Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Content Extension for AutoCAD MEP 2009

Release Date: 2008-10-09

The US Content Extension for AutoCAD® MEP 2009 software provides new pipe and MvParts catalogs for water and wastewater design. By downloading this extension, you will have access to components and parts specific to the water and wastewater design projects, including, large diameter pipe fittings, numerous valves, aerators, centrifuges, classifiers, conveyors, blowers, screens, gates, pumps as well as other equipment.

This new content can be downloaded for free from your Autodesk subscription login.

Parts added via this Content Extension

Below is a list of parts types added to both the US Imperial and US Metric part catalogs.

  • Starter
    Interface Stations
  • Aeration Disc Diffuser
    Heat Exchangers
    3-Way Valves
    Air Valves
    Backflow Preventers
    Ball Valves
    Butterfly Valves
    Check Valves
    Cone Valves
    Diaphragm Valves
    Gate Valves
    Globe Valves
    Knife Valve
    Mud Valves
    Valve Actuators

  • Buttweld Cross
    Buttweld Elbows
    Buttwled Reducer
    Buttweld Tee
    Buttweld Laterals
    Flanged Cross
    Flanged Elbows
    Flanged Reducer
    Flanged Tee
    Flanged Laterals

General Installation Information

Before You Begin to install the content extension, keep in mind to back up all custom parts, including the .dwg, .xml and .bmp files.

Installation Location

The content will be added to the MEP Catalog Content location specified during the original install of AutoCAD MEP 2009.

The Windows XP default location is:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Autodesk\ACD-MEP 2009\enu\Aecb Catalogs.

The Windows Vista default location is:
C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\ACD-MEP 2009\enu\Aecb Catalogs.

Note: If you have moved your catalogs after installation to a new location the Content Extension parts will not be installed to the new location.

After the content extension is installed you will need to go into your options, and add the two catalogs to the MEP Catalog and then Regenerate the Catalogs.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Creating Annotative Tags

Creating Annotative Tags in AutoCAD Archtitecture

I get asked about how to create smart tags in AutoCAD MEP all the time, and I think I wrote an article on it at one time, but my memory fails me sometimes, but I ran across David Koch's blog in regards to creating smart tags that are annotative. So if you can't find this information in my search, take a look at Davids' blog.