Saturday, July 26, 2008

AutoCAD MEP 2009 Service Pack 1 Released

Download the AutoCAD MEP 2009 Product Update 1 32-Bit Here

Download the AutoCAD MEP 2009 Product Update 1 64-Bit Here

Primary Issues Resolved by This Update
General Updates to AutoCAD MEP
The following issues have been fixed in AutoCAD MEP 2009 Update 1:

Catalog Editor

  • Unable to Write Check Permissions error occurs when copy and paste parts into the same catalog.


  • Duct sizing does not always provide the expected size when using Metric units


  • Power Totals tool does not always state the correct load.


  • Pipe segments will be offset from each other when using justification which is not Center/Center.
  • Insulation will not be applied to pipe fittings when using the match properties.
  • In some instances pipe object are not visible until a regenerate is performed.


  • Invalid Enum Map String error when using MvPartModify on a multi-view part created via MvPartConvert command.


  • AutoCAD warning message when saving an External Reference.

Problems in AutoCAD MEP Reported with the Customer Error Reporting Utility
As a result of detailed information from customers who used the Customer Error Reporting Utility, a number of problems were identified and fixed. Updates have been made in the following feature areas:

  • External Reference (xref) Editing
  • Device Selection
  • Project Navigator
  • Multi-View Part Modify
  • Opening Legacy drawings

General Updates to AutoCAD Architecture
The following issues have been fixed in AutoCAD Architecture 2009 Update 1:


  • The application might crash when cutting or refreshing sections or elevations containing certain structural members.

Drawing Management

  • For localized versions of AutoCAD Architecture, callouts and labels would occasionally fail to resolve when dropping views onto sheets.
  • The application might crash when viewing the external references of a project drawing that was resaved as a different project drawing type.
  • It was not possible to drag a project entity from one file to another when hardware acceleration was enabled, if the host drawing did not use the 2d wireframe visual style.
  • The application might crash when plotting immediately after cancelling a previous plot job.


  • Fillet radii would not be imported reliably for certain parameteric profiles.
  • Parametric profiles without voids would not be imported reliably.
  • Spaces with clipping and holes would not import reliably.
  • Wall styles would not be reliably converted and mapped on import.
  • Curtain walls might not be import properly on localized versions of AutoCAD Architecture.


  • gbXML would export a value 1000 times too large for AirChangesPerHour in metric drawings.


  • The application would occasionally crash on shutdown.

Wall Objects

  • The face of a wall might not draw correctly in isometric view for certain endcap configurations.

Display System

  • Autodesk Civil 3D users could end up with a style referencing a non-existent hatch.


  • Memory would not be released to Windows when closing a drawing.

Problems in AutoCAD Architecture Reported with the Customer Error Reporting Utility
As a result of detailed information from customers who used the Customer Error Reporting Utility, a number of problems were identified and fixed. Updates have been made in the following feature areas:

  • 3D Visual Styles
  • Annotation Scaling
  • External References (xref) palette
  • Raster Images
  • Partial Open
  • Plot
  • Properties Palette
  • Hatch
  • Remote text (rtext)

General Updates to AutoCAD

The following issues have also been fixed:


  • When a .NET function with a LispFunction attribute has the return type as object, an exception is thrown in AutoCAD.

Annotation Scaling

  • A drawing that contains a large number of anonymous blocks and copies of annotative entities created in AutoCAD 2007, or an earlier release, opens slowly in AutoCAD 2009.
  • A scale is infinitely enumerated when you insert a drawing that contains the same scale as a block or an external reference (xref).


  • When you attempt to display a tooltip of a multiline text (mtext) attribute that contains 281 characters or more, AutoCAD crashes.
  • When you move a block using an insertion grip, mtext attributes move incorrectly.
  • When the default value of an mtext attribute in a block contains a field, you cannot edit the attribute text to replace the field with other data.


  • When you insert or redefine a block that contains attributes on a locked layer, AutoCAD crashes.
  • When you change the scale of a block through the Properties Palette, an attribute displays incorrectly.

