Tried downloading hatch patterns from the Culture Stone website. The file path is supposed to go to the AutoCAD support folder. I cannot find a support folder even when I do a full computer search (including hidden files and folders). The only "pat" files I find are in the AutoCAD folder and the files (aclt.pat) are 12 kb in size besides the culture stone pattern files. I tried looking for the hatch pattern names (such as ANSI31) that came with the original program in the AutoCAD folder via full computer search with no success. When I tried downloading the Culture Stone patterns it sends them to the AutoCAD program folder individually. When I go to the Boundary Hatch (bhatch command) pop-up nothing shows up in the PATTERNS box besides the predefined hatch patterns, I looked in predefined, user-defined and custom with no success.
Tried also looking for an AutoCAD support folder based upon a full computer search...no luck.
I opened up the original download disk for AutoCAD LT 98 and no support folder was found and again the only pat file was aclt.pat being 12 kb in size.
What am I missing?
Because you have LT so your aclt.pat instead of acad.pat and no Support Folder is in LT
if you open this .pat with word program you would see the code for pattern.
May be open your stone.pat then copy the code over to aclt.pat and see if it will work.
MAKE A COPY OF THIS FILE FIRST (in case you need to restore it)
Yes, I opened the aclt.pat file with notepad and yes the text code is there for the default hatch patterns. I made a copy of the aclt.pat file and tried installing (drag and click) one of the Culture Stone hatch patterns into the "aclt.pat copy" file. The info shows it being copied. I click "save" and close the aclt.pat copy file. When I reopen it, the Culture Stone hatch pattern is missing.
In full version you would create your own support folder using Explorer (Windows program). Then in AutoCAD, under OPTIONS (files tab), you can add an additional Support File Search Path to the existing list.
Then when you go to place a hatch you'd choose Custom (as opposed to predefined); then where it says Custom Pattern you'd choose from that list. This all assumes that each custom pattern is a separate .pat file and is located in the support folder you created.
I believe this works for LT as well. This is the standard practice, and it is never a good idea to alter the main .pat file (it can become bloated and unweildy). Each custom pattern should be in its own .pat file, and should be named something sensible. There are specific rules such as how the first line within the file itself should match the file name, and how there needs to be a blank line at the end of the file "code" (which actually can be created in Notepad), so search these forums for similar posts in order to get the details. Also, hit F1 and read up in the online help. Good luck!
"and it is never a good idea to alter the main .pat file"
40 additional patterns added to acad.pat and have NEVER seen a thing wrong with it.
Have it your way at Burger King.
Ok, making some progress. Have made backup copy of aclt.pat file. Opened up aclt.pat with notepad. Opened up Culture Stone cs_drystack pat file with notepad. Copy/pasted FULL cs_drystack text into aclt.pat file after last line of predefined text. The pasted text starts with *cs_drystack, drystack ledgestone followed by all the coordinate numbers for all the associated lines. Saved and closed aclt.pat file. Original file read 12 kb. It now reads 40kb. So it took the cs-drystack text. Rebooted everything. Opened a dwg file been working on in AutoCad LT98. Went to Bhatch command. Looked in predefined, user-defined and custom for sc_drystack hatch pattern...nothing. Typed in pattern name in custom category...nothing.
I think I'm getting closer...but not there yet.
There is no problem adding anything to any of the core files: load them up at will.... until the day you 'repair' or reinstall or Upgrade and Oops, there goes your file(s). Sure you have a backup and you can restore, pecking through obscure folders, trying to remember what goes where etc. but Customization Regulars prefer to take control and keep those safely stored in a seaprate folder AutoCAD never touches but just reads.
Own it, or be a slave to it: neither way is wrong, it's just a lifestyle choice