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Visio 2007 .dwg output for AutoCad 2008 LT

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Weird, tried it from someone else's PC and it failed first time but worked the second :)
Playing with it now :)

Hi Paul,

I have tried playing with the utils (great stuff by the way), and might need a bit of advice to get this to work as I need it.

Essentially, I have a Visio drawing with a bunch of connectors glued between shapes with connection points (which represent cables between pieces of equipment).  The connectors have varying styles assigned to them dependant  upon which cable types they are, so for example;

CABLE_Video style assigned to the connector, will make the connector Blue and Line Pattern 1 (Solid),
CABLE_Data style assigned to the connector, will make the connector Red and Line Pattern 4 (Dash-dot),
CABLE_Alarm style assigned to the connector, will make the connector Pink and Line Pattern 1 (Solid)

I have also created a stencil which has each cable type drawn as a line (rather than a connector) with the correct style applied to it.

I need to change the connector to a line, while maintaining the style content, which I have already tested in AutoCad, and lines with the styles applied convert across fine.

In your utility, I presume I select the following options;

Shape(s) to replace = all Dynamic connector shapes
New shape name = (any one of the lines Ive drawn in the new stencil)

My question is, which Properties should I select to turn it into a line only?  line format?  When I do this, all my connectors disappear...
Any advice?


Ive done some more investigations here...

The reason that AutoCad doesn't like connectors and maintaining the styles is due to the fact that connectors are on the 'Connectors' layer by default in Visio.
When exported to AutoCad, it bundles all things on the same layer together, and makes the the colour defaulted to ByLayer in AutoCad (and hence, black).

If you select the Visio drawing contents and format the layers for all objects so that they are not on any layers at all - when you export, the colour information then stays with the connectors, as it is not overridden by the layer AutoCad creates.

This way I dont need to do shape substitution, as Im okay with removing layer information from my cables.  Many thanks though Paul, as it has introduced me to your nice little utils package :)

I now have work arounds for all the issues except for the images not converting across...
Any takers? lol :)


Paul Herber:
Glad you've got your problem sorted, noy having AutoCAD I can't try it ouy here.
Hope you find the utilities useful, I'm trying to work out how to create a proper installer.


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