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Use a Template File to Start a Drawing in ZWCAD

May 20, 2011

Drawing template files contain standard settings and have a .dwt file extension.


There are two methods provided for creating a new drawing when the system variable FILEDIA is set to 1.

  •         When the STARTUP is set to 1, typing NEW opens Startup dialog box, from which, you can select the desired template to create a new drawing.

  •         When the STARTUP is set to 1, typing NEW opens Open Template dialog box, from which, you can select the desired template to create a new drawing.

The changes made to a new drawing based on an existing template file do not affect the template file.


Create a Drawing Template File

      When you need to create several drawings with the default settings, you can save time by creating a template file designed to create the same drawing files so that you does not need to specify default settings each time you start. Conventions and settings commonly stored in template files include:

  • Unit type and precision

  • Title blocks, borders, and logos

  • Layer names

  • Snap, Grid, and Ortho settings

  • Grid limits

  • Dimension styles

  • Text styles

  • Linetypes

Recover the default drawing template file

     If you have changed the settings in the template file ZWCAD.dwt or ZWCADiso.dwt, you can reset them by creating a new drawing with no template and then saving the drawing as a drawing template file in order to replace ZWCAD.dwt or ZWCADiso.dwt.

      When the STARTUP is set to 0, you can also create a new drawing with the original defaults by clicking the arrowhead next to Open button to select one of the No Template options from the Open Template dialog box.



To start a drawing by selecting a template file

  1.   On the File menu, click New.

  2.   In the Select Template dialog box, select a template from the list and click Open.

   
      ZWCAD opens the drawing as drawing1.dwg. The default drawing name changes to reflect the number of new drawings that have been opened. For example, if you open another drawing from a template, the default drawing name is drawing2.dwg. If you want to start a new drawing with no template file, click the arrow next to the Open button and then click one of the "no template" options from the list.

Standard toolbar \

Command line NEW


Commands Reference

NEW: Creates a new drawing

OPTIONS: Customizes the ZWCAD settings

QNEW: Starts a new drawing with the option of using a default drawing template file

System Variables Reference

FILEDIA: Suppresses display of the file dialog boxes

MEASUREINIT: Sets the initial drawing units as imperial or metric

MEASUREMENT: Sets drawing units as imperial or metric for the current drawing only

STARTUP: Controls whether the Create New Drawing dialog box is displayed when starting a new drawing.

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