APS-CONFIG - APS Configuration Utility
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Architectural Production Software 2005

Keyboard shortcut: APS
Toolbar button:
Compatible with AutoCAD Versions: Standard compatible versions

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APS CONFIGURATION UTILITY

This could be considered the "command center" for the way the Software commands function. Should you need to configure the way a command works, this is where it is done.

Outline of APS Configuration Utility Structure


Main Configuration Dialog

  • Number of characters for project number
  • Whether to always edit the default APS configuration file
  • Whether to use the new values set in the configuration utility right away or retain existing values
  • Whether to show/use the active toolbar
  • Whether to prompt for attribute values immediately or insert blocks blank and edit the values later
  • APS help system - path to the browser executable (needed for help system to work)
  • Type of internet connection
  • Annotation Commands
    • Architectural Symbols
      • Blocks to use for drawing titles and callouts when using the APS drawing referencing system
      • Size of grade elevation block
      • Size and appearance of "squiggle" in BREAKLIN command
      • Arc length and flatness for APS's CLOUD command
      • Settings for the door and window text/symbol callout commands (ALLCALL command configuration)
      • Layer/Layer type to use for architectural symbol commands
    • Keynoting System    
      • Size of keynote block
      • Corner of list to use as the insertion point
      • Width for the keynote list
      • Text to use as the title
      • Whether to draw a border around the list and the lineweight and color for it
      • Arrowhead scale factors and dot size for leaders
      • Layer/Layer type to use for the keynote commands
      • Keynote list text settings
        • Title - font file, color, lineweight, height, and width factor
        • Keynote list text - font file, color, lineweight, height, and width factor
        • Adjustment to the text wrap to adjust for different fonts
    • Material Key System
      • Size of material key block
      • Corner of list to use as the insertion point
      • Width for the material key list
      • Text to use as the title
      • Whether to draw a border around the list and the lineweight and color for it
      • Material key list text settings
        • Title - font file, color, lineweight, height, and width factor
        • Material key list text - font file, color, lineweight, height, and width factor
        • Adjustment to the text wrap to adjust for different fonts
      • Whether to show section headings
      • Text to use for each of the section headings
      • Arrowhead scale factors and dot size for leaders
      • Layer/Layer type to use for the keynote commands
       
    • Text and Leaders
    • Sheet and Title Block Setup
      • Initials to use for the current username
      • Date formats
      • Time formats
      • Sheet number prefix
      • Drawing type definitions
 

 

  • Elevation Commands
    • Door and Window Elevation Commands
      • Layer/Layer Type for the doors and windows
      • Whether you place a plan above or below when creating elevations
      • Door elevations
        • Color and lineweight of door components
        • Whether trim should be drawn
        • Various dimensions of door components
      • Whether to insert doors that have glazing with window grids and the style
      • Window elevations
        • Color and lineweight of window components
        • Whether trim should be drawn
        • Various dimensions of window components
        • Default head heights
      • Whether to insert windows with grids and the style
    • Cabinetry Elevation Commands
      • General settings for cabinetry
      • Kitchen cabinetry
        • Whether or not to draw backsplash
        • Height of backsplash and toe-kick
        • Color and lineweight for knobs
        • Drawer style and height
        • Door style
        • Knob style & sizes
      • Bathroom cabinetry
        • Whether or not to draw backsplash
        • Height of backsplash and toe-kick
        • Color and lineweight for knobs
        • Drawer style and height
        • Door style
        • Knob style & sizes

 

 

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SAMPLE APS-CONFIG COMMAND SYNTAX:

Command:
Command: APS
Command: APS-CONFIG

 

If  is checked the command will look for the default configuration file from one of two types of files, if a job specific configuration file can be found it will be loaded for editing, if it cannot be found the default configuration file (APS.cfg) will be loaded for editing.

If the above box is not checked then you will be prompted for the configuration file you want to edit by one of the dialogs below:

[ NOT checked]

There are several dialogs that you might see depending on what configuration files the command finds when loading. 


If no configuration files can be found - if you see this one we recommend you create a default file

If the default configuration file can be found


Just a job configuration can be found


The default and job configurations are found

Select the configuration file that you would like to edit.

[end - NOT checked]

 

--The main configuration dialog appears:--

To see more information on a specific portion of the main dialog shown above, click on the area in question:

To prevent confusion if you have more than one configuration file, the current file being edited is displayed at the top of the dialog. 

When done press "Save and Exit" and your changes will be written to the file listed at the top of this dialog. Press "Quit w/o Save" and all changes will be discarded.

Note:  If the "Save and Exit" button is not selectable (grayed out) the configuration file that you are editing is read only and changes cannot be saved.

