Understanding the Autodesk Content Browser – Part 6

This is Part 6 and is the final part of a multi-part series on the Autodesk Content Browser.  This article will address how to update palettes that have been shared from the Content Browser.

Part 1 of the series addresses why you would want to use the Content Browser and how to get to it. Read it here.

Part 2 of the series addresses how the Content Browser is organized. Read it here.

Part 3 of the series addresses the library to which the Content Browser will look.  Read it here.

Part 4 of the series addresses adding a catalog to the library and how to make catalogs available to users.  Read it here.

Part 5 of the series addresses how to add tools and tool palettes to the Content Browser.  Read it here.

As changes are made to tools or tool palettes in the Content Browser, you want the users to see those changes on the tool palettes inside their AutoCAD Architecture on their computer.

This is called “refreshing” the user’s palette, and there are two different ways to do this.

First Refresh Method

The first way to refresh the user’s palette is to manually refresh (update) the tool palette.

When a tool palette is dragged from the Content Browser to the tool palette set in AutoCAD Architecture, it forms a link to the originating tool palette in the Content Browser.  When the tool palette is refreshed in AutoCAD Architecture, the palette looks at the version of it in the Content Browser and makes it match the one in the Content Browser.

To make a palette be capable of being refreshed, right-click over the palette and select Properties from the shortcut menu.  Place a checkmark next to the “Refresh from:” option.

Content Browser Palette Refresh From

To manually refresh a palette, go to the desired palette and either pick the refresh button at the lower right corner of the palette or right-click and select Refresh Palette from the shortcut menu.

Content Browser Refresh Palette

Second Refresh Method

The second way to refresh a user’s palette is make the tool palette automatically refresh each time AutoCAD Architecture is opened.

To make a palette auto-refresh, right-click on the desired palette and select Properties from the shortcut menu.  Place a checkmark next to the “Enable Auto-refresh” option and choose the OK button.

Content Browser Enable AutoRefresh

Caution

Automatic refreshing of palettes in the Content Browser can create severe speed issues.

  • It may seem like a good idea to make a palette automatically refresh each time AutoCAD Architecture is opened, but various factors can affect the time that is involved in the refresh.  Some of those factors include:
    • Quantity of palettes being refreshed
    • Quantity of tools on palettes being refreshed
    • Quantity of source drawings being referenced by tools being refreshed
    • Size of source drawings being referenced by tools being refreshed
    • Speed of computer
    • Speed of network
  • The decision to make palettes auto-refresh is one that needs to be made after reviewing the advantages and disadvantages of the feature and testing this capability in your specific situation.

Additional general comments about the Content Browser

A palette will lose its associativity with the Content Browser and not be refreshable if the palette in the Content Browser is deleted.  This occurs even if a new palette of the same name is created in the Content Browser.

  • When a palette has been dragged from the Content Browser to AutoCAD Architecture to be refreshable, it remembers the ID of the palette in the Content Browser.   AutoCAD Architecture actually links to the ID and not the palette name.

The Content Browser Library may possibly become blank and lose all of the catalog references.

  • If this happens, the first thing to do is to make sure that you have the correct library loaded.
  • If you have the correct library loaded, there are a couple of options available to you.
    • One option is to perform a Repair of the AutoCAD Architecture installation.
    • Another option is to manually add each catalog back.

Not keeping the content updated can create problems for the users.  If new object styles and other content is not updated in the Content Browser, users will not have confidence in the Content Browser and may stop using it.

Poor organization and structure of the Content Browser can create a confusing system that is difficult for users to navigate.  Keep the system straight forward and easy to use.

Moving or renaming content referenced by the Content Browser will keep things from working correctly.  Since object style tools in the Content Browser reference a specific style name in a specific file in a specific folder location, changing any of that information will make the tool not work properly.

Summary

The Content Browser can be very beneficial if it is effectively used.  Remember these key items:

  • Organize it so it is easy to use.
  • Place important and commonly used tools in it.
  • Keep it updated.
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