What’s New in AutoCAD 2017? Migrate Custom Settings

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By Heidi Hewett

Welcome back, to the third in the “What’s New in AutoCAD 2017?” series. In my last post, we drilled into the new Autodesk Desktop App. Here we look at the new Migrate Custom Settings tool. Current users know the benefits of customizing AutoCAD software to meet their specific needs. It follows, then, that bringing forward your custom settings and files from a previous release is a necessity! Well, AutoCAD 2017 makes that simpler than ever.

The Migrate Custom Settings tool offers a modern and informative interface for ease of use. It detects and clearly identifies customized settings, enabling you to choose which ones to migrate.

To see it in action, check out the Migrate Custom Settings overview video.

For more details on AutoCAD customization and the Migrate Custom Settings tool… read on!

AutoCAD 2017 Migrate Custom Settings

Migrate Custom Settings

Migrate Custom Settings

The redesigned migration summary report provides more information in an easier-to-read format.

Migration log file

Migration log file

Change your mind about migrating settings from a previous release? Use the Reset tool, accessible from the Start menu, to easily restore the default AutoCAD settings.

Reset settings to default

Reset Settings to Default

What’s New in AutoCAD 2017? The Adventure Continues….

This is the third in a series of deeper dives into the top new AutoCAD 2017 features. For an overview of all new AutoCAD 2017 features, read AutoCAD 2017: It’s… Alive!

Next up in the What’s New in AutoCAD 2017? series: License Manager

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    jmoore@ecssolutions.com

    After installing I do not have the migrate custom settings from previous release tool. It does not appear to be an add-on tool that needs to be installed separately either. I am running AutoCAD Electrical 2017 and I can't think of any reason why it would not be included in this package. Major disappointment. :(

    1. Heidi Hewett
      Heidi Hewett

      I'm not very familiar with AutoCAD Electrical but I checked with that team and they confirmed there should be a utility for migrating from previous versions of AutoCAD Electrical to the new version. Here's a link that may be helpful They also confirmed the AutoCAD migration tool should be included with AutoCAD Electrical but only works with AutoCAD settings.

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    bcampbell@kfcengr.com

    Yet another Autodesk goof, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. For those of us that have been using this tool for years, see link http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/autocad-2013-2014-2015-2016-2017/2017-migration-problem/td-p/6228543

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    DarrenSheather

    I have just done a full install of Map 3D and do not even have this option available. tutorial makes it looks easy, but how can I access it if it cannot be seen?

    1. Heidi Hewett
      Heidi Hewett

      Hi Darren, Unfortunately the Migration tool is not available for Map 3D. It's mentioned in the Map 3D readme: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad-map-3d/troubleshooting/caas/documentation/MAP/2017/ENU/readme/map3d-readme-html.html

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    wadehunnicutt

    Is this capable of migrating settings to a new computer (without previous versions running 2017) from an old one where a previous version was used?

    1. Heidi Hewett
      Heidi Hewett

      That's a great question. Unfortunately it's not something that we can do right now. The AutoCAD team is aware of the need.

  5. hpflyer

    How do you access the migrate settings dialogue - I don't have anything on my computer that looks like the screen in your video

  6. hpflyer

    never mind - I found it - the latest windows operating system has a very different look

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