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    Stephen Lund
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    I’m probably just blind – but I can’t find where to create or import custom blocks. I have a number of custom blocks that were part of my SI5 library that were transferred when I installed SIX. But even if I run legacy converter utility, it’s not bringing over the more recent changes. Further, I can’t find where the block library (folder) is to be able to manually create the blocks like I did in 5. What blocks I did have – I can use just fine – but I have a bunch of new product that needs new blocks.

    Any suggestions or pointers?

    #7964 Reply

    Naresh
    Moderator

    Hi,

    These are the folders in SIX for stencils and blocks —

    1. Stencils – C:Users< >AppDataRoamingD-ToolsSIXDataDrawingsVisio
    2. Blocks – C:Users< >AppDataRoamingD-ToolsSIXDataDrawingsAutoCAD

    Any stencils and blocks you place here automatically scanned into the shape/block tree.

    In Sp2 we are adding a way to easily add your stencils and blocks to this folder via a UI and a way to sync stencils and blocks over the SIX Server.

    #7965 Reply

    Stephen Lund
    Participant

    I had found that folder. Or should I say, I found the XP equivelant: (Documents and SettingsApplication DataD-ToolsSIXDataDrawings…).

    However, there is an issue. If I make changes to the files in that folder (e.g. add a block) it does not show up in the list of available blocks when I try to link it with a product in the product catalog editor.

    Also, in 5.5 there were similar folders on the server that automatically downloaded to each client when sync’d. With the files only on my local drive, how do I distribute block file changes to the other clients on the network?

    #7968 Reply

    Naresh
    Moderator

    Hi,

    Good you found the XP folder.

    If you close AutoCAD and reopen the drawings in that folder should rescan and your new blocks you show up. Otherwise simply click the “Refresh” button the shape tree.

    Also to sync stencils and blocks this is a feature we have added to Sp2.
    For now you have to manually copy the blocks to each user to this folder.

    #7971 Reply

    Stephen Lund
    Participant

    Thanks for the pointers.

    What I’ve observed (at least on my XP setup), is that refreshing the product library does not work. I tested this by (one process at a time) inserting new blocks, renaming files, and moving all contents of the folder and within the Product explorer / manager it kept showing the same files and blocks available. I tried refreshing at every step I could.

    However, when I opened a project drawing in AutoCAD – THEN it did refresh the library and found everything the way I would expect it (my new blocks in the renamed file etc.). Then I returned the files and filenames to their normal and even within AutoCAD it would not refresh the library. Closing AutoCAD and then restarting it did again refresh the library.

    So the key is – open AutoCAD and it refreshes the block library.

    I eagerly await the changes in SP2. :)

    #7976 Reply

    Naresh
    Moderator

    Hi,

    AutoCAD is the only process which can “read” block data – so the refresh happens automatically when you open AutoCAD. The SIX main shell process cannot read blocks as it is not running “inside AutoCAD”.

    The AutoCAD ‘Block Tree” – the docked window on left in drawing surface has a “Refresh” button which will also do this.

    [attachment=197]BlockTreeRefresh.PNG[/attachment]

    #7966 Reply

    Kevin Frye
    Moderator

    Naresh:

    Did this “easy sync” get implemented? This is huge for me. I have dozens of users in eight states!

    #8624 Reply

    Naresh
    Moderator
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