I'm trying to adjust layers so they all print out at one colour (grey). I have a couple of blocks in this drawing which, in properties are labelled as ACAD_PROXY_ENTITY.
It doesn't allow me to change colour. Even when I BEDIT, the block still is locked at the colour white. How do I control this? I need all layers to plot out at grey.
These are entities created by either vertical versions of AutoCAD (like CIVIL or ARCHITECTURE etc.), or third-party add-ons: you will not have any editing access to these blocks in their native format without using the same software that created them.
The file creator may be able to explode these for you, ask them if that is an option.
You could try running the AECTOACAD command to convert the vertical product objects into a vanilla dwg. However, this will destroy those blocks. Check to see if those objects can be altered.
ACAD_PROXY_ENTITIES can also be objects that are normal autocad objects from a more current version that have no functionality in an older version. Example is say, multi-leaders. They would work in 2010(?) and up, but they are frozen proxy entities in an older version.
Starting to understand what these things are. Highly annoying things at that.
I tried the AECTOACAD command, but couldn't figure out what options to use. These particular objects were created by Keylines, so I'm guessing CAD can't read them which makes them an ACAD PROXY ENTITY. What option do I use through AECTOCAD that allows me to explode/delete these blocks? I find it surprising how you just can't delete the things.
Thanks for the info. Understand their format now. I need to know how to independantly deal with them though without relying on the original creator of them.
You can't do much with them as you indicated in your first post if you don't use the 'creation' software that made them.
There is no workaround.
Plain AutoCAD has many object enablers for the many vertical that may help, but for optimum results you probably need to always be on the current version (2013 and not 2011) at minimum, and perhaps even the 2013 Vertical version that your file creators use most often.
I should point out that the 2014 versions will probably be announced soon if Autodesk sticks to their regular annual schedule in case you were contemplating an upgrade without subscription.
Can't do anything with them it looks like. I'm using 2011 at work. I do have 2014 Beta at home, unfortunately the workstation I have at work is woefully underpowered. Thanks for the info.
I'll just run a mile the next time I encounter them.
One option, tht may or may not work -- would be to contact the vendior of the original application and see if they have an object enabler for their custom objects.. You wouldn't be able to do much with them, but at least somethng ought to be visible/plottable and should not appear as proxy objects..
You probably don't need to worry too much about the options. The command saves a copy of the file and does not overwrite the original. Prefix and Suffix are just text additions it adds to the file name. The default is ACAD-. So your new drawing will be called ACAD-yourdrawing.dwg. Format is the file format you want (2013, 2010, 2007, etc.). Bind is the option to bind xrefs in the drawing. Not sure about Maintain. It is for 'maintaining the resolved properties' (???).
Log into access your profile, ask and answer questions, share ideas and more. Haven't signed up yet? Register
Start with some of our most frequented solutions to get help installing your software.