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I'm working to figure out the best way to export a useful DWG. I'm wondering, is there any way to maintain Symbol names (ex. S4-36deg) in the exported DWG block? They are currently exporting as a seemingly random array of numbers. 


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Be sure Export Groups as Anonymous Blocks is not selected in the DWG Export>Symbols & Groups panel

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Gottcha. Ok, you're not really exporting symbols in this instance rather Lighting Instruments that use a hybrid symbol as their graphic object.

The numbers are not random, they are the internally assigned VW number for each instrument.

In a duplicate file: Select all the lighting, Modify>Convert>Convert to Group.

This will extract the Symbols. Now if you perform the export the DWG you will get the named Symbols in place as expected.


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