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ptc-4033580 Bronze 59 posts since
Apr 23, 2012
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May 22, 2012 9:41 AM

How do you save and keep Option settings in Creo?

I am a new user of Creo.  There are some settings that I wish to save and keep, but I'm not sure how this should be done.

 

In Environment Options there is a place to save Working Directory.  I have tried on different occasions to save a different location for my Working Directory, what is the trick to getting this to stick?  It stays until you get out of Creo.

 

Also I would like to modify some of the Config.Pro options.  When this gets saved where should it be saved to?  There doesn't appear to be a logical place to save this.

  • James62 Gold 554 posts since
    Jan 22, 2011
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    May 22, 2012 11:00 AM (in response to ptc-4033580)
    Re: How do you save and keep Option settings in Creo?

    hello,

     

    To change your startup directory you have to right click on the Creo Parametric shortcut on your desktop and choose Properties, then change the path in Start in Field to whichever you want.

     

    If you keep your config.pro file in that directory it will load automatically when you run Creo using this shortcut.

      • BrianMartin Diamond 1,262 posts since
        Feb 1, 2011

        The config.pro file can be located in any one (or ALL) of three locations:

        • Creo loadpoint
        • User's "Home" Profile Directory
        • User's Working Directory

         

        The LAST FILE READ always wins. So, for example, if you had a config.pro file in your home directory setting your grid to "ON" and another config.pro file in your working directory setting the grid to "OFF", the working directory wins.

         

        The easiest and safest place to put your config.pro is in your working directory. If you have multiple directories you work from, you may want to put your file in the "Home" directory instead. For XP users this is typically "c:\documents and settings\<your user name>\my documents". For Windows 7 users this is something like "c:\users\<your user name>\documents".  Your home directory may be different. If you need help finding it, I can give you better instructions to locate it.

         

        Thanks!

        -Brian

          • BrianMartin Diamond 1,262 posts since
            Feb 1, 2011
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            May 23, 2012 11:27 AM (in response to ptc-4033580)
            Re: How do you save and keep Option settings in Creo?

            Hi Dennis...

             

            It really depends upon what version of Creo you're using. Some people say "Creo" but they really mean Creo Elements Pro/5 (otherwise known as Wildfire 5). Other people say "Creo" and they mean Creo Parametric 1.0 (which is the "real" Creo).   Wildfire 5 is "Creo" in name only.

             

            So... first, which version do you have? In Wildfire 5, you can use the Save a Copy button to save your config.pro file in any location you choose. In Creo Parametric, you can use the Export Configuration button to save to any folder location. In both cases you can use the interface to browse to an alternate folder.

             

            In a pinch, just save to your working directory and move the file in Windows (not through Creo... just using regular old Windows drag/drop).

             

            Thanks!

            -Brian

              • James62 Gold 554 posts since
                Jan 22, 2011

                hi,

                 

                I don't think the windows user's directory (home) works as a path to load config.pro from anymore in Creo Parametric 2.0

                 

                While you are exporting the configuration or the changes you have made to your config.pro, make sure you always find the path to your config.pro manually and point at the right one.

                 

                Creo sometimes uses to make a copy of config.pro in working directory with a name of current_session.pro.

                 

                I have to admit I am also confused by where the configuration setting file can be loaded from but luckily I only administrate one seat of Creo so I am fine with the solution I have provided here in my first reply.

                 

                ~Jakub

                • BrianMartin Diamond 1,262 posts since
                  Feb 1, 2011
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                  May 24, 2012 8:42 AM (in response to James62)
                  Re: How do you save and keep Option settings in Creo?

                  Putting your config options in the Creo loadpoint will always work... but for users working for companies that try to set common standards for all employees, this location may be "locked". I don't know why the home directory would have been removed as a potential location for config files. It seems to me that this removes functionality from the system and I thought we were never supposed to go "backward" like that.

