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Once a person has their program preferences tweaked to the way they want them, what CA system file is those settings stored in?  Ideally, you should be able to back-up those settings in the event that something gets goofed up and those settings need to be re-adjusted.

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I figured it out.  I just had to replace the .ini file with my back-up copy and I got my settings back.

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Probably a good idea ....what is the location of the .ini file that worked , thx.

 

KB

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I thought defaults and preferences could be saved as templates ???

 

Lew

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15 minutes ago, lbuttery said:

I thought defaults and preferences could be saved as templates ???

 

Lew

 

defaults can be imported from an existing plan , AFAIK Preferences cannot be and need to be set each new version ,

not sure if they are preserved with an Upgrade version to version though. ( ie migrated )

 

M.

 

 

 

 

 

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7 minutes ago, DavidJPotter said:

C:/My Documents/Chief Version you have

 

DJP

 

I assume you mean the CA Data folder David?   I had looked there but only found a ssce.ini in a folder called lex..... is that it?

 

M.

 

 

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59 minutes ago, Kbird1 said:

 

I assume you mean the CA Data folder David?   I had looked there but only found a ssce.ini in a folder called lex..... is that it?

 

M.

 

 

 

Most all the .ini files I know of are related to spell checking and text details.  I too would be very interested to know if there was a file that was storing my preferences that could be accessed.

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Chief saves information in a variety of places. 

 

For a complete list of locations look at preferences. General>Folders will show all the locations data is stored. 

 

To find the location of the .ini files click the button under All Program Paths... and find the location of the Preferences Folder. (usually %appdata%\Roaming\Chief Architect Inc.)

 

I would use care copying .ini files from one version to another or from one machine to another. It is possible to get in a bad state doing this. Deleting the .ini file should allow defaults to be restored but you can do this within Chief in the preference dialog so I would recommend going that route.

 

It does make sense to backup the data.

 

Backup strategy article:

https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/article/KB-01109/implementing-a-data-backup-strategy.html

 

Related articles:

https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/article/KB-00091/backing-up-library-content.html

https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/article/KB-00654/restoring-the-size-position-of-the-side-windows.html

https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/article/KB-00775/managing-your-archive-plan-and-layout-files.html

https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/article/KB-01342/making-a-backup-copy-of-a-chief-architect-program-installer.html

https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/article/KB-00001/migrating-chief-architect-to-a-new-computer.html

https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/article/KB-00987/using-the-backup-entire-plan-tool.html

 

A list of general file management articles:

https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/category/5/file-management.html

 

 

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thanks Dan , never knew those were there ....

 

for those unfamiliar with it , the AppData Folder is in your User Folder ...eg:

 

C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Chief Architect Inc

 

I have 4 .ini Files in there currently 2 from X9 , from x10 Beta.....

 

M.

 

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7 minutes ago, Dan_Park said:

%appdata% is a variable name on windows and will take you directly to the folder.

 

See the following for a more complete list: 

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/wdsi/help/folder-variables

 

If you are using a MAC use the preferences dialog to figure out where we put things.

 

Sweet.  Thanks for the information Dan.  I understand the risks involved.  Its nice to know that there actually is a way to store more than one preference set up though...or at least a way to back my settings up.

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If defaults (and other settings) can be exported/imported

 

Then why not preferences ?

 

It looks like everything is available already ?

 

Lew

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16 hours ago, lbuttery said:

If defaults (and other settings) can be exported/imported

 

Then why not preferences ?

 

It looks like everything is available already ?

 

Lew

 

Never quite understood that one myself , especially since they can be Migrated on an upgrade it seems.....

 

however Defaults can only be Imported from an existing Drawing (AFAIK) eg your Template Plan , or from you current drawing to your Template Plan to Update it etc , you can't export them like Layer Sets, or Wall Definitions etc.

 

M.

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Mick:

 

it is these inconsistencies that can drive a Chiefer to drink ;(

 

Lew

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