Join Jim LaPier for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding external references, part of Learning AutoCAD for Mac.
…Another way of sharing information, or having multiple…users work together collaboratively, is using external references.…External references are similar to inserting blocks,…but have the added benefit of live updating.…So if the file being referenced changes, the user…can see the updates in the drawing they're working on.…For example, if I'm working on a mechanical assembly, I might…have three or four components that each have their own drawing.…I can reference these components from their individual files.…And as other users work on the components themselves, I'll…receive a notification every time they save the component drawing.…
So, I can reload the component and see how it affects the rest of the assembly.…Referencing the files also allows the assembly drawing to remain smaller.…As the geometry itself is not in the drawing itself.…This is especially helpful if there are…numerous complicated components or even 3D models.…To reference a drawing I'll open the reference manager…and select Add a Reference and then locate my file.…
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