im not sure how to specify relative path on Mac, i guess i have only been using default. is it possible to make this the default setting accross all files?
File sharing also seems still to be an issue - i also am having problems with 'read only' warning messages. on some investigation, seems .dwl & .dwl2 files are not being deleted, struggling to even manyually delete them. all very strange. any advice would be great
I always use "No Path". The problem that I have had with relative path in the past is that it can actually grab a file out of the trash. Have had this problem on both Mac and Windows platforms in days of yore.
See attached screenshot.
Thanks, that makes sense. Is it possible to have this activated as a default setting for all xrefs? and is it possible to change that setting on existing drawings with xrefs already attached
Have not figured out how to change the default. I expect it is a variable buried somewhere in one of the app package files, but I have not taken the time to find it.
If the dwl file is not getting deleted, that generally tends to indicate that users are not properly closing out of the file. For example, if a user has a bunch of files on the server open on a laptop and they take the laptop home without closing the files before they yank the laptop out of the office, then you will end up with lots of stray dwl files that will cause problems. These all need to be manually deleted.
Also, if autocad crashes then dwl files will be left on the server that need to be manually deleted.
On AutoCAD 2013 for Windows, there is a new function to switch the xref path type via Xref Manager. See screenshot. But this function is not available on Mac yet. And if you have lot of existing files need to update, this is not convenient.
About deleting the dwl files, you can either delete them manually or use some simple scripts in Terminal Window like:
..and is it possible to change that setting on existing drawings with xrefs already attached
I'm little bit late, but anyway:
In order to change Saved path to "No path" you have to put all referenced files to the same folder as your "master" DWG resides, open "master" DWG with Xrefs in AutoCAD, open Reference manager, select Xref you want to change path, in "Found at" field of Reference manager for this reference erase everything, except the name of drawing and hit Return, save drawing - then you will get "No path" for that reference.