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External references control

External references control

External references control

MouseOK    Ribbon: Insert – Reference >  XREFs (External References)

MouseOK    Menu: Insert –  External References…

KeyboardOK Command line: EXTERNALREFERENCES, IMAGES, XR

The command opens the External References dialog box. It displays all external references contained in the document and manages these references:

ATTENTION! In Edit References mode (REFEDIT) opening of External references dialog is blocked.

The dialog box displays information about the references to the inserted drawings as well as for the raster images.

The dialog box contains the tool buttons and two sections: External References and Details. Both panes are working in the double data display mode.

The External References pane can display information about references in a list structure (the  Show List button) or in a tree structure (the  Show tree button). The list view is set by default in the window.

The Details pane displays the properties of the references selected in the upper section in the list view (the  Show properties button) or displays the content of the selected reference in a preview window (the  Show preview button).

The options of the External References pane in the Show list:

Columns

Name

Displays the name of the external reference file

Status

Displays the status of the external reference file:

·         Loaded   – the referenced file is attached to the current drawing.

·         Unloaded          – the referenced file is marked to be unloaded from the drawing.

·         Not found         – the referenced file no longer exists in the valid search path.

·         Unresolved       – the referenced file cannot be read.

·         Orphaned         – the referenced file is attached to another file that has an Unresolved status.

Size

Displays the size of the attached referenced file.

Type

*.dwg files display the file type of the referenced file:

·         Attachments

·         Overlays

Raster images display their file format:

·         TIFF

·         BMP

·         JPG

·         JPEG

·         PNG

·         PCX

Date

The date when the referenced file was created or last saved.

Saved Path

Displays the path that is saved with the drawing when the referenced file is attached.

Left double-click on separator of column names changes the width of columns automatically.

Buttons

Unload XRef

Unloads the selected file references from the drawing.

Reload XRef

Reloads the selected file references to the drawing.

Detach XRef

Detaches the selected file references.

Save XRef

Changes the selected raster image references. It is possible to change the reference file name, file type and file format.

Open from

Changes the full path to the selected reference. When you click this button the dialog window opens and you can select another path or external reference name.

Embed image

Embed of raster images to the document. Such image saved in the document, not in separate file.

Show list

Displays the references information in the list view.

Show tree

Displays the references information in the tree view.

When the External References pane is set to the list view, it is possible to select several references:

·         when the SHIFT key is pressed, then all references located between the first and last click will be selected;

·         when the CTRL key is pressed, you can select any references from the list by clicking.

When the External References pane is set to the tree view, a tree structure of all external references along with their levels of nesting within the drawing will be displayed.

 

It is possible to select only one file reference in the tree view of the External References pane.

The options of the Details pane in the list view:

Columns

Name

Displays the name of the external reference file.

Status

Displays the status of the external reference file:

·         Loaded – the referenced file is attached to the current drawing.

·         Unloaded – the referenced file is marked to be unloaded from the drawing.

·         Not Found – the referenced file no longer exists in the valid search path.

Size

Displays the size of the attached referenced file.

The size of the attached referenced file doesn’t display when the reference has the status:

·         Unloaded

·         Not Found

Type

*.dwg files display the file type of the referenced file:

·         Attachment

·         Overlay

Raster images display their file format:

·         TIFF

·         BMP

·         JPG

·         JPEG

·         PNG

·         PCX

Data

The date when the referenced file was created or last saved.

The date doesn’t display when referenced file has the status:

·         Unloaded

·         Not Found

Saved Path

Displays the path of the referenced file.

note! The saved path does not necessarily indicate the present file location.

Found at

Displays the path where the external reference file is located.

This place is the actual file location.

note! The full path and saved path may be different.

Colordepth

Color information of raster.

Resolution

Resolution of raster (points per inch).

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