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Import format file




Opening DWG/DXF Files

You can open DXF and DWG format files in ArchiCAD. You may open them as Drawings or Layouts. Choose File > Open and then select the file you need in the directory dialog box.

See details on how to place external drawings at: Place Drawing from External Application.

It is possible to customize the size, scale, title and framing options for your drawings in the Drawing Settings dialog box. The Embedded Layers control in Drawing Settings, available for Drawings with a DWG, DXF or DWF source file, lets you change or adjust the source layers’ visibility.

See Drawing Settings.

You can keep conversion rules for data exchange between ArchiCAD and AutoCAD in a file called a Translator (extension XML). Choose the Open command in order to use the default translator, and the file you’ve selected will be opened in ArchiCAD. The default translator of ArchiCAD is set up in a way that the translation in most of the cases is pretty accurate. However, because of the differences between AutoCAD and ArchiCAD in order to obtain the best translation a custom set up may be required. Choose Settings to open the DXF/DWG Translation Setup dialog box if you wish to switch translators or adjust settings before opening the file.

You may access this dialog box when:

A data transfer operation begins, after you’ve pressed the Settings button in the Save, Open or Merge

directory dialog box or the Attach XREF dialog box, if the import/export file format is DXF/DWG,

directly with the File> File Special > DXF-DWG Translation Setupcommand,

when opening a DXF/DWG file through theFile > Libraries and Objects > Open Objectscommand,

through the File > Libraries and Objects > Import Blocks from DXF/DWGcommand.

Every time the Translator dialog appears you have the chance to perform translator management – it can be during data exchange (open and save) or also through translation setup.

Teamwork users keep in mind: That using common Translators ensures that all users will have access to exactly (or more or less) the same conversion options. That is why we recommend to let your CAD Manager (or whoever is in a similar position in your office) take care of the set of Translators and place them on a server. In order to use the translators, each user must first introduce them into their own list of Translators.