Do you remember in the old days, we can show this startup dialog?
I like it because when I start AutoCAD, it doesn’t automatically open a new file. It let me choose to open an existing DWG or create a new one by choosing appropriate template.
Apparently in 2012, we have more options. I’m not aware about this until I read Dean Saadallah post in his blog here.
The STARTUP system variable is not only let us to choose open AutoCAD with a startup dialog box, but also let us to start it without opening anything. Now we have new value.
Snipped from the help file, now STARTUP system variable has these values:
|Displays the Select Template dialog box, or uses a default drawing template file set in the Options dialog box, on the Files tab.
|Starts without opening a drawing template file, and displays the Startup or the Create New Drawing dialog box.
|Starts without opening a drawing template file. If available in the application a custom dialog box is displayed.
I’m aware that Revit now doesn’t open a new file when we start it. It shows a startup page. Probably this is something AutoCAD users will also love.