Converting a PDF to a Georeferenced Image using Raster Design

I created a 10 min. video describing how to convert a .pdf file to an image then aligning the image in AutoCAD 2014. Using Raster Design 2014 the image is exported with a world file created during the export process.

PDF to Georeferenced Image

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Edit DTEXT and it disappears – (Civil 3d 2012 bug with a workaround)

Problem:
I have DTEXT in a title block. I edit the text and it disappears. Regen gets it back but you cannot do anything with the text afterward.

Solution:
Change the TEXTED system variable to 1. This changes the editor to the old style editor. Wait for a service pack to fix this bug.
Run AUDIT on the drawing.
If the TEXTED variable is already set to 1 an AUDIT seemed to correct the problem if it persists.

Windows 7 – How to Add a Quick Launch Folder to the Taskbar

The SevenForums.com site has an excellent “How To” on Adding the Quick Launch folder to the Taskbar in Windows 7. You can pin applications to the Taskbar in Windows 7 but soon find the Taskbar cluttered and disorganized.  Read on to see you can enable the Quick Launch folder in 2 easy steps.

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New evidence proves processor speed is most important choice for Civil 3D performance

I ran some tests on Civil 3d 2011.  Here are the system configuration comparisons.

AST-2 Alienware M15x 6Gb RAM and Intel Core i7 Q 840 1.87Ghz

AST-3 Alienware M15x 8Gb RAM and Intel Core i7 Q 740 1.73Ghz

Passmark: AST-2 1467.5
Passmark: AST-3 1443.5
AST 2 had a 6-10% better performance in all categories except Large RAM was -31%
www.PassMark.com was used to benchmark the performance of both computers.

Now for the Civil 3D test results.

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Add vertices to a Feature Line in Civil 3D

For the long time users of Land Desktop and Civil 3d you have relied on a command to Add Vertices to 3d plines.  Things have changed and you need to recalibrate your skills.  After getting over my initial anger and frustration thinking I’ve lost functionality. I found a blog post by Scott McEachron that brought the “duh” back into my internal conversation.

Insert Elevation Point then use the Increment option.

Thanks Scott

Spar Point Group – Head in the Point Clouds – The impact of Revit 2012 accepting point clouds

I am at the SPAR Conference in Houston this week.  I thought you might like to hear some news about Revit 2012 and it’s support of Point Cloud data.  Navisworks seems to be the preferred solution for the Construction market because it supports so many file formats as well as point cloud data.  The link below is from a blog post on sparpointgroup.com.

Spar Point Group – Head in the Point Clouds – The impact of Revit 2012 accepting point clouds.