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Many of our customers often wait to start using the newest releases of Autodesk and other software products until a service pack has been released.  If you happen to work for one of these companies it’s time to start pushing for your new installs.  Autodesk has been releasing the service packs for a variety of their programs.  What is a service pack:

A service pack (in short SP) is a collection of updates, fixes and/or enhancements to a software program delivered in the form of a single installable package. Many companies, such as Autodesk, typically release a service pack when the number of individual patches to a given program reaches a certain (arbitrary) limit. Installing a service pack is easier and less error-prone than installing a high number of patches individually, even more so when updating multiple computers over a network.

Service packs are usually numbered, and thus shortly referred to as SP1, SP2, SP3 etc.  They may also bring, besides bug fixes, entirely new features.

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Electrical – 2010 Update 1 Released

As of August 25th 2009 Autodesk has released service pack 1 for AutoCAD Electrical 2010. Below I have listed the areas of the software which this service pack or update relates to.

Circuit Builder can become unstable with huge drawing extents.
Circuit Builder does not support nested circuits inserted from single marker block.
Insert/Edit Components/Footprints
Insert Connector From List becomes unstable when performing File Pick cancellation.
Changing the scale changes the length in Din Rail insertion.
The INST/LOC attribute’s visibility changes when editing a component.
Component pin values can be deleted when assigning catalog without pin list.
PLC Database Editor crash when editing a module on 64 bit operating system.
Wire Connection does not synchronize with Symbol Builder library.
Migration Utility
Migration Utility fails to run on 64 bit operating system.
Project Database Service
Project Database Service can become unstable under certain conditions.
Project Manager
Project Manager becomes unstable upon hitting TAB key.
Adding an ITEM sort option on BOM report.
One-line data is not listed on certain schematic reports.
Wire From/To report ignores Wire Tee markers when determining wire sequencing.
Content in Description field can be missing from PLC report.
Terminal Strip Editor becomes unstable when changing terminal level numbers and rebuilding strips.
Terminal Strip Editor fails for terminal with copied catalog from another terminal.
Auto wire connection can be broken when inserting a motor.
Multiple wire numbers can get inserted on a wire when performing remove and re-insert wire number.

You can find this update at:

Latest Autocad Electrical Hotfix – Project Database

Today’s post is really just a reminder that it pays to always check to see if there are any new hotfixes or service packs you may be unaware of. While thinking about items to talk about I took a look for the last time a service pack was released for AutoCAD Electrical 2009 (SP2 released on Oct. 27 2008). To my surprise there is a new hotfix that was release on January 19 2009 that should fix a problem one of my current customers was having a couple of weeks ago. No matter what Autodesk software you run today it never hurts to see whats new. The latest Electrical service pack fixes an issue with the project file database having random crashes. If you have experience this you know exactly how frustrating it can be.

Follow this link for the latest hotfix and remember you need to be on service pack 2 also with administrative privileges

Thanks to the Autodesk AutoCAD Electrical Team

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