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The Autodesk Desktop App Release Notes
The Autodesk Desktop App Release Notes taken from The Autodesk Knowledge Centre.
Contains a critical defect fix to address stability issues.
- A new global setting lets you control how to handle updates when installing 2018 and later products. Select the always install option to automatically install available updates (excluding extensions) as part of a product install. Leave this option blank to install the product only. If a product does not support this feature or you opt to install products only, updates appear on the My Updates page.
- Minor navigation bar color scheme changes help product icons stand out more clearly.
- One-click installs and updates within the Autodesk desktop app.
- Global install location, content location, and product language settings for 2018 and later product installs. Set them once and forget them. Change them as needed by signing in and selecting Settings.
This version includes the following enhancements:
- The My Products tab supports additional products and access to some services. Subscribers to Industry Collections (available August 1) will see their complete list of subscribed products and services.
This version includes the following enhancements and fixes:
- Customers with single-user desktop subscriptions can now install products directly from the Autodesk desktop app.
- New product notifications appear when you purchase products or when newer versions are available.
- The number of installed updates reappearing on the Updates tab has decreased; we are continuing to track the issue.
This version includes the following enhancements and fixes:
- Product pages have a new look, with improved content and more links for more products.
- When starting the Autodesk desktop app for the first time, you will see a new Welcome Tour.
- A new setting allows you to turn on or off automatic updates to the Autodesk desktop app.
This version includes the following enhancements and fixes:
- Product tabs are now displayed for 2015 version products in addition to the previously displayed 2016 versions.
- The issue with the frequent display of the “Unable to connect to the Internet” message is resolved.
- Access to support is now available via the “Contact Us” option of the Help menu.
- Start up performance has been improved.
- Proxy settings have been simplified.
The Autodesk desktop app replaces Autodesk Application Manager on your desktop. The app offers the same functionality as Application Manager and respects admin controls and settings. In addition, the Autodesk desktop app has some new features:
- A modern, card-based user interface and design
- Updates organized around your products
- Learning content and links for your Autodesk products and services
- Feedback form help you get in touch with us easily
- Sign in to Autodesk to help us provide you a better experience
Application Manager Releases:
This version includes fixes for several quality and stability issues affecting the Application Manager client:
- Import/Export options in the settings tab have been removed in Administrator mode (the instance that is presented at the conclusion of Deploy Create workflow).
- Resolved two issues where Application Manager continued to show updates that had previously expired or were removed.
- Imported Application Manager settings are correctly applied to new or modified deployments.
- Application Manager no longer displays a “Not Installed” message when the update was installed through a deployment workflow.
- Corrects an issue where Application Manager can’t install updates when there’s a space character in the NT domain or machine login ID.
- Adds silent install switches (command line parameters) into deployment SCCM scripts for updates included in Administrator Mode.
- Improved robustness of self-update process over slow network connections.
This release rolls up fixes included in the previous build 22.214.171.124:
- Resolved issue when update installation fails with error code 1635 because of a download path issue during deployment creation.
- Corrected the default update location of Application Manager in Administrator mode.
- The message “Source is not trusted” no longer appears when some updates are installed.
- Updated Application Manager online help.
Enhanced targeting logic supports delivery of updates to shared application components as well as installed applications. This logic provides several benefits, such as significantly reducing the number patches required to fix security vulnerabilities affecting multiple products. Also supports delivery of updates to adjacent installed assets such language packs and feature packs.
Application Manager self-updates to the latest version. This operation is now in the background, and it can be configured in the Preferences tab.
Added security checks validate digital signatures before an update is installed.
Several quality and stability issues affecting the Application Manager client are resolved:
- Correctly shows entitled updates for products configured with multiple license models.
- Provides additional reliability check of the downloaded package when Application Manager is installed as part of a desktop product install.
- Removes dependency on product installer when resolving install directory path to validate local client conditions, such as the presence of a product file.
- Application Manager no longer crashes while installing Inventor HSM Express 2015 Update.
Users of Desktop applications running in “Trials Mode” are now able to receive and apply all available updates.
This patch includes fixes to specific issues affecting the Application Manager client:
- Application Manager correctly shows install state for 3ds Max / 3ds Max Design 2015 Extension 1.
- Addresses intermittent, incorrect presentation of “spinning wheel” UI element upon client launch.
- Application Manager no longer crashes when new updates are received over a slow network connection.
