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AutoCAD P&ID and AutoCAD Plant 3DWhite PaperProject-Specific Tool Palettes for AutoCAD P&ID ProjectsContentsProceduresAdd New Tool Palettes and Populate them with ToolsOrganize the New Tool Palettes into GroupsCopy the ToolPalette Folder to the NetworkSet the Tool Palette File Location and Export an Administrator ProfileImport the Administrator Profile to the Drafter SystemsOpen a Project and Switch the Project PalettesAssociate a Tool Palette Group to a Project (Project Administrator)Update Tool Palettes (Project Administrator)Update Tool Palettes (Drafters)Summary: Project Specific Tool PalettesIntroductionAudience: Administrators responsible for setting up project-specific tool palettesAn engineering company can be working on a single project or have multiple projects in the design phase.It is important that all drafters use the same set of symbols. You can set up tool palettes that contain thenecessary project symbols and then post the symbols to a centralized, accessible location on the network.If the tool palettes need to be updated, you can make the changes and then re-post the files to the network.Once informed of the updates, your drafters can quickly download the files and proceed with the project.After creating tool palettes, you organize them into groups. You can associate a tool palette group with aspecific project.This tutorial addresses a scenario where two projects are being designed. For this tutorial, you will createfour tool palettes (A1, A2, B1, and B2) and add them to two project groups (Project A and Project B).Change these names as necessary for your projects.ProceduresAdd New Tool Palettes and Populate them with ToolsAs the project administrator, you can create project-specific tool palettes with symbols (tools) that draftersuse to create drawings.In the following procedure, you create four tool palettes and then populate each palette with tools.1. Start AutoCAD P&ID or AutoCAD Plant 3D.2. Do the following to create four new tool palettes: Right-click the tool palette, and click New Palette. Enter a project-specific name for the first new tool palette (for example, A1). Create three more palettes and give them project-specific names (for example, A2, B1 andB2).www.autodesk.com1

Project-Specific Tool Palettes3. Do the following to populate the new palettes with tools. Open an existing tool palette (for example, Valves). Right-click a tool, and click Copy. Open the first new palette you created (A1). Right-click the tool palette, and click Paste.Note: When you create a tool palette, make sure you add tools from one symbol standardonly. For example, do not add ISO tools to a tool palette in a PIP project. Otherwise,drafters might encounter problems with missing symbols. Continue copying and pasting until you add at least one tool to each new palette.Organize the New Tool Palettes into GroupsAfter you create the tool palettes, assign groups for each project.1. At the AutoCAD P&ID or AutoCAD Plant 3D Command prompt, enter customize.2. In the Customize dialog box, Palette Groups pane, scroll to find the P&ID PIP group.3. Right-click the P&ID PIP folder, and click New Group.4. Enter a project-specific name for the new group (in this example, Project A).5. Drag the first two palettes you created (A1 and A2), and drop them into the group (Project A).www.autodesk.com2

Project-Specific Tool Palettes6. Right-click the P&ID PIP folder to create a second group (Project B).7. Drag the second pair of palettes you created (B1 and B2) and drop them into the second group(Project B).8. In the Customize dialog box, click Close.Copy the ToolPalette Folder to the NetworkTo give drafters access to the new tool palettes, copy the ToolPalette folder to the network server, in alocation that is accessible to your drafters.1. On the local drive, navigate to the following location:C:\Documents and Settings\ your user name \Application Data\Autodesk\AutoCAD PID year \ release \ language \Support (Windows XP) orC:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local Autodesk AutoCAD Plant 3D year \ release \ language \Support (Windows Vista)2. Copy the ToolPalette folder from this location.3. Navigate to the location on the network server where you want drafters to access the toolpalettes (for example, \\MyServer\MyProject\MyPalettes).www.autodesk.com3

Project-Specific Tool PalettesNote: Make sure the server has permissions set to “read-only” so that drafters can access, butnot update, the files.4. Paste the ToolPalette folder into the folder you’ve chosen on your server.Set the Tool Palette File Location and Export an Administrator ProfileThe ToolPalette folder contains tool palette data only. It does not retain the group settings or path to thetool palettes on the network. Set the tool palette path and export a profile from your system so that drafterscan use the new tool palettes and project groups.1. At the AutoCAD P&ID or AutoCAD Plant 3D Command prompt, enter options.2. In the Options dialog box, Files tab, do the following: Expand the Tool Palettes File Locations path. Select the existing file location, and click Remove. Click Browse and set the file location to the ToolPalette folder that you copied to the server(for example, \\MyServer\MyProject\MyPalettes\ToolPalette).3. Click Apply to set the new tool palette path.Note: Apply the change to the tool palette path before youexport the administrator profile.4. On the Profiles tab, do the following; Click Export. In the Export Profiles dialog box, Save In field, navigate to the server location where youwant drafters to access the administrator profile (for example,\\MyServer\MyProject\MyPalettes). In the File Name field, enter a name for the administrator profile (for example,MyProfile.arg). Click Save.5. Click OK to close the Options dialog box.Note: The exported administrator profile retains the tool palette structure, the current state ofthe tool palettes, and the new tool palette path.Import the Administrator Profile to the Drafter SystemsWhen you post the administrator profile, inform drafters that new files are available and provide the networklocation. When the drafter imports the administrator profile, the project groups and tool palette path areautomatically set.1.2.3.4.On each drafter’s workstation, start AutoCAD P&ID or AutoCAD Plant 3D.At the Command prompt, enter options.In the Options dialog box, Profiles tab, click Import.In the Import Profile dialog box, do the following: In the Look In field, navigate to the server location where the administrator profile islocated (for example, \\MyServer\MyProject\MyPalettes). In the File list, select the administrator profile (for example, MyProfile.arg). Click Open. In the Import Profile dialog box, enter a description for the profile, and click Apply & Close.www.autodesk.com4

