Bug Watch: Service Pack 1 for AutoCAD 200614 Oct, 2005 By: Steve Johnson Cadalyst
Autodesk introduces a handy set of fixes for many AutoCAD 2006 problems.
Autodesk has released its first, and probably only, Service Pack for AutoCAD 2006 and AutoCAD LT 2006. To download it, click here. As always, read the Read Me file first. What does the Service Pack put right? Autodesk lists 89 fixes in the following categories:
Actions That No Longer Cause Fatal Errors: 8 fixes
Problems Reported with the Customer Error Reporting Utility (i.e., problems that the CER utility used to report, not problems caused by that utility): fixes in 31 areas
ActiveX API: 3 fixes
Calculator: 2 fixes
Color: 1 fix
Data Extraction: 2 fixes
Dimensioning: 2 fixes
Dynamic Blocks: 2 fixes
Dynamic Input: 2 fixes
Hatching: 1 fix
Key Modifiers: 1 fix
Layers: 1 fix
Migration (an apparent euphemism for CUI problems): 7 fixes
Modify: 3 fixes
ObjectARX and ObjectDBX: 2 fixes
Object Linking and Embedding: 2 fixes
Object Snaps: 1 fix
Open: 1 fix
Options: 1 fix
Plot and Publish: 4 fixes
Profiles: 1 fix
Tables: 1 fix
Text: 8 fixes, including 5 specific to non-English AutoCADs
Tool Palette: 1 fix
Xrefs: 1 fix
Should you download and apply Service Pack 1 to your existing AutoCAD 2006? Yes, you probably should. If you're worried, watch this space for a few months, but Service Pack 1 certainly fixes many more problems than it introduces. Don't wait too long, though. You can probably expect AutoCAD 2007 to arrive by March 2006.
If you've been waiting for Service Pack 1 before introducing AutoCAD 2006, should you go ahead now? It depends. If you have an extensively customized AutoCAD environment, the continuing difficulties presented by CUI (see Bug Watch August 2005) may still put you off. This is particularly true for users of the AutoCAD-based vertical products, and SP1 is coming later for those than for vanilla AutoCAD. The brave new world of CUI is not going to go away, but by AutoCAD 2007 it should be closer to being fully baked.
Undefined Untruth (2006 and 2006 SP1)
In the CUI editor, you may find that trying to set up a workspace is somewhat trying. Part of that is due to poor interface design, but this bug is a contributing factor, too. If you have pull-down and toolbar menus defined in partial CUIs, they are incorrectly listed as "Undefined" when you are viewing or editing a workspace. The menu names are not listed, which makes it very difficult to know which menus are where or which ones are turned on or off. The menus aren't really undefined, and AutoCAD displays the menu names in the AutoCAD user interface itself. They even display correctly elsewhere in the CUI dialog box. The same bug applies to partial menus of both main and enterprise CUIs.
Workaround: None known.
Stretch Strain (2006)
If you perform a stretch that includes a circle, that circle could end up where it shouldn't be. If the circle is parallel to the WCS (world coordinate system), you won't have a problem. If the circle lies in any other plane, the displacement in WCS is applied to the object's non-WCS coordinate system, meaning that it is displaced to the wrong location.
Fix: Apply Service Pack 1.
About the Author: Steve Johnson
Autodesk Technical Evangelist Lynn Allen guides you through a different AutoCAD feature in every edition of her popular "Circles and Lines" tutorial series. For even more AutoCAD how-to, check out Lynn's quick tips in the Cadalyst Video Gallery. Subscribe to Cadalyst's free Tips & Tools Weekly e-newsletter and we'll notify you every time a new video tip is published. All exclusively from Cadalyst!