After you have created your highly productive AutoCAD tool palette, you would like to share it with the rest of your design department. The process is relatively simple, copy a few files and a folder and you are in business. There are some other considerations if your tool palette contains block definitions and other entity styles. My example tool palette contains custom blocks, standard hatches and custom dimensions.
There are two files you need to copy from your drive to the workstations you plan to share your tool palette. The first file is the tool palette definition. This is located in the folder C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2016\R20.1\enu\Support\ToolPalette\Palettes. The files name begins with the name of the tool palette tab followed by a long series of letters and numbers and has a file extension of .atc. There is a separate file for each tool palette tab. Copy this file(s) into the matching folder on the new workstation. The second file is the tool palette catalog. This file is located in the folder C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2016\R20.1\enu\Support\ToolPalette. It is named AcTpCatalog.atc. You will be copying this file and replacing the existing one on the new workstation which will replace all of the existing tool palettes on the new workstation. Please make a copy of the existing file to allow you to return to the original tool palette definition if needed.
The tool palette contains images for each entry. You may not display these in your tool palette but you need to copy them to new workstation to complete the process. The folder, named Images, is located in the folder C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2016\R20.1\enu\Support\ToolPalette\Palettes. This folder should be copied to the matching location on the new workstation.
The tool palette will now appear on the new system but your task is not complete if the tool palette uses external resources. For example, block definitions on the tool palette exist in a drawing defined in the tool palette entry. You can check the properties of the entry by right clicking of the entry and selecting Properties. Below is an example of one of the block entries on my sample tool palette. Note the source drawing containing the block source.
It is impractical to redefine all the source files for all tool palette blocks. The easiest method to share the source drawing is to include the source drawing in AutoCAD search path specified in the Options panel.
Other entries may use settings and configurations from the host workstation. The include text, dimension, multi-leader styles which can all be shared in the standard AutoCAD template.
Sharing a productive tool palette is easy and the design time savings can be significant.