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Pluc.m
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AutoCAD Read-Only

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08-31-2012 08:39 AM

Hi,

 

Current situation

  • We have employes running AutoCAD LT that needs to open drawings as ReadOnly but oftenly forgets to click the little arrow and select Read Only.
  • We have employes running AutoCAD (Not LT) that needs to work on those drawings in Read & Write mode.

 

Option 1

Set all the protected files to ReadOnly

Make a plugin that ask if you want to edit the drawing after opening it, remove the Read Only attribute, upgrade to Read&Write

 

I have successfuly done this option, but there is 2 problems that I have to resolve.

 

First, there is a "Open in read only" warning message that has to be skipped. I found a little LISP script to redefine the Open command, but it has side effects like removing the shortcut bar that I also cannot accept.

 

Second, the Open Mode upgrade doesnt remove the "Read only" in the window title until the document is saved. I have to refresh the title to remove that.

 

Option 2

Configure AutoCAD LT to always open as Read-Only (or at least make it the default behavior)

 

I don't know how to do this.

 

 

Anyone has a suggestion for me?

Thanks!

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owenwengerd
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Re: AutoCAD Read-Only

08-31-2012 08:49 AM in reply to: Pluc.m

You should be setting user permissions on the folders using the features of the operating system.

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Pluc.m
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Message 3 of 6 (1,388 Views)

Re: AutoCAD Read-Only

08-31-2012 08:53 AM in reply to: owenwengerd

Forgot to add this limitation, I cannot do this for automation reasons. We have a lot of softwares that manages project folders and such, programs that runs under users that does not have authorization to change security setting.

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owenwengerd
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Re: AutoCAD Read-Only

08-31-2012 10:11 AM in reply to: Pluc.m

Another option would be to use the 'Remember read-only state' feature in my shareware QuikPik utlity. This does not prevent files from being opened as writable, but it changes the default to whatever was last used.

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Pluc.m
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Re: AutoCAD Read-Only

09-04-2012 04:05 AM in reply to: owenwengerd

Google search pulled me to a unresponsive website. Is this a temporary hosting issue?

 

Also, is your tool working on AutoCAD LT applications (since they don't support customization)?

 

Thanks for the suggestion!

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owenwengerd
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Re: AutoCAD Read-Only

09-04-2012 05:20 AM in reply to: Pluc.m

Yes, and yes.

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