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AutoCAD® 2010 and AutoCAD LT® 2010: No Experience Required by Jon McFarland

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Chapter 13. Managing External References

  • Understanding external references

  • Creating external references

  • Editing external references

  • Converting external references into blocks

The floor plan of a complex building project might actually be a composite of several AutoCAD files that are linked together as external references to the current drawing. This enables parts of a drawing to be worked on at different workstations (or in different offices) while remaining linked to a central host file. In mechanical engineering, a drawing might similarly be a composite of the various subparts that make up an assembly.

External references, or xrefs, are .dwg files that have been temporarily connected to the current drawing and are used as reference information. The ...

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