Default directories

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Default directories

During the Tekla PowerFab installation procedure, you need to set default directories. Default directories are the folders where Tekla PowerFab saves information by default. Default directories are used in the program to manage external files.

The intended functionality requires that certain shared directories are set on each Tekla PowerFab user workstation.

If the default directories are to be located on the same server, the server setting should always use the local path to the folders. In turn, each user sets their default directories pointing to the same location.

On the client machines, the shared directories are best set using IP addresses or UNC file paths. The use of mapped drives is not recommended even though they may work.

It is possible for individual users to have their own default directories, but this is not recommended, with the exception of the Log directory.

See also Document Index.

Set the default directories for saving files


To ensure that the default directories are consistent on all computers, you can copy the settings.ini file from the first client Tekla PowerFab installation to C:\Users\Public\Documents\Tekla\Tekla PowerFab\Settings for all later installations.

  1. Go to File > Default Directories.

    The Default Directories dialog box opens.

  2. Set the default directories for the content.

    See Default directories for server and Default directories for client below.

    You can use Windows Recognized environment variables in Default Directories.

    The Custom Reports directory is not created during the installation and, therefore, you must add it.

    1. Click ... on the right side of a field.
    2. In the Browse For Folder dialog box, browse to find the folder that you want to set as the default directory.
      If necessary, you can add a new folder under the currently selected one by clicking Make New Folder.
    3. Select the folder.
    4. Click OK.
    Note: It may be easiest to copy and paste the path in the available field. You can check the access to the folder or path by double-clicking in the field for the directory.
  3. To update the default directories, click OK.

Directory descriptions

The directory structure is as follows:
Directory Description
Backup Location for Tekla PowerFab database backup files.
Export Initial location selected for exported files. User preference.
Import Initial location opened for the selection of import files. User preference.

Once a file type has been selected, the location defaults to the last opened location.

Log Location for import log and error log text files.

This is typically set to a local path on each device so as not to combine information from different devices in the same error logs.

Document Index Location for files that are linked or attached to records in the program and to be shared among other users. A shared network location required.

See also Set the standard categories for attached documents.

Drawing Drawing directories for each project, type, log, and revision are automatically created within this directory. Drawing files are copied to the appropriate directory during import. A shared network location required.
Update Location for Tekla PowerFab update files.

With the new update file placed in the directory, the user is prompted to run the update when they open the program. A shared network location required.

Custom Report Location for all customized report files.

This directory is not created during the installation and, therefore, you must add it.

Extension This directory is not visible by default. It must be activated in the administrator settings. See Define Tekla PowerFab administration settings.

The purpose of this directory is to allow external software API extensions developed by others for combining and cut lists to be added to the program.

See also Use customized extensions for combining.

For Document Index, Drawing, Update, and Custom Report, it is best to use an IP address or an UNC file path. These need to be set to a shared network location normally on a server.

Default directories for server

  • Backup - C:\Users\Public\Documents\Tekla PowerFab\Backup
  • Export - %USERPROFILE%\Desktop (User preference)
  • Import - %USERPROFILE%\Desktop (User preference)
  • Log - C:\Users\Public\Documents\Tekla PowerFab\Log
  • Document Index - C:\Users\Public\Documents\Tekla PowerFab\Documents
  • Drawings - C:\Users\Public\Documents\Tekla PowerFab\Documents
  • Updates - C:\Users\Public\Documents\Tekla PowerFab\Updates
  • Custom Reports - C:\Users\Public\Documents\Tekla PowerFab\CustomReports

Default directories for client

The recommended directory structure for clients is the following:

  • Backup - \\(IP Address)\Shared Folder\Backup
  • Export - %USERPROFILE%\Desktop (User preference)
  • Import - %USERPROFILE%\Desktop (User preference)
  • Log - C:\Users\Public\Documents\Tekla PowerFab\Log
  • Document Index -\\(IP Address)\Shared Folder\Documents
  • Drawings - \\(IP Address)\Shared Folder\Documents
  • Updates - \\(IP Address)\Shared Folder\Updates
  • Custom Reports - \\(IP Address)\Shared Folder\CustomReports
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