Saving DWG/DXF Files

Note: If you are working in AutoCAD and open a DWG that was originally saved from ARCHICAD, an Alert may appear. However, you should go ahead and work with the saved DWG in AutoCAD – no stability problems should result.
Note: fills in walls, columns and library parts are treated the same way.
Note: ARCHICAD and AutoCAD dimensions have different aspects of appearance to be configured, so your dimensions will often appear differently. The possible locations of the dimension text relative to the dimension line is the most apparent difference.
Walls: they are drawn into blocks named WALL_<n> where n is the index of the wall element. The block contains visible contour lines, fills (see notes to the polygon fills), block references to windows and doors and an attached label. The window and door references may be followed by their window dimension block references and attached label references if they have any.
Note: the contours of an arc wall aren’t arcs, but polylines made up of straight segments.
Columns are drawn in blocks named COLUMN_<n> where n is the index of the column element. The block contains the visible contour lines, the fills (see notes to the polygon fills) and the block references to the attached label.
Windows are drawn in blocks named WINDOW_<n> where n is the index of the window element.
Doors are drawn in blocks named DOOR_<n> where n is the index of the door element.
Objects are drawn in blocks named OBJECT_<n> where n is the index of the object element.
Lights are drawn in blocks named LIGHT_<n> where n is the index of the light element.
Note on windows, doors, objects and lights: when the library part doesn’t have any 2D script, it may have up to 8 different looks depending on “Use Symbol Colors,” “Use Symbol Linetypes” and the possible mirrored state. So one library part of this kind cannot have more than 8 blocks exported. Others (with 2D scripts) may have any number of different looks and they will have exactly as many blocks as looks occur on the exported floor.
Slabs are drawn in blocks named SLAB_<n> where n is the index of the slab element. The block contains the contour and hole polygons and the block reference to the attached label.
Roofs are drawn in blocks named ROOF_<n> where n is the index of the roof element. The block contains the contour and hole polygons and the block reference to the attached label.
Beams are drawn in blocks named BEAM_<n> where n is the index of the beam element. The block contains the contour and hole polygons and the block reference to the attached label.
Meshes are drawn in blocks named MESH_<n> where n is the index of the mesh element. The block contains the contour and hole polygons, the mesh level lines and the block reference to the attached label.
Zones are drawn in blocks named ZONE_<n> where n is the index of the zone element. The block contains the foreground fill, the zone stamp and the block reference to the attached label.
Note: since the default zone-fill colors are light pastel colors and the AutoCAD color set does not contain an equivalent, they all will be RGB-matched to a light gray. If you prefer, pick a saturated color (e.g. red or yellow) for zone fill color and blue or black for zone stamp color.
Cameras and camera sets are not exported.
Note on TrueType fonts: You can use TrueType fonts in ARCHICAD without any problem on either Windows or Mac. (Mac users should copy the TrueType font files into the system drive’s Library/Font folder.)
Note on Fonts vs. Shapes: AutoCAD uses SHX files not only as fonts but for other purposes as well. Complex line types insert shapes into their patterns. The shapes may be added to the drawings as simple symbols. It may cause problems if you select an SHX of this kind instead of a font – so when the Add-On requests you to locate an SHX file, use the “Skip” option if you are not sure an SHX file you found is the right kind. The requested filename should give you a clue about which kind is needed – font or shape.
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