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March 27, 2014

AutoCAD 2015 - What's New

Here is the full list of What's New for AutoCAD 2015.

User Interaction

New Tab

 One of the first things you'll notice in AutoCAD 2015 is the New Tab. It displays as a file tab when you launch AutoCAD, when there are no drawings open, and when you create a new tab. The New Tab contains two sliding content frames - Learn and Create.
  • Create
    • The Create page is displayed by default and serves as a launch pad where you can access sample files, recent files, templates, product updates, and the online community. It's divided into 3 columns: Get Started, Recent Documents, and Connect.
      • Get Started column you can use the Start Drawing tool to quickly begin a new drawing from a default template or choose from the list of available drawing templates organized by groups. The last template you use becomes the new default. Other tools enable you to open existing drawings and sheet sets, get more templates online, and explore sample drawings.
      • Recent Documents column you can view and open your recent drawings. You can pin them to ensure they remain on the list. Icons at the bottom of the column enable you to change how you preview the recent drawings: thumbnail view, thumbnail and text view, or just text view.
      • Connect column displays notifications such as hardware acceleration, trial period, and where to download offline help. It also enables you to sign into Autodesk 360 and send feedback directly to Autodesk.
  • Learn
    • The Learn page provides tools to help you learn AutoCAD 2015. It's also divided in 3 columns: What's New, Getting Started Videos, and Tip/Online Resources.

Inventor 2015 - What's New

Now is the time to learn about the released details about latest enhancements that are added to Inventor 2015. I am going to focus on some of the more popular enhancements, you can read about the rest of the enhancements when I post the What's New document later.


Application Options dialog box is now resizable

Select any corner of the Application Options dialog box to resize.

Exciting workplane improvements make modeling easier

  • Take control of workplanes: You can now rename the workplane in the browser.
  • The name of the workplane now also displays in the graphics window.

Create midplane work planes from parallel or non parallel faces

Using Plane on the ribbon 3D Model tab, Work Features panel, you can create a midplane work plane between two parallel or non parallel faces in a part or assembly. In an assembly, it is required that the faces be on separate components. The resulting work plane is oriented to the coordinate system, and has the same outward normal of the first selected plane.

Product Design Suite 2015

Autodesk is making a few changes to its offering of Product Design Suite 2015. To start off, it is now down to just two editions, Premium and Ultimate. Anyone that was on the Standard Edition of Product Design Suite 2014, essentially this becomes Product Design Suite 2015 Premium and anyone that was on Premium or Ultimate Product Design Suite 2014, this become Product Design Suite 2015 Ultimate. Also some products were removed from all of the packages. The products that were removed are Showcase, Sketchbook Designer, Mudbox, and Alias Design. If you were on subscription and received these product before they will be offering a promotion where if you need these you can get them by just paying for a subscription cost for those products individually.

To see a video explaining the changes to Product Design Suite 2015, Click Here...
To find out more about Product Design Suite 2015, Click Here...
Image Credits: Autodesk

March 25, 2014

AutoCAD 2015 System Requirements

Here are the system requirements for AutoCAD 2015:

Operating System:

  • Microsoft® Windows 8/8.1
  • Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 Pro
  • Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

CPU Type:

For 32-bit AutoCAD 2015:
  •  32-bit Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon Dual Core, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology
For 64-bit AutoCAD 2015:
  • AMD Athlon 64 with SSE2 technology
  • AMD Opteron with SSE2 technology
  • Intel Xeon with Intel EM64T support with SSE2 technology
  • Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support with SSE2 technology


  • Deployment via Deployment Wizard
  • The license server and all workstations that will run applications dependent on network licensing must run TCP/IP protocol
  • Either Microsoft or Novell TCP/IP protocol stacks are acceptable. Primary login on workstations may be Netware or Windows
  • In addition to operating systems supported for the application, the license server will run on the Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2008 R2 Server editions, Windows Server 2003, and Windows 2003 R2 Server editions
  • Citrix XenApp 6.5 FP1


  • 2 GB (8 GB recommended)

Display Resolution:

  • 1024x768 (1600x1050 or higher recommended) with True Color

Display Card:

  • Windows display adapter capable of 1024x768 with True Color capabilities. DirectX 9 or DirectX 11 compliant card recommended but not required

Disk Space:

  • Installation 6.0 GB

Pointing Device:

  • MS-Mouse compliant device


  • WINTAB support


  • Same as AutoCAD 2013-2014 — system printer and HDI support

Media (DVD):

  • Download and installation from DVD


  • Windows Internet Explorer 9.0 (or later)

Side-by-Side Install:

  • Supported

ToolClips Media Player:

  • Adobe Flash Player v10 or up

.NET Framework:

  • .NET Framework Version 4.5

Additional requirements for large datasets, point clouds, and 3D modeling

CPU Type:

  • Intel Pentium 4 processor or AMD Athlon, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology; Intel or AMD Dual Core processor, 2.0 GHz or higher


  • 8 GB RAM or greater

Disk Space:

  • 6 GB free hard disk available, not including installation requirements

Display Card:

  • 1280x1024 True Color video display adapter 128 MB or greater, Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater, Direct3D-capable workstation class graphics card

March 13, 2014

Inventor 2014 - Update 3 for Service Pack 1

Autodesk has just released Update 3 for Inventor 2014 Service Pack 1.

