Some users have experienced issues where their Calcomp Digitizer works just fine in new versions of AutoCAD (like AutoCAD 2009, but doesn’t work on older versions of AutoCAD (like AutoCAD 2000) even though both versions are installed on the same computer.
We have reports that simply disabling the Windows User Access Control (UAC) seems to fix this issue!
If you use VBA inside of 32bit AutoCAD you will have noticed that it is around 1000x times slower when running the same VBA code inside of 64bit AutoCAD.
This is because AutoCAD 64bit ships with the 32bit VBA DLL in a separate out-of-process executable rather than loading the VBA DLL inside of AutoCAD itself. Therefore, a lot of marshaling is incurred communicating between the out-of-process VBA executable and 64bit AutoCAD.
Other issues you may be seeing: Run-time error ‘429’: ActiveX component can’t create object
The best solution is to install 32bit AutoCAD on 64bit Windows, here are the affected versions along with their solution text…
The Adobe Acrobat X plugin for AutoCAD only runs on 32bit AutoCAD, and 32bit AutoCAD only runs on 32bit Windows. This means that you will be stuck if you require the Adobe Acrobat X plugin for AutoCAD and move to newer hardware with 64bit Windows.
Click on one of the links below to see how to install 32bit AutoCAD on 64bit Windows and then be able to install Adobe Acrobat X plugin.
Using Windows Explorer, backup/copy Disk 1 of your ADT2013 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\ADT2013
If you have more CD’s, backup/copy them all directly over the top of Disk 1, overwrite all files in your previously copied c:\Autodesk\ADT2013 folder
If you have a single self extracting exe downloaded from Autodesk called something like AutoCAD_Arch_2013_English_Win_32bit.exe
Simply run the exe, it will ask to unzip to a folder inside of c:\Autodesk, make a note of the folder for later use (we’ll refer to it from here as c:\Autodesk\ADT2013), now click OK. Wait until all of the files have extracted, when they do, the ADT2013 setup will automatically launch – simply close it and move to the next step.
Now, start the Longbow Converter tool
select the 1st tab titled “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter“
pick the c:\Autodesk\ADT2013 folder
and click the “Convert…” button..
Simply install as normal.Once the conversion process is complete, click the “Install/Run Setup” button to start setup.
Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users: Once the installation process is complete, go back to the Converter
select the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver“
pick the newly installed C:\Program Files (x86)\Autodesk\AutoCAD Architecture 2013 folder
then click “Fix Old Program”
Now you can happily run your AutoCAD Architecture 2013 32bit on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10!
Installing ADT 2013 Service Packs
There are 2 sp’s for AutoCAD Architecture 2013, these are the the 32bit versions of the sp’s
select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver“,
pick the newly created c:\Autodesk\Express Tools R14 Volume 6 folder
now click the “Run Old installer” button.
Read and understand all the prompts before pressing OK.
Now, I know it’s unheard of these days, but at this point expect to wait up to 45 minutes for your AutoCAD R14 Express Tools setup.exe program to fully appear. Once the setup starts, stop and read the next step…
In the setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal, except when you get to the installation folder, **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\acadR14 (not Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD Express Tools as usually prompted)**
Do not reboot if prompted to do so
Now you can happily run your Express Tools inside of AutoCAD R14 running on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 – using Windows Explorer, simply navigate to c:\acadr14 and double click acad.exe to start AutoCAD R14 and to use Express Tools R14
If your Express Tools R14 setup is not starting after 45 minutes, try rebooting, then restart the steps above. If it is still failing, most likely it’s because of another application on your system which is preventing our setup routine from starting (perhaps anti-virus, or similar) – try the same steps as above in Windows Safe Mode
Your 64bit AutoCAD 2010 was never designed to run in Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 64bit (these versions of Windows are newer than AutoCAD 2010) – you may see random crashing, hanging on startup and/or slow performance…
If you are trying to open a DWG file with AutoCAD and you get the message “Drawing File was created by an incompatible version” it’s because somewhere along the line your AutoCAD DWG files were saved with a newer version of AutoCAD.