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StevekBenko
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Missing Express Tools

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05-20-2011 08:20 AM

I just upgraded from autocad 2011 to 2012 and I'm not sure how to load my express tools. I had this problem before when I upgraded to 2011. The problem I'm having this time is that when I go to the "uninstall/change programs" through windows I only see Autocad Mechanical 2012 (see attached JPG). Anyone have a solution?

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Patchy
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Re: Missing Express Tools

05-20-2011 08:27 AM in reply to: StevekBenko

Type in CUILOAD, does it show Express?

or type in EXPRESSTOOLS

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StevekBenko
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Re: Missing Express Tools

05-20-2011 10:25 AM in reply to: StevekBenko

No, I do not see it listed.

 

If I open autocad mechanical it shows the express tools. Also, there is a express folder on my hard drive.

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cmiller66
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Re: Missing Express Tools

05-20-2011 12:52 PM in reply to: StevekBenko

Hi Steve,

When you install AutoCAD Mechanical you will only see it in Add/Remove programs - there isn't a separate AutoCAD install.  Running AutoCAD 2012 is running mechanical as vanilla AutoCAD.  I'm guessing after installing you ran as Mechanical first  (where you're seeing Express tools), and then as AutoCAD (where the express tools aren't showing up).

 

Please try this:

Launch as AutoCAD > CUILOAD then click Browse... and browse to/select this file:

C:\Users\<your username>\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\AutoCAD Mechanical 2012\R18.2\enu\Support\acetmain.cuix

 

Load and Close and you should see Express Tools.

 

Thanks,

Chris

 

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StevekBenko
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Re: Missing Express Tools

05-20-2011 01:56 PM in reply to: StevekBenko

THAT DID THE TRICK! Its sooo nice to have tools. thank you!

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StevekBenko
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Re: Missing Express Tools

05-25-2011 04:40 AM in reply to: cmiller66

Oops, Im not out of the water yet. The tools have shown up but the commands all return as "unknown command".

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Patchy
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Re: Missing Express Tools

05-25-2011 06:19 AM in reply to: StevekBenko

DEMANDLOAD is setting at what number?

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StevekBenko
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Re: Missing Express Tools

05-25-2011 03:05 PM in reply to: StevekBenko

Setting is 3

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cmiller66
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Re: Missing Express Tools

05-25-2011 03:15 PM in reply to: StevekBenko

Hi Steve,

Are the express tools commands recognized when you run as Mechanical or do you get the same thing there?

Thanks,

Chris

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cmiller66
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Re: Missing Express Tools

05-26-2011 10:46 AM in reply to: StevekBenko

Hi Steve,

OK, try 2...  Turns out Express Tools are not installed by default for AutoCAD Mechanical so manually loading the cuix file gave you the UI only, not the whole feature.  Sorry about that.

 

The cleanest way to fix this is to go to your Control Panel > Programs and Features > Uninstall a program then select AutoCAD Mechanical in the list then Uninstall/Change.  When the installer pops up, click Add or Remove Features, check Express Tools and then Update.  For a new install you'd expand the AutoCAD Mechanical 2012 item on the Configure Installation page of the Install wizard and check it so it is included from the start.

 

Alternately, since you've already loaded the cuix file you can APPLOAD these two FAS files: acettest.fas and acetutil.fas in the Express folder and that should also get you up and running.

 

Let me know how it goes.


Thanks,
Chris

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