April 2, 2013

Civil 3D 2014 and Civil 3D 2013 File Interoperability and OS Requirements

At Ideate, we are on top of the new releases of Autodesk 2014 software. One of the most exciting features of the Civil 3D 2014 release is its backward compatibility with Civil 3D 2013. This is great news, as it means that files started in 2014 can be opened and edited in 2013 and, users can work in either version throughout a project. 

Most Civil 3D object types are editable; however you may see some limitations when editing certain object types in 2013 that are new, or have additional functionality in 2014. Specifically, pressure pipe networks have enhanced editing features and are Data Shortcut compatible in 2014 but not in 2013. You can check out our video specifically highlighting these additional pressure pipe network editing features.

Along with file compatibility, we also took a look at Operating System support for the Civil 3D 2014 release. Looking back at OS support for the past two releases, we see that 2013 version is supported on Windows XP and Windows 7. Civil 3D 2014, however, will be supported on Windows 7 and Windows 8 only and not on Windows XP. For those of you who intend to use both versions of the product, Windows 7 will be the only OS compatible with both releases. Keep that in mind if you’re considering an upgrade in the near future.

Don’t forget to look through other great features our Ideate Technical Team has found in the new 2014 releases for Revit MEP, Revit Structure, Revit Architecture, AutoCAD and more: ideateinc.com/2014

Kate Ming
Ideate AEC Application Specialist

Kate has a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley. Prior to Ideate, she worked at a multinational company for four years doing general civil design on large infrastructure projects. She is versed in roadway, rail, and utility design. She also has experience with utility demand analysis and Low Impact Development plans. At Ideate, Kate provides training and support for Civil 3D, AutoCAD, and Navisworks.  

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