AutoCAD System Variables in a Deployment Framework – Are they a part of your CAD Standard?

AutoCAD System Variables – (No CAD Manager Present)

I’m pretty sure that a proper CAD Standard deals with the right selection of System Variables leaving the CAD End User with no need to mess around with system variables whatsoever. The Problem is that when installed from the net AutoCAD will not ask for a set of predefined values for those…If  no CAD Management is involved, it’s preferable not to mess around with the Registry and there is no easy -at-end-user-level way to share a Standard Set of System Variables with all your peers. In such case I would recommend the following options:

The AutoCAD Profile Option

It seems, I’m checking this out these days, that the SYSVARMONITOR options are saved in the AutoCAD Profile- that is a very (CAD) Standard way to push to all your peers in a companywide framework.
The Profile should contain the “SYSVARMONITOR” Part of the User’s Registry –
So that if a Companywide profile is used, the System Variables will be cross-workstation-platform-shared. In such a case, ask your IT Guys to copy the Profile from a public location to each workstation at any AutoCAD New Session

The Macro Option

Within the CUI, you could create a new command, telling AutoCAD which System Variables you’re interested in –  all your Variables can be set by a click of a button. The “ACAD.CUIX” should be pushed to all USERS, saved at a public location and loaded with each session of AutoCAD’s.

The Manual Option

You could leave the workstation profile intact yet set all the system variables by adding them manually with the values needed and then just save the back to the profile.

AutoCAD System Variables in a Deployment Framework - Are they a part of your CAD Standard?
AutoCAD System Variables in a Deployment Framework – Are they a part of your CAD Standard?

Many times, the User will get frustrated while using AutoCAD. The Value of PICKADD, PICKFIRST, or FILEDIA will drive them nuts and their productivity will drop instantaneously. If the SYSVARMONITOR Is Present, The Alerts are on, it will offer the RESET ALL Option and solve the problem just in time. No more AutoCAD Downtime caused by System Variables!!! Is that Wicked Cool, or What?

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