Despite various sources of instruction, I am unable to create default project description labels. I can create project description labels when I establish a new project, but I am unable to create a default file that results in Line 1 = Customer, Line 2 = Location, etc. I have made a text file and saved it as "wdtitle", "wdtitle.wdl", "Default.wdtitle" etc. My intent is that a title block related dialog box will display "Customer", ... in stead of "Line 1".
What you want to do is create the default_wdtitle.wdl file.
There is a writeup on how to set this file up.
Bob H's info is correct. May I add my process for ACE2012
As a 13 month user self taught I had difficulty with this process until I realised that the name of the text file to be protable is called: Default_wdtitle.wdl This was not obvious to me at first. I was trying to give it a unique name.
I find that if I create and new directory for the new project, then I create the project file under that directory. Next I copy my standard Default_wdtitle.wdl file to the new folder.
THEN I copy the old project files to the new directory.
You only have to set up the one default_wdtitle.wdl file if you put it into a folder in the ACAD search path.
If you work with multiple title blocks that could vary (like an integrator might) I suggest naming the file with the projectname_wdtitle.wdl method and keep it in the project folder. The important thing is to keep it in the same folder with the projectname.wdp file. It will copy and rename as needed during a project copy operation. As Bob suggested, if you always work with one title block, just keep the name as default_wdtitle.wdl and place it in AutoCAD Electrical's search path. I always put files like that in the User subfolder, which is the default location for "default files" such as the default.wdw (wire color/gauge label) file. Electrical always checks this folder if it doesn't find a file inside the project folder first.
Note: There is a tutorial for setting up a template at www.ecadconsultant.com. It covers the subject of the _wdtitle.wdl file as well.
Thanks to all for the help. Unfortunately, I have had no luck. I assume that I am missing something very basic, as it seems that I have tried every possible version of the directions provided. I will try following ecadconsultant to the letter, and see what happens.
Can you think of anything I may be missing along the way?
You might want to consider classroom training. I am teaching an open class in Atlanta in July. I normally teach on site for one company so we can focus on their needs but this is an open class for anyone, space permitting. This is a 4-day course, not my usual 5-day course, but we will touch on the theory behind the template construction and related supported files needed for the title block update. My 5-day course includes in-depth administrative-level exercises where we create a template, customize the software, explain the ins and outs of networking and much more. The class I am teaching in July will be held at Applied Software in Atlanta. Contact Trevor Fite at (404) 633-8660 for scheduling information if you are interested. Trevor can let you know about any plans for another 5-day in-depth course. I have none scheduled with Applied Software at this time, but they have occasionally offered them in the past.
Training will pay for itself over and over with increased productivity, as you will be able to tap into more and more of Electrical's capabilities.
To figure out why you are not having any luck I have some questions.
Did you try naming the file as suggested, with the project name as the prefix. So for example if the project name is WDDEMO then the file would be called WDDEMO_WDTITLE.WDL?
Did you place it in the same folder as the project .WDP file?
Can you attach the .WDL file to a post here so I can look at it?
To see if it is finding the file do the following -
1. Turn on the AcadE debugger AEONLISPDEBUG
2. Run the Title block update just to bring up the dialog then cancel out.
3. Copy and paste everything on the command line into a posting
If AcadE is finding your file then there should be a line that looks something like -
Thanks to everyone...it works!!!
I am able to successfully save the file in the project folder.
Unfortunately, I am still not able to make the default file work for all projects.
Nevertheless, the main problem is solved. I think I was cutting and pasting the file, and then changing the name. I don't know why that doesn't work the same, but it doesn't. I learned that the text file MUST be opened and saved with the new name, NOT copied and renamed.
If anyone knows a why the text file would not be working as a default file, let me know. I have saved it as "default_wdtitle.wdl" at various points within the search path.
Thanks for your help!
This is from the Help -
You can create different WDL files for different projects. The search sequence is as follows:
Once it finds one it stops searching. So if you want to use a default one for all projects make sure it doesn't find anything in step 1 or 2.
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