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When Autodesk introduces a new tool into AutoCAD Civil 3D we get a bunch of opening hype about it followed by a pause as the real folks in Civil 3D Land try and figure out a way to make the new tool work. Reference Templates in Civil 3D 2017 are no exception. The tool sounds great. People ask…

“How do we make the Reference Template tool work?”

Maybe…

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Let’s be frank. To some degree the new AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 Reference Template tool is a way for Autodesk to dodge some of the recurring maintenance issues (problems) of the Style Import Tool.
Put another way – instead of reporting and potentially resolving Style property conflicts between different versions of two Civil 3D object models in two different…

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AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 introduced Reference Templates. The concept of Reference Templates is to finally deliver a way to standardize Civil 3D Style Management a bit more effectively. We can now systematically manage the Styles in your current production template by referencing Civil 3D Styles from other separate Reference Templates. These are included a managed stack…

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A useful Export out of AutoCAD Civil 3D seems to be the theme of the week in Civil 3D Land. Last post I harped on Export command issues in Civil 3D 2015-2017. I delivered some useful tips and work arounds to produce editable digital output too. Maybe that leaves you…

Breathless

Jerry Bartels of Autodesk…

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Posted by Tench Tilghman

Tags  plan production tool, layout, Reference Template, video

There is always some fear and loathing for writers associated with a post about newly introduced feature in the latest AutoCAD Civil 3D. New product features do tend to arrive as a work in progress. Autodesk often introduces something new with little real documentation. This allows them to change the officially undocumented behavior of the new feature in the next Service Pack. Yep. There’s a reason…

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Posted by Tench Tilghman

Tags  Reference Template, Civil 3D 2017, Style, Style Management