I am following directions to create Data Shortcuts for alignments and surfaces for my project. I hope to use the same align in 2 different sites within my own dwg and share the aligns/surfaces with my CAD designer, others.
Under Data Shortcuts on the Prospector tab, I set my working folder to one level up from where my drawing is located. Could I have set this anywhere? Should it be where my drawing is located? I'm working on it in a temp location for now until the project files are set up by my CAD designer. (He's behind me, I already need to work on prelim design.)
I set the same folder in Options - Files tab - Project Files Search Path - it's called "Project1" (default name).
But then when I go to the next step back on Prospector Tab - Data Shortcuts, right-click to "Associate Project to Current Drawing", there is only <None> in the Select Project drop-down. I expected the project name from the Options - Project Files Search Path to be there?
Is there a particular path I must choose? I created the _DataShortcuts, etc. sub-folders manually in My Computer. Am I not supposed to do that? I assume I can move these later. Just trying to initiate the setup right now.
What am I doing wrong?
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What I do is go the the manage tab and set the Working Folder to the Project folder. Then set the Shortcuts folder to the _Shortcuts folder. This can be created at that time or beforehand.
I just replied to this question on your other posting;
I'd follow owenmull's detailed setup. Another way is to have the working folder be the root directory of all your project folder's. Then it will place a _shortcuts folder into each project folder (if not already created) and this way you keep the working folder in one location rather than changing per project. Or however else you want to set it up, but the _shortcuts folder will only go one directory deep from the folder you set as the shortcut project folder.
here is an example when setting the working folder to be "projects", where project1 and project2 are the shortcut projects as well as your general project folders, keep the names the same.
Yes, that works as well. Matter of preference. Good luck!
I notice if I set the Shortcuts folder to another folder name under the Working folder, it will create a _Shortcuts folder under that. Perfect. Also good to know that I can create them ahead of time or not. If I do create ahead of time, it will use those - not required to create.
Another Data Shortcuts question for anyone still checking out this thread:
I notice when I create the Shortcuts, it names the XML files first with my alignment name then a long tag. If I change my alignment name, then validate the shortcuts they are still good but the XML file name does not change to match my new alignment name. Anyone know if I can manually rename the XML file to match my new alignment name, if I should not. How that would impact other drawings using that Data Shortcut?
I don't worry about the filenames of the shortcuts as I never look at them. I treat it as a don't touch folder. I used however love messing with the data reference files in LDD. I find no use in messing with the files in C3D directly.
I have not tested this out more than twice, but you can even delete a C3D object in a drawing which is a data reference and then rename another C3D object of the same type in the same file and it will then act as the data reference. e.g an existing surface profile from one surface, could be replaced by a new surface profile from another surface. I would not recommend this as a standard policy just something to know if you really need it.
Like nhbfan says, I generally don't touch the filenames in the _shortcut folder. I let AutoCAD deal with that, unless something major has happened and I have reason to manually clean it up, I leave it alone.
You can also remove Data Shortcuts within Cad. Right Click the shortcut and select 'Remove'.
The more of this kind of stuff you do in Cad, the less likely you are to have problems down the road. It's simple enough to change your working directory, and, as has already been posted, there are a few methods to setting the working folder. Which one you choose depends on whatever works best for you and your company. I do it on a per-project basis, simply out of habit, but you can set it up beforehand, and associate later to whatever you want. It's up to you.
Don't sweat the small stuff.
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