We recently upgraded about 20 users from AutoCAD 2008 to AutoCAD 2013. Under Autocad 2008, opening files from explorer (When set to "open with DWG Launcher") would open them in the open instance of AutoCAD. This seems to no longer be the default behavior of the "DWG Launcher" in AutoCAD 2013. What variables need to be changed to revert back to this default behavior?
I understand ideally, people suggest from opening files from within AutoCAD. Our document management system is very antiquated and includes no AutoCAD integration so opening files from within CAD is significantly slower for us. This is driving several of us up the walls, and opening a separate AutoCAD for each DWG consumes too many computer resources and prevents individuals like me from ALT+W+# through the active drawings.
The Workstations are Windows 7 x64 with AutoCAD 2013 & AutoCAD 2013 Raster Design loaded. I have tried adjusting several variables like "SDI", "Taskbar", and "Startup" with no success.
Sounds like it my be a "rights issue" with your network. Make sure you have the capability to change that, check with your sysadmin.
There should not be any issues with access rights on the machines. I have administrator on the network, the share drives, as well as the local machines. The other users have varying levels of permission based on their job requirements, but since the issue is present on my machine which has open access, I don't think its permissions related.
We aren't actually opening the files through the DMS (feature doesn't work on W7), we open them through windows explorer by just double clicking the drawing as you would any other windows file. (Like shown below)
Try looking at this old post, it sounds just like your problem.
I have the same problem. I just performed a clean install of ACAD2013, having previously uninstalled 2012. I need to be able to double-click in Windows Explorer and have the DWG open in the same instance of AutoCAD that is already open - that's how I had it working in 2012. But now, when I double-click on a DWG file in Windows Explorer, it launches a second instance of AutoCAD. This will not do.
Every possible solution that I've come across - both here and on the internet - they all lead back to solutions that used to work in Windows back in the mid- to late-2000s. But I'm running Windows 7, 64 bit, SP1, and I cannot find any places to add the "%1" switch, or select the "DDE" option, etc... Has anyone managed to find a solution to this problem in the last five years?
AutoCAD 2013 - no other versions are installed
Windows 7, 64-bit, SP1
DWG files are set to AutoCAD DWG Launcher
The solution might be something really simple that I just haven't been able to find, but for the life of me I can't figure this out.
Is SDI set to 0?
I can niether confirm or deny that. I can tell you that mine has the same vaules and I can open multiple drawings in one instance of Autocad.
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