- Enhanced reliability and accuracy of client side conditions “checks” that contain multiple variables in condition path.
- Correctly shows previously applied Maya 2015 service packs as “Installed” in the Application Manager Updates tab.
Fixes several quality and stability issues affecting Autodesk Application Manager client
Includes fixes to several quality issues impacting Autodesk Application Manager client. A summary of defects addressed in this release includes:
- When applying a service pack Application Manager will only download required dependent patches, and not download other updates (such as Service Packs) previously applied to RTM release.
- Better detection and marking of update installation under a variety of work flows, resolving a problem where certain updates and extensions were incorrectly marked as installed when they were not.
- Properly handles named pipe communication within local proxy, allowing user names with spaces to be correctly passed.
- Fixed Application Manager crash issues while pausing\resuming\cancelling update downloads in the main UI.
- AdAppMgr.exe.log file no longer displays proxy login information in clear text.
- Solves the issue where the shared file location (in Settings) was not properly set from the imported INI file, during install of Application Manager from deployment images.
This version includes several enhancements to the update notification and delivery experience, as well as a new set of asset management capabilities for software administrators, now available in Autodesk Account (www.autodesk.com/account). These are described below. Note that the Application Manager client updates to this most current version when you install the update.
|Client-Side Conditions||Before delivering an update, Application Manager checks to see if the right product files are present on your machine, acting as an extra check to ensure accuracy and reliability of new update notifications.|
|Check Now||Provides an optional, instant check for availability of product updates, instead of waiting for the next update check interval (a configurable parameter in Settings).|
|Update Dependencies||Automates presentation and retrieval of pre- and post-requisite packages that may be required for your update(s).|
|Product Extensions||Product Extensions provide incremental value and functionality to your applications between major releases. When available, Application Manager will notify you of new Extensions, only if your installed applications are on an active Maintenance or Desktop Subscription agreement.|
|Local Package Cache||Enables retrieval of Update files from a configurable, locally shared resource, rather than from an internet-based download source. This saves on bandwidth.|
|General Hotfixes||Notification and delivery of Hotfixes that are generally available to all users. Does not include “targeted” Hotfixes, which will continue to be available via the CER (Customer Error Reporting) system.|
|Update Rollups||Notification and delivery of aggregated Hotfixes, which have not yet been rolled up into the latest Service Pack (SP).|
Tools for administrators were also released in version 3
Administrators of Autodesk applications can login to Account Portal using their Autodesk ID. For eligible customers on Desktop or Maintenance Subscription, tools are provided for performing common administrative tasks, such as checking for all newly published product updates.
In Version 3, Administrators (such as CAD, BIM, and IT Managers) now have access to these new features, which aid in the discovery and management of product updates. For more information, refer to the Application Manager Administrator’s Guide.
|Update List||A single online location for learning about all of the updates currently available for the applications you own and/or manage. This simplifies the process of update discovery.|
|Entitlement Aware||Account portal integrates to Autodesk business systems, making it possible to display restricted assets (such as Product Extensions only for Subscription customers) in the Portal as well as on the desktops running Application Manager.|
|Device List||A simple report that displays information about all of the managed systems in your environment running 2015 products on a current Subscription agreement. This list provides the basis for managing the distribution of updates to the users within your organization.|
|Administrator Preferences||Administrators can selectively (or globally) control the distribution of updates to managed devices that appear in the above List. The List can also edited, make it easy to identify managed users and devices in your environment.|
- Improved Self-Update Experience – increased flexibility when new self-updates are released for Application Manager. Most Application Manager-specific updates are now backwards-compatible, and do not force users to self-update to continue using the application. In rare cases, such as when underlying API changes affect compatibility, a self-update may be forced.
- Local Settings – allows users and administrators to control how Application Manager behaves, by specifying local settings or preferences such as network proxy, alerts, default file location, and update check frequency. Also supports import/export of settings file for use on other desktops.
- Enhanced UI – added features for multi-update handling, sort, filter, and link to long description (making it easier to understand update’s value and function, what it fixes or enhances).
- Customization in Deployment – a new feature in the deployment wizard allows CAD/IT/BIM administrators to specify custom settings for managed users during deployment creation. If the Application Manager Client is not desired, it can be prevented from installing in this feature.
- Fixes to Critical Defects – as part of the Beta test and related quality assurance efforts, a number of priority defects have been fixed in each release.
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