We already know why Xrefs are so useful but let’s take a deeper look at what additional Extras they offer.
First and one of my favourite “Extras” is freedom to change reference’s layers in current drawing without affecting the reference drawing.
When we open Layer Properties we see all layers coming from references with xref’s name prefix. In the example we have X- – BS.dwg and our layers have prefix X- -BS|.
Or if we want to see only layers from references we choose one we are interested in. In the example we will choose x-(Main level).dwg
Here are all the layers in that drawing. We will make them color 8 because it works best with our ctb file.
This is also great feature we have with Xrefs. We can create our own clipping boundary to clip references.
To clip an Xref we have two options either select the Xref we want to clip, then right click and select Clip Xref or select the Xref and choose Create Clipping Boundary from the ribbon menu.
When we select the command we have several options
For example we will clip our X- -(Main floor).dwg with our Building outline. We select the Xref, then right click and select Clip Xref, then we choose New Boundary and then Select Polyline.
This is quite basic option which gives us flexibility to unload some of our X-refs
To Unload Xref we have to type “XR” in command lane then choose which Xref to reload, then right click on it and click Unload
As we can see our Xref’s status is Unloaded, to Reload it just right click it again and click Reload.
We use Reload usually when we have Unloaded our drawing or if corrections are made to referenced drawing while we are using host drawing.
Detaches our reference in other words we delete the link between the two drawings.
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