May 12, 2013
Posted by Brian Hailey under autocad
| Tags: 2014
, aerial image
, Civil 3D
, Contextual Ribbon
, Road Map
Note from Brian: Something new in the 2015 release. The images plot. HERE
So AutoCAD 2014 has this cool new feature called Live Maps and Geographic Location (basically, AutoCAD now owns the coordinate systems for Civil 3D and Map 3D). When a coordinate system is assigned to the drawing, you get a new tab on the ribbon allowing you to display an aerial map, a road map, and do some cool stuff.
The problem is, this isn’t in Civil 3D 2014 at all. Here are the steps to add this ribbon tab to Civil 3D 2014.
HERE is a video showing the steps
- Open AutoCAD 2014. This can either be AutoCAD 2014 or Civil 3D 2014 as AutoCAD 2014.
- Go into the CUI (Customize User Interface) dialog box (type CUI at the command line).
- In the CUI, go to the Transfers tab and create a new CUI file.
CUI Transfer Tab
- Drag the Geolocation ribbon tab from the ACAD.CUIX file to your new CUI file (just drag and drop)
Drag and Drop
- Save the CUI file and close AutoCAD.
- Open Civil 3D 2014 and type CUI just like in AutoCAD (don’t go to the Transfer tab, stay on the Customize tab).
- Load in the CUI file you saved in AutoCAD
Open Partial CUI File
- In the just loaded CUI file, drag the Geolocation ribbon tab to the Geo Coordinate System Assigned Contextual Tab State.
- Save and your off and running.
Now, when you assign a coordinate system to your drawing, you can also display aerial maps or road maps in the drawing as well.
Map Display Options
July 30, 2011
Last week, one of our tech support geniuses (thanks Deni) solved a problem for me. I wanted to be able to reset the classroom computers back to a factory install for Civil 3D 2011 and 2012. Well, it turns out to be simpler than I thought it would be. All you have to do is delete a folder in Windows Explorer and delete a folder out of your registry.
IF YOU MESS WITH YOUR REGISTRY AND IT BLOWS UP DON’T BLAME ME BECAUSE RIGHT NOW I’M TELLING YOU TO MAKE A BACKUP OF YOUR REGISTRY BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING LIKE THIS AND YOU SHOULD NEVER TRUST SOMEONE ON THE INTERNET TELLING YOU TO MODIFY YOUR REGISTRY WITHOUT TAKING THE APPROPRIATE PRECAUTIONS LIKE BACKING UP YOUR REGISTRY!
Now that I have that out of the way, simply do this. Go into Windows Explorer and delete the folder the corresponds to the version of Civil 3D you want to reset (this works for other verticals as well as regular AutoCAD as well but make sure you get the right stuff for those other programs) from “C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk” (replace <username> with your login name on your computer). In this case, since I’m trying to reset Civil 3D 2011 and Civil 3D 2012, I’ll delete those two folder. NOTE: This location is for Windows 7. I’m not sure what the path is for other operating systems but since you are running C3D, you are running Windows 7, right? If not, you should be.
Now, you just need to make a slight modification to your registry (see my disclaimer above). Hit your Windows Key on your keyboard and type “regedit” and hit enter. This will bring up your registry editor. Now simply browse down through it till you find “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Autodesk\AutoCAD\” This is where all your AutoCAD based Autodesk software is stored (at least the part of it we are concerned with). The versions I wanted to reset were 2011 and 2012 so, 2011 is found in the R18.1 folder and 2012 is found in the R18.2 folder. Now, for Civil 3D 2011, delete the R18.1\ACAD-9000:409 key and for 2012, delete R18.2\ACAD-A000:409.
Once you are done with that, simply restart C3D and the Secondary Installer will run and you will get a nice freshly installed C3D on your system.
If you are leary about editing your registry, check out http://seilercadsupport.wordpress.com/2011/07/30/i-want-a-do-over/ for instructions on resetting C3D without the registry edits. (I have to give credit where credit is due, that post from the Seiler CAD Support Blog was the inspiration for this post.)
July 3, 2010
If you are still using Civil 3D 2010, perhaps you’ve seen what it is I’m talking about (not sure if this is a C3D issue or an AutoCAD issue):
Who in their right mind needs to see this much information every time they happen to pause over an XREF? The fix is amazingly simple.
First go into the CUI (type “CUI”) and select the Rollover Tooltips. Since the XREF is an AutoCAD entity, I like to do it under the ACAD CUI file. If you are running C3D, it’s one of the Partial CUIs. If you’re running straight AutoCAD, it’s the enterprise CUI. Under the rollover tooltips, you need to toggle on the External References but, you’ll notice that there is no option there. By default, the CUI doesn’t display all the options all the time so, you have to add it to the list, to do that, select the “Edit Object Type List”.
That’s all you have to do. Once you exit out, you are good to go. I think that because the XREF option toggled on, it displayed all the properties. Once you toggle it on, it only displays the properties that are checked on. Now, if you want to change what info is displayed, simply go back and toggle what you need on and off.
Fortunately, this doesn’t seem to be an issue in 2011.