Tuesday, May 15, 2007

ADT Content Tips and Tricks

Well organized content in AutoCAD Architecture or Architectural Desktop is one key to efficiency.

Content Browser is often not investigated except by those that dig into everything or those who receive training and have the values identified.

I've learned two tricks recently and wanted to expand more on some of the uses of Content Browser.

First, I learned from the book in my previous post that it is best not to have any project open in Project Browser. You may not even be aware that you have one open if you don't use Project Browser or Project Navigator on a regular basis. It is possible that you have a project active because once upon a time you began a tutorial that instructed you to open a certain project. Many tutorials begin this way.

To check, choose Project Browser from the File pulldown menu. If there is a project listed in bold in the left hand pane, right click and choose to close the project.

The reason this is important is that if you do have a project open, your custom tool palettes may be stored with the project.

The second tip I have is that if you do start creating content on Tool Palettes or in a Catalog in Content Browser and get to a point that your tools don't work from the Tool Palettes, you will receive an error about the tool not being registered. This is an indication that you need to do a repair of your installation.

The tip is regarding this repair. If you installed with a DVD (shipped by default), but only have CD media to do the repair; the installation will not work. The same hold true with installing media when prompted for a service pack.

I wouldn't have thought it true, but it just so happened that I ran into this situation. There is a registry setting that probably identifies this, though I really didn't have time to get into it at that level. Perhaps more likely it doesn't know that different files are on different disks and is only "remembering" that it was originally all on one disk.

I'll post some more on Publishing Catalogs in Content Browser coming up and also some of the new features in AutoCAD MEP 2008.

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