AutoSave and backup

Every new GCADPlus drawing has the extension .lcd (lcd is the gCADPlus native file format).

A gCADPlus drawing may also have the dwg (AutoCAD format) extension when you open a drawing that has come from an AutoCAD user.

When gCADPlus saves and closes a drawing in lcd format, 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 with the extension .lc$ and asks if you want to backup the current drawing. These automatic backup files are normally stored in the same folder as the original file. For example, User>My Documents>gCADPlus>Drawings folder as drawingname.lc$. 

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

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

Good working practice

Your CAD drawings are a valuable store of information and need to be protected.

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 GardenCAD plus 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 and Google + have an excellent free system while SugarSync offers an excellent commercial cloud service.

Backing up your data