Disable InfoCenter in AutoCAD 2010

[Update: See Disable AutoCAD InfoCenter] In case you missed it, Tony Tanzillo has posted instructions for disabling the InfoCenter in AutoCAD 2010. AutoCAD 2010 starts faster when the InfoCenter is disabled. To make it easy, I’ve created an AutoLISP file that defines commands named DisableInfoCenter and EnableInfoCenter: DisableInfoCenter.LSP Alternatively, you can just paste the following …

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ObjectARX 2010: Dealing With Missing Exports

In the new ObjectARX 2010 SDK, Autodesk has added some new virtual member functions that are not exported as they should be. For example, the AcGiFaceData class has had two new virtual functions added for setting and getting the face transparency: class AcGiFaceData: public AcRxObject{//[... deleted for brevity] ACDB_PORT virtual AcDbObjectId* materials() const; ACDB_PORT virtual …

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What’s New in the AutoCAD 2010 EULA

Everyone else is discussing all the cool new features in AutoCAD 2010, so I decided to have a look at what’s new in the EULA (End User License Agreement). I compared the AutoCAD 2010 EULA for US/Canada to the AutoCAD 2009 EULA. I won’t divulge the process I used to automate the comparison, because the …

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Software Licensing: A Case For Reform

I want to consider software licensing practices in general, but with the specific facts and history in the Vernor vs. Autodesk lawsuit as a backdrop. In the Vernor case, Tim Vernor purchased several boxes of AutoCAD software, and never even read, let alone agreed to, the terms of the license agreement inside the box. When …

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Software Licensing: Who’s On First?

I’m a firm supporter of intellectual property rights. I fully support the rights of software publishers to own and profit from their creative work. I make my living as both a consumer of software and a publisher of software, so my views on software licensing reflect what I consider to be a healthy symbiosis between …

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