Q: How do I add a AutoLib button in the ribbon, toolbar, or menu?

A: Run the CUILOAD command in AutoCAD and load the AutoLib.cui file located in your AutoLib installation directory.  Use the CUI editor to load/unload AutoLib in the ribbon, menu, or toolbar.

Q: When purchasing, upgrading or re-installing AutoLib, How do I save my existing libraries?

A: Before un-installing the previous version of AutoLib, save your AutoLib.ini and *.lst files. Install the new version of AutoLib and copy your AutoLib.ini and *.lst files back to the new installation directory.

Q: I get a Runtime Error ‘438’ when I select a drawing in AutoLib.

A: We have found that this problem is usually associated with another conflicting DWGTHUMBNAIL.OCX file on your system.  Use windows explorer and perform a search for all DWGHTUMBNAIL.OCX files on your computer. Replace/rename the file with the DWGTHUMBNAIL.OCX from your AutoLib installation folder.


Q: When Typing ALB at the command prompt, AutoLib will not load.

A: Verify that the AutoLib entry is in your ACAD.PGP file. Open the ACAD.PGP file in a text editor such as notepad, the last line in the file should state something similiar to:

ALb, [Drive Letter:\Path]\AutoLib.exe,5,,

I.E. [Drive Letter:\Path] = G:\Network\CAD\AutoLib.exe

NOTE: For AutoCAD 2004 and higher based products:

AutoCAD base products have changed the default support path settings from previous AutoCAD versions. AutoLib needs to add its entry into the ACAD.PGP file. Select BROWSE to locate the ACAD.PGP file.  By default, the location of this file is at:

C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2009\R17.2\enu\Support


Q: When inserting blocks/xrefs from AutoLib in my drawing, there is a delay before insertion point prompt.

A: Download the latest update version 1.4.2. Previous versions searched the current drawing database for existing blocks and xrefs to prevent invalid block/xref insertion. (i.e. Can’t insert a block name if a duplicate xref of the same name exists in the drawing file). In large drawings, this check before insertion caused a delay. Version 1.4.2 fixes this delay by allowing you to bypass this check. To disable this feature, uncheck the search xref/block setting under Options menu, .  Insertions should be instantaneous!

Q: My FILEDIA setting in AutoCAD keeps getting reset to 0.

A:Update to AutoLib version 1.4.2. In some cases, FILEDIA would reset to 0 when an error is encountered in AutoCAD. This could be due to a corrupt or invalid drawing file. Under the Options menu, check the box for “Always maintain Filedia = 0”.

Q: I want to be able to maximize my AutoLib session to get larger views of my details and symbols!

A. Please update to AutoLib version 1.4.1. In addtion to a resizer, Version 1.4.1 has other enhancments including an automated installer to configure AutoLib for AutoCAD and fixes a few bugs.

Q: I want to install AutoLib on a network, how do I setup AutoLib to run from a network and have our computer clients access the network version?

A. The registered version of AutoLib can be run from a network folder. The demo version 1.4.1 can also be configured to run from a network, however a network AutoLib folder with read-only permissions will not work properly. The registered version of AutoLib, will read the security rights for the network folder it is installed on and disable admin functions for users with only read access and likewise enable AutoLib’s admin functions for users that have write permissions. To setup AutoLib to run from the network, perform the following:

1. Install AutoLib on your local machine hard drive first (i.e. C: drive, D: drive etc.)

2. Copy the local AutoLib folder/files from your computer to a network folder.

3. Modify your acad.pgp file to run AutoLib from your network folder. The AutoLib installer can modify your acad.pgp automatically. (version 1.4.1 only)

4. Run the AutoLib_setup.exe on your users local computer, make sure their acad.pgp file is also pointing to the AutoLib network folder.

Q: I’ve installed AutoLib on a network, how do I prevent our users from modifying the libraries or adding external files to MyLib?

A: AutoLib was designed to run from a network.  Set your AutoLib network folder for read-only permissions for your users and write permissions for other users/admins that need to have edit permission for the libraries. Depending on user rights, AutoLib will automatically grey administrative function buttons for users with read-only access and enable admin buttons for users with write access.  To prevent or enable users to add external files (outside of defined libraries), Select the “Option” button and disable users from adding external files from the check box.

Q: When launching AutoLib, it seems to take some time to load, how can I speed up this process?

A: Typically AutoLib should load in 2-5 seconds depending on your computer speed, free memory and network topology (i.e. 100mbps). Try defragmenting your hard disk. In some cases closing your AutoCAD session an re-launching may help improve performance overall. Since AutoLib can run outside of AutoCAD in separate memory space, minimizing AutoLib between AutoCAD sessions will prevent the need to invoke the AutoLib command each time you want to insert a detail or symbol thus preventing load times altogether.

Q: How do I set AutoScale or add keyword information to my detail and symbol drawing files?

A: AutoLib reads the DWGPROPS of an AutoCAD drawing.  Therefore this information is embedded in the drawing file.  To add information, open the file and run the DWGPROPS command. A quick way to add this information is from the Library Editor in AutoLib. Highlight the drawing you want to modify in the library list, select the edit button to add drawing information. To use the AutoScaling feature of AutoLib, make sure you set under the custom properties tab, the dimscale and value (i.e. 48 for 1/4”, 4 for 3” scale details etc. Please read the AutoLib help file for detailed information.


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