Follow these step-by-step instructions to install the Simpson Strong-Tie® AutoCAD® Menu onto your computer. When you run the install program, the default location the files are copied to is C:\Program Files\Simpson\Menu.
Please note: Installing the Simpson Strong-Tie menu for AutoCAD is a multi-part process. Each step must be completed properly before the menu can be used.
Download the installation program to your computer and run it.
Start up AutoCAD.
Once AutoCAD has launched, type "options" in the AutoCAD command line.
From the "Options" dialog box, Click on the "Support File Search Path" folder to highlight it. Then click the "Add" button.
Click the "Browse" button.
You will see the "Browse for Folder" dialog box like the image below. Navigate to the directory name where you installed the Simpson CAD Library files during installation. In this example, we are using that installation's default directory of "C:\Program Files\Simpson\Menu\" but your directory may be different if you choose a different location during Step 1.
You will see the the new Support File Search Path. Click the "OK" button.
If you are using AutoCAD 2000 through 2005: Type menuload in the AutoCAD command line.
If you are using AutoCAD 2006 or later: Type cuiload in the AutoCAD command line.
Click the "Browse..." button.
If you are using AutoCAD 2000 through 2005: Make sure that you are looking for files of type "Legacy Menu Template (*.mnu)"
If you are using AutoCAD 2006 or later: Make sure that you are looking for files of type "Customized User Information (*.cui)"
Click in the "Look In" drop down box (top arrow) and navigate to the directory where you installed the Simpson CAD Library files during installation. In this example, we are using the installation's default directory of "C:\Program Files\Simpson\Menu\."
If you want the menu by product category, choose the "SimpsonO" file and click the "Open" button.
If you want the menu alphabetically, choose the "SimpsonAlpha2" file and click the "Open" button.
Click the "Load" button to load the menu and than click the "Close" button.
Your AutoCAD installation is now configured for use with the Simpson Strong-Tie CAD Library. Products are listed by category (as listed in the Simpson Strong-Tie catalog) or alphabetically. Choose the category or letter, then choose the subdivision, and from there the part you need. Click on the view you want to insert, and you will be prompted for placement.
Note: All images are inserted at a 1:1 scale. If you require otherwise, you can change it following insertion.
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