Autoloader is a great tool to load large amounts of design and other data into Vault. Data inside the Vault is structured in normal (project) data and library data. The latter is used as reference and should not be modified. This article describes how to use Autoloader for AutoCAD DWGS so you can put data that you do not want to be modified into library folders. Typically data in the library is brought into other drawings as XREF.
Steps to get it going
So if you have DWGs that are located in a folder that you want to go into a library folder in Vault use the following steps.
- Set up a library folder in Vault. This should be directly off of the root ($) of the Vault and named the same as the folder containing the images or xrefs.
- Edit the folder properties and enter the folder where your library data is currently (!) stored in the field “Map to Shared Server”. This can be a local folder, a mapped drive or a UNC path. This setting applies to all clients so bear this in mind when uploading from several clients! Either make sure all users have the same local setup, or truly use a server location. The latter however is not recommended for performance reason. Fastest results are always achieved when loading data from your local drive.
- Start Autoloader and select the folder you want to upload. In this case a project data folder was selected. The files contained reference other files in a library folder.
- During the Scan process it will pick up the files in the library folder.
- Map your project folder against the desired folder in Vault. The Library is mapped already – this is a result of the previously configured setting in “Map to Shared Server”.
- The Upload result should look like this: project data goes into the folder you mapped during the Autoloader session, the library data goes into the library folder as defined in Vault Explorer.
- Upload the files and you are done!