Category Archives: XREFs

Change XREF Layer Colors to One Color

Here is a great lisp routine that lets you simply select an XREF and change all of the XREF’s layers to a specific color (color 253 in this case). This is useful in some of my work’s drawings because we … Continue reading

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AutoCAD 2016 XREF Layer Controls

This new feature in AutoCAD 2016 is by far my favorite. Here is the scenario: Your drawing (electrical) references two other discipline’s drawings (Structural & Mechanical) The problem comes when you print your drawing. Your electrical content is hard to … Continue reading

Posted in Layers, Linetypes, New in 2016, Printing - Plotting, XREFs | 7 Comments

BASE Command – BEWARE of XREFs & Blocks

A perplexing issue crept its way into a project recently that revolves around the AutoCAD command BASE [enter]. This command can be found on the “Home” tab > Block panel (drop down – lower portion) “Base” It can also be … Continue reading

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We recently were given some 3D models by a subcontractor that needed to be incorporated into our drawings. There was one model in particular that was rather large in file size considering that it was only a small part of … Continue reading

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XREF Load Status App Review

The app mentioned in this post saved my sanity while opening drawings that contained a large amount of XREFs (External References). The “XREF Load Status” app is available from the Autodesk Exchange Apps store in a free version that will … Continue reading

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Embed a Picture (Not as a Reference)

There are times when an image needs to be included in a drawing. For example, a client logo that needs to be part of the title block. It would be better to convert the logo into a block object by … Continue reading

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Recover a Drawing

When a drawing has something wrong with it it needs to have the AUDIT command run on it so that it can be fixed (as shown in the previous post). But there are times when the drawing that needs help … Continue reading

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XREF Status Bar Button

If you open drawings and want to know if there are any XREFs in the drawing, you do not need to open the XREF manager. Simply look at the bottom right corner of the screen in the status bar. If … Continue reading

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Express Tools: CLIPIT

I recently showed how to create an XCLIP for XREFs (found here) but today’s tip gives you some more options. The Express Tool CLIPIT will clip reference objects – not just XREFed drawings. It will work on the following objects: … Continue reading

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Here are the options (system variables) for how your XCLIP frame is shown and/or printed. The variable is XCLIPFRAME <enter> and the default setting is <2>

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