Good working practice

Your CAD drawings are a valuable store of information and need to be protected. We strongly recommend that you use the increment and backup tool (the green plus sign on the standard toolbar).

Increment and save

File ty​pes and b​ackup

Every new gCADPlus drawing has the extension .lcd (lcd is the gCADPlus native file format). When gCADPlus saves (and closes) a drawing, a backup copy of the file is saved with the extension .bak.  As an additional safeguard, every 10 minutes, or at a time you have set while you are drafting, gCADPlus saves a further copy of the drawing (and refreshes the .bak file).

Set backup time  This movie shows how to set the backup time interval to your liking.

As a further protection, every 10 minutes, a copy of the drawing is saved with the extension .lc$. These automatic backup files are normally stored in the same folder as the original file. 

Tip: The lc$ file remains hidden from you until you use the recover option on the File drop down menu.

Use recover option

If for some reason you need to access backup files, both the backup (.bak) and AutoSave files (.lc$) files need to be renamed from$ perhaps to a name such as Recovered.lcd in order for the backup copy to be worked on.

Storing work

We like to create a folder called Jobs in the My Documents folder and then sub folders for each calendar year and then each job is filed in a folder named after the street address. For example, a job carried out in 2013 at an address 75 James Street, in a suburb called Paradise would be filed in Jobs>2013>75JamesParadise.

Any new symbols and blocks created that are not part of gCADPlus are stored in a Blocks folder at the top level of the Jobs folder

Backing up data is then quite straightforward - the Jobs folder is copied to a backup device. We suggest that you use a cloud storage system and put a copy there as a further precaution. Microsoft, DropBox and Google + have an excellent free systems.

Backing up your data