Specifying configuration, graphics and other file locations with the Configuration Wizard
On the Build menu, click Project Wizard, or click the button on the toolbar.
This opens the Project Wizard so that you can review, add or change which files are included in your project.
For a new project, the Wizard is only accessible after the project name and databases have been selected in the Database Specification dialog. Some selections may be made automatically based on Database types already chosen.
The Wizard only needs to be run once unless file selections need to be changed.
At any time, contextual help can be obtained by clicking on the ? box in the top right corner of the dialog box, and then clicking on the subject you are wondering about.
Specifying types of configuration, graphics and other files
- Choose one configuration type with a radio button, or choose Other/None. Select other types of configuration documents — Batch (.b90), Ladder (.lad) or .AB and .RTU files — as appropriate.
- Choose one type of SODG graphics with a radio button, or choose Other/No SODG Graphics. Specify 800xA, Conductor NT and/or Process Portal B graphics as appropriate.
- If your system includes more than one type of SODG graphics, then after the Wizard, choose to Run Project Options in order to Categorize SODG graphics.
- Specify other file types to be included in the build by checking appropriate checkboxes.
- If you have scanned a sheet into AutoCAD sheet format and added tag names, it can be built in
- CAD files saved with extension .dxf can be built in by selecting Exported CAD (.DXF only)
- C-programs with a .txt extension can be included by selecting Text
- If there are file types you wish to build in that aren't listed below, please contact GMCL.
- More information is available about Adding AutoCAD .PRO files.
Click Next to continue.
Identifying where Wizard should look for files
"Please specify the directory where most of your Harmony files are located, then press the Apply button"
- Normally, the Disable box should be checked
- But when most directory paths are empty, specifying one directory where most files are located, then pressing Apply fills in all directory search paths with that one choice as a starting point
Entering paths to files
- Enter the folder name in which the file(s) reside, and the wizard will find the files
- Once a path has been entered, the drop-down arrow can be used to select the same location for other files OR you can copy and paste from one box to another.
Browsing to choose paths
- Clicking on Browse will bring up the Windows "Browse for Folder" dialog, where a directory can be selected, or a folder path can be copied in. This choice will be appended to the end of any search paths already entered.
Adding more than one path
- More than one path will be searched if multiple paths are listed, separated with a "|" character
- Multiple paths can be quickly added by clicking the Browse button and selecting additional paths.
Red arrow alert
When you see a red arrow there may be invalid path information, which must be corrected to proceed.
(If files are located on a remote machine you can't access, it may be necesary to copy them to your local computer. If you do, don't change the directory structure as it helps BuildPlus make some automatic associations.)
For External .pdf and .tif files, it is helpful if the path you specify is either a UNC (\\computer\path\) or "System" mapped drive (S:\path\) so if a different computer is used for a rebuild, the files can be easily found. When you use Browse to find these files, the UNC path will be automatically entered.
- When DECOMPOSER folders within the DBDOC_BUILDS directory are listed, they contain files created by DBDOC and should usually be left as the directory for Wizard to search.
- The CAD user libraries are usually omitted. For Composer projects, BuildPlus extracts a MACROS.LBR file. To specify a different user library, uncheck this Omit checkbox. This allows you to build with what you consider to be the master copy. (WinCAD systems often have multiple copies that must eventually be consolidated and united.)
After specifying the locations of files on each page, click Next to have Wizard find your files.
Confirming File Selections
- The left panel lists folders identifed within the specified directory which contain each file type, with the currently selected folders highlighted. The right panel lists files contained in the last selected folder.
- To assist with choosing files, the lists can be sorted alphabetically or numerically by directory name, size or data modified by clicking on each heading.
- Using the CTRL or SHIFT key in combination with the mouse can make multiple file selections.
- The Explore button opens the specified directory to view the folders and files within.
- If the expected files aren't listed in the left panel, use Back to change where the Wizard should look for files, and ensure the Redo box is checked for a new Wizard search.
- Checkbox Non-Optional: You should select an item. Otherwise, check box can be checked to skip certain files or groups. This is not a recommended practice since your build results may not be valid.
- Single MHD: Only one MHD has been selected, check to continue should be checked if you wish to proceed with only one module in the build.
- To see which .ebp database file was used for extraction into each DECOMPOSER folder, move the mouse pointer over the name of the folder and a datatip will be displayed.
- For unit console graphics, to see which console is involved with each EBYxxx.TMP folder, move the mouse pointer over the name of the folder and a datatip will be displayed.
After selections have been made, click Finish to proceed with the build.