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Importing a DWG and I get 2 files ?

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I am importing a Autocad DWG, when it comes in I get 2 files one as a "above the line" viewport and one in a design layer, the viewport has extra things on it like text block and title etc, whereas the design layer is without them.

The file in the design layer comes in as a symbol which I have to turn into a group, then ungroup so I can work on it.


1. Is this spliting into 2 different files what I should be expecting in VW11

2. Should I expect all DWG I now import into VW11 to react in this way ?

3. I am getting 2 files because the originator has saved a design layer "and" a different viewport layer ?

4. This never happened in VW10 is this because VW10 never supported viewports, so even though my originator may have sent a design layer and a viewport layer VW1O would never have been able to display them ?

Thanks for any help.

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Welcome to AutoCad. These are not 2 different files but different parts of the same file. Autocad has had paper space and model space since 1990. They roughly equate to sheet layers and design layers respectively.

1. Yes but different layers

2. Most likely

3. Yes that's the way things are in AutoCad

4. VW10 had a different conversion routine that converted the paper space views onto separate 1:1 layers in VW. You should have been able to see them.

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Thanks Nick, and I take it you can not copy things from a viewport back into a design layer ?

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You can. Edit the annotation and copy/paste the parts you need to the layer you want it on. If it's on the sheet layer then beware of scale issues when you copy to the design layer.

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