Tried to deploy AutoCAD 2013? If you have done so, you might found out that help files are no longer bundled together with the original installer. You can download the Offline Help Installer and create another deployment but here's a way to integrate help files into the AutoCAD deployment (works also for any vertical AutoCAD 2013 software).
Offline Help Installer here
AutoCAD 2013 Help Installer
AutoCAD Plant 3D 2013 Help Installer
AutoCAD P&ID 2013 Help Installer
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Bug fix where annotation (reducer and spec break) shows as dot after running either Synchstyles or Refresh Annotation command.
Syncystyles command also has been updated to NOT refresh annotation. This is because of a buggy API. To update annotation correctly, make sure to queue Refresh Annotation command last.
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LazPLantBrowser loads extra commands by detecting addins in the addins folder. For the application to detect a plugin, the plugin must implement either ISilentBatchCommand or IBatchCommand interface.
ISilentBatchCommand - Can run without opening the drawing. You will be provided with the Database object
IBatchCommand - Run by opening the drawing. You will be provided with the Document object.
Implement Public Properties and Methods
For any of the interface, you will need to implement …Read More
Before coding for AutoCAD Plant 3D and P&ID, here are a few tools that you need to install.
Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows - Main development tool
ObjectARX for AutoCAD 2013 - AutoCAD SDK for accessing database and drawing. Plant 3D SDK depends on this.
Plant 3D 2013 SDK - To access API in AutoCAD Plant 3D & AutoCAD P&ID
Here are some simple steps to setup a new project.
Create a new Class Library project.
Set the target framework to .NET …Read More
Since both Plant 3D and P&ID uses SQLite as a default database, it is good to know some free tools that you can use to edit the database.
[For Geeks only] SQLite is originally developed by D. Richard Hipp back in 2000. It is a self sustaining database in a single file. It works without any process or any services. The only problems with SQLite is when writing to the database. Since it is still a file, no multiple users can write to the database at the same time. The database will be …Read More
Finally Vault Plugin is available for AutoCAD Plant 3D 2013. It works with Autodesk Vault 2013 (WorkGroup, Collaboration, and Professional).
It is available from the Autodesk Subscription website.Read More
Finally Lazcad PlantBrowser 0.2 Beta is released. Here's some highlight features in this version
Supports both 2012 and 2013 version
Add supports for Piping, Ortho, and Iso projects
Distributed using autoloader format for easier installation
Some commands can run without opening the drawing
Updated User Interface for easier navigation
Added new command (Regenerate Tag)
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It is not known to many users that there is a hidden utility to convert an existing project database from SQLite to Microsoft SQL. Here are the links to the PnPProjectMaintenance
%ProgramFiles%\Autodesk\AutoCAD P&ID 2013 - English\PnPProjectMaintenance.exe
%ProgramFiles%\Autodesk\AutoCAD Plant 3D 2013 - English\PnPProjectMaintenance.exe
In some cases, creating a new MSSQL project using an existing project xml will causes error. In such case, you can first create a SQLite project and …Read More
Ever tired on running the same command for each drawing for a whole bunch of drawings? Ever tried to import excel into the data manager and only to found out that it opens all the drawings at once causing the software to run out of memory?
LazPlantBrowser, is a free project. This app allows you to process multiple P&ID drawings at once (support for Piping, Ortho and Iso project will be added in the future). You can choose available commands from the list or make your own command. …Read More
When you create a new acquisition property, existing symbols will not be able to acquire the new property from the source. Here's an example to reproduce the problem.
First, add a property using an acquisition type.
From the data source dialog, select to retrieve the Tag value from the tank.
Existing nozzles is not able to retrieve the tank's tag.
I have wrote a plugin to fix this. This plugin will work on all equipment as long as the tag is set to acquisition. Once you …Read More