Tipster Bill DeShawn shares a tip that could help you fix errors in AutoCAD files before they become a problem.
“Having trouble sharing drawings with users who have various releases or vertical products of AutoCAD? Getting notices about proxy objects? Are drawings failing to work, with things happening in the drawing that just aren't supposed to happen? Here is a very important preventive practice: Never use the Open command. Instead, use the Recover command to open all your drawings. Audit before saving. If that takes too much time, create a routine, menu macro, script, or combination to do it.
“By editing ACAD.PGP in Notepad, or with AliasEdit, you can change the alias therein to help you. OP doesn't have to be options. It can be your version of the Open command — Recover. OPT can be options, for example. SV can be a function name to audit before saving:
(defun c:sv () (command "_.audit" "Y")(command "_.qsave")(princ))
This practice has virtually eliminated drawing errors for me. It catches drawing errors that I receive from other users and fixes them. I have fewer headaches now.”
Notes from Cadalyst tip reviewer Brian Benton: This is likely to help you out and is a way to automate the repair of errors. Working with files from outside sources that have been backsaved to older versions or exported from other design software can cause issues. When your software crashes, it could have undesired effects on your data. There are many reasons why files can get corrupted.
Changing the command aliases to work this way is a great way to implement this policy; it makes it automatic. Users won’t have to remember to do it, and it doesn’t add an extra step to the process.