Join Jim LaPier for an in-depth discussion in this video Packaging a drawing, part of AutoCAD for Mac 2014 New Features.
Notice E transmit in the Windows version. Package drawing allows you to combine all the related and needed files into one compressed folder for easy archiving or distribution. This includes referenced files, fonts, shape files, plot styles, and even textures for materials. This allows someone you send the file to, to see the file as you intended with no worries about having fonts installed on the other recipient's computer. Or them not being able to plot the drawing file properly with missing plot styles. We find the tool here under the File menu, which opens the dialog box.
Here we see the list of files which will be included in the folder. If we click the individual files, we can remove them from the package if we like. Or select the + and add files if we want to include other files in the package. Make a separate Excel buildable materials, or perhaps a folder of photos of the site. We can click on Package Settings and change the type from a compressed ZIP file to a normal folder. We can also set compile compatibility to an older version, all the way back to AutoCAD 2000. Finally, we can set specific files to be included or not, including fonts, unloaded references, and material textures.
We can have the finder open to a location we will specify, so we can move or share the file directly. Click Done, and we can click Package and specify where we want to save the ZIP file. Using package drawing, we can make sure that all the appropriate files are saved with the DWG, so it can be opened properly by others, or in the future.
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