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Opinions on file location structure logic?

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04-26-2012 07:04 AM

Hey all, I’m wondering what the latest logic is on file location structure for AutoCAD 2013 on Win7. To be more specific, I’m wondering what others do for locating their customizations. I have taken a roll as a CAD Developer and eventually will take on the local CAD manger duties once the development of our future custom menu is done. However, in the meantime, I work under I.T. and corporate CAD managers who have some very scattered structure to their file locations. 


Of the many paths, one is a folder that we created under the "C:\Program Files\Auodesk|AutoCAD 2011" branch.


I don’t feel too good about us placing things in the Program Files folders on Windows 7. It seems to me that there were reasons to avoid this? Does anyone recall what those reasons are?


I’d like to double check my logic before I make a proposal to change things.



Ronald A. Powell
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TGW Systems Inc.
Spring Lake, MI
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Re: Opinions on file location structure logic?

04-26-2012 08:19 AM in reply to: rapidcad

Items under the Program Files path can have restrictions based on user permissions, plus may be subject to overwriting with upgrades, they look a little odd if its to be common across multiple versions of a program ("So why keep the AutoCAD 2011 folder when we are using 2013?"), and being local files require some sort of scripting or distribution to keep up to date.  The same types of problems can be found under the Documents and Setting path.  I'm not sure if the new Autoloader system requires items such as the XML manifest to be located in the Program Files path or not.

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Re: Opinions on file location structure logic?

04-26-2012 08:27 AM in reply to: rapidcad

Your Customizations.

Your Customization files and content.

Your Customization Folders.


Why use someone else' file structure when it comes to dealing with YOUR customzations? regardless of the 'program' being customized, IMHO those are best placed in a central location you have total control over, and not buried inside program folders on individual PCs.

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Re: Opinions on file location structure logic?

04-26-2012 10:44 AM in reply to: pendean

Totally agree Dean. Unfortunately, I'm not presently in the driver's seat when it comes to this decision. I'm trying to influence a chnage here. I do however, appreciate their concern with laptop syncronization and would love to get everyone on AutoCAD 2013 and Autodesk 360 ASAP. However, my project will extend into next year, so we might not get this in place for a while.


Thanks for the clarity on the Program Files dgorsman. I have run into the restrictions before and you make me recall that if we write to a file through lisp, we can't count on being able to accomplish this if the UAC settings don't allow the user that permission.


That's what I needed - someone to jog my memory. Thanks!



Ronald A. Powell
CAD Developer/Operator
TGW Systems Inc.
Spring Lake, MI

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