Thursday, January 15, 2009

Civil 3D 2009 Update 2 Has Arrived

Just a quick post to let everyone know that the Civil 3D 2009 Update 2 has been posted. You can download this update from the Autodesk website here.

Thanks to Lisa P. for the email notification. I was also notified from Autodesk about the patch after submitting a CER that included my email address.

Another quick reminder to send in your CER's when you crash. It's important for Autodesk to see how often an error occurs and how many folks it affects. This ensures that the problem is given a higher priority level and the chances of it being fixed in the next product update are much greater.

3 comments:

James said...

Any indication whether the service pack includes the open/save patch fixes they released last year?

In other words on a clean install do you need to install SP1, the hotfix and SP2 or does SP2 cover all previous fixes?

TommieR said...

Well, James, since Update 2 has been removed from the downloads section of the Autodesk website, I would not recommend that you install the Update at this time. I know of two issues in particular that seem to have occurred after installation of Update 2 for Civil 3D 2009.

The first issue is with etransmit. Trying to etransmit a drawing will cause a Fatal Error. There was a suggestion of changing the FIELDEVAL system variable to 0 by brjordan, but unfortunately that didn't work for me. It may make a difference if you are etransmitting a drawing that was created in Civil 3D 2009 vs an older version of the software.

The other issue has to do with large surfaces getting put in an external file even though they aren't large enough to meet the minimum size requirements (think surfaces created from lidar data points) to be put in the external file. It happened to me twice and another user one time. The surface was returned to the drawing the next time I opened it and the drawing worked just fine (actually, better).

The good news is that the Update fixed several issues my company was having with pipes and feature lines. These improvements include less crashes and items actually being fixed when an audit is performed with drawings that contain feature lines and pipes.

As for your original question (the Open/close hotfix), I will ask my contacts at Autodesk and let you know what they say.

TommieR said...

James,
I verified with Autodesk that Civil 3D 2009 Update 2 is built on AutoCAD 2009 Update 2 and therefore it DOES include the open/save hotfix.

As for performing a clean install (such as from the original shipped media), you only need to install the latest Update and any hot fixes that were released after the latest Update.