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Customizing progeCAD - Setting and changing options

Changing the options on the General tab

In the Options dialog box, the General tab contains settings for experience level and save options. You can also set VBA security.

Setting the experience level You can control which menus and tools are available by setting the experience level. You can choose from the following experience levels:

Beginner Menus and toolbars display only basic commands.

Intermediate Menus and toolbars display most two-dimensional entity creation and modification commands.

Advanced Menus and toolbars display all available commands.
  1. Saving your drawings automatically To avoid losing data in the event of a power failure or other system error, save your drawing files often. You can configure the program to periodically save your drawings automatically. The Minutes setting determines the interval between automatic saves. The program restarts this interval timer whenever you save the drawing file.
  2. When AutoSave is enabled, the program creates a copy of your drawing. The file is saved in the folder specified in Options > Paths/Files for Temporary Files, with the file extension specified in the AutoSave Drawing Extension box (by default, .SV$).
  3. Setting the default Save As format You can control the default file format that you want to display in the Save Drawing As dialog box. For example, if you use the Save As command to save most of your drawings in a legacy file format, you can select that file format as the default so you don't have to select it each time you save a draw-ing using the Save As command.This setting has no effect on saving existing or new drawings using commands other than Save As -- progeCAD always saves existing drawings in their current file format and saves new drawings with the most current file format.
  4. Setting how drawings are opened If you regularly open drawings that contain errors or damaged data, for example, if you are a new progeCAD user and your original drawings were created using different CAD software, you can enable Open Drawings using Recover. This option automatically checks all drawings for errors when using the Open command, and attempts recovery, as needed. Viewing warning messages when opening drawings allows you to know which files are being fixed by progeCAD and what errors have occurred; however, you can also choose to hide the warnings.
  5. Disabling VBA CommonProject macros Each time you start progeCAD, macros are automatically loaded for the Visual Basic Application (VBA) CommonProject. If you do not plan to use VBA, disabling the macros may improve performance. In addition, disabling the macros can enhance security if you are running progeCAD at a low security level.
To change the options on the General tab
  1. Do one of the following:
  2. Choose Tools > Options.
  3. Type config and then press Enter.
  4. Click the General tab.
  5. Under Experience level, select Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced.
  6. Under AutoSave, select the check box to enable the AutoSave feature, and select the frequency.
  7. If you want to change the default extension assigned to your AutoSave files, type the new extension in AutoSave Drawing Extension.
  8. Under Save As, select the default drawing format that displays when using the Save As command. You can always specify a different format in the Save Draw-ing As dialog box.
  9. If you want to use the Recover command automatically each time you use the Open command, mark the check box for Open Drawings using Recover.
  10. If you want to hide warnings when errors are found in a drawing, mark the check box for Hide Warnings when Opening Drawings using Recover. Errors will still be logged in an ASCII file with an .adt extension.
  11. If you do not want the CommonProject macros to be loaded when you start progeCAD, under VBA Security, click the check box for Disable VBA CommonProject Macros On Startup.
  12. If you don't want to see the Start Wizard when you create a new drawing, deselect the Enable New Drawing Wizard check box.
  13. If you don't want use the PPan acceleration, to improve the Pan command performance, deselect the Enable PPan Acceleration check box.
  14. To disable the automatic redraw after the command's execution, deselect the Enable AutoRedraw after command.
  15. If you don't want the context menu when you have selected an entity, deselect Enable context menu on right click when the entity is selected.
  16. If you don't want the context menu when no one entity is selected, deselect Enable context menu on right click with no entity selected.
  17. NOTE: If you only want to repeat the last command with the right mouse button you must disable the options of the context menu
  1. If you don't want to drag faster the entities, deselect Enable quick dragging of entities.
  2. If you don't want the simplification of the text, an option that improves the performance of the program by seeing only the outline of.
  3. If you want see the text with the operation of the Zoom and Pan, deselect the box Semplify the text during the realtime operation.
  4. If you don't want the simplification of hatching during the Pan and Zoom, an option that improves the performance of the program.
  5. If you want see the hatching while using these commands, deselect Hide hatch during the realtime operation.
  6. When you have finished, click OK.
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    1. Click to enable AutoSave feature.
    2. Select the default file format that displays when saving drawings using the Save As dialog box.
    3. Click to disable VBA CommonProject macros on startup. (Available if supported by your version of progeCAD.)
    4. Select to check all drawings for errors when using the Open command, and attempt recovery, as needed.
    5. Select to hide warning messages when opening drawings, if the check box Open Drawings using Recover is marked.
    6. Select to check New Drawing Wizard.
    7. Select to check PPan Accelleration.
    1. Select to check AutoRedraw after commands.
    2. Type the file extension for AutoSaved files.
    3. Enter frequency of AutoSave in minutes.
    4. Select the experience level.
    5. Select to enable Content menu on right click.
    6. Select to enable the context menu if no entities are selected.
    7. Select to enable the quick dragging.
    8. Select to enable the semplification of the text during the realtime commands.
    9. Select to hide the hatching during the realtime commands.
    10. Select to enable VBA Events.