We are starting a project here and the problem we are having is setting up our xref's. What we want to do is when creating drawings with xref's and having multiple project folders. Basically if we got a drawing with a set of xref's setup in them and if we are moving the drawings to different project folders, is there anyway to get AutoCad to reconize this or stabilize the xref's as the drawings moves from project folder to project folders????
I have tried moving the drawings from one project folder to another and once moved to a new project folder the xrefs seem to be detatched and I would need to re-attached them. Is there a way to setup xref manager to solve this problem of project to project folders??? Don't know if Autocad has the option or if someone knows how to go about or assit this problem that would be greatly appreciated.
I have tried moving the drawings from one project folder to another and once moved to a new project folder the xrefs seem to be detatched and I would need to re-attached them. Is there a way to setup xref manager to solve this problem of project to project folders??? Don't know if Autocad has the option or if someone knows how to go about or assit this problem that would be greatly appreciated."
You need to move your drawings with xrefs from one folder to another without losing the xreference files linked to them. There is a way to do it within Autocad and also using TrueView a free drawing viewer from Autodesk.
The command to use in Autocad is "etransmit". It is actually used to transmit / archive your project. However you can aldso use it to move sheets drawings with xrefs without losing the paths. When you use this command you will see that there are some predefined transmittal setups which define things like where to move the files and whether you want the entire or partial directory structure at the source to be recreated in the destination.
Check out the help file for more details.
Sorry if this is too late for your project but here are a couple things that may help you.
First, you can map your external references using relative paths. If you set up the directory structure so that the external references are in a sub-folder, the root folder for the project, or a sub-folder of the root folder, you can path external references relatively. For example, here is a directory structure:
r:\Projects\1234-567\ <- Root Folder
r:\Projects\1234-567\Plans <- Where your plans are that have external references
r:\Projects\1234-567\References <- Where your external references are stored
A typical plan in the Plans folder would have an X-ref path similar to "..\References\Titleblock.dwg". The two dots tell autocad to go up one directory level to the root. Then the path points to ->References->Titleblock.dwg.
The second option would be to set up your project and then use the Autocad Reference Manager to change the paths of the external references. The reference manager is included with autocad as a separate application. It is available through your Start Menu->Programs->Autodesk->Autocad->Reference Manager. You can re-path multiple external references so long as the names of the files have not changed.