AE TOOLS 2000
My AE Tools drop-down menu has disappeared.
This may occur after installing or reinstalling CADVANCE, a
CADVANCE Service Pack, AE Tools, or an AE Tools Service Pack.
To display the AE Tools drop-down menu again, carry out the
all sessions of CADVANCE
AeAddMenu.exe, located in your root CADVANCE 2000 program
folder. You may get the message "Can't open file
cadvanceini.bak", which does not affect your AE Tools or
“invalid page fault”
“error in MFCTools.DLL”
program has caused an illegal operation and will be shut down”.
The most likely cause of this is that AETools2000 was installed, then
un-installed, then re-installed without the proper
procedure being followed as documented in the Readme.doc, located within the
AETools folder. The
Readme.doc contains technical notes on the procedure. The
uninstall directions are as follows.
: The uninstallation program will remove all the information that had
been integrated into the CADVANCE files.
The "cadvance.mnu" will be automatically restored to
its previous state, but "cadvance.ini" and "toolbar.txt" will
not. After the
uninstallation is complete, delete "cadvance.ini" and
"toolbar.txt", and then rename "cadvance.bak.ini" to
"cadvance.ini" and "toolbar.bak.txt" to
you clarify how to do Area Fill in v99/v2000 for a combination of different
can do a COMPLETE Area Fill of two connected line
sets. If more than two line sets, then the area will only be partly
filled or not at all. A polygon can be Area Filled but only if it is
drawn as one continuous line set or as two connected line sets.
The area of a line connected with an arc or an arc connected
with another arc cannot be filled with Object Area Fill. A work-around
is to use Area Texture or to trace your connected linesets as one continuous
- Q: The
Area Fill object is covering my lines. I
want the Area Fill to be behind the lines, so
that they display when I print my drawing.
- A: Versions
V99 and above can do that if the line
objects are on a different layer than the
area-fill and you toggle between
TraverseForward or TraverseBackward
appropriately, in Options/Miscellaneous/Switches
Area fill is on layer 4. Line objects
are on layer 65. To have the area fill
under the lines, toggle-click TraverseForward.
Area fill is on layer 65. Line objects
are on layer 4. To have the fill under
the lines, toggle-click TraverseBackward.
- Version 2002 can
do it no matter what the layers, with a
function called "Area Fills Under
Lines". This will work even if your
objects are on the same layer as the area
fills, and it will put the area fills in the
background all the time.
- Another option
is to draw the area fill and then open the
area fill drawing as a reference drawing in
the main drawing. The area fill will
then appear behind what you have drawn in the
main drawing. You can then print this
out on your color printer.
Q: When I enter my
Authorization Code, I am told "Unauthorized Host Name".
A: You gave FIT the wrong
ComputerName or you have changed your ComputerName since installing CADVANCE.
- Q: In the Authorization Code dialog
box, I changed my Host Name back to what it was when it was
authorized by F I T, Inc. Now when I enter the authorization
code it tells me "Unauthorized Host Name".
The Host Name is actually your Computer Name. Windows does not
allow you to change your Computer Name anywhere else but in
Windows. To change your Computer Name, we recommend you go to
Start / Settings / Control Panel, then restart your computer.
do I distinguish between the alpha / numeric characters in the
Authorization Code, and is it case sensitive?
Authorization Code for CADVANCE and AETools (v99 and v2002 -- Full
and LiTe Versions) is in this format:
"A" is an alpha character and "N" is a numeric
Each Site License Authorization Code for CADVANCE
and AETools is in this format:
Where "A" is an alpha character and
"N" is a numeric character.
AETools 99 through AETools 2002 (LiTe and Full Versions), the
LETTERS in an AuthoCode MUST be entered in CAPS
- Q: When
entering the Authorization Code for CADVANCE (or an Add-on
application) I get the error message "Unauthorized Host
Name". I have provided the Host Name exactly as it appears
in the Authorization Code dialog box.
- A: There are a few
possible reasons for this:
- If you installed from a remote machine
which has a different Host Name than the PC on which CADVANCE has
been installed, please provide FIT with the Host
Name of the source PC. NOTE: CADVANCE and CADVANCE LiTe are not meant to be mapped.
- You are using Windows 2000 and your
Full Computer Name (as shown in Windows2000) shows a period.
Please provide FIT with the characters up to, but not including,
- Since the time of the installation,
your Host Name has changed. Please change your Host Name back to
the original, then restart your computer.
- If using Windows NT 4.0 to install
CADVANCE and your Host Name (or ComputerName) has a dash (-) in
it, Windows NT may recognize it as an underscore (_). Please rename
your computer or contact FIT for a new authorization code.
Q: When I enter my
Authorization Code, I am told "Authorization Code Corrupted".
A: Most likely answers:
(A) You did not input the Authorization Code exactly as it was provided to
you by F I T.
(B) Upon entering the code, you hit the "Enter" key instead of
(If you are installing Single User License, please click button
"Authorized". If you are installing on Site License Server,
please click "Next".)
(C) You gave FIT the wrong serial number.
Q: I got a new computer and have changed
the computer name to the same name as my previous computer. CADVANCE won't accept my
You must re-start your computer after changing the ComputerName.
- Q: How do I make permanent use of Auto-Save?
- A: After setting your desired interval in
Options/Miscellaneous, do File/Save As Cadvance.ini file.
- Q: I was in a drawing and the computer crashed. Now, I
can't open the file. I ran scandisk and found bad sectors.
- A: Look for the Autosave file. It has the same name as the
original file but the extension is not VWF. The extension is the same three letters as
your User ID. When you find it, change the extension to VWF and try to read it in.
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