Layouts to AutoCAD Model Space

If you are trying to save out a large number of drawings to DWG, interior elevations for example, and the consultant would rather view all drawings in a single file rather than individual DWG’s for each elevation, I have a solution for this.

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First create a new publisher set. Bring in a view map folder to set up the publisher and translator. Set the publisher to merge to one DWG file. Next open the translator settings.

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This part gets a little odd, but in 3 consecutive tests it worked. The publisher set must have view map items selected before going to the translator settings. You will not have access to the necessary settings if it is a layout book element selected.

In the translator settings set the Save Options to Save layout into: Model Space and Place Drawings into:Single DXF/DWG…

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This will result in a single DWG file containing X-Refs of any published content (View Map or Layout Book). This is particularly useful for saving layouts to DWG, as it will tile all drawings in an equally spaced row and provide a source file in a single folder for all X-Refs in the master drawing file. You will need to share both these, the DWG and the X-Ref folder, with the consultants.


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