Known Issues in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Update 1 [Updated :)]

The following is a known issue in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Update 1.

MapExport.ini file is installed in the wrong folder

To resolve this issue:

  1. After installing AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Update 1, browse to the following folder:(Microsoft Windows XP) C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Autodesk\AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009\R17.2(Microsoft Windows Vista) C:\Program Data\Autodesk\AutoCADCivil 3D 2009\R17.2
  2. Select the MapExport.ini file, and right-click > Copy.
  3. Browse to the following folder:(Microsoft Windows XP) C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Autodesk\C3D 2009(Microsoft Windows Vista) C:\Program Data\Autodesk\C3D 2009
  4. Paste the MapExport.ini file in this folder.
  5. If you have already run the MAPEXPORT command, the file will already exist in this folder. When you are prompted to replace the existing file, click Yes.

Wait, there’s more. If you use Navisworks in conjunction with civil 3d, you need to do the following:

Important: The Civil Object Enabler is a separate install. You must uninstall and then reinstall the Civil Object Enabler in order for the following changes to take effect. You can download the most recent version of the Object Enabler at:

This will provide the added support for navisworks as well as impression.

Project management – should you need to migrate a Vault project to Data Shortcuts…

You can migrate Vault-based project XML files to the data shortcut structure using the following process:

  1. Download the latest versions of all drawings (log into Vault > set the current project > get the latest version).
  2. Open the Data Shortcut Editor.
  3. Browse to open the project.xml file located in the local project folder.
  4. From within the Data Shortcut Editor, use search and replace. Search for $ and replace this with the local folder name (C:\Civil 3D Projects).
  5. Use SaveAs to create a _Shortcuts structure in the local project folder.
  6. Remove the old project from Vault.

The migration is completed and drawings that are downloaded from the server will be treated as non-Vault drawings.

That covers items you should pay attention to for civil 3d. But for the AutoCAD portion, the following may occur and require your intervention:

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 or Enterprise CUI file, 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.



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