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SE2D / Windows Vista issue reading/writing AutoCAD files?

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Hi, I'm using SE2D on a PC running Windows Vista, and I'm running as a User
account rather than an Administrator account, which is what I want to do.
When I try saving a .dft drawing as AutoCAD .dwg or .dxf I get the
following error message:
'Error: File c:\users\rick\desktop\test.ini does not exist or does not have
read permission'
and the only allowable user action is to click 'OK'. Then I get another
error message:
'C:\Users\rick\Desktop\ could not be saved because of a file
translation error'
and again 'OK' as the only user action.
I get a different problem when I try to open an existing .dwg or .dxf file
where the 'New' box with tabs for 'General, More, Quicksheet, and Reports'
templates are all blank. As I can't select any templates I can't do anything
but cancel the operation. :-(
I'm guessing that I've got a Windows Vista file permission problem - where
to now?
Thanks, Rick
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Re: SE2D / Windows Vista issue reading/writing AutoCAD files?

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Rick,
We have tried different combinations of this on Vista and cannot reproduce
the error you are seeing.
Did you create the .ini file as an administrator, or with the user account?
It looks like it is failing to read the .ini file.
If you point the translator back to the default .ini file, does it work? The
default .ini file is seacad.ini in the produce \program folder.
Also, if you try to edit the file manually, you need to be careful with the
syntax.
regards,
Rick B.

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Re: SE2D / Windows Vista issue reading/writing AutoCAD files?

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Hi Ricky,
While logged-in as an administrator and I was able to Save As .dwg. I may
have installed SE2D as an administrator user rather than under my user
account. I'll try again as a user account and see if I can point the
translator to the seacad.ini file. I will also try changing my user account
to an administrator one and see what happens.
But I still wasn't able to create a new drawing even as an administrator -
the template dialog boxes are all blank still. Perhaps I've got two separate
issues here?
Any thoughts about the blank template dialog boxes? I am also running
Carbonite (online back-up software) but disabled it before trying to create
a new document as above. That didn't make any apparent difference.
Cheers, Rick
"Ricky Black" wrote in message
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> Rick,
> We have tried different combinations of this on Vista and cannot reproduce
> the error you are seeing.
>
> Did you create the .ini file as an administrator, or with the user
> account? It looks like it is failing to read the .ini file.
> If you point the translator back to the default .ini file, does it work?
> The default .ini file is seacad.ini in the produce \program folder.
>
> Also, if you try to edit the file manually, you need to be careful with
> the syntax.
>
> regards,
> Rick B.
>

Re: SE2D / Windows Vista issue reading/writing AutoCAD files?

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Rick,
Go to the "Solid Edge 2D Drafting ST/template" folder. You will see a draft
template that is based on the standard you selected when you installed the
software. the default is ISO. The draft template will be "iso draft.dft".
You will also see a "More" folder. This folder has additional templates for
other standards.
Now run 2D Drafting. Click on the round button in the upper left hand
corner. Click on 'New'. In the File New dialog you should see the default
draft template in the "Solid Edge 2D Drafting ST/template" folder. You
should also see a "More" tab at the top of the dialog. This is the "More"
folder I specified before and allows you to find additional templates.
If you do not see these, in the 'File New' dialog, I would assume that you
have customized the default template location to point to a folder that does
not have any templates. Have you been customizing file locations?
Regards,
Rick B.

Re: SE2D / Windows Vista issue reading/writing AutoCAD files?

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Hi Rick,
I did modify templates back in V20 but haven't done so with ST. I don't
think I changed file locations but it is possible.
I also notice that Solid Edge 2D Drafting V20 folder remains in the Program
Files folder.
From Explorer I can locate the 'iso draft.dft' template where you specify
and see the 'More' folder and its contents too. But when I run 2D Drafting
and click on 'New' there are no templates shown in the 'New' selection box -
General, More, Quicksheet, and Reports tab contents are all blank.
I looked at 'Solid Edge Options' under the round button and the File
Locations - User Templates entry was blank. I then selected the Template
folder in Solid Edge 2D Drafting ST and still contents within the tabs were
blank (although I have more than the four tabs listed above now.)
What else should I be looking for?
Thanks, Rick
"Ricky Black" wrote in message
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> Rick,
> Go to the "Solid Edge 2D Drafting ST/template" folder. You will see a
> draft template that is based on the standard you selected when you
> installed the software. the default is ISO. The draft template will be
> "iso draft.dft". You will also see a "More" folder. This folder has
> additional templates for other standards.
>
> Now run 2D Drafting. Click on the round button in the upper left hand
> corner. Click on 'New'. In the File New dialog you should see the default
> draft template in the "Solid Edge 2D Drafting ST/template" folder. You
> should also see a "More" tab at the top of the dialog. This is the "More"
> folder I specified before and allows you to find additional templates.
>
> If you do not see these, in the 'File New' dialog, I would assume that you
> have customized the default template location to point to a folder that
> does not have any templates. Have you been customizing file locations?
>
> Regards,
> Rick B.
>

Re: SE2D / Windows Vista issue reading/writing AutoCAD files?

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Rick,
How much customization are you doing to the user interface?
Try this. Took at my response to the post called "Wierd system behavior". In
my response I give directions how to set the UI back to the default
settings.
Regards,
Rick B.

Re: SE2D / Windows Vista issue reading/writing AutoCAD files?

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Hi Rick,
The only customisation that I've done was trying to personalise a set of A
series (A4 - A1 size) templates and that was back in the ST version days.
While logged-on as an Administrator I did as you recommended for the 'Weird
system behaviour' post by using regedit to delete the HKEY_CURRENT_USER -
Software - Unigraphics Solutions - Solid Edge entry - but without success.
The entry for that registry entry said '(default) - REG_SZ - (value not set)
before I deleted as instructed.
After deleting it I tried creating a new drawing from the circle ('Microsoft
Blob'?) - New and had nothing but blank templates for 'General - More -
Quicksheet - Reports' under the 'New' selection box. This was the same as
before I deleted the entry.
I then tried creating a new drawing while logged on as a user account and
the 'New' selection box had additional tab entries:
'User - More - Quicksheet - Reports - General - More - Quicksheet - Reports'
(there are duplications.)
Question - should the top of screen say Solid Edge 2D Drafting ST - Draft
instead of '... 2D Drafting V20...'? When I run it the program has
the new UI.
As noted before there are both '... ST' and '...V20' folders in my Programs
folder.
When I checked, then changed the file location for templates from ST to V20
folders I can now see the Normal template but no others when creating a
(circle) - New drawing.
But now when trying to create a new file from the startup splash screen I
get an error that the template is not available and to select another:
'Template Not Found' - The specified template cannot be accessed. Please
specify another template.' 'Okay'.
The splash screen refers to version ST as does the entry in my Start Blob -
Programs list.
I changed the file location for templates from ST to V20 folders. Can now
see Normal template but no others. When trying to create new file from
splash screen I get an error that the template is not available and select
another:
Should I have both versions of the program in my Programs folder? Are we
getting to the stage where it's a remove all software and re-install?
Thanks, Rick

Re: SE2D / Windows Vista issue reading/writing AutoCAD files?

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Rick,
I believe I have this figure out.
In V20 you created a custom template to specify your sheets, correct?
I don't know where you created the template, but I will assume you changed
the default draft template delivered in the 2D Drafting/template folder.
By default both File-New and the 'Create 2D Drawing' link on the startup
page, with no file open, will point to the default template file.
If you customize the 'User templates' property under File Locations, both
File-New and 'Create 2D Drawing' will point to the file folder specified for
your templates. Again, the default location is 2D Drafting/template folder.
If there are subfolders in this location, the subfolders are added as
additional template folders in the File-New dialog. These are the tabs you
see in the dialog. If you specify a file location that has no sub folders,
you will not see any tabs in the File-New dialog.
When you uninstall V20, all files are not removed because of the posibility
of customizing the templates. So some V20 files will remain.
If you want to use custom templates, create your templates in a location
outside of the product folder. your best bet is to put them in a user
defined folder someplace. Change the 'User templates' property to point to
this folder. If there are no subfolders in this folder, you will not see any
additional tabs in the File-New dialog. All you will see is the draft files
to use as templates.
Regards,
Rick B.


"Rick Clise" wrote in message
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> Hi Rick,
>
> The only customisation that I've done was trying to personalise a set of A
> series (A4 - A1 size) templates and that was back in the ST version days.
>
> While logged-on as an Administrator I did as you recommended for the
> 'Weird system behaviour' post by using regedit to delete the
> HKEY_CURRENT_USER - Software - Unigraphics Solutions - Solid Edge entry -
> but without success. The entry for that registry entry said '(default) -
> REG_SZ - (value not set) before I deleted as instructed.
>
> After deleting it I tried creating a new drawing from the circle
> ('Microsoft Blob'?) - New and had nothing but blank templates for
> 'General - More - Quicksheet - Reports' under the 'New' selection box.
> This was the same as before I deleted the entry.
>
> I then tried creating a new drawing while logged on as a user account and
> the 'New' selection box had additional tab entries:
>
> 'User - More - Quicksheet - Reports - General - More - Quicksheet -
> Reports' (there are duplications.)
>
> Question - should the top of screen say Solid Edge 2D Drafting ST - Draft
> instead of '... 2D Drafting V20...'? When I run it the program
> has the new UI.
>
> As noted before there are both '... ST' and '...V20' folders in my
> Programs folder.
>
> When I checked, then changed the file location for templates from ST to
> V20 folders I can now see the Normal template but no others when creating
> a (circle) - New drawing.
>
> But now when trying to create a new file from the startup splash screen I
> get an error that the template is not available and to select another:
>
> 'Template Not Found' - The specified template cannot be accessed. Please
> specify another template.' 'Okay'.
>
> The splash screen refers to version ST as does the entry in my Start
> Blob - Programs list.
>
> I changed the file location for templates from ST to V20 folders. Can now
> see Normal template but no others. When trying to create new file from
> splash screen I get an error that the template is not available and select
> another:
>
> Should I have both versions of the program in my Programs folder? Are we
> getting to the stage where it's a remove all software and re-install?
>
> Thanks, Rick


Re: SE2D / Windows Vista issue reading/writing AutoCAD files?

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Hi Rick,
We are getting there but I've still got the problem of no templates
appearing under the various tabs when I do a 'File New' or 'Create 2D
Drawing' - and this is after I changed the 'User templates' under the File
Locations to the 2D Drafting/template folder in the ST folder, instead of
the V20 folder.
If I explore the templates folder I see the different ones there, but still
don't see them when making a new drawing - are they used by the 3D version
of Solid Edge and not shown in free 2D?
Does the 'Log Files' property have anything to do with this as it points to
a V100 location?
If I change the 'User templates' property to point to customised templates
does the system still allow use of the default template?
Thanks for your perserverance with this!
Cheers, Rick

Re: SE2D / Windows Vista issue reading/writing AutoCAD files?

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Rick,
I believe we are back to a permission issue. By the way I don't like Vista
because of peoblems like this.
The other templates in those folders are used by 3D. They will not show up
in the 'File New' dialog. If you change the 'User Templates' property, only
the Draft files in that folder will be seen.
After deleting the registry key as stated before, which will reset 2D
Drafting to point to the default template location, can you see the
templates if you run as administrator?
Regards,
Rick B.