|CADPower Readme and Installation|
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March 30, 2016
The following topics are discussed:
CADPower INSTALLATION for AutoCAD
1. Starting CADPower: During installation, if you have chosen the AutoCAD profile to use with CADPower, there is nothing else that you need to do in order to start using CADPower. Simply start AutoCAD with the chosen user profile and you should be able to start using CADPower.
2. If you did not do the CADPower startup configuration during Setup, you will still be able to configure AutoCAD for CADPower manually. To do this, start the "OPTIONS" command (Tools->Options...) menu and go to the "Files" tab and open the "Support files search path". Click on"Add" and then "Browse", then point to the location where CADPower has been installed. By default, the installation program would have installed this under the "C:\Program Files\Four Dimension Technologies\CADPower16_EN" folder.
3. If you have other third-party applications, there are various ways in which you can manually tailor your CADPower startup.
a) If you do not already have an existing ACAD.LSP, you can use the ACAD.LSP supplied with CADPower. This would automatically load CADPower program and menu as soon as you start AutoCAD. If you wish to be prompted whether to have CADPower loaded or not, please comment the appropriate commands in the ACAD.LSP file as explained in the 'commented notes' within ACAD.LSP. Once loaded, CADPower can either be loaded or unloaded using the CP_LOAD and CP_UNLOAD commands respectively.
b) If you already have an existing ACAD.LSP, you can either copy the contents of the CADPower provided ACAD.LSP to merge with your pre-existing ACAD.LSP or you can load CADPower separately by first loading the loader program CP_LOAD.LSP and then using either the CP_LOAD or CP_UNLOAD commands to either load or unload CADPower.
4. Troubleshooting tips:
a. Ensure that the CADPower folder is ahead of other support folders. When AutoCAD starts acad.lsp from the CADPower folder should get executed. If there is an acad.lsp in another folder ahead of CADPower, that would get executed and could possibly be a reason why CADPower is not intitialized.
b. Ensure that the ACADLSPASDOC system variable is set to 1. If this is set to 0 in your AutoCAD, CADPower may not initialize automatically in subsequent drawings opened if you have multiple documents interface turned on and you will need to manually load it in each drawing. The setting of ACADLSPASDOC to 1 ensures that it is loaded in all documents automatically.
Additional Instructions for 'AutoCAD 2014 and above' Installation
When any LISP, ARX, DVB or a .NET dll is about to be loaded in AutoCAD 2014 and above, you will see additional warnings and permission requests unless it is in a pre-determined TRUSTEDPATHS location. This affects the loading of CADPower as well.
CADPower uses a main VLX file (CADPower .VLX)a loader LSP file (CP_Load.lsp) and the doslib ARX file (doslib19.arx/doslib19x64.arx) as its main executable components that need to be loaded. Each one of these need user-permission before they can be loaded in 2014. You will see warning messages popping-up seeking your permission and you will have to explicitly grant them by clicking on the Load button each time.
If you want to avoid clicking on the Load button each time, you need to specify the CADPower installation folder as a 'trusted folder'. You do this by following the steps outlined below:
There is another quicker, back-door method to suppress these warnings, and that is by setting the SECURELOAD system variable to 0. This makes AutoCAD run like older versions and no security warnings are issued. Autodesk does not recommend that you defeat the whole purpose of additional security by doing this.
CADPower INSTALLATION for BricsCAD
1. Starting CADPower: Once you have successfully installed CADPower, start BricsCAD.
Add the CADPower folder to the BricsCAD support path as shown below:
- Type 'Settings' on the command line or click on 'Settings->Settings..."
on the menu.
Now, restart your BricsCAD for the changes to take effect.
2. Troubleshooting tips:
a. If CADPower is not loading upon starting BricsCAD, it means that the startup LSP file 'on_doc_load.lsp' from the CADPower folder is not loading. Please check if you have other 'on_doc_load.lsp' files in other folders ahead of the CADPower folder. If you already have an existing 'on_doc_load.lsp' on your system that you would like to use, you can just add the contents of the CADPower-supplied 'on_doc_load.lsp' into your existing file.
b. Ensure that the ACADLSPASDOC system variable is set to 1. If this is set to 0, CADPower may not initialize automatically in subsequent drawings opened and you will need to manually load it in each drawing.
A note about screen resolution
CADPower makes extensive use of dialog boxes, some of which are wide in size. It is therefore recommended that you use a Windows display screen resolution of 1024x768 or more. If you encounter "Dialog too big to fit the display" error, either increase the resolution or use "Small Fonts" in your display settings.
CADPower Online help and documentation
Registering CADPower on your computer
In addition to the application key, please send us the following information as well:
CADPower is developed by Coordinate Systems in Bangalore, India.
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