Author Archives: Mike Norton

Performance issues caused by McAfee anti-virus software

If you are experiencing sluggish response times and slow refresh rates of the user interface of your 2011 Autodesk products your McAfee anti-virus software may be the culprit.  The final verdict is not in yet but rest assured that the elves at Autodesk are … Continue reading

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Civil 3D 2011 Update 1 display and stability issues

Immediately after installing Civil 3D 2011 Update 1 to my machine at home my crosshairs began flickering.  It so happens, this is a known issue possibly having to do with unsupported graphic cards or graphic drivers.  The update may provoke other issues … Continue reading

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Autodesk Performance Monitor

I see a lot of machinery over the course of a day and I can certainly attest to the fact that some of us are background people and some of us are icon people.  I’m in that first group.  My desktop background isn’t … Continue reading

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AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 Update 1

Autodesk has released AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 Update 1, the ubiquitous fix for a variety of issues.  It includes all previous hotfixes for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 and those included in AutoCAD 2011 Update 1.1 and AutoCAD Map 3D 2011 Update 1. Before … Continue reading

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Improve Drawing Performance

If you are struggling with marginal system resources and wrestling with a large drawing containing an abundance of hatched areas, Autodesk has provided yet another simple little performance trick to help us out. The system variable, HPQUICKPREVIEW,  controls the automatic preview … Continue reading

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AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 Feature Alert: Watershed Analysis

I was recently contracted as a designer on a low impact design, 200-acre subdivision development with open ditch drainage and pertinent utilities.  The intent was to take advantage of the natural drainage patterns of the property, as much as possible, … Continue reading

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AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 Update 3.1

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 Update 3.1 was released today, (all together now…) addressing a number of known program issues.  I am aware that not everyone will find the sarcasm reflected by my use of italics and parenthetical asides very funny.  On the one … Continue reading

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Civil 3D System Requirements

I see a pattern developing here.  A tech doc detailing system requirements for one version is posted one day, all versions the next.  A little patience and I think I can cut down on my number of posts. If you are … Continue reading

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Civil 3D 2010 System Requirements

Two things stand out to me in this tech doc: 1) 32-bit Civil 3D requires 4 GB of RAM in order to take advantage of the 3 GB switch, and; 2) Windows 7 and Vista operating systems offer superior memory management over the Windows XP … Continue reading

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Civil 3D Updates & Service Packs

Those of you out there like me that struggle to keep up with such things may find this document very useful.  It’s a list of Civil 3D hot fixes, updates, and service packs for the last nine releases.  Almost.

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