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Greg Hale

Can you comment on your reasoning for why you think rebuilding a template from scratch is the best idea? The only big reason I see to do this for 2013 is the material library.

Mike Hoeft

What is the down side to just simply opening your older template version and doing a save as?

Douglas Janowiak

This is a general statment and alot of work. Before doing all those steps what are the problems with converting R2011 or R2012 template to R2013?

Sherry Pittman

I am going to address all three comments in my response below.

First as to why: This is Autodesk’s recommended process and since the software is enhanced with new functionality with each new release it is better to recreate rather than upgrade....

The down side or potential problems that may arise from upgrading rather than recreating is that there may be corruption and unnecessary bulk in the template that gets carried over to the new template. Corruption can happen from views, families, imported items, etc. Bulk often comes in the form of overly large families, Cad data that is in the file in the form of imports as drawings, line styles (excessive amounts) and imported filled regions (excessive amounts).

This is also the perfect opportunity to fine tune your template!

Using the process I outlined in the blog, I can recreate a custom template in about 4 hours on average.

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