The following instructions are a step-by-step guide for creating a “txt” file used for exporting and importing schedules. This guide is for those individuals experiencing issues with incorrect formatting of schedule data, text size, styles and settings tables in AQD after applying the 2017 update. Also, in the procedure is a method to update your template so the schedules come in as per company standard.
First, you will need to create a schedule Settings file that can be imported & to applied to older drawings via import settings button within AQ Designer settings window.
To start the process open your original template file in AutoCAD.
Next, create a new project in AQ with no equipment. Lastly, link the project to the drawing. Once the project is linked, proceed to the following steps.
- Click the settings button in the AQ Designer ribbon
- Click the schedule settings tab on the left margin
- Select the schedule you wish to modify in the bottom of the settings window
- At the dialog, select the ‘Add New’ button, Name your file and click ‘load tables from AQ’
- In the loaded table window, each cell when hovered on, has an ‘edit’ feature
- Select ‘edit’ to open the editor window
- Make your header and other formatting changes per column, and/or per cell
- After making your needed changes, close the window by selecting the small “x”
Proceed to each schedule and make your preferred adjustments. Once you have modified all schedules, select the ‘export all’ button to create an export file. You can use this file for older drawings via import settings button within AQ Designer settings window. NOTE: Verify you have gone though each tab & schedule and made your changes prior to the export. Otherwise, you will have missing and incomplete sections.
You are now done editing your schedules within your open drawing. Use the ‘save & exit’ button within the AQ Designer settings window to commit the changes to the drawing.
Next, you will create an updated template using the following steps.
- Unlink your project from the drawing.
- Click ‘Save As’ to save a copy of the current drawing. (Which is a DWG of your original template)
- Use the explorer window to change the file type to .dwt. (template file)
- Navigate to the directory containing your templates.
- Rename the file so you will be able to recognize this is a revised template and select save.
NOTE: Be sure the file type is .dwt This will save your drawing with its updated schedule settings as a new template. We suggest retaining your original template and renaming you new one for historical value. i.e ‘Revision_xxx.dwt’
This will allow you to:
- Have a file you can use for old drawing settings
- Have a new revised template for future production