Specifying Preferences


Use the Preferences dialog to control the display and behavior of the following application components: user data, dialogs and alerts, models, property mapping, item types and assignments, and automatic project file backups. Use the controls on the tabs in the Preferences dialog to select options for each component.

To specify preferences:

  1. Click Edit menu Preferences.
  2. On the User Data tab, enter your name and company name.
  3. On the Model tab, specify the following view settings:
    • Enable Hardware Acceleration. Select if you want to take advantage of any performance enhancement that is possible with your graphics processor. The new setting will take effect when you navigate back to the current sheet after navigating to a different one.

      Transparency is not available with this option. If you experience graphics problems while using QTO with remote access or software emulation products, or at any other time, clear the option.

    • Enable Takeoff Model Color. Selected by default, this option enables the takeoff color-coding of 2D views in 3D views. Autodesk Quantity Takeoff must be restarted if you clear this option. For more information see Modifying Item Properties.
  4. On the Mapping tab:
    • For Publisher, select either AutoCAD-based or Revit-based to identify the source of the design documents.
    • For Language, select the language to use for the property names.
    • If you want to modify any property names, double-click the current value, and enter a new name.
    NoteThe property settings you define on the Mapping tab are used as the default values for quantities. For more information, see About Object Mapping.
  5. On the Item Type tab, after you have run model takeoffs, you can review the item types you specified for design items when defining model takeoff data, and delete any item preferences that you do not want applied to future model takeoffs. To delete an item preference:
    • Select the item preference, and click (Delete).
    • When prompted to confirm the deletion, click Yes.
  6. On the Auto Save tab, if you want your QTO project to be saved automatically, select Enable Auto Save, and specify the frequency for saves by selecting a number of minutes.

    Automatically saving your project can minimize data loss if you experience a hardware or software crash while the project is open. When you enable auto saves, the timer starts as soon as you click OK. After the specified number of minutes has elapsed, the current project is saved to the backup copy of the project file, which is in the same folder as the original project file.

    NoteAuto Save is not the same as a File Save operation, which updates the original project file rather than the backup copy of the project file.
  7. On the Interface tab, select the check boxes next to the dialogs and alerts you want the application to display. For example, if you want the Quick Start dialog to display each time you launch QTO, select Quick Start.
  8. On the Assignment tab, if you have created assignments, you can review these relationships between model takeoff items and catalog items (shown in the Assigned To column), and delete any assignment preferences that you do not want applied to future model takeoff results. Items are listed in ascending alphabetical order, based on the label style you specify (either Item Only, Item and Parent Group, or Item and Root Group). To delete an assignment preference:
    • Select the assignment preference, and click (Delete).
    • When prompted to confirm the deletion, click Yes.

    For more information about item assignments, see Creating Takeoff Using Catalog Assignments.

  9. Click OK.