How many times have you forgotten to send a referenced drawing, .ctb file, font or image? I personally a lot, of course after that there is an angry call from a client who can’t see the attached files or images. It is very depressing to make such a mistake especially for young professional.
There is a reversed problem. How many times someