • If multiple drawings are opened in Explorer, only a single instance of AutoCAD containing those drawings will launch

    Object Snap

    • Object snaps now work correctly in blocks

    PDF Export

    • Raster images now plot correctly to PDF

    Performance Tuner

    • If there are no new drivers, the "New Driver" bubble does not appear

    Plot

    • Plotting performance of rotated MrSID images is improved

    Tables

    • Data linked cell formatting is now correct
    • Excel formatting is kept when the paste special (PASTESPEC) command is used

    Tool Palette

    • Icons are no longer truncated

    Visual Styles

    • Erroneous lines and display artifacts no longer show up after multiple zooming operations

    XREF

    • Drawings with long reference paths are referenced properly

    Known Issues With This Service Pack

    • Problem: After applying the Service Pack 1, all dashboard control panels are displayed regardless of the selected workspace.
      Workaround: Make the desired workspace current.

    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 in the following areas:

    • .NET API
    • 2D Display
    • 3D Display
    • 3D Navigation
    • Annotation Scaling
    • Attributes
    • Blocks
    • Copy and Paste
    • Customer Involvement Program
    • Dashboard
    • Design Center
    • Dimensions
    • DWF Creation
    • eTransmit
    • External References
    • File Navigation
    • Hatches
    • Hide
    • Images
    • Infocenter
    • Layers
    • Layouts
    • Lights
    • Materials
    • Multileaders
    • Multiline Text
    • Object Editing
    • Object Linking and Embedding (OLE)
    • Open, Save, and Close
    • Options
    • Object Snap
    • Plot
    • Properties Palette
    • Publish
    • Random Crashes
    • Recover
    • Render
    • Selection
    • Sheet Set Manager
    • Standards
    • Tables
    • Text
    • Tool Palettes
    • Tooltips
    • Trim
    • Undo and Redo
    • Viewports
    • Visual Lisp

    AutoCAD 2008 Hotfixes Included in this Service Pack

    • Linetype scale now returns the expected results.
    • Attempting to insert a raster image after installing AutoCAD 2008 SP1 no longer causes the program to close unexpectedly.
    • Changing the default install folder no longer prevents a secondary user from launching AutoCAD.

     


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