As many of you know, I have been a proponent of Data Shortcuts through the years. With C3D 2009, DS’s finally showed that they could stand on their own successfully. Now in the Prospector you can set the Working Folder and the DS folder and all is well. However, in C3D 2009 the DS folder was not connected to the drawing. Thus, if you opened up a drawing that was from a different project then the current DS folder, you would never know.
In Civil3D 2010, you can Associate drawings to a DS folder!!!
There are three hidden commands that we want to look at.
This command turns the associate functionality on. By default, it is off.
This command turns the associate functionality off. This is the only way to disassociate a drawing from a DS folder after you have associated it.
This will associate a DS Folder to the open drawing. So no matter what the DS Folder is set to, when you open this drawing it will change to the project that it is associated with.
Two things to keep in mind:
- These are undocumented because they may not have been fully tested. They work and work well but just keep this in mind.
- The associations are stored in each user’s directory. Thus, there is no universal way to create associations as of yet. (Should EE create one??)