When inserting an xref, which I have prepared with a file name etc in a drawing, Autocad prompt me this message" The file you have chosen cannot be used as a block name or is greater than 8 characters. Autocad has assigned a shortened block name. Enter an Altenate name "
why so? This happen not with all file!!!!!
Can anyone give the solution please, as the file reference asign is important for us....
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>> The file you have chosen cannot be used as a block name
What is the name in the folder?
What happens if you rename the file to "ABC.DWG" and try it then (to verify if it's the filename or the directory that creates the troubles).
- alfred -
thanks for your comment.
You know here we rename our xref files like this; First we put Xref, to know that this is an xref file, then the name given by the architect and then the date we received the drawing.
eg: Xref-con-ground 001_2013-02-27.
Sometimes this becomes very long, but we never had any problem. Actualy we are working with an architect and it since then Autocad is prompting us this message, see attached:
the next time you get the dialog, try to give the same name except of all the special chars.
My guess is it's not the length of the filename, there are some special char's in the filename that AutoCAD don't like. Saying that my next question is: does your partner work with Apple or Linux (as workstation or server)?
- alfred -
Looking at your caption the first thing that jumps out is the parenthese (Haute in the folder name.
I would try moving the xref to a simpler folder structure without all the special characters.
Pretty sure the entire file path can have an impact on what AutoCad considers a valid Xref name.
Rule out the entire network file path being a potential issue here.
Check to see if your exceeding the max. file name length.
Per help....The character limit for a DWG file name (including its path) is 256 characters
Thanks a lot for your support and comments...I appreciate your concern to find a solutions...
I have found where the problem is with tips from comments receive from you all.
In an xref file name, commas is not recognised by autocad. for eg; XREF-A1-CON-N-215-BLOCK 2 GROUND FLOOR PLAN UNITS 23,24 rev01-17.01.13. The commas in between 23 & 24 should be removed and replace by "- or _ " and the problem is solve, long file name in same sub/sub/sub folder.
Thanks and regards
Wow, that's the longest file or folder name I've ever seen!
May want to simplify that a bit.
Glad to hear you figured it out.
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