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AutoCAD: Tips, Tricks, and Industry Secrets

Consolidating backup files into a single folder


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AutoCAD: Tips, Tricks, and Industry Secrets

with Jeff Bartels

Video: Consolidating backup files into a single folder

Each time you save a drawing, as a courtesy AutoCAD creates a backup file that represents the previous version. By default, AutoCAD saves these backups in the same directory as the original drawing. Now backup files are a double-edged sword. When you need one they're fantastic. The rest of the time they take up space all over the network. In this lesson we will look at a way to consolidate all of our AutoCAD backups into a single folder. On my screen I have an example of a mechanical drawing. I am going to press the Windows key and the letter E to bring up Windows Explorer, and I would like to navigate into the Exercise files folder where this drawing is saved.
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  1. 1m 28s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
  2. 47m 11s
    1. Adding relevant data to Quick Properties and tooltips
      5m 38s
    2. Creating custom ribbon tabs and panels
      8m 55s
    3. Creating macro-enabled tools
      10m 29s
    4. Increasing speed with command aliases
      4m 44s
    5. Finding commands and system variables using Auto Complete
      2m 35s
    6. Optimizing the size of palettes
      3m 17s
    7. Accessing drawings using Favorites
      2m 25s
    8. Controlling notification bubbles
      2m 24s
    9. Restoring hidden messages
      3m 53s
    10. Following a blog from within AutoCAD
      2m 51s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Disabling mode settings on the fly
      3m 28s
    2. Finding hatch boundaries in busy drawings
      3m 32s
    3. Generating boundaries from difficult shapes
      2m 20s
    4. Calculating the overall length of multiple entities
      6m 16s
    5. Calculating the area of multiple shapes
      4m 42s
    6. Flattening geometry to a single elevation
      4m 0s
    7. Trimming all entities to one side of an object
      2m 42s
    8. Eliminating duplicated geometry
      5m 10s
    9. Creating true offsets
      3m 44s
    10. Finding errors when joining multiple entities
      6m 48s
    11. Moving and copying entities using Windows shortcuts
      2m 24s
    12. Solving expressions using the command prompt calculator
      5m 1s
    13. Using the Calculator palette
      10m 25s
  4. 21m 17s
    1. Bringing all text objects to the front
      1m 20s
    2. Underlining single-line text
      1m 21s
    3. Managing numbered and lettered lists
      3m 36s
    4. Creating superscript and subscript text
      3m 18s
    5. Removing formatting from MTEXT
      3m 26s
    6. Using fields to identify who revised a drawing
      3m 10s
    7. Squeezing text into tight spaces
      3m 5s
    8. Hiding extra annotative scales
      2m 1s
  5. 16m 55s
    1. Creating "one-click" dimensions
      1m 52s
    2. Dimensioning angles greater than 180 degrees
      1m 40s
    3. Creating dynamic dimension breaks
      2m 20s
    4. Making linear dimensions act like aligned dimensions
      2m 44s
    5. Finding dimensions with false values
      1m 38s
    6. Creating parent/child dimension styles
      4m 45s
    7. Making dimensions easier to read
      1m 56s
  6. 14m 40s
    1. Making global edits to attribute data
      4m 1s
    2. Clipping references using curved geometry
      2m 21s
    3. Exchanging one block symbol for another
      3m 3s
    4. Using drag-and-drop to insert content
      3m 17s
    5. Creating a block library in two clicks
      1m 58s
  7. 10m 42s
    1. Making global changes to layer names
      3m 19s
    2. Converting all object properties to BYLAYER
      1m 43s
    3. Navigating layer lists using the keyboard
      2m 5s
    4. Producing a hard copy of the layer settings
      1m 34s
    5. Removing stubborn layers
      2m 1s
  8. 25m 1s
    1. Accessing viewports within viewports
      3m 21s
    2. Creating viewports with islands
      6m 5s
    3. Creating legends using the Change Space tool
      3m 55s
    4. Rotating viewport content to match layout
      4m 55s
    5. Importing layouts from template files
      2m 3s
    6. Visualizing multiple design alternates
      4m 42s
  9. 30m 18s
    1. Consolidating backup files into a single folder
      2m 48s
    2. Launching applications from within AutoCAD
      3m 53s
    3. Creating custom linetypes
      5m 9s
    4. Incorporating symbols into custom linetypes
      2m 48s
    5. Salvaging data from a corrupt drawing
      3m 57s
    6. Applying hyperlinks to drawing objects
      3m 34s
    7. Converting drawings from name-based to color-based plot styles
      2m 0s
    8. Identifying the owner of a drawing
      1m 18s
    9. Incorporating drawings into PowerPoint presentations
      4m 51s
  10. 31s
    1. Goodbye
      31s

