ADT 2006 Options - Part 1
Autodesk Architectural Desktop 2006 adds several tabs to the
standard AutoCAD 2006 Options dialog box. We will take a look at
these options beginning with the AEC Editor Tab. It is located
all the way to the right after the standard Tabs. It is the
first of many tabs dedicated to ADT settings.
The AEC Editor settings are saved in your Windows registry.
The first area helps define when you will see diagnostic info. I
would leave this area alone. No need to mess with any of these
settings at this point. All diagnostic messages are turned off
by default. I have one checked just to see if I see any
difference in performance or interaction. You can leave yours
set to off.
The next area is called Similar-Purpose Dialogs. This allows you
to have the dialogs pop up in the same place when you are using
them. Some dialog boxes act whatever why they choose no matter
what you check here. By default - they are both checked on.
The third area is Optimize for Speed. Hey - this is getting very
interesting. A check box to make my old dog machine crank it
Under Optimize for Speed, select Object Snap to limit certain
display representations to respond only to the Node and Insert
object snaps. So you won't have all those snap points to worry
about. Now my machine is flying - not really - I am kind of
disappointed... : >(
This setting will apply to stair, railing, space boundary,
multi-view block, masking, slice, and clip volume objects.
Property Sets define characteristics that are attached to
objects. Let say you created a PSet named DoorProps that
contains property definitions like DoorNumber, DoorWidth, and
FireRating. Each property has a name, description, data type,
data format, and default value.
These sets can be automatically applied to an Object. For
example, when you apply the properties of a door to an existing
window, a new door object is created in place of the existing
window. With this setting enabled, any property sets that were
assigned to the existing window will automatically be preserved
and applied to the new door provided that the property set
definitions in question applies to both types of objects.
The last option in this first column is related to Units and
The Units for Legacy Drawings will let you force the units to
Imperial or Metric as you open an older file. If you set
it to Automatic, then whatever units you have set at the time
the file is opened will define the value.
Palette Theme: allows you to set who will control your world
Autodesk or Microsoft. Palettes will take on differing
look and feel depending on who you let dominate your desktop.
You have to restart ADT to get this to kick in.