Every day, I like to check in with the Autodesk discussion groups to see what people are having to say, what issues they’re running into, or what they love about Civil 3D. As I look lately, it seems as if there are a lot of people just now adopting Civil 3D, so I want to write a post that will help them as they grow in their Civil 3D knowledge.
Do you ever wish that you had a way to set default styles in the program? Do you wish that when you performed a task, that it would pick up on that nifty style that you created automatically instead of you having to pick it? Well, that can be done with command settings – find out how after the jump.
Command settings let you select the default actions that happen when you perform a specific command. They are found on the settings tab of toolspace just under the rest of the styles. An example can be seen below:
You’ll notice in the above image that every surface-related command is listed. Here, you can set the defaults for these commands by selecting the command, right-clicking on it, and selecting Edit Command Settings. If we edit the CreateSurface command, the resulting dialog looks very similar to the ambient settings dialog, as shown below:
Expanding this out, we can see some of the default styles that we can set:
As you can see, you can set the default surface type, default cut and fill factors (for volume surfaces) and the grid surface spacing (for grid surfaces.) You can also set the default build operations, the default styles, the default name format, and the contour labeling defaults. Changing these settings in your template will cause your Civil 3D experience to be much more streamlined.