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AutoCAD: Tips, Tricks, and Industry Secrets
3h 48m Intermediate Jan 31, 2011

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In AutoCAD 2011: Tips, Tricks, and Industry Secrets, Jeff Bartels shows AutoCAD users how to become more efficient power users, reducing the amount of time it takes to accomplish a task, increasing profit margins, and strengthening marketplace competitiveness. The course covers everything from shortcuts used in geometry creation, to program customization, to real world solutions to common problems. Interface customization, block and reference management skills, and express tool usage are also covered. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating macro enabled tools
  • Using Auto Complete
  • Disabling tool mode settings on the fly
  • Moving and copying entities using Windows shortcuts
  • Using the Calculator palette
  • Formatting text
  • Creating parent/child dimension styles
  • Making dimensions easier to read
  • Making global edits to attribute data and layer names
  • Exchanging one block symbol for another
  • Inserting content using drag and drop
  • Navigating layer list using the keyboard
  • Importing layouts from template files
  • Consolidating backup files
Subjects:
CAD 2D Drawing 3D Drawing
Software:
AutoCAD
Author:
Jeff Bartels

Consolidating backup files into a single folder

Each time you save a drawing, as a courtesy AutoCAD creates a backup file that represents the previous version. By default, AutoCAD saves these backups in the same directory as the original drawing. Now backup files are a double-edged sword. When you need one they're fantastic. The rest of the time they take up space all over the network. In this lesson we will look at a way to consolidate all of our AutoCAD backups into a single folder. On my screen I have an example of a mechanical drawing. I am going to press the Windows key and the letter E to bring up Windows Explorer, and I would like to navigate into the Exercise files folder where this drawing is saved.

I will open up Chapter 8 and then I will click and drag this window over to the right side of the screen, such that it takes up half of my monitor. I will then click on the AutoCAD title bar, I will move over and click the Restore Down icon, and then I will drag this application over to the left side of my screen. Let's take a look at the creation of a backup file. I am going to save this drawing. When I do, watch over here. Notice AutoCAD has created a file with the BAK extension. This file represents the previous saved state of my drawing.

In fact, there is no difference between a BAK and the DWG file. If my main drawing were to become corrupt, I can simply rename this BAK extension to DWG and then I could open this drawing directly into AutoCAD. By default, AutoCAD saves these BAKs in the same directory as the original drawing. We also have the option of saving all BAK files into a single directory. To do that, first you need to choose a directory. As an example, I'd like to use this backup storage folder. So I will double-click to open this.

I will then click in the address bar, so I can see the full path to this folder. I will make sure the path is selected and then I will right-click and select Copy to copy the path to my Clipboard. Then I will come back over AutoCAD and I will type movebak and press Enter. Then I will click down here at the command line. I will right-click, paste to my path, and I will press Enter. From now on, each time I save this file or any file for that matter, AutoCAD will save the backup file in my Backup Storage folder.

Now there is a side effect to using movebak. Each time you save your drawing, you'll see this meaningless statement down here at the command line. Simply disregard this error. If the time comes that you'd like to restore your backup feature to the default behavior, you can re-launch the movebak command, enter a period for the path, and then press Enter. Now each time I save, my backups will once again be saved side-by-side with the original drawing. When it comes to saving backup files, there are pros and cons to either storage method.

The important thing is that AutoCAD lets you choose a strategy that works best for your organization.

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