Civil 3D 2020.5 Recall and Framework Styles

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Autodesk halted the availability of the Autodesk Civil 3D 2020.5 Update late last week. Oh, no. This somewhat embarrassing recall (or whatever you want to call it) was based on customer issues and complaints regarding the new Civil 3D 2020.5 Update code. As of this post there is no formal Autodesk statement or official public list of the reasons and issues found for the Civil 3D 2020.5 Update recall outside of the Civil 3D Futures site.

None of the issues listed include or note Civil 3D Style problems created by the Civil 3D 2020.5 Update. Whew.

The Civil 3D 2020.5 Recall and Framework Styles

A few days earlier MoreCompetency released an upgrade and maintenance build for the Framework for Civil 3D 2020.5 products. Out of an abundance of caution, we have removed access to those new 2020.5 Framework Update build downloads from the respective Framework product download pages for the time being.

We will supply new Framework Update versions as soon as possible after Autodesk releases a 2020.5 Update fix.

The Framework for Civil 3D Templates and Styles Continue to Perform

Based on our preliminary testing almost all the supplied Framework Civil 3D Template and Style library resources continue to function fine with either Civil 3D 2020.4 or Civil 3D 2020.5 Update code.

All the updated and new Profile View Band Styles, Description Key Set, and Figure Db resources perform and behave well. Previously released new, improved, and updated Styles and other resources continue to perform as advertised.

Framework for Civil 3D Style Transparency

Best as we can tell, only a few of the supplied Style definitions that include a Reference Text component appear to be broken by the 2020.5 Update. This may not even be related to this 2020 Update. These are easy to identify and fix manually. These may have updated to a Reference Text default value of Label Text instead of an assigned Civil 3D Feature reference value.

Good news - Production drawings that include Label Styles with previously applied Reference Text components continue to function properly. No new annoying lost ??? results. That is sort of interesting.
This appears to be true for both classic Civil 3D template implementations and Civil 3D reference template (TREF) implementations.

What to Do

If you already downloaded the updated Framework for Civil 3D 2020.5 products and/or began or want to employ them, you should be able to continue to employ them with the current version of the Civil 3D 2020.5 Update installed.

Other non-Style related Civil 3D 2020.5 Update code issues may force you to choose to uninstall the Civil 3D 2020.5 Update.

The Framework for Civil 3D Style resources as supplied in the 2020.5 Update download will still function as advertised with the Civil 3D 2020.4 Update code. Hoorah.

An uninstall of the 2020.5 Update seems to work successfully. It might be worth noting that the Civil 3D 2020.5 Update also installs a new version of Subassembly Composer and a new Civil 3D Object Enabler for 2020.5.

Your Feedback is Essential

As always, if you discover other issues with the Framework supplied resources, please let us know via an email to

We are always interested in suggestions and improvements to the Framework.
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