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Install Service Pack or Extension?

One topic that we have been working to clarify for users lately is when to install a service pack and when to install an extension. Today’s topic should help inform you of when to install extensions, as well as some of the installation steps to be aware of. One thing that helps is to realize that […]

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Renaming referenced catalogs in Plant 3d specs

Sometimes users want to rename the catalog they created, after having created specs. While this can be tedious, it is still possible. Each spec consists of two related files, the pspc, and the pspx.  This article will demonstrate part of the relationship between catalogs and specs. 1.  The first step is to rename/move the original […]

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Can’t edit Equipment nozzles

Ok, so this is more of a personal issue than anything else. For the last little while, I’ve been unable to edit equipment nozzles without the dialog disappearing and pipe starting to get routed.   If this happens to you, make sure GRIPSUBOBJMODE = 0, and your life can go back to normal.   **UPDATE** Being […]

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Dell PC Recommendations for 2015

Pretty regularly I get asked by clients what they should get for a laptop.  So, here are my 2015 recommendations. While this is geared towards AutoCAD, these recommendation exceed the basic requirements for most Autodesk products, and should provide good performance for users.  Note that because mobile video cards are not certified, you will not […]

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Dynamic Length Valves in AutoCAD Plant 3D

I have been curious about how custom parts work for a while. For example, you can put in a custom part from the spec view palette, and it will be dynamic. But if you put a part from the base catalogs in the custom parts spec, it wouldn’t work. While at AU 2014, I discovered […]

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Datalink for Navisworks 2015 update

Our Datalink product for Navisworks has been updated to be compatible with the 2015 version.  We have plans for future modifications, but it will be a few months before those are addressed. You can purchase the new version here: If you have purchased it previously, you can download and install the new version without purchasing […]

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Sharing Awesomeness – Skipping Classes and Properties

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Sharing Projects with AutoCAD Plant 3D

AutoCAD P&ID and Plant 3D also handles cases where properties or classes do not exist in a current project setup. In this scenario, PID001 is from a project that has additional properties and some extra ball valve classes. When using Copy drawing to project to bring PID001 into a new project, this dialog is displayed […]

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Masking the Wipeout

One issue new users see in AutoCAD P&ID, is the boxes around instruments and other items.  These boxes provide masking for text within the instrument bubbles, but are displayed by default when plotting. AutoCAD P&ID uses an AutoCAD feature called wipeouts (command WIPEOUT) to hide the edges of bubbles. Each wipeout has a frame that […]