My Biggest Civil 3D Template Secret!!

Posted in Autodesk, CAD Management, Civil 3D, computer, learn by daniel on February 27, 2009 No Comments yet

I can’t believe I’m gonna let this one out, and as of now I have never heard of anyone else using it so I’m claiming it!

I think a picture sums it up best, but if you want less layers in your template then just let the program make them when it needs to. template-object-layersSimply setup 4 or 5 layers (C-, G-, V-, P-) in your layer manager and then use thoes layers in the “Drawing Settings”. Add a “Suffix” modifer with “ROAD” or “ALIGN” or whatever standard you use and “*” to include the civil objects name where you need it.

All of your Layers in Styles should be set to “0” layer, and then take some time modifing the feature’s settings to get the automatic naming correct.

When you creat an alignment or other object and give it a name, that name is placed where the “*” is and a layer is created correctly.



The layers are created as expected, and the template remains lite-weight.

Folders containing files are slow to populate winxp [Fixed]


When you were browsing in a folder that contains files, such as AutoCAD Drawing files and others, the display is very slow to populate. This issue can occur if the Digital Signature option is enabled on a Windows® XP machine. This is expected behavior if you are using digital signatures. The display is slow to populate because the the status of the digital signature for each file is being verified so that the appropriate icon can be displayed.

If you don’t care about this (I don’t because 5 seconds and more for a folder to show its contents is ridiculous) then you can disable the verification process like this:

  1. On the Start menu (Windows), click Run.
  2. In the Run dialog box, enter C:\Windows\System32\AcSignOpt.exe.
  3. Click OK.
  4. In the Signature Validation Options dialog box, clear the “Validate digital signatures and display special icons” check box.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Verify that the population speeds for folders has improved.

You can thank me later or buy a Mac since Apple handles things much better.

Network Deployment of an AutoCAD Tool Palette

Posted in CAD Management by daniel on June 17, 2008 No Comments yet

Why do this?

  1. Enforcement/ease of use of company standard blocks/symbols, text, layers, assemblies etc.
  2. Ease of deployment in new versions of the product.
  3. Ease of when updating company standards in existing files by using the “Redefine” command found when right clicking a block in the ToolPalette.
  4. Security.
  5. It just makes sense.


  1. Work off a backup, I cannot be held responsible for what you do.
  2. This was done using Civil 3D but should transcend versions if available.

Now that that’s out of the way,

Start by getting the files you’ll need from “C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Autodesk\C3D 2009\enu\Support\” grab the whole “ToolPalette” folder and copy it to a network location that everyone using AutoCAD has access to.