Communications Center is accessed through InfoCenter. Products are updated
with Live Update, which downloads patches to your product using Communication
Center. Beyond Live Update, other information channels and feeds
can be displayed by the Communication Center.
The Communication Center
settings you can make include the following:
- Enable Live Updates. Users can
use Live Update to check for updates when a Web connection is established.
If a product patch is available, notification of its availability
is received on the program's status bar, and the patch can be either
downloaded directly from an Autodesk server or modified first before
being copied to users' workstations. If you don't want users to
receive updates or announcements, you can turn off Live Update.
NoteYou can also turn
Live Update options on or off in the CAD Manager Control utility.
- Enable Information Channels. When
active, information channels notify users with various pieces of
information such as product support information.
- Enable CAD Manager Channel. Controls
the display of the CAD Manager Channels in InfoCenter. Aside from
being able to toggle CAD Manager Channels, you can also define the
CAD Manager feed location and set the display name for the CAD Manager
RSS Feeds. Users can subscribe to any number of RSS feeds.
Each feed is contained within a discrete InfoCenter category. Additionally,
you can specify whether users can add RSS feeds.
To configure Communication Center
- When creating a deployment, on the Configure
InfoCenter Communication Center page, make the following Live Update
- Enable Live Updates. Users
can receive product updates or support announcements from Autodesk
- Receive Live Updates from
Autodesk. Users can receive product updates and support
announcements from Autodesk servers with Live Update.
- Receive Live Updates from
Local Server. You can maintain a patch list on a local
server. A patch list is an XML file that specifies a list of patches available
for installation on your computer.
If you select this option,
the Local Patch List Location box is available. Use the Browse button
to locate the path to a server location where you want a patch list.
More information about how to use a local patch list is available
by installing Autodesk CAD Manager Tools, running the CAD Manager
Control utility, and then clicking Help in the CAD Manager Control utility
NoteYou can name a file
to use for patch information. By naming a file and using an .npl extension
now, you are creating a placeholder file, not creating the file
itself. In the location that you specify in the Local Patch List
Location box, you must create a text file with the same name you
- Specify whether Information channels
should be enabled.
- Specify whether CAD Manager channels
should be enabled. When active, you can make the following settings:
- Feed Location. Defines
the location of the CAD Manager channel RSS feed. RSS feeds are
in XML format.
- Display Name. Sets
the display name of the CAD Manager channel.
- Specify whether RSS Feeds are enabled
and if users are allowed to add feeds.
- Click Next.