It is really important to protect your valuable data. It can be devastating to lose information and have to recreate the drawing. It is important to safeguard your data so don't forget to backup you entire drawing stock to a backup device. We recommend using DropBox for that as it provides an off site backup facility.
Good working practice
Your CAD drawings are a valuable store of information and need to be protected.
Keep work organized
We like to create a Jobs folder in the My Documents > gCADPlus folder and then sub folders for each calendar year and then sub folders for each client last name. For example, a job carried out in 2013 for M/s Smith would be filed in My Documents > Jobs > 2013 > Smith.
Here is a link to a little YouTube movie demonstrating how to use the free file compression tool 7Zip as an aid to backup.
It is common to make new symbols for particular purposes when making a new design. We store any new symbols and blocks that are not part of gCADPlus in a New Symbols folder at the same level as the Jobs folder.
Backing up data is then quite straightforward - the Jobs and New Symbols folders are copied to a backup device. This can be as simple as a high capacity USB drive. Better still, we suggest that you investigate using a cloud storage system and have the Jobs and New Symbols folders backed up without any intervention from you.
Microsoft with their OneDrive service, DropBox and Google + have an excellent free systems while SugarSync offers an excellent commercial cloud service.
AutoSave and backup drawing files
Every new gCADPlus drawing you create has the extension .lcd (.lcd is the gCADPlus native file format).
When gCADPlus saves and closes a drawing in lcd format, a backup copy of the file is saved with the extension .bak. Thus once you have started work and saved a design for the first time, there are two copies of your work - an lcd file and a .bak file.
If for some reason you need to access backup files and work working on a design, the backup (.bak) file needs to be renamed perhaps to a name such as RecoveredSideGarden.lcd in order for the backup copy to be worked on. In other words unless a file has the extension .lcd, it will not open in gCADPlus.
Use File Manager (or the Your Computer tool), Select the file, right click and select rename to rename and change the file extension. On the Mac, use Finder.
*** Use the incremental backup tool - the green + sign on the standard toolbar while developing your design. As well as saving an additional copy of the drawing, this provides a 'reverse' option if you find that a new design idea is not working out. **
What to do if you have been working on a drawing for hours and gCADPlus will not save
Start a new instance of gCADPlus.
Switch back to the copy of gCADPlus that will not save. Select all entities. Right click and Select Edit > Copy to Clipboard.
Switch to the new copy of gCADPlus, Right click and paste from the clipboard. Save the new drawing under a different name.