All right, I promise to shut up about Data Shortcuts for awhile after this.
First, what has changed with Data Shortcuts in Civil3D 2009? How do you work with them now? How will it affect your work flow and/or directory structure?
Let’s take a look after the jump
The UI to work with Data Shortcuts has now been added to the Toolspace.
There are two import folder settings that have be done before you can import or export Data Shortcuts. They are:
- Set Working Folder
- Set Data Shortcuts Folder
This whole premise brings back memories of the former Land Desktop Project days. You remember those times when you would first set the Project folder and then all of the Projects would be listed under that folder?? This is eerily similar. Let’s break this down a little bit.
The working folder (Project folder) stores a list of data shortcut folders (projects) that can be set (or added to). It is the data shortcut folder that is the key to all of this. It is like the LDT project folder.
This leads us to two methodologies:
- Change the working folder for each project.
- This would be similar to changing the LDT Project directory for each project.
- The benefits to doing this would be to keep all project data within the project folder. The working folder would be the parent folder to where you normally keep data shortcuts in a project now. The folder where you keep the data shortcuts would become the Data Shortcut folder under the working folder.
- Change the Data Shortcut folder for each project.
- This would be similar to the old ./sdskproj/ server that everyone had years ago. It was a separate location where you stored all the LDT projects. This methodology would be similar. One folder which contains all the data shortcuts for all projects.
What setup is the best? For archival and flexibility, I have been leaning toward changing the working folder for each project. However, as others begin to C3D09, I would love to hear feedback.
Creating the actual shortcuts
From the Data Shortcuts Toolspace right click menu is an option to Create Data Shortcuts, when you select this option, you are presented with the above dialog box. Select what objects that reside in the current drawing that you want to create a data shortcut of. These shortcuts will then be available for referencing. IT IS THAT SIMPLE!!