Civil 3D 2016 Users Beware

Tags Civil 3D 2016, Service Pack, AutoCAD 2016, Update

It’s been over a month since Autodesk released Service Pack 1 for AutoCAD 2016.

This AutoCAD service pack applies to all AutoCAD based products. That includes AutoCAD Map 3D 2016, AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 and Infrastructure Design Suite 2016.

Back in Time

Perhaps this event marks a return to the days of Autodesk prehistory in remembrance of Huey Lewis and the News hits and the great Back to the Future movie.

I think we’d all prefer The Power of Love.

To date the Autodesk Application Manager does not appear to recognize the service pack.
There is almost nothing nastier and more unfriendly than an automated update checking application that does not work.
It’s a trust thing.

To date the AutoCAD 2016 SP1 also does NOT appear on the respective Autodesk support Download pages either.
Maybe the Autodesk product development groups are fighting internally about this.
Maybe the AutoCAD programming group forgot to tell everyone else?
To quote the SPs download page…

“This change enables Autodesk to release service packs in a more timely fashion.”

OK. “timely” seems to be a rather dubious word in the current context.

As an AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 user, you may never know it even exists.

Watch Your Back

The Service Pack marked a significant change in AutoCAD based product service pack and dare we say future Hot Fix procedures too. Again into the breach from the SP’s download page:

Service Pack Changes

Autodesk announced a change to how AutoCAD Service Packs will work from now on:

“Important: Changes to Service Pack Releases from Autodesk

AutoCAD service packs are now separate and independent of the specific service packs for AutoCAD-based vertical products.

  • In the past, AutoCAD-specific fixes were included in the verticals service packs and you only needed to install the appropriate verticals service pack.
  • From now on, you will need to install the AutoCAD service pack in addition to any applicable service pack for your vertical products.

This change enables Autodesk to release service packs in a more timely fashion.”

Windows 10 Support

The AutoCAD 2016 Service Pack 1 adds official Autodesk support for Windows 10.

  • Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10 Professional and Windows 10 Enterprise
  • Make sure you download and install the correct version of the Service Pack
  • You can upgrade to Windows 10 from Win 7 or Win 8 before or after installing SP1

This AutoCAD 2016 Service Pack DOES apply to AutoCAD Map 3D 2016, AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 and Infrastructure Design Suite 2016.

See the AutoCAD Downloads page get AutoCAD 2016 Service Pack 1.

 If I post this on a Thursday, maybe they'll fix things by Friday.