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Insert Your Start-Up Preferences into Any Drawing
Tip# 3962 By Perry Pattiz On 20-Aug-2012
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Software type : AutoCAD 2013
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If you don't have one of these files, you're wasting your time.

Mechanical engineer Perry Pattiz shares an AutoCAD tip for using your start-up (or template) file to set up other files.

"I frequently work with other people's drawings, and I used to spend a lot of time creating the dimension styles and layers that I prefer to work with. There is a simple solution for this. Create a start-up drawing that includes all of the dimension styles; layers with any properties you typically use for color, line type, transparency, etc.; blocks; and other items and save it in My Documents as Start-Up.dwg. When you open any other drawing, select Insert > Browse > Start-Up > OK, and when the system asks for an insert location, press Escape. All of your customized items will be inserted automatically for you to use. This is a huge time saver."

Notes from Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton: Template files (or a start-up file, in this case) are the absolute best thing you can do for yourself in AutoCAD. They are a must-have. If you don't have one, you are wasting your time. Make one — now. These files will contain all of your styles and layers; you won't ever have to make them again, unless a need for a new style or layer occurs. It will be your library, where you can get what you need to do your work.

 

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Comment by morales,felipe
Posted on 2012-08-20 18:57:16
Now, I cannot get rid of the XRefs from performing the insertion.
Comment by Smith,Rob
Posted on 2012-08-21 09:05:54
This tip is useful IF the layer names, dimension styles, text styles, and block names in your Start-Up.dwg are UNIQUE. When you open another's drawing file, that file's properties take precedence over any newly inserted data of the same name. For instance, if there is a layer "NOTES" in the file you opened, and you have a layer "NOTES" in your Start-Up.dwg, the color, linetype, etc. of the already-open file's NOTES layer will remain unchanged. So, give your layers, blocks, dimstyles and textstyles names not likely to be duplicated... consider using your name or initials as a prefix. Either that, or use other methods, such as start-up scripts or LiSP routines to accomplish this worthwhile task.
Comment by MacFall,John
Posted on 2012-08-21 10:15:02
If you want to replace the outside drawing's properties with your own so that you can maintain layer-naming standards, for instance, then you'll need to insert the outside drawing into a copy of your "start-up" drawing. That way, anything in the outside drawing with the same name as something in your drawing will take on your drawing's properties.
Comment by Denegre,Joe
Posted on 2012-08-23 13:09:01
I concur with John. We also do it the other way, inserting our work into our client's template. We use no-cap spelling for our layer names; that way any layer unique to our work stands out when inserted into a template with upper/lower case layer names.


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