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Converting VectorWorks to DWG's

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When I convert a VectorWorks file to a DWG's why are some of the hatches converted to seperate files from the main drawings. How can I limp everyhting together??

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In the "DXF/DWG Export Options" window that pops up automatically when you export, there's an option to "Export Hatch Pattern Files", which is selected unless you deselect it.

But if you don't export the hatch patterns as separate files, they won't be available to the Autocad user to do more hatching. Autocad doesn't store hatch patterns in the DWG file.

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WHat I am trying to do is convert the VecotorWorks file and then e-mail it to a AutoCAD user. WHat i the best method. Also, I heard that it is best to send things as DWG's but that means I have to enclude all the extra files of hatches right?

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Yes, ideally you should send the .DWG file and the .PAT files; i.e., everything that's in the new sub-folder that VW's exporter created. You could zip them all into one file.

If you don't send the .PAT files, they'll still see the hatches as you drew them, they just won't have them in their list of available custom hatches.

The Autocad user might ask for the .CTB file that contains your Plot Style Table (a map of on-screen colors to print-out lineweights), but if you export without selecting the "Map Colors to Lineweights" option there won't be any Plot Style to worry about.

And of course you should send the font files for any fonts you used that your correspondent might not have, or Autocad will substitute another font that won't fit properly in the spaces you allotted (just as VectorWorks would do).

All those extra files are icing on the cake, though. Most Autocad users don't remember to send them to each other when sharing DWG files.

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