Go-Go Gadget Monitor!

Autodesk released a Performance Monitor for AutoCAD, including AutoCAD Civil 3d over at the Labs site

The Performance Monitor is a Windows desktop gadget that provides a color-coded status bar indicating the level of usage of virtual memory by AutoCAD products. When large amounts of virtual memory are in use, the running process may become unstable.

This should help you visualize your drawings memory usage and possible impending doom!  It includes some nice status information and some system variable to help you tweak your drawings performance.


  1. Shane Matt says:

    Anyone know how to Lunch this? I click and it asks me what application I want to open it with. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Shane Matt says:

      That should be launch not lunch…although lunch does sound good already.

      • Matthew Anderson, PE says:

        Sorry, I at lunch a couple of hours ago…

        It should have a .gadget extension. Vista and Win7 will launch and ask you if you want to install it.

  2. Kyle Evans says:

    Well considering it is for Windows Vista or WIndows 7 only….

  3. John Mayo, PE says:


    Gadgets are for Vista & Win 7. Are you using one of these OS’s?

  4. John Mayo, PE says:

    Sorry for the ironic name. It should be Shane of course. 🙂

  5. Neil Willson says:

    If you don’t have the OS to run the gadget, there is a utility called Process Explorer that can present a graphic display of application memory usage. It works for any application so it can be even more useful. I haven’t seen the Autodesk Gadget so I can’t offer any comparisons.

    Here is a link