CONNECT Edition - Edit WorkSet CFG in the Configuration Variables dialog

The CONNECT Edition Configuration variables dialog is considerably more user friendly than its V8i predecessor, offering more space, column sorting and other improvements. However, one apparent limitation is that any changes made are saved to the current user’s Personal.ucf. This is usually fine for testing but requires manual editing to copy the changes made to the WorkSet or other CFG files.

A CONNECT Edition key-in rides to the rescue! The dialog can be opened to edit the active WorkSet CFG by key-in:

‘MDL LOAD CFGVARS WORKSET’

Note the dialog caption indicates the WorkSet CFG is being edited along with its name. The blue colour coding that normally highlights the User variables now highlights the WorkSet variables. The current expansion and detailed description provide guidance and immediate display of the expansion of changes made.

For anyone concerned about the internal structure of CFG files edited via the UI:

  • existing variables that are edited will be modified and stay in the same place in the file
  • new variables will simply be added at the end of the file.

If a WorkSet CFG is always edited via this dialog any lack of "neatness" in the CFG will not be important, the UI provides enough filtering and sorting.

People familiar with the configuration variable syntax may still be more comfortable directly editing the text. Working with the text does have the advantage that the CFG file can be structured with related variables grouped together and populated with comments.

I think the most useful application for this tip will be for the people in a project team. Perhaps a project CAD/BIM coordinator's responsibility for the project data structure will require changes to the WorkSet CFG. Modifying the WorkSet CFG via this dialog will be less daunting and more easily taught.

Translated German Wiki article:
CONNECT Edition - WorkSet CFG im Dialog Konfigurationsvariablen bearbeiten

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