Protect Your Drawings

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 > GardenCAD 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. 

The figure below shows a job called SideGarden for Julie Brown being stored in a folder called Brown.

Jobs structure

The figure below shows that the information about the location of the design file is stored with the drawing and can be seen via Information > Drawing information.


New symbols

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 GardenCAD a New Symbols folder at the same level as the Jobs folder.


Backing up your data

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.

GardenCAD makes a backup file

GardenCAD always creates a copy of your work which is saved in the current folder with the same drawing name, but with the extension (last three letters of the file) being .BAK not .Vec. To recover the contents of that backup file, simply rename it (e.g RecoveredDrawing.Vec). Use the Your Computer tool to do that.

Select the file, right click and change the name making sure that the file end in .vec.