IN THIS CHAPTER
Introducing associative arrays, external references (xrefs), raster images, and dynamic blocks
Creating associative arrays with ARray
Attaching and managing xrefs, DWFs, and PDFs
Controlling xref paths
Importing other file formats
Attaching and managing raster image files
Authoring dynamic blocks
Simple arrays have served AutoCAD users well for many years. They’re basically just a quick way of producing multiple copies of drawing objects in regular patterns. If you’re not familiar with simple arrays, flip to Chapter 11.
Associative arrays are dynamic: that is, you can edit them by changing the number of items, changing the definition of the objects being arrayed, or substituting a different object set for one or more object sets in an array.
An external reference drawing — xref — is like an industrial-strength block. An xref is a pointer to a separate drawing file outside the drawing you’re working on. When you attach a reference drawing, it appears onscreen and on plots as part of your drawing but continues to live as a separate document on your hard drive or network. If you edit the externally referenced drawing, the appearance of the drawing changes in all drawings that reference it. Like a block insertion (more on that shortly), an xref attachment increases the drawing file only slightly, regardless of the size of the xref file.
A raster image file stores a graphical image as a series of dots. PNG and JPG images seen ...