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CAD drafting Drawing Explorer 0    Ribbon: Manage – Palettes > CAD software Drawing Explorer 1 Drawing Tree

CAD drawing Drawing Explorer 2    Menu: Modify – CAD drafting Drawing Explorer 3 Drawing Explorer

CAD software Drawing Explorer 4    Menu: View – Toolbars > Functional > CAD drawing Drawing Explorer 5 Drawing Explorer

CAD drafting Drawing Explorer 6    Toolbar: Properties – CAD software Drawing Explorer 7

CAD drawing Drawing Explorer 8 Command line: DRAWINGEXPLORER

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Drawing Explorer provides full information about all objects in drawing:

·         graphic objects;

·         block references, external references, raster images;

·         parameters of drawing settings.

All changes in drawing reflect in Drawing Explorer immediately. You can separately get the information in Explorer (and also in a drawing area) about new objects and about objects changed since last saving.

You can open dialogs for editing parameters and properties of objects directly from Drawing Explorer.



The name of the current document is displayed in the root section of the dialog hierarchical structure. Which, in turn, contains two subsections: Displayed and Drawing Settings.

Objects in the current document space

The Displayed section contains a hierarchical list of all occurrences and objects in the current document space — model space or paper space. Objects are grouped by type. The number of objects of this type in the current document space is given in parentheses.

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The Insertions subsection displays all Insertions of the current model or paper space: regular, dynamic, and 3D block inserts, xrefs, raster images, underlays, and point clouds.

The Entities subsection displays objects in the current space grouped by type.

If geopoints were imported to the file, a separate section will appear.


The context menu of drawing objects selected in the dialog structure contains commands for managing objects. The list of available actions depends on the type of object or group of objects. You can select objects in the drawing, pan, apply editing commands, turn display on and off in the drawing, delete.

Thus, for example, you can hide or make visible both an individual object and a group of objects. To make a previously hidden object visible on the screen again, select the Visibility item. For a group of objects - the Show item.

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Tools for control of displaying objects

At the top of the drawing explorer, there are buttons to control the display of objects in the explorer tree and in the drawing field. Initially, the tree of the drawing explorer contains a list of all objects:

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Refresh tree

Renew information. All opened sections will be closed.

Filters of displaying objects in the Explorer tree:

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Show created objects

Displays information about new objects in the current session of the drawing. In the Drawing Explorer such objects have a “plus” sign.

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Show modified objects

Displays information about objects changed in the current session of the drawing. In the Drawing Explorer such objects have a “load” sign.

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Show resident objects

Displays information about unchanged objects of the drawing. In the Drawing Explorer such objects have a “point” sign.

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Show visible objects

Displays objects visible in the drawing in the Explorer.

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Show hidden objects

Displays objects invisible in the drawing in the Explorer.

Variants of displaying on the screen

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Enable selection

Objects selected in Explorer tree marks with grips in a drawing area.

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Enable zoom and selection

Objects selected in Explorer tree marks with grips and places in the center of drawing area.

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Synchronize filters with drawings

Displays objects in a drawing area according to status of filters.

·         CAD software Drawing Explorer 25 Show new objects

·         CAD drawing Drawing Explorer 26 Show modified objects

·         CAD drafting Drawing Explorer 27 Show resident objects

You can display objects hidden in the drawing field back by disabling one of these filters.

Named Objects of a Drawing

The Drawing Settings section displays the list of named objects of a drawing: layers, blocks, xrefs, etc. grouped by object type.

Objects of different types have a context menu with own set of actions.


Usually, an element can be made current in a document, deleted, renamed.


A double-click on a named object sets it current in the document.

Pictograms of current objects are marked with a colored dot.


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note: Please, remember that when you set the selected sheet current, there will be a transition to this paper space with automatic update of the entire contents of the drawing explorer.

In the context menu of layers, you can turn on the layer walk mode. In this mode, only the objects of the layer currently selected in the manager will be displayed in the drawing field. Exit from the layer walk mode is also performed through the context menu of layers.

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