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    By Dennis Collin

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    When conducting training courses on AutoCAD I frequently get asked is there a checklist of items to include in an AutoCAD template file? A well-prepared template is so much more than just a title sheet. I have therefore, compiled a list of things that certainly should be considered. Indeed, these items are discussed on both our Essential and follow on AutoCAD courses.

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    Typical elements to consider for a good AutoCAD template are:

    • Units & Precision
    • System variable monitor enabled and configured
    • Annotation Scale List
    • Layers
    • Linetypes
    • Lineweights
    • Layer Filters
    • Layer States
    • Text Styles
    • Dimension Styles
    • Multi-leader Styles
    • Table Styles
    • Title sheet (with attributes and possibly dynamic properties)
    • Page setups
    • Local blocks added
    • Cadstandards checker configured and enabled
    • Any superfluous information purged to encourage use of company standards and minimise file size.
    • If working in a network environment the template file should be stored on a shared server which the entire team can access.

    Other areas to consider:

    • Share well-constructed block libraries via the network and accessed via tool or block palettes
    • Share Bespoke plot configuration files (CTB/STB) on the server
    • Share Bespoke plotter driver configuration files on the server
    • Configure Designcentre to reference drawings and restore default settings if deleted or purged
    • Configure AutoCAD to load in any useful timesaving routines with the Appload utility (full AutoCAD only)
    • Setup a default AutoCAD profile to restore settings in the event of a workstation failure (full AutoCAD only)
    • Write a well-constructed CAD standard manual, shared on the server
    • Ensure your staff are well trained, so that they can use and appreciate all the benefits of a well-constructed AutoCAD environment, thereby being productive and profitable.

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