We are looking into upgrading to 2013. We still get drawings with the scale list issue that you normally use the cleanupscales.exe utility. We can't find a cleanupscales.exe utility for 2013. Does anyone have any suggestions for this?
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We are modifying the acad.lsp file to reset the scales using SCALELISTEDIT when it opens a file. We're hoping that this will be okay. This issue is that, in the past, we have trouble opening a file at all unless we ran the cleanupscales utility on the whole project. We're fearing that the SCALELISTEDIT command may not work on those files since you have to open the file first. At the moment we dont have a file to test on.
There isn't a scale list cleanup utility for AutoCAD 2013. Dean is right. The problem shouldn't be happening anymore. AutoCAD has the built-in functionality to warn you about too many scales and give you the option to reset them. If you do find a drawing that doesn't work with this, please post it here so we can take a look at it.
I am having the issue with 2012. However the project I working on is being done in 2009 so there are hundreds of xrefs with thousands of scales in each file. I can clean up the scales using the utility in 2009 from my desktop cpu but when i work from home in 2012, most of the files won't even open.
I understand that the problem shouldn't occur in the newer versions but that's assuming we starting new projects from new templates, etc. etc. The reality is we'll be working with legacy dwg's with thousands of scales for the next decade.
There's a Scale List Cleanup Utility for both 2007 and 2010 drawings. Here is an article on our web site:
Drawings from AutoCAD 2007, 2008, and 2009 should work with the utility for 2008/2009. Drawings from AutoCAD 2010, 2011, and 2012 should work with the utility for 2010. No utility for drawings in 2013 format.
Just for the record - Autodesk has released Cleanup Scales utility for 2013 and 2014:
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