|This task lets you quickly see how to import or to insert
the 2D geometric data
contained in a DXF file into a CATDrawing document.
Once imported, the data can be handled and edited just as if they had been created
in a Drafting session using 2D geometry creation commands.
The table entitled What about the elements you import ? provides information on the entities you can import.
You can find further information in the Advanced Tasks:
Statistics about each import operation can be found in the report file created.
|Open your session (Open your CATDrawing document if you want to insert a DXF file.).|
The default behavior has been improved for better results.
|Viewport with a not null twist angle (group code 51) are not correctly handled during import.|
V5 determines systematically and automatically the most suitable format
(A0 ISO, A1 ISO, etc.)
Information on what has been determined automatically is written in the report file:
For more information on Formats,
DBCS (Double Byte Character Set) Supported Code Pages are:
|949 (Korean) is not supported.|
Import of a DXF/DWG file can be improved by customization:
DXF/DWG specific import settings are:
The definitions of dimensions are not the same in V5 and AutoCAD.
After the recovery of DXF/DWG files, the system generates:
This file is created in a location referenced by
|Always check the report file after a conversion ! Some problems may have occurred without been visually highlighted.|
||Version 5 supports the import DXF/DWG formats version 12,13, 14 and AutoCAD2000, AutoCAD2000i, AutoCAD2002, AutoCAD2004, AutoCAD2005, AutoCAD2006 and .|
To make sure the elements you need to handle in your session are those you
here is a list presenting the DXF/DWG data supported when imported into a CATDrawing file.
|DXF/DWG element||DXF/DWG sub-type||V5 element||Notes|
|non adjustable width,
made of line segments
|Polyline||Not editable in V5|
|non adjustable width,
made of line and arc segments
|segments and arc
with no structure
|Structure is lost|
|adjustable width||Filled area (pattern)||Structure is lost|
|mline||Lines||Structure and closing attributes are lost|
|spline||NURBS||Not editable in V5|
|mtext||Text||Changing fonts, changing attributes and
line break are not taken into account
|Arc aligned text||none|
linear and rotated,
radius and diameter,
angular, ordinate (x or y)
|According to option:
In a few "dimensions" cases, the text of the
In all "dimensions" cases, the geometry support is
|leader||Line + text||DXF Leaders are imported as simple lines.
The arrow head and the line under the text are lost
|hatch||non-associative||Filled area (pattern)|
|associative||Filled area (pattern)||The contour of the hatch is created in the No Show
and the associativity is created with this hidden contour.
|solid||Filled area (colored)|
|The details are created in a new Detail Sheet
named "Imported Details".
|insert (Block Reference)||Ditto
(instance of 2D component)
|If the insert is defined with different scales,
on x-axis and y-axis, no detail instance is created
but only the geometry is transferred.
|external reference||not supported|
|group||none||The structure of the group
is lost whereas its contents
|Layout (paper space)||Sheet||see above|
|Line weight||Line thickness||see Standards|
|line type||Line type||see Standards|
|point markers||Point type||Markers may be different since V5 and
AutoCAD do not have the same markers.
|layer||Layer||Invisible layers are gathered in a filter
named Invisible Imported Layers.
Visible layers are gathered in a filter
|layer name||When an AutoCAD layer has a name that corresponds to
a number between 0 and 999, this layer will be imported as a V5 layer with
the number associated:
If the AutoCAD layer has a name that does not match any number in the available range, the layer is mapped on the first existing V5 layer that has the same name, or a new one is created on the first available V5 layer number with the AutoCAD layer name.
|BYBlock attribute||Attribute||The value of the attribute of the block is
set to a default value
|BYLAYER attribute||Attribute||The value of the attribute of the layer is
applied to each element imported