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We're now ready to create our first project file. This project file isn't going to be the one for this course. What I want to do here is take a minute to create a test project file just so that you can see the process and you can kick the tires a little bit before we have to create one for the course. This will allow you to see where the settings we just discussed are represented in the project file, and the steps that we need to take to actually create one. So what we're going to do is return to the project's dialogue box by clicking projects in the launch panel on the toolbar, and return to the project's dialogue box.
Again you can see my active project is Inventor Essentials, and you don't have this just yet but we're going to create one soon. We're going to go ahead and create a test project. I'm going to click New at the bottom of the dialogue box and enter the Inventor Project Wizard. Now depending on the settings you used while installing Inventor, you may or may not have this new vault project option and I just want to call that out. It's not something that we're going to cover in this course but I don't want you to be caught off guard if you don't have that.
Everybody, however, should have a New Single User Project option. With that option selected, we'll go ahead and click Next. Now, on this screen, this is where most of the work for creating a project file takes place, and it's really not all that much work. You can see on here we have the ability to define a name for our project, we have the ability to find a location, and we have a location of where the actual project file, which is a small XML file with dot IPG extension is going to be created. The other item you might notice here is that some of the settings that we looked at in the previous movie are represented here.
You'll notice that everything in front of the project name in this field is essentially exactly what is in the application options in Inventor. This will look different on my screen than it does on yours. It'll depend on where you selected to save your project files. But what's important here is Inventor is taking the setting in the application options and the name of the project we're defining here, and combining them to define the actual location where the files will be saved on the hard drive.
Now I'm going to go ahead and change this project name to I-N-V_T-E-S-T, so I now have an Inventor test project. And you'll notice that as I changed that name, Inventor automatically updated the remaining fields in this dialogue box. We're now ready to hit Next and move forward in the Project Wizard. The next step in the Project Wizard is to define a library location. Now, we're not going to do this, and in a lot of cases you won't need to do this. But, a library location is essentially a location within a project where you want to store standard parts, or parts that you purchase from other locations that can't really be modified.
And the reason for that is, if you can't modify say its a standard motor or a standard gear, and it's not something you intend to modify, then what Inventor going to do, is if you save it in this folder it will make it read only within the application. And the reason for this is if you are buying it off the shelf for example in most cases you aren't going to modify it or you're not going to want to. So this is just a simple way for Inventor to protect files within the project, but it's not something you're going to do every day so we're going to skip it for now and it's also not required so you don't have to do this for every project and in many cases you won't.
We'll go ahead and click Finish, and Inventor is going to let us know that the folder that we defined in the previous step isn't available and it's going to create it for us. By clicking Ok, you can see that we now have I-N-V_TEST, it's been created on our hard drive, in this case, under My C File storage Autodesk Inventor projects and it's made it active. So if I click Done here and I select Open, you'll see that the interface has changed in the open dialog box to represent we're looking at a blank project file.
And from here, we could do things like add new project folders, we could add sub folders, and that's what we're going to do right now. I'm going to go ahead and cancel this dialog box and bring back up our projects. Because we didn't have any subfolders, we're going to go ahead and add them just so you can see the process. When we create the project for this course, we're going to use a slightly different method. But what I want to cover here is how you can manually create frequently used subfolders. And this is going to come in handy when you have kind of projects within projects.
Or areas you want to create just for organization's standpoint. If you go to the lower portion of the dialogue box, you'll see frequently used sub folders listed here. And if you right click on that, you have the option to add a path, add a path from a file, or add paths from a directory. And I'm going to go ahead and manually add some stuff. I'm going to go ahead and add a path, and you'll see Inventor just adds a new row in here, and we can define the name of the folder. I'm going to call it sub, let's call this sub area one, and you can call this whatever you want, it really doesn't matter.
It's just an identifiable folder name. That you can use to switch around within your project very quickly. The next thing I'm going to do is select a location, and I can either type in the folder name here, or I can click the browse button, and within the Inventor test option, click Make New folder, and call this Sub Area 1. Now you'll notice, too, that you, the folder name that we define in the project and folder name you define on the hard drive doesn't have to match, if you don't want but I kind of recommend that you do.
I think it just makes it a little more clear. But there might be situations in the commercial environment where you don't want that to be the case. So I'm going to go ahead and select Sub Area 1 and hit Ok. And then I'm going to click in the white area of the dialogue box and the changes committed. So, what this does is now says there's going to be a frequently used sub-folder here called SubArea 1 in my work space folder which is the root of my project and that folder is also called Sub Area 1. Let's go ahead and hit Done.
We're going to go ahead and save those changes to the project. If you get an update warning you can go ahead and just click Yes. It's just letting you know it's making sure that it's in it's current version and that you are not going to be able to use it for older versions of Inventor which in most cases is going to be no problem at all. Now when we go to the open dialog box, you can see here, the, in the left hand browser section, we now have frequently used sub folders. And we have Sub Area 1. By clicking on that shortcut, you'll notice that we're looking in Sub Area 1, and of course it's an empty folder because we haven't created any files.
But, I can now switch between my workspace and my Sub Area just with a click of the button in the browser here.
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