October 20, 2015

Posted on October 20, 2015 by Darin Green, Product Support Manager Autodesk Solutions
With the new 2016 release of the Autodesk AutoCAD based application, 2 out of 5 of our AutoCAD customers have noticed a performance hit on their machine. Some of them have purchased high-end machines with more memory and a better processor to handle the workload of AutoCAD. Although, a new or tweaked machine will most likely increase your performance but knowing if certain areas of the application are causing the performance hit could save you time and money.

Autodesk Content Service

An indexing service that monitors the activity in watched folders on the computer where it is installed. While monitoring these watched folders, Autodesk Content Service continuously updates an index with critical metadata associated with all design files and design objects in those watched folders.
If you do not use content explorer for searching data on your network or elsewhere, you should disable this service which will help with startup time and in product functionality.
To disable Autodesk Content Service, browse to windows services
From the start menu, type services.mscDarin1
From the services section, scroll down to Autodesk Content Services
Right-click and select Stop
Right-click again and select Properties
Within the properties window, change the startup type to DisabledDarin2

Disable Autodesk Sync

Autodesk Sync is used to sync settings and drawings to Autodesk A360, so settings can be replicated on other machines where logged in.
To disable Autodesk Sync, navigate to Options > Online tab and uncheck “Sync my settings with the cloud” and “Enable cloud storage
To permanently disable Autodesk Sync, you’ll need to uninstall Autodesk Sync from Add/Remove Programs or navigate to the following location in the registry and change the value of EnableSync to 0

Revert preview and object selection to legacy functionality

With the new releases of AutoCAD based applications, Autodesk included enhanced tools for selecting objects and previewing objects before selection them. These tools are great but not necessary, especially on older hardware.
The object selection enhancement known as Selection Effect highlights the selected object with a glowing effect.
To disable Selection Effect, type the SELECTIONEFFECT on AutoCAD’s command line and change the value to 0.

  • 0 = Dashed lines when objects are selected
  • 1 = Glowing highlight of the selected objects

The other selection enhancement is known as the Selection Preview. This feature is used when hovering the cursor over an object, and object is highlighted indicating that will be the object selected if clicked.
To disable this feature, navigate to Options > Selection tab. Within the Preview section, uncheck both options “When a command is active” and “When no command is active“.darin3
Darin is one of our Helpdesk Leads and provides tips and information in our monthly Helpdesk Newsletter. Darin has over 10 years of CAD experience and in his time at Synergis he has provided support for over 700 customers to help them stay ahead. He previously worked with Ritter and Plante Associates where he performed various zoning, project duties, and hands-on field work, along with surveying. Darin has a broad range of experience with many CAD applications including AutoCAD, Revit, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Map 3D, among others.