In our office we have Autocad Electrical 2013 on one of the computers and 2012 on the other two. After creating a project in 2013 and adding subfolders to it we opened it up in 2012 to make some edits. After comparing the old wdp file (2013) with the new one (2012) we discovered that 2012 converted the subfolders definition (=====SUB=) to a description definition (===SUB=) and inserted it in the DESC1 line for each drawing. When trying to open it back in 2013 it caused the Autocad to crash with a "Fatal Error" several times. When it worked we could see no subfolders in the project manager and we lost the DESC3 field. Also when trying to re-create the folders it added the new lines in the wdp file (=====SUB=) but kept the old ones as well (===SUB=). This seems to be a bug and I am not sure if it addressed by any of the service packs. Did anybody else encountere this issue? I have attached the error message we got.
Thanks for your help!
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Solved! by dougmcalexander. See the answer in context.
Only version 2013 supports the virtual subfolders. Version 2012 will be looking for a description line in the position of the .wdp file where the new subfolder assignment is stored. You should not assign subfolders if you are going to be using other versions besides 2013.
Thanks for the update!
It would be nice if Autodesk maintained the backward compatibility for at least the last 1-2 versions...
I understand the chellenges when dealing with a database in Autocad but was it considered by Autodesk for instance to use a different identifier/symbol for subfolders in the wdp file than the equal sign which was already used for section/subsection/description lines in previous versions?
We have a subscription, 2 seats are client style and 3 are network style. Unfortunatelly the upgrade was not done in the same time for all the licences and we ended up with this problem. Even now the AE 2013 network licenced is reporting the same error or fatal errors when trying to do normal stuff. It seems like the incompatibility between 2012 and 2013 regarding the folders crashed 2013 so badly...I am not sure how we can get rid of these errors at this point. Hopefully Autodesk takes note of it and does a service pack...
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