Wednesday, December 27, 2006

WARNING - Windows Live OneCare

Windows Live OneCare safety scanner is a free service designed to help ensure the health of your PC.

  • Check for and remove viruses
  • Get rid of junk on your hard disk
  • Improve your PC's performance
The clean up scanner will find obsolete temporary and registry files and tell you if it’s time for you to clean up your hard disk. Removing these files not only clears up clutter on your PC, it can also help improve your computer’s performance. You can choose to follow the recommendations or customize the clean up.

But be aware. After you run any type of registry cleaner like Windows Live OneCare, it may report errors in a large number of registry entries associated with the installation. If you use a registry cleaner to repair these registry errors, Building Systems and Architectural Desktop may exhibit problems such as:
  • Pressing F1 initiates re-installation
  • Quick exits during work sessions
  • Working with tool palettes produces an error: Unable to Execute the tool. Class not registered.
Autodesk programs use relative paths within many of its registry entries. Many registry cleaners incorrectly identify these registry entries as invalid. If these registry cleaners are allowed to fix the registry entries utilizing relative paths, ABS or ADT will probably not work and the only solution is to repair your existing installation. Follow these steps:
  1. From the Windows Start menu, open the Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel, open Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select your Autodesk Program, and click Change.
  4. In the Setup dialog box, select Reinstall or Repair, and click Next.
  5. Select Repair Registry, and click Next.
  6. When prompted to start the installation, click Next.
  7. When the installation is complete, click Finish.

Note: After you have repaired your installation, registry cleaners may once again report a large number of errors in the registry. To avoid this problem, it is recommended that you configure your registry cleaner so that it does not scan Active X Com Sections and Active X Com Sub Key Sections.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Preserving Layer Settings in Sections & Elevations. Autodesk. ®. Building Systems (ABS) and Autodesk

Preserving Layer Settings in Sections & Elevations Autodesk® Building Systems (ABS) and Autodesk Architectural Desktop (ADT) provide end-to-end design capabilities for the entire design team by providing a single platform that allows you to unify your drawing, design and analysis in one comprehensive solution. Both ABS and ADT offer powerful modeling tools that enable you to create sections and elevations directly from model without additional work on your part. This document explores the utilization of 2D Section/Elevation Styles (elevation styles) to control the visual and layer properties of elements in a 2D section or elevation object. Controlling the properties of these elements is done either manually or automatically. This document will explore both methods. Manual control is desirable when you have just a few objects in the section that you want to control their display settings. Automatic control gives you the ability to have the section object completely reproduce the display settings of the objects. Automatic control, however, requires you to configure your section – elevation styles to completely match the colors set through layers via layer keys.

Autodesk White Paper