I am new to the forum and also a student using a 2013 educational version so I greatly appreciate any insights or support anyone can provide. I am working with someone who had a registered 2011 version and so I know I need to save to their version so they can open/view/plot the files. The first time I attempted to save something I was working on with the 2013 EDU edition, I saved it to the 2010 version and I got a dialog box that said this:
For those of you who can't see the image, it says: THE DRAWING CONTAINS CUSTOM OBJECTS THAT ARE NOT SUPPORTED IN PREVIOUS VERSIONS...
My question is, what are these custom objects AUTOCAD is referring to and how can I avoid them so their is seamless congruence between the two versions? It says my options are to:
a) Save drawing to AUTOCAD-only objects, which I don't know how to do.
b) Save drawing to previous version with Proxy Graphics, which I also don't know how to do.
Can anyone help me resolve this?
Thanks so much!
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First off, if you've got an educational version, then you cannot use it for commercial work (implied by the statement 'working with').
you'll need to use a commercial, registered version of the software. If you don't feel you can afford it, there are several free dwg compatible cad programs, - look at Draftsight or NanoCAD.
No, since he's a student also, there's no reason not to expect him to upgrade to current. for that matter, you really ought to as well. there's little/no point in using 2013 for educational purposes when 2014 has been out for nearly a year.
2013 and 2014 versions should be compatible with each other though.
Let me expand a bit on that "No".... no software vendor puts a huge amount of effort into backwards compatability. After all, they make money selling nw stuff, not old. Adesk does a better job than most with basic ACAD entities, but when dealing with AECC 'smart' objects, that has never worked well. You can do an ExporttoAutoCAD, which will drop all the intelligence of the AEC objects and result in dumb linework, but what he gets may not be what you expect him to see, and what you get back from the lower version after exporting and running though the lower version may not be what you expect. It might be good enough, it might not.
And, inasmuch as yu are both students, there's no point to it.
Let me ask you this: when you say "AutoCAD' do you really mean that or AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD Architectural, AutoCAD Electrical, or AutoCAD _____? AEC content isn't created by vanilla (plain) AutoCAD, but *is* created by the various verticals based on AutoCAD.