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AutoCAD’s XREF-ellent Adventure, Part 2: Tuesday Tips With Lynn

Lynn Allen
June 20, 2017

The exploration of AutoCAD 2018’s XREF enhancements continues! You didn’t think we stopped helping you fix those broken XREF links did you? There’s so much more in the land of XREFs to make your life easier, so without further ado, let’s explore!

Child References

I guess I’ll start a round of “The sun’ll come out tomorrow” because Nested (child) references now display as Orphaned references (poor reference) if the parent reference is Unloaded or Not Found:

Tuesday Tips with Lynn AutoCAD 2018 XREF Enhancements

But don’t worry because now they display in the proper tree view location to help you figure out what went wrong! We know they’ll be happier once they’ve been reunited with their parents.

Tuesday Tips with Lynn AutoCAD 2018 XREF Enhancements

Tip: The Open option is now available when you right-click on an unloaded reference in the XREF palette so you can quickly open unloaded reference files! You don’t have to reload them first and THEN Open them. I love little helpers like this.

Timesaver: If you rename an unloaded XREF in the External References Palette, it doesn’t automatically reload – until you tell it to! That’s right, YOU’RE the boss.

Less Stressful Syntax

We all know the dreaded “Number of missing reference files” warning that makes it sound like our XREFs belong on a milk carton. AutoCAD has softened the statement for clarity, and now it says “Number of reference files that are Not Found” (so at least it sounds like there’s hope).

Tuesday Tips with Lynn AutoCAD 2018 XREF Enhancements

More Tuesday Tips

Come back next week for insight into the updated DWG file format, and don’t forget to check out the full Tuesday Tips With Lynn series in the meantime.

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Lynn Allen

Lynn Allen, Cadalyst columnist and Autodesk Technical Evangelist, speaks to more than 30,000 users worldwide each year. For the past 22 years she has written a column for Cadalyst magazine called “Circles and Lines” and is the voice behind the popular Cadalyst videos –“Tips and Tricks with Lynn Allen”. Lynn started using Autodesk® software over 25 years ago, and taught at the corporate and collegiate level for 13 years before joining Autodesk. A sought-after public speaker with a unique comedic style, Lynn is always one of the highest rated speakers and host of Autodesk University®. The author of three AutoCAD books, her latest is entitled AutoCAD Professional Tips and Techniques.