I wonder if anybody else out there is having this problem.
I use a Mac and have recently updated the OS to Mavericks and also installed AutoCAD LT 2014 (Mac).
I can open and use AutoCAD LT 14 okay and can open drawings via the application or by double-clicking on a .dwg icon in Finder. But when AutoCAD LT 2014 has quit and is not running in the background I cannot open the application by double-clicking on a .dwg icon in Finder. I can only open AutoCAD LT 2014 using the dock shortcut icon. Once open, I can then open .dwg files any way I like.
It's a little annoying that you can't open the application by double-clicking on a .dwg file.
Is this a glitch or does anybody have a workaround to fix it?
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If I right click on the .dwg file in Finder and click 'open', nothing happens.
If I right click on the .dwg file in Finder and click 'open with - AutoCAD LT 2014 (default)' it opens fine.
AutoCAD LT 2014 is set as the default application to open .dwg files, so it is a mystery as to why it won't open the application by double clicking a .dwg file.
The .dwg file will open in Illustrator via Finder no problem, as long as the .dwg file is saved in an earlier version of AutoCAD, e.g. 2007 format. The latest 2013 version files are not compatable with Illustrator as yet.
Therefore it appears to be a problem between OS Mavericks and AutoCAD, as I have now tried to set the default application to AutoCAD LT 2014 and also reverting back to AutoCAD LT 2013: both AutoCAD applications have problems opening when double clicking on a .dwg file in Finder.
Hopefully a patch will become available soon whether via Apple or AutoDesk.
Not exactly a solution to the problem, but I have discovered that this is linked with AutoDesk 360: the little icon that appears next to your clock at the top of the desktop. Click on the icon and sign in to 360, then click on the 360 icon again and select 'settings' and turn off the option to 'load at startup', then sign out of 360. Restart your computer. You will notice the icon does not load and your .dwg files will now open in Finder.
For a little icon, it sure causes a lot of problems!
Just exiting the status bar icon without logging in will result in the same effect. However, unless you log in and change the settings as Simon has indicated, when you restart your Mac you will have to exit out of it again.
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