This Update addresses multiple issues for Inventor 2014 Service Pack 1. The Update is cumulative and includes all changes contained in Update 1 and Update 2.

Here is what is addressed in Update 3:
  • Graphic Issue with Display True line weight
  • The edges will disappear when zooming the model with section view under shaded with edges visual style
  • Abnormal triangles appear occasionally for some large assemblies and drawings
  • Some portion of the assembly disappear during zoom
  • Shading in drawing view disappears when zooming
  • Graphics not rendering correctly, leaving ghosted and/or missing parts in assemblies
  • Poor decal quality in Performance Mode
  • Unexpected exit with error message "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered"
  • Unexpected exit when opening IDW
  • IDW Property text is moved when saved as AutoCAD DWG
  • Unable to offset in 2d sketch
  • Unexpected exit during move item with Tube & Pipe items attached due to Bolted Connection
  • Unexpected exit due to WPF application rendering in Hardware Acceleration mode
  • Transparent components disappear from graphic when zoom in/out after create or delete constrains
  • Unexpected exit when zoom in or rotate the freeform body
  • Editing iPart table via Excel 2013 will not save if another Excel documents open
  • Inventor locks up or unexpectedly exits when view degrees of freedom of an assembly that has patterned components
  • Color assignments lost when saving as STEP AP214
Here is a link to download Update 3 for Inventor 2014 SP1 - Click Here...
Both the 32-bit and 64-bit are included in the download.
Here is a link for the Readme File - Click Here...

Here is what is fixed in Update 1 - Click Here...
Here is what is fixed in Update 2 - Click Here...

This update covers the following products:

  • Autodesk Inventor Professional 2014
  • Autodesk Inventor 2014
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite Premium 2014
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite Ultimate 2014
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite Premium 2014
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite Ultimate 2014

March 12, 2014

AutoCAD 2014 for Mac Service Pack 1

Autodesk has released Service Pack 1 (SP1) for AutoCAD 2014 for Mac.

Here is a link to download AutoCAD 2014 for Mac SP1, Click Here...

Here is a link to download AutoCAD LT 2014 for Mac SP1, Click Here...

Here is a link for the Readme file, Click Here…

This update resolves compatibility issues on the new Mac OS X Mavericks, as well as the issues that have been reported while using the software on the latest versions of Mac OS X Mountain Lion. It also resolves problems reported by the Customer Error Reporting (CER) utility and other general problems identified after AutoCAD 2014 for Mac was made available.

Here are the details regarding what is included in SP1.

Problems Reported with the Customer Error Reporting Utility:

  • Crash when making blocks in some situation.
  • Crash when copy/paste in some drawings.
  • Random crash during drawing and editing.
  • Crash at startup due to some user profiles missing.
  • Random crash at startup when getting the Display Card information.
  • Crash when click the viewport control label.

General Service Pack Updates:

  • Align command missing in LT.
  • Image underlay shows twisted or white/black bands when zooming in canvas.
  • Cannot activate AutoCAD with some suite serial number, like Education Master suite serial number.
  • System animation(scrolling or switching desktop) glitches after force quit AutoCAD in some situation.
  • Typo in lynda.com link in AutoCAD.
  • Mis-use of Lucida Grande font.
  • AutoCAD hangs when plotting drawings in some situation.
  • Plot stamp now shows the system time on local machine.
  • Image underlay is not fully displayed in plotted result.

March 4, 2014

2013 Inventor of the Year

Asius TechnologiesAutodesk has named Asius Technologies, chosen by the manufacturing community, as the 2013 Inventor of the Year.

Members from the Autodesk Manufacturing community around the world selected Asius Technologies, led by audio pioneer Stephen Ambrose, the original inventor of the wireless in-ear monitor that allows performers on stage to hear themselves above other musicians and the crowd, for developing the Ambrose Diaphonic Ear Lens (ADEL).

The ADEL is a new type of earpiece that solves the problem of hearing loss resulting from repeated earbud use. Ambrose’s newest creation, designed with the use of Autodesk Product Design Suite software, was recognized as the Autodesk 2013 December IOM.

ADEL Auto Insertion Ear Bud EditiedAsius used Autodesk Inventor 3D design software as part of Product Design Suite to digitally prototype many of the ADEL components. Unlike normal in-ear headphones that trigger an “acoustic reflex” that dampens sound, the ADEL seals out unwanted noise and delivers a richer sounds at one quarter of the volume.

You can read more about Asius Technologies and the Inventor of the Year at In The Fold.

Also, here is a video interview with Asius Technologies about the Inventor of the Year award.