Export a Layout to Model Space
When you export a layout to model space the following occurs:

  • The linetype scale changes.
  • Dimension arrowheads do not display.
  • Text does not rotate correctly.
  • Drawing properties are lost.

External Reference ESW

  • The External References palette does not display when auto-hidden and used with the XREF or IMAGE commands are used.


  • When you recreate a hatch boundary, it consists of separate line segments rather than a closed polyline.


  • When you plot, objects in an xref are not correctly hidden.

Menu Browser

  • You cannot access the menu browser in a non-English version of AutoCAD using the shortcut Alt+Key.

Multileader (mleader)

  • When created on a rotated UCS, a multileader does not respect POLAR or ORTHO settings.

Multiline Text (mtext)

  • When you drag and drop a drawing while the In-Place Text Editor is active, AutoCAD crashes.
  • When some of the values in the In-Place Text Editor are changed, AutoCAD crashes.
  • Some mtext objects with double byte characters display as a single line.


  • When you attempt to save a file with a long file name, AutoCAD may crash.
  • When you drag and drop a file from Windows Explorer into the AutoCAD title bar while in Single Document Interface (SDI) mode, AutoCAD may crash.
  • When you attempt to open multiple files from Windows Explorer, only the first selected file opens.

Partial Open

  • When the OPENPARTIAL system variable is set to 1, if you use the PURGE command, drawings may become corrupted.


  • When you plot upside-down, an OLE object does not plot correctly.

Property Palette

  • In the Properties palette, the Dimension Style control may display an incorrect dimension style name.


  • In the Publish dialog box, the Publish To setting always defaults to DWF format even if you select a different setting.

Quick Properties

  • When you change the theme of your operating system while running AutoCAD and then click the Quick Properties window, AutoCAD crashes.


  • When you open some valid drawings, you are prompted to use the RECOVER command.


  • When you use the RENDER command with certain drawings that contain textured object, AutoCAD crashes.


  • When acad.CUI is loaded as a partial CUI, some buttons in the multiline text (mtext) ribbon contextual tab fail.
  • On a ribbon panel, you may not be able to move items between rows.
  • A ribbon panel continues to display after it is removed from a ribbon tab.
  • A button image used on a ribbon panel that is loaded from a resource DLL file lacks a transparent background.
  • If you transfer a ribbon panel and a tab, buttons display small.
  • Enterprise, main, and partial CUI files display multiple ribbon tabs in workspaces.
  • You cannot control a ribbon tab when you use more than one non-AutoCAD CUI file.
  • A ribbon tab and/or menu macro may not function properly when referenced from multiple CUI files.
  • If you load a CUI file that references a missing BMP file, a fatal error displays.

Visual LISP

  • The AutoLISP Redraw function fails to hide or highlight objects.


  • When you zoom while inserting some blocks, AutoCAD crashes.

Known Issues with This Update
After you apply this update, you may experience the following ribbon customization-related problems:

  • An Incorrect or Missing Ribbon Tab
    Known Issue: When you display a ribbon tab from a partial of Enterprise CUI file, on the ribbon, the ribbon tab displays incorrectly or is missing.
    Workaround: To correctly display a ribbon tab, recreate the workspace used to display the ribbon tab from scratch. Do not duplicate or attempt to update the workspace. Once you create a new workspace, set the workspace current. The ribbon tab should display correctly. For a partial CUI file, before you add a ribbon tab to a workspace, use the Customize User Interface (CUI) Editor to change the customization group name of the file. The customization group name is represented by the uppermost node of the tree in the Customization In pane.
  • A Blank Image for a Command
    Known Issue: On a ribbon panel, the image associated with a command defined in the Command List pane displays as a blank icon.
    Workaround: To recreate a ribbon command item on a ribbon panel, delete it. Then, from the Command List pane, add the command to the ribbon panel.


  1. They still have not fixed the pipe disconnection when editing xref in place. Normaly I start using the most current edition of the product but until they fix this I might be waiting till 2010 in March.

  2. Unfortunately they still have not fixed the pipe disconnection that occurs when editing an xref in place.

  3. I wish they had fixed the pipe disconnection that occurs when editing an xref in place.