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Andrew Coombes

VectorWorks and AutoCAD - Layers and classes

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We run VectorWorks 10.5 as our mainstay CAD app., but our engineers and most of our external consultants use AutoCAD.

Has anyone done any work on using the automatic class tools in VW 12/2008 to align VW classes/layers with AutoCAD layers? Does it work?

I am hoping to upgrade our system next year and this would be one (of many) of the justifying reasons - if it works.

Andrew Coombes

CAD Services Manager

Hampshire County Council

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I've used it time and time again both at work and as a user. I've found it to do exactly what it is supposed to do.

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if you mean, can you tell autocad

layers to map to VW classes ,

taking the names of the imported DWG

layers into VW classes ?

yes, VW 12 can do it...

however, if you mean the kind of

function that microstation

had as far back as '92, where you

could define that autocad layer X

would import to class/layer Y?

no, VW 12 will not do this.

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microstation

had as far back as '92, where you

could define that autocad layer X

would import to class/layer Y?

Good old Microstation... I miss it since it left the Mac platform. It was years ahead of the competition.

Did you know it had parametric solid modelling already back then?

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