These options enable you to define the default paths for generating and saving loop drawings using your CAD application: SmartSketch, AutoCAD, or MicroStation.
Smart Instrumentation and the CAD drawing programs required to work with Smart Instrumentation, must be installed on the same machine.
MicroStation paths must not have spaces. Paths with spaces prevent MicroStation from generating or displaying drawings or cells from Smart Instrumentation. If you installed MicroStation in the default Program Files(x86) folder, you must reinstall MicroStation in a path that does not have spaces.
Global path — Displays the global path set by the System Administrator.
CAD folder — Click Browse to navigate to the folder containing the executable file of the CAD application installed on your computer. For example:
C:\Program Files (x86)\SmartSketch\program
CAD configuration folder — Click Browse to navigate to the folder containing the CAD configuration file of the CAD application installed on your computer.
CAD function folder — Click Browse to navigate to the folder containing the CAD function files. For example:
C:\Program Files (x86)\SmartPlant\Instrumentation\CAD\CADFunc
If your CAD application is SmartSketch, the CADFunc folder contains a shipped file pid.igr. This is a template file on which all your SmartSketch drawings are based. The default print sheet size is defined in the pid.igr file as A3 Wide. If you want to generate drawings using a different print sheet size, you must open the pid.igr file in SmartSketch and modify the sheet settings as you require. Changes that you make in the pid.igr file affect both loop drawings and hook-up drawings you generate in SmartSketch. If you want the print sheet size of loop drawings not to affect the print sheet size of hook-up drawings, duplicate the CADFunc folder with all its content and define a different path setting preference for hook-up drawings on the Hook-Ups > CAD File Locations page.
If your CAD application is MicroStation, make sure the path string does not exceed fifty two characters. A longer path prevents MicroStation from generating or displaying drawings or cells from Smart Instrumentation. If your CAD function folder path is longer than allowed, you need to copy the CADFunc folder and its content to another location, for example, C:\CAD\CADFunc.
Open drawing files from — Click Browse to navigate to the default folder from which saved loop drawings are to be opened. For example:
C:\Program Files (x86)\SmartPlant\Instrumentation\CAD\DWG
Drawing block folder — Click Browse to select the path to be used as the default for new block files. For example:
C:\Program Files (x86)\SmartPlant\Instrumentation\CAD\Blocks
Save drawings automatically — Enables you to define the default path for saving CAD loop drawings automatically as files at the time of generation.
Output drawing folder (available after selecting Save drawings automatically) — Enables you to click Browse and then specify the default path for saving CAD loop drawings automatically as files at the time of generation. The path that you specify appears on the General tab of the Generate Loop Drawings dialog box when you select the CAD generation method. On the Generate Loop Drawings dialog box, you can modify the path for a specific generation. When generating a batch of loop drawings using the As previously applied option on the Generate Loop Drawings dialog box, the software always uses the preference setting. The following setting is an example of the default folder where you want the software to save all your CAD loop drawings automatically:
C:\Program Files (x86)\SmartPlant\Instrumentation\CAD\My CAD Loop Drawings
The file format of the saved files depends on the CAD application you have selected.