                   

                  I don't know much about Creo 2.0... and frankly I don't care to right now. Most of the world isn't even on Creo 1.0 yet and we're pushing on with Creo 2.0 and development of 3.0. In my opinion, we need to spend less time barrelling forward with Creo 5, 6, 7, and 8 using that time instead to make Creo 2.0 something to be proud of.

                   

                  We were promised a paradigm shift that will revolutionize the CAD industry for the next 20 years.

                   

                  ... Still waiting on that...

              • BrianMartin Diamond 1,262 posts since
                Feb 1, 2011

                Hi Dennis...

                 

                Thre are only two possibilities as I see it:

                1. Creo no longer reads the config.pro from the "Home" directory... which would be a change from 25 years of Pro/ENGINEER and Creo functionality. Although, hey, it's PTC so who knows what may have happened!
                2. What you call your Home directory is not the same directory Creo is using as your Home directory.

                 

                Try opening a command/DOS window in Windows 7. Type "SET" at the prompt. See if you can locate the value of the variable called USERPROFILE. Let me know if that's the same directory you're using as your home directory or not.

                 

                The only other alternative I can suggest is putting your config.pro options in the Creo loadpoint location. This is usually inside your Program Files or Program Files (x86) or elsewhere on your C: drive. With Creo, the file structure is different than previous versions of Wildfire(Pro/E)... but you should see a folder called "Creo 1.0/Common Files/Text". As I said, this could be in one of several places depending upon whether you're running a 32 bit or 64 bit operating system and whether or not you've loaded Creo in a non-default location.

                 

                Down inside that .../Creo1.0/Common Files/Text directory, you'll see the main config.pro file. I'd open that file and ADD in your customizations (rather than replacing the entire file). This should solve your problem.

                 

                Thanks!

                -Brian

                • James62 Gold 554 posts since
                  Jan 22, 2011

                  I share the same opinion.

                   

                  I think Creo Parametric 1.0 could use some serious fixing and I want Creo 8.0 to come out when I'll be super old. Or it's descendeant with a different name. *sigh*

                   

                  Just don't take me too seriously here. I really doubt they took out 25 years old functionallity. But I really wouldn't even be able to figure if they did off hand.

                   

                  ~Jakub

                • RossGalson Copper 6 posts since
                  Dec 6, 2010

                  I am the system admin for Pro-E but have no IT background.  My pro-e users spend a lot of time in Pro-E outside of the office.  What I learned after a frustrating hour of trial and error is that my IT department has a policy that changes the users home directory when they are in the office to a different location than the standard location everyone points to in this thread.  If you are placing your config file in the default home location and it is still not loading this may be something worth exploring.  For my users it is going to be a bit annoying because they need to maintain their personal config in two locations right now.

                • ptc-88095 PTCEmployee 119 posts since
                  Apr 30, 2012

                  I vote for the second possibility from Brian:

                  What you call your Home directory is not the same directory Creo is using as your Home directory.

                   

                  The HOME directory is

                  • by default set to the operating system environment variable %HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH% for the user
                  • %HOME% can be set explicitly to modify the HOME Directory

                   

                  See also PTC knowledge database article CS28227 : How Creo Parametric sets config.pro options at startup

                  http://www.ptc.com/appserver/cs/view/solution.jsp?n=CS28227

    • kaci_54459 Bronze 39 posts since
      Jul 12, 2013
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      Sep 10, 2013 9:43 AM (in response to James62)
      Re: How do you save and keep Option settings in Creo?

      That changes the drawing formats, not the config file location.

  • BrianMartin Diamond 1,262 posts since
    Feb 1, 2011

    Jakub is correct...

     

    Your working directory by default is whatever directory Creo starts in. If you use a shortcut to launch Creo, you can set that "Start In" directory in the shortcut properties as Jakub stated. Also, if you go down into the Creo loadpoint (where all the files for the software are stored), down inside the /bin directory, you can add commands to the startup batch files to set your working directory. This is a bit more advanced but if you need help doing this, write back. Jakub's solution will probably be the easiest for you to implement.

     

    Thanks!

    -Brian

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