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#69564 by David Porter
Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:44 am
I need some more direction in using the repair tool that is new to v18. I am running 18.03. I had a drawing crash, twice, from what I think is a rogue symbol. Now the file won't open. I followed the Cheap Tricks instructions for how to use the Repair tool. I start up DCAD, there are no open files, but the Repair line is not showing up in the File list of items as CT instructions says that it should. I removed any of the backup files and any other files for this crashing file and put them in a different directory. Still doesn't work for me to see the Repair tool.

What step or steps have I missed to see Repair show up?
#69565 by David A. Giesselman
Wed Aug 03, 2016 12:19 pm
You aren't seeing this menu item in the File pull-down menu?
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#69566 by David Porter
Wed Aug 03, 2016 12:35 pm
No, instead of Repair, my line there says "Save As Copy" My About DataCAD says I am running (SE)
#69567 by David Porter
Wed Aug 03, 2016 12:37 pm
Thought I would try something and it seemed to work. I clicked on "Save As Copy" in thinking that maybe the name was just wrong, and that was the right guess. The Repair tool came up with I did that. Don't know if it is somehow just my copy of DCAD with the wrong name where it should say Repair or its in the program.
#69568 by joshhuggins
Wed Aug 03, 2016 12:45 pm
Check your dcadwin.mnu file, here is what is in mine at the end.
Code: Select allPaste As Symbol|Ctrl+Shift+V|Paste entities from the clipboard as a Symbol
Update All||Update all hidden XREFS
UnHide All||UnHide all hidden XREFS
Hide||Select XREFS to Hide
Remember Layer Settings for GoTo Views||
Nested XClips and SClips are merged with parent XClip||
Deactivate this Computer...||
Enter a Software Activation Code...||
Enter a Subscription Activation Code...||
Validate my License now...||
License Actions...||
Extend Beta Test Period...||
Snap Grid||
Text Display||
Hatch Display||
Line Weight Display||
Linetype Display||
Dimension Display||
Solid Fill Display||
Bitmap Display||
KnockOut Display||
Show all KnockOut Borders||Display all KnockOut Borders regardless of their setting
KnockOuts...||KnockOut Settings
Compatibility Mode||For compatibility when exporting to other CAD systems
Inherit current Smart Wall Hatch/Fill setting||
Save As Copy...||
Repair||Check drawing database for invalid entities and other errors
Object Snap||
Icon III||
Icon IV||
#69571 by David Porter
Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:54 pm
Yup, mine looks the same and the Repair line is in my .mnu file.
#69574 by Bruce111
Thu Aug 04, 2016 12:22 pm
I have the same issue. No repair tool.
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#69575 by David Porter
Thu Aug 04, 2016 12:33 pm
The "Repair" line will only show up when you are not in a DCAD drawing. The menu you show is the menu that shows up when a drawing is active. To use the repair tool, one has to just open DCAD but not a drawing. The repair tool line is supposed to then be in the File menu. Clicking on it takes one to the directory where drawings are kept and one picks the drawing to be repaired and the tool does it's thing.
#69578 by Bruce111
Thu Aug 04, 2016 3:08 pm
Thanks David, I will give it a try tomorrow. Thanks for your quick reply.
#69587 by Bruce111
Fri Aug 05, 2016 10:03 am
oooh! :o I seem to have errors in a lot of my files.

I think this tool was designed for me! :)
#69593 by tigere
Sun Aug 07, 2016 3:47 pm
[quote="joshhuggins"]Check your dcadwin.mnu file, here is what is in mine at the end.[/quote

A: I can't find "Repair" - is it version specific? ( I have 18 )
B: What is Purge?
C: How do I find the MNU file?
#69594 by Roger D
Sun Aug 07, 2016 4:42 pm
Repair came out as an update in v18. Open datacad, but do not open a drawing. Then you should be able to see the "Repair" item in the File menu.

Purge is a command so you can purge (or remove) unused symbols, types (line, door, wall, etc).

.mnu should be under C:\DataCAD 18\Support Files\Messages and Labels

found in revision history file:
Enhancements to DataCAD 18.02.00 (Since 18.01.01):

AEC File Repair
A new 'Repair' option has been added to the 'idle' (no drawings open) File menu. When you open a file using this option, you will be presented with a dialog that includes the following options.

Drawing Database Tests:
- Invalid Entities in Drawing
- Invalid Entities in Symbols
- Duplicate Polyline Vertices
- Extraordinary Values
#69596 by RParker
Mon Aug 08, 2016 10:40 am
I do not have a REPAIR option.
With DataCAD open (no job open) I have: New, Open, Recent Files, Recent Folders, Pak-N-Go, Batch Plot and Exit.
Version: (PE)
#69598 by David A. Giesselman
Mon Aug 08, 2016 11:34 am
joshhuggins wrote:I think maybe because it's listed as an enhancement, it is only available to subscription editions?

This is correct.

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