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Editing an embedded or linked object from within CAD.direct 2019

 

You can modify an embedded or linked object in its original program from within CAD.direct 2019. When you modify an embedded object, you change the object only in CAD.direct 2019, not its original file (if you pasted the object from an existing file). When you modify a linked file, however, you open and change the original file.

 

Most programs include a submenu of actions you can perform on an embedded or linked ActiveX object. Usually, the commands for editing ActiveX objects are Edit and Open. If the object is embedded and its program supports in-place editing, the Edit command opens the object in place. The Open command opens the object in the full program window. In CAD.direct 2019, this command appears at the bottom of the Edit menu.

 

To edit an embedded or linked object

 

  • In the CAD.direct 2019 drawing, double-click the object

 

If the object is embedded and the program in which you created the object supports in-place editing, the object opens in place.

 

If the object is linked, or if its program does not support in-place editing, the other program opens in its full window and displays the object.

 

Importing files created in other formats

 

You can import files that have the following formats:

 

  • Autodesk DXFä format   Autodesk Drawing Exchange Format is an ASCII description of a drawing file with a .dxf file extension.
  • Autodesk DXBä format   Autodesk Drawing Exchange Format is a binary description of a drawing file with a .dxb file extension.
  • Autodesk DWFä format   Autodesk Design Web Formatä (used with .dwf files) is used to distribute a drawing for others to view in a Web browser, review, and edit using free Autodesk® software and tools. The DWF format uses the .dwf file extension.
  • DWT format — Drawing templates contain predefined settings that you can reuse when you create new drawings. Drawing templates use the .dwt file extension.
  • DGN format — Drawing files used with Bentleyâ Microstationâ. The DGN for-mat uses the .dgn file extension.
  • Spatial Technologies ACIS format — Three-dimensional ACIS solids saved as an .sat file.
  • DAE format — Collada files are an interactive three-dimensional graphics file for-mat used by 3D graphics applications (three-dimensional entities are exported, including ACIS entities). Collada files use the .dae file extension.

 

Importing a DXF, DWF, DWT, DGN, or DAE format file

 

Importing .dxf files, two-dimensional .dwf files, .dwt, .dae, and .dgn files is similar to opening a standard drawing file.

 

To import a DXF, DXB, DWF, DWT, DGN, or DAE format file

 

Do one of the following to choose Import:

 

  • On the ribbon, choose the Application button then choose Import, or choose Insert > Import.
  • On the menu, choose File > Import.
  • On the Standard toolbar, click the Open tool.
  • Type open and then press Enter.

 

Choose the folder that contains the drawing.

 

In Files of Type, choose the type of drawing you want to import.

 

Choose the file you want to open.

 

Click Open.

 

Importing a DXB format file

 

A DXB format file is a binary description of a drawing file with a .dxb file extension.

 

To import a DXB format file

 

Do one of the following:

 

  • On the ribbon Application button, choose Import > DXB In.
  • On the menu, choose Insert > Drawing Exchange Binary.
  • Type dxbin and then press Enter.

 

Choose the file you want to open.

 

Click Open.

 

Importing an ACIS format file

 

An ACIS format file contains three-dimensional solids, regions, or bodies that are saved as an ASCII .sat file.

 

To import an ACIS format file

 

Do one of the following:

 

  • On the ribbon Application button, choose Import > ACIS In.
  • On the menu, choose File > ACIS In or choose Insert > ACIS File.
  • Type acisin, and then press Enter.

 

Choose the directory containing the .sat file.

 

Choose the .sat file you want to open.

 

Click Open.

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