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exploding ex-refs
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March 24, 2014, 02:55:26 PM
Hi,

Hi I have inserted multiple copies of an x-ref in another drawing - it appears there is no way of 'exploding' or detaching one of the x-ref copies to alter it in the drawing without  doing this to the entire x-ref in the drawing?

Can this be done.

Brett

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* March 24, 2014, 04:40:05 PM
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I think you're asking for trouble Brett, I would use blocks. Xref are good for maps or background reference to an existing drawing or to simply refer it to an active drawing It also helps in keeping the file size down in the active drawing. But you have your ways and work flow.
My experiences are that once you start using the xref as an active object you really need to keep track of its history and whom ever is or has worked on the xref. If it's only you it's a little easier to track but can still start to get confusing. You could "bind" the xref keeping the master untouched > it becomes a block
« Last Edit: March 24, 2014, 05:22:05 PM by Dean »

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March 24, 2014, 04:49:52 PM
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Hi,

Hi I have inserted multiple copies of an x-ref in another drawing - it appears there is no way of 'exploding' or detaching one of the x-ref copies to alter it in the drawing without  doing this to the entire x-ref in the drawing?

Can this be done.

Brett

Seems like you would want to Copy-&-Paste all the Objects that make up the X-Ref into the "new" Drawing; make all those contents a Block in the "new" Drawing (if they are not already a Block in the X-Ref Drawing); and edit at will.
« Last Edit: March 25, 2014, 04:55:51 AM by Alvin Gregorio »

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March 25, 2014, 01:36:02 AM
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Hi,

Hi I have inserted multiple copies of an x-ref in another drawing - it appears there is no way of 'exploding' or detaching one of the x-ref copies to alter it in the drawing without  doing this to the entire x-ref in the drawing?

Can this be done.

Brett

Hi Brett,

in a word - no - leave well alone!

Could you not just make a copy of the original xref drawing, renaming it and attaching to your main drawing, in the usual way?  Then edit this new drawing as desired, without upsetting the original xref attachments?

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March 25, 2014, 08:21:42 PM
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Thanks Guys,

No worries - I just detached it, I can re-load it as an x-ref once I've finshed tinkering.

thanks
Brett

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