I'm creating IDSP deployments and I am struct by the fact that the civil3d component does not offer configurable search paths, or am I missing something?
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Which search paths specifically? i always bundle an ARG and a custom desktop icon ith all of my deployments. This takes care of all the AutoCAD paths. Sometimes I'll bundle REG file for paths and settings that cannot be set in an ARG.
AutoCAD deployment creator has a page where you can specify paths. C3D doesn't. i've used this feature when deploying AutoCAD, but it is very finicky and i've stopped using it. too many problems. the ARG works great for most of my customizations.
FWIW, I leave the deployments alone and run them straight OOTB, and then post-process the install with startup files (acad.lsp kicks everything off). Been doing it this way since ACAD2005 with zero issues.
I do something similar. The installation is very basic and the default desktop shortcuts are removed. The "Default user" desktop gets a shortcut to a BAT file which runs the standard set of programs to get the secondary installer going, then hits up the registry with the various settings we want, and adds the appropriate desktop shortcuts. After that the paths are automatically controlled in a similar fashion as below. By keeping the shortcuts off the desktop in lieu of a "Set up" icon the user isn't tempted to try running the software right away - its fairly obvious something needs to be done first. And by separating out the settings into several REG files (as opposed to an ARG file) we can fix certain problems quickly without blowing away the whole profile.
I'm sure once I get to digest all the great help I'll understand it but its a bit over my head an overwhelming. But greatly appreciated
I'm certainly not trying to be a know-it-all or say my way is the best, by any means...
That aside if you want any more info or help, just let me know.
it may work for some people and not for others..