Friday, April 27, 2012

Adding the Express Tab to the Ribbon

From the Windows Uninstall dialog.
Select AutoCAD Electrical and press Uninstall/Change


Press the Add or Remove Features button

Press Next twice and at this screen be sure Express Tools is checked.

Press Update.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Out of Work? 

This is similar to a program Autodesk offered a year ago to help individuals get training for a new career. If you know someone who is out of work send them to this site. Student copies of anything Autodesk along with Training and Support! You do have to qualify to get into this program.


Always QSAVE, Always QSAVE, Always QSAVE

Is it just me or does the Always QSAVE button not do anything? It may suppress the dialog for THAT operation but as soon as you use a command again... there it is again!

After tearing into the .env file many times I can't believe I overlooked this line.
Great post Jared. I hope you don't mind me sharing it.

Hidden Wires and Wire Numbers

Recently I had someone ask why their wire numbers went crazy when wire layer visibilities were turned off.

The image on the right shows the wires and numbers as they should appear. The image on the left has a Wire Type layer named Invisible turned OFF.

It looks great until the Wire Number command is run again. The script seems to ignore the hidden layer and adds a lot of extra wire numbers.

My guess is the Auto Wire Number script is only looking for visible layers.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Changing a Ladder Reference Style Project Wide

The ladder reference style set in the properties only affects NEW ladders. How does one update existing ladders to a new style?

In this example a user wants to change the ladder reference style from the default "numbers only" to "sheet and numbers." The plan is to eventually change the order of the sheets. These changes should force all components, ladders and wires to update with the new page numbers.


Monday, April 9, 2012

More AutoCAD Electrical 2013 New Features!

Here are a few other new features. If you missed my earlier post of new features its here... AutoCAD Electrical 2013 New Features - Post 1

An Apps Store!

You can install Autodesk Exchange Apps and other 3rd party Apps for your products. Clicking the button opens your web browser to Autodesk Exchange Apps Store When this was posted there were over 50 apps listed and 28 of them were FREE!.

Select the app you want and press install...

The Plug-Ins tab displays the Autodesk Exchange Apps that are currently installed.

List of Manufactures included with 2013
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List of Symbol Libraries included with 2013
AS (Millimeters)
GB (Millimeters)
IEC Legacy (Millimeters)
IEC-60617 (Millimeters)
IEEE (Millimeters)
JIS (Millimeters)
JIC (Inches)
NFPA (Inches)


Updated Autodesk's Cloud Services Commands

The Online tab will end up receiving its own blog post as some point in the near future. Shown here is a comparison between the Electrical 2012 and 2013 Online tab. It has never been easier to share and collaborate with engineers.



Command Line Update

This is really a core AutoCAD change but it affects the Electrical user as well. To see more about this update see John Hackney's post about it here...

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Auto Trim Wires from the PLC I/O Utility

If you are using saved circuits with the PLC I/O utility, you more than likely end up with a few wires that are not needed. There may also be times when you simply need to remove a wire from one side of a component.

Here is an example of how the saved circuits come in is inserted manually.
image However when using the PLC I/O utility they look like this. The utility runs a wire to each terminal!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Closed Project Folders Return After a Restart - lastproj.fil

This question keeps coming up. A user closes a project folder and then next time Electrical is opened the project is back again! Argh!

More than likely this is caused by the users closing ALL drawings before closing the projects. With no drawing open there is no command line. With no command line the script cannot run to update the lastproj.fil file. Only close projects with a drawing active and this problem goes away. If you are still have issues, check to make sure you have write access to lastproj.fil.

All about lastproj.fil

It's located here \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\AutoCAD
Electrical (version)\(release)\(country code)\Support\User\          Note: AppData is a hidden folder.

What does it do?

This file controls what projects are listed in the Project Manger and it also keeps a running list of all recently opened projects. This recent list is nice because eliminates the need to constantly browse folder structures for recent projects. The latest projects are always listed at the top of the recent list.

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It looks like this...


How does it work?

Each line in the text file shows the information for one project. The last number in the line tells Electrical how and where that project should show up.

2 =Active, 1 =listed in Project Manager, "0"= not listed in Project Manger but available in the Recent Projects dialog box.

This file can be modified using Notepad, or with scripts, giving you complete control over what projects are shown, active and in the recent list.