Project-Specific Tool Palettes After the administrator profile is imported, click Set Current.5. Click OK to close the Options dialog box.Open a Project and Switch the Project PalettesDrafters can open the tool palette they need to use for a particular project. If assigned to another project,drafters can quickly access the tool palette for their new assignment.1. On each drafter’s workstation, start AutoCAD P&ID or AutoCAD Plant 3D.2. Click Tools menu Palettes Project Manager.3. In the Project Manager, do one of the following to open a project: Click the Project Name list, and click the file path that contains a previously opened project. Click the Project Name list, and click Open. In the Open Project list, find the folder with thename of the project you want to open and select the project.xml file it contains. Click Open.4. In the Project Manager, in the project tree, double-click a drawing.5. In the Tool Palettes – P&ID PIP, click Properties.6. Right-click the second instance of PID PIP. Click the palette you want to use for the currentlyloaded project (Project A or Project B, in the examples used previously).TIP When you open a project drawing, verify that the correcttool palette group is active by repeating this step.www.autodesk.com5

Project-Specific Tool PalettesAssociate a Tool Palette Group to a Project (ProjectAdministrator)You can associate a palette group to a particular project, so that the tool palette group is active by defaulteach time drafters open the project.1. In the ribbon, click Project Manager Project Setup. In the tree, click the Project Details node.2. Under Tool Palette Group Association, select a tool palette group to display by default forAutoCAD P&ID.3. If you have created a new folder containing tool palettes in the Customize dialog box, you canselect it in Project Setup as shown here:www.autodesk.com6

Project-Specific Tool PalettesUpdate Tool Palettes (Project Administrator)If you need to update the tool palettes or create a new project palette, you can make the necessarychanges, export a new profile, and let the drafters know that the updated content is available.1. On your administrator system, start AutoCAD P&ID or AutoCAD Plant 3D.2. Create a new tool palette: Right-click the tool palette, and click New Palette. Enter a new project-specific name for the tool palette (for example, Q1).3. Do the following to populate the new palette with tools: Open an existing tool palette (for example, Equipment). Right-click a tool, and click Copy. Open the new palette you created (Q1). Right-click the tool palette, and click Paste.4. At the Command prompt, enter customize and do the following; In Customize dialog box, Palette Groups pane, scroll to the P&ID PIP group. Right-click the P&ID PIP folder, and click New Group. Enter a project-specific name for the new group (for example, Project Q). Drag the new palette (Q1), and drop it into the new group (Project Q).5. Click Close.6. At the Command prompt, enter options and do the following; In the Options dialog box, Profiles tab, click Export. In the Export dialog box, Save In field, navigate to the server location where draftersaccess the administrator profile (for example, \\MyServer\MyProject\MyPalettes). Select the administrator profile you originally exported. Click Save. When prompted to replace the existing file, click Yes.7. Click OK to close the Options dialog box.8. Notify your drafters that an updated administrator profile is available.Update Tool Palettes (Drafters)When you have updated a tool palette, inform your drafters that they need to update the administratorprofile on their workstations to see the updated content.Provide the following instructions to your drafters:1. Start AutoCAD P&ID or AutoCAD Plant 3D.2. At the Command prompt, enter options.3. In the Options dialog box, Profiles tab, do the following; Select Unnamed Profile . Click Set Current. Select the administrator profile (for example, MyProfile.arg). Click Delete. Click Yes to confirm that you want to delete the profile.www.autodesk.com7

Project-Specific Tool Palettes Click OK to close the Options dialog box.4. Exit and restart AutoCAD P&ID.5. At the Command prompt, enter options.6. In the Options dialog box, Profiles tab, do the following; Click Import. In the Import Profile dialog box, Look In field, navigate to the server location where theadministrator profile is located (for example, \\MyServer\MyProject\MyPalettes). In the File list, select the administrator profile (for example, MyProfile.arg). Click Open. In the Import Profile dialog box, enter a description for the profile. Click Apply & Close. After the administrator profile is imported, click Set Current.7. Click OK to close the Options dialog box.Summary: Project Specific Tool PalettesProject-specific tool palettes allow you to give your drafters the tools necessary to complete their projects.Once palettes are set up and organized, you need to export a profile and let the drafters know where theycan access and import the profile. The palette structure and tool palette path is maintained in theadministrator profile.www.autodesk.com8

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At the AutoCAD P&ID or AutoCAD Plant 3D Command prompt, enter . customize. 2. In the Customize dialog box, Palette Groups pane, scroll to find the P&ID PIP group. 3. Right-click the P&ID PIP folder, and click New Group. 4. Enter a project-specific name for the new group (in this example, Project A). 5. Drag the first two palettes you created .File Size: 302KB