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Breakdown of configuration options

Number of Characters in Project Number

Command affected:  TB-UPDAT, DWGSETUP, Also sets number of characters to use when searching for job specific configuration files

Enter how many characters you use for your project number. This number is used by the TB-UPDAT command to extract the project number from the drawing's filename so that it can update the "project number" attribute in your title block. The DWGSETUP command uses it when it searches for job specific title blocks and it is also used when opening a drawing to check to see if there is a job specific configuration file to use with the drawing.

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Always Edit the Default Software Configuration File

Command affected:  APS-CONFIG

If you only have one configuration file check this box and it will always be used when configuring the software with the APS-CONFIG command. Uncheck this box if you have more than one configuration file or use job specific configuration files.

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Always Use New Configuration Values Immediately

Command affected:  APS-CONFIG

Check this box if you would like to always use the values in the current drawing that you just modified in the APS-CONFIG command. If this box is not checked you will be prompted with the following dialog:

Where you may use the new configuration values or you may keep the existing values unchanged. (The changes to the configuration file are still intact, the new values are just not used)

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Show/Use the APS Active Toolbar

Commands affected:  Active Toolbar

The active toolbar is actually only "active" if you are using the "Layer Schemes" method of layer control but the default toolbar will appear when using other methods of layer control. Should you not want to display this toolbar uncheck this box and it will not appear.

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Prompt for Attribute Values Immediately When Inserting Blocks

Commands affected:  PLANBLKS, ELEVBLKS, Architectural Symbols

When using the block library system if you insert a block with attributes you can be prompted immediately for the attribute values or, they can be left blank to be edited later. If you would like to be prompted immediately check this box.

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Path to Browser Executable File

Commands affected:  All Software commands

Some of the pages in the Software help system are written in HTML and requires a browser program to view them. This value is especially important if you have an "always on" internet connection (see below). Typically this program is either Microsoft Internet Explorer® or Netscape Navigator®. Since the help web was created in Microsoft Frontpage® it will probably look the best when viewed with Internet Explorer® however we have made an effort to take care of any problems that may appear in Netscape Navigator®.

In order for the help system to work properly it needs your browser's executable file name and path specified (the executable file has the extension .EXE). Select the "Browse..." button and locate the browser's executable file. For Internet Explorer® the filename is IEXPLORE.EXE and it is usually located in the C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\ folder. For Netscape Navigator® the filename is NETSCP.EXE and is usually located in the C:\Program Files\Netscape\Netscape folder.

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Internet Connection Type

Commands affected:  All Software commands

This sets where various documentation and help files are accessed from. Obviously if you have no connection to the internet all of the files must be accessed from your hard drive. If you have a dial-up connection the time it takes to dial can seem eternally long so a connection to the internet is only made when absolutely necessary. Finally if you have a quick "always on" connection then there is not much of a wait so always going to the internet for the "latest" documentation and help files makes sense. Below is a diagram showing where information is accessed depending on which setting you choose.

 H = Hard Drive
  I = Internet
 
No Connection Dial-Up Connection "Always on" Connection
User's Manual H H I
Troubleshooting H H I
Help while in commands H H I
Submitting bug reports n/a I I
Submitting suggestions n/a I I

For those with dial-up connections you will typically use the troubleshooting web from the version stored on your hard drive. While this may solve most of the problems that you may encounter it can sometimes be useful to go online to get the latest solutions when solving problems with a command or system. The troubleshooting web is continuously growing and improving. As more problems are reported more solutions are documented. Therefore going online may provide solutions that are not included on the version of the troubleshooting web included with your software.

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Configuration Sub-Sections

Commands affected:  Various commands

The sections listed in this box will vary depending on how many and which APS command sets you have loaded on your system. Select the sub-section that you would like to configure (scroll down as needed). When you select a sub-section the configuration for its commands will appear. The full list of configuration sub-sections is listed below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Default configurations vs. Job specific configurations

There are two types of configuration files that the APS system uses:

  • The default configuration file   =    Your standard configuration for most jobs (for many the only configuration file)
  • Job specific configuration files    =    For specific needs of a job 

The default configuration file is named "APS .CFG". 
The job specific configuration file's name is  "<job number>.CFG" (2005123.CFG if your job number is 2005123).

If your configuration will vary from job to job, using a job specific configuration file will make it possible to work on more than one job without having to adjust the configuration each time you switch jobs. The configuration for the file that you are working on will be automatically loaded when you open the drawing.

When loading a drawing, the Software system determines the job number of the drawing being opened (see how below). It then looks for a configuration file named with the job number. If found, it loads that configuration file. If it is not found it loads the default configuration file (APS.CFG).

How a job specific configuration file is located

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