DWG – Troubleshooting Guide

by GRAPHISOFT and Katalin Götz · updated: 08.01.2016

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Known Issues

AutoCAD text loses its line breaks if imported via DWG

Affected version(s): ARCHICAD 19 or older | Severity: workaround applicable | ID: 196218

{i} Note: Fixed in ARCHICAD 19 Update Build 6006

Issue: If a text is imported into ARCHICAD via DWG as an AutoCAD Block Reference, and the imported text is a GDL object (translation setup), then the the text loses its line breaks.

Cause: It is a GDL limitation at the moment in ARCHICAD

Solution: Workaround – Set up the DWG translation setup, so the AutoCAD blocks become simple 2D elements instead of Library Parts.

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ArchiCAD Template and DWG Translator Problem

Issue: A DWG file exported from ArchiCAD might have different content than the ARCHICAD file.

Cause: It might have happened that the file was saved as DWG using a template DWG file created by ARCHICAD.

Solution: Use template DWG saved only from AutoCAD or if it’s necessary, use template saved from ARCHICAD only if it does not contain any elements.

DWG Saved from Layout Does Not Open in AutoCAD Paper Space

Issue: When a DWG is saved from the layout book of ArchiCAD it will open up in model space in AutoCAD instead of paper space.

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Cause: At present this is a limitation in ArchiCAD by design.

Solution: After opening the DWG in AutoCAD switch to paper space manually.

AutoCAD displays alert when opening DWG files written by ArchiCAD:

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This alert is displayed when AutoCAD detects that the DWG file you are trying to open was not created by an Autodesk product or a product that licenses Autodesk’s RealDWG developer kit.

ArchiCAD uses the DWGDirect libraries to write DWG format files. DWGDirect is based on the OpenDWG Design standards, provided by Open Design Alliance. OpenDWG is based on the DWG format used in AutoCAD, and is used by : hundreds of commercial software vendors worldwide . It is continuously updated to provide as near to perfect compatibility with DWG as is possible.

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