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Another person could be doing a furniture plan possibly as a nested XRef within the room fileand then one person can oversee the whole project and use the updates on the 'room' drawing to keep a live view of the overall project.
In these days of networks and the Internet, many projects are produced this way.
People anywhere in the world can collaborate on a project in real time. Here is an overview of the master file, note that it has the lobby, hallway, reception area but no guest rooms: This means that you are linking another drawing to your current one.
When you start the command, you will see the palette shown below. When you do this, you will see another dialog box appear. Once you find the file, decide whether you want it to be an attachment or an overlay. An overlay will not include any of the nested X-ref's that the file may contain.
Below that section are the insertion parameters. You have a choice of either defining them on-screen, or using standard defaults in the dialog box. Once you make you decisions, press OK. Finish the Attachment by following the prompts on the command.
You'll see that it is similar to inserting a block. Insert the room to the point shown below at the top of the red triangle: Now that you have an X-ref, there are more options for you if you right-click the filename of the XRef. Mirror along the top half, then mirror those to the bottom using the middle of the hallway door on the right as your mirror line.
Working with X-ref's is usually quite straightforward, but there are some things to keep in mind. The insertion point is very important. Everyone on a project must be working on the same set of coordinates and insert points.
When you attach and X-ref, you insert that file's layers and blocks. AutoCAD creates new layer names based on the filename and layer name of the X-ref. If you exceed that number, your XRef will not load.
If a file is moved from a location that AutoCAD expects to find it, you can browse for a new path, without having to re-attach the XRef. Recent versions have added more functionality to XRefs. You can edit them in the drawing as opposed to having to open the original file.
To do this, just select the XRef in the drawing and right-click. One problem in the past was the if a co-worker changed an XRef that was attached to your drawing, you didn't know and could keep working on the wrong information.
To check this out, make some changes to the furniture in the room drawing and SAVE the file.
Open up or switch to the Motel-Floor-Plan drawing and you'll the message appear in the bottom right corner. Click on the blue link to reload, or use the XRef palette right-click on the file name and choose reload.AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP:: How To Get Viewport Scale Feb 2, I am adapting a routine by Alan J Thompson found here for placing an outline of a paperspace viewport in modelspace.
CAD Standards Issues: Define what you will allow or demand in these settings. The application of differing settings to these will make you files hard to decipher when used by others. The lisp steps through each viewport (using vla and such), a simple if statement should allow me to filter out the paperspace viewports when changing the layer, trouble is, I do not know what to search for.
To scale each displayed view in output accurately, set the scale of each view relative to paper space. When you work in a layout, the scale factor of a view in a layout viewport represents a ratio between the actual size of the model displayed in the viewport and the size of the layout.
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