Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Project Manager interface, part of AutoCAD Electrical Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] We're staying with the project manager in this particular section of our AutoCAD Electrical 2017 course. And we're looking at using project files. So what we need to do is maintain our project using the project manager palette that always resides over on the left-hand side of the screen. So here's our project manager here. Now you'll notice, I can close it, like so, and it disappears, leaving me with just the drawing. If you open up AutoCAD Electrical, and you don't have your project manager, just go up to the project tab and click on manager, and it automatically comes back.
So there's always a way of switching it back on, if it's not there. And sometimes you do close it in error, or somebody else might close it in error, that's the way to bring it back, and my suggestion is that you always, always, always leave it switched on. It's fundamental again, it's a bit like the WDP files in the previous video. It's one of those essential, fundamental parts of AutoCAD Electrical. So, the project manager interface, how does it work? Well you've got all these little icons, sitting at the top here, of the project manager interface.
So let's have a little look at those and see what they all do. So you've got here, open project, which we looked at in the previous video. The next one is a new project. So if I want to create a new project, I click on it, and it allows me to create a new project, it allows me to specify the location, and it allows me to create a folder with a particular project name. I can also copy the settings from a recent project file, as you can see, the current one is "wddemo," so it's prompting forward "wddemo.wdp." I can browse for any of those files that I want to, and also, I can add descriptions to that, line one, line two, line three, which means that I don't have to keep re-inputting data, for example on the title blocks in my AutoCAD Electrical project.
I can link these lines to attributes in the title block, and so on and so forth. We'll cover that later. So you can see there, that that allows me to create a new project. I don't want to create a new project, so I'm just gonna click on cancel there. The next icon along in the project manager interface is new drawing. That allows me to add a new drawing that is linked to the AutoCAD Electrical project. So as soon as I click there, you'll see that this great big dialog box appears with the drawing file name, which template I'm going to use, is it for reference only? Now, for reference only, basically means that you might have, for example, a drawing list.
And that's for reference only. It's not actually linking to the AutoCAD Electrical database behind the drawings. Again, I can specify location, description, if I'm working with the IEC Electrical Standard, you've got style designators for project code, installation code, and location code. I've got things like sheet and drawing values, and all of this can be displayed in here if need be. So if I had a sheet number or a drawing number, I can actually specify those to display here. We'll look at that in a moment.
Let me just cancel and lose the dialog box. We've also got refresh, so that refreshes the dialog box, and refreshes any changes that might have been made in the project. And this one here that's grayed out right now is the task list. When you're working with AutoCAD Electrical, if you've got to re-tag all of the schematic components over the entire project, you can update and re-tag and save it as a task for later. Now, if this little gray box has a green tick in it, that means that you've got tasks that need to be run.
Things like: updating and re-tagging here, in the project tab on the ribbon, marking and verifying drawings, and so on and so forth. So those tools allow you to save those tasks until later. So you go in and make your changes and your edit, and then the task list will come up with a green tick telling you what needs to be done. So if you click on the green tick, you get a list of things that needs to be done. You can then just say yes or no to AutoCAD Electrical to do them. What we've also got here, project-wide update re-tag, so if I click there, another dialog box comes up.
It allows me to re-tag things like components, sheets, wire numbers, ladders, drawings, title blocks, and so on. And you can specify what needs to be changed. Now again, we will cover some of that as we work through this particular course. So don't worry about the actual individual settings right now. But now you know where to click to do a project-wide update or re-tag. Notice, you've also got that up here in the project tools panel in the project tab on the ribbon as well.
So, moving across again, we've got here drawing list display configuration, if I click on that one. This one's fairly self-explanatory. Right now, if I look in any of these folder listings here, in the project manager, you can see that we've just got the file name, the DWG file. So if you just cancel that for a moment, and expand out the schematic sub-folder in the "wddemo" project, you can see there's the file names. But they might have sheet numbers as well. I want to display those, so I go here, like this, and I want sheet number, and I add that to the list there.
I then select it and move it up. So the sheet number comes before the file name. If I OK that now, watch the project manager on the left. As you can see, there's my sheet numbers coming up and displaying quite nicely in the project manager, so I know that sheet number one is drawing "demo01.dwg." So I can set the display to show what I want to see. Last but not least, here is the publish plot. I can plot the project, I can do it all at once, it's a bit like batch plotting in Vanilla AutoCAD.
I can publish to the web, and I can publish out to portable document formats, such as PDF, DWF, and DWFx. You'll also notice that I can ZIP the project. So that ZIP will allow me to put everything in a ZIP file, including the drawings, the WDP files, the drawing list files, and everything else that comes with your AutoCAD Electrical project. Last but not least, surprise, surprise, you have a help button. Always useful, if I click on help there now, again, remember, all of the AutoCAD Electrical help is online.
If you want to look at this, you need to have a working internet connection, 'cause it's all browser-based now. But as soon as I click on that, there you go, projects tab, project manager, dialog box. It takes me through what everything does in that project manager dialog box. So I will just close the help screen, and as you can see, there's the project manager there, and you can utilize that to your advantage, when you're working in AutoCAD Electrical.
Shaun Bryant demos the user interface and leads you step-by-step through learning how to draw the kind of precise, measured electrical drawings and schematics that form the basis of design communication in electrical engineering the world over. Learn how to design wiring diagrams, insert components and terminals, use PLC symbols in ladder diagrams, perform point-to-point wiring, create custom symbols, add annotations like title blocks to drawings, and run reports. In the final chapters, Shaun shows how to set up AutoCAD Electrical to your liking by adjusting settings and customizing the built-in templates, and demonstrates how to reuse, copy, export, and verify drawings.
- Creating electrical drawings
- Inserting, editing, and numbering wires
- Inserting components
- Using 3-phase ladders and components
- Working with saved circuits
- Using the Circuit Clipboard and Builder
- Editing, moving, copying, and deleting components
- Copying installation and location code values
- Editing panel drawings
- Inserting terminals
- Using PLC symbols
- Using point-to-point wiring
- Creating custom symbols
- Setting up title blocks
- Running reports
- Adjusting settings and templates
- Using the drawing update tools
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q: This course was updated on 04/28/2017. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover technology improvements in AutoCAD Electrical 2018, and show how to explore the user interface, manage files and options, navigate in a drawing, and document content.