This is my first post here and I feel excited to be able to post to Civil3D.com! As some of you may know, I am a strong proponent of Data Shortcuts. Of course, currently Vault has its place, especially in larger engineering firms. Civil3D 2009 has changed the way to work with Data Shortcuts that has really made it a competitor in the data management arena.
What to learn more?
With Civil3D 2009 comes a cool new tool. It is called Data Shortcuts Editor.
The Data Shortcuts Editor lets you select a folder that has all your shortcuts and let’s you edit these shortcut files. You don’t have to learn XML at all.
As you can see from the image the name of the object, path, and source file is available to edit. The path is a bit of a pain since you can’t browse. However notice also at the end is the option to choose what to use to find the object – whether it is handle, name or either. What this allows you to do is select how the object is recognized. Say you get into the drawing and for some reason delete the Centerline(1) alignment and create another alignment and name it Centerline(1). C3D08 would always see these as two different alignments and rightly so. However, now you have the ability to tell C3D09 to recognize the new alignment as a replacement to the old alignment. Thus all your labels and linked drawings will update correctly even if the first alignment was completely erased. The either option is a great feature and gives you the most flexibility.
Data Shortcuts have also been added to the Prospector and how to work with these has improved. I will talk about these improvements in an upcoming post.