Setting Up Job Specific Configurations
Architectural Production Software 2005




What is a job specific configuration file? All of the configuration information from the Software configuration utility is saved in a file typically called APS.cfg. Sometimes a job will require changes to this configuration file that differ from the "office standard". Once these configuration changes have been made they remain in effect until you change them back, so if you need to work on another job you would need to restore the configuration changes back to the "office standard". Changing the configuration back and forth depending on which job you are working on wastes time. Therefore we have made it possible for you to use a job specific configuration file that allows the configuration changes to stay with the job.

Job specific configuration files can be used whenever a job is different enough from your typical work that you feel it warrants it's own configuration file. How different from the norm must a job be to justify a job specific configuration? We'll let you decide. Some people create a configuration file for every job, others will never create one.



Setting up a job specific configuration file

1. Find your default configuration file. Type APS-CONFIG at the command line and press <Enter>. Depending on your configuration you may see one of the following dialogs:

If you do, select the "Default file" button.

The following dialog appears:

At the top of this dialog to the right of where is says "Editing file:" will be the location and filename of your default configuration file.


2. Decide the location to place the job specific configuration file. Every office has a different file management method so we will not try to dictate where this should be.

 Job configuration files will be found if the configuration file is located in one of the following locations (they are searched in this order):

  • The same folder as the current drawing
  • In any folder above the current drawing's folder in the path
  • In AutoCAD's search path

For more on how job specific configuration files are found see How a job specific configuration file is located.

Note: If your computer is set up using a network installation it is sometimes a good idea to place the job specific configuration file with your default configuration file on your local machine. This way you will not "share" it with other users. Perform these steps (1-6) for each user who will be working on this job, so each user will have a job specific configuration file of their own. For more on network installation considerations see Network installations.


3. When the location for the job specific configuration file has been determined, copy the default configuration file located in step 1. to this location.


4. Rename the default configuration file. The name of the file should be <Job number>.cfg (replace <Job number> with your job number). How the job number is determined is set in the "Method of Determining Job Number" section of the APS-CONFIG command.

Example: Let us assume that our job number is "03-123". We would copy our default configuration file to our job folder (or wherever it is decided it should go) and would rename it from APS to 03-123.cfg.


5. Open up a drawing from the job that this configuration file has been created for and type in APS-CONFIG at the command line and press <Enter>. Depending on your configuration you may see one of the following dialogs:

If you do, select the "Job specific file" button.

If the above steps were done correctly and the current drawing can be recognized as one of this job's files (see How a job specific configuration file is located) the configuration file you just created will be listed to the right of "Editing file:" at the top of the configuration dialog.


6. Change any of the settings you want in the configuration for this specific job and save it when done. When any of the files for this job are opened, AutoCAD will read this configuration file and use it's values. The beauty is that this configuration will be used ONLY when working on drawings from this job. Drawings from other jobs are unaffected.


Is there anything that you find confusing or difficult? Please let us know so we can help!

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