Export and Import Custom Settings from the Same Release
 
 
 

You can export your custom settings between systems running the same release of an AutoCAD LT product, or export the custom settings and later re-import them on the same computer if you need to reinstall AutoCAD LT. When exporting custom settings, a migration package is created that contains an XML file. This file contains custom settings, a listing of the custom files from local locations used with AutoCAD LT, and optionally, custom files in network locations.

The migration package is a ZIP file archive, so it has the file extension ZIP. During the import process, you select the ZIP file archive that contains the exported custom settings you want to merge onto your computer.

The following table lists the file types that are most commonly included in the migration package that is created from the Export Custom Settings dialog box.

Most Common File Types Included in the Migration Package

File Name

File Description

*.atc

Tools defined on a tool palette and the tool palette catalog. The file is not migrated from release to release, but is from computer to computer with the migration package.

*.aws

Order of the tools as they appear on a tool palette and other local settings. The file is not migrated from release to release, but is from computer to computer with the migration package.

*.bmp

Image used for a command in a customization file.

*.ctb

Settings used to control the appearance of objects when plotting; the settings are arranged by the colors of the AutoCAD LT Color Index (ACI) system.

*.cuix

Information for commands and user interface elements.

*.cus

Custom dictionary entries.

*.fmp

Information about font mappings for True Type Fonts used in the In-place Text Editor.

*.ini

Configuration settings for some features.

*.lin

Linetype definitions.

*.mln

Multiline style definitions.

*.mnl

AutoLISP commands and procedures that a customization file is dependent on; must have the same name as a customization file in order to be loaded by the product.

*.pat

Hatch pattern definitions.

*.pc3

Configuration information for a plotter or printer.

*.pgp

Shell commands and command alias definitions.

*.pmp

Calibration and paper size settings that are used with a PC3 file.

*.psf

Information about font substitution when exporting to a Postscript file.

*.shx

Information about text characters or shapes used with linetype definitions.

*.stb

Settings used to control the appearance of objects when plotting; the settings are grouped into names that can be assigned to a layer or object.

*.xml

Information about the user profiles in the product and the original locations of the files in the export package.

The following table lists the file types that are not included in the migration package that is created from the Export Custom Settings dialog box.

Some of the File Types Not Included in the Migration Package

File Name

File Description

*.actm

Action macro file.

*.arx

ObjectARX application file.

*.dcl

Definitions for custom dialog boxes used with AutoLISP, ADS, or ObjectARX applications.

*.dvb

Visual Basic for Applications project file.

*.fas

Fast-load AutoLISP format file.

*.fdc

Definitions for fields; should not be modified.

*.lli

Landscape library; this file type is no longer supported due to the removal of the LANDSCAPE command.

*.lsp

AutoLISP source file that contains definitions for custom commands and functions.

*.mli

Render material library; this file type is no longer supported due to changes to the MATERIALS command.

*.mnr

Resource images for a customization file; must have the same name as a customization file in order to be loaded by the product. The file is not included because it is auto-generated by the product when it is not present.

*.udl

Data connection settings used with dbConnect.

*.unt

Unit definitions used for converting a value from one unit type to another.

*.vlx

Visual LISP file that might contain multiple AutoLISP and DCL files compiled into a single file.

NoteFor information about customizing files and settings, see the Customization Guide, accessible from the Documentation link on the AutoCAD LT Installation wizard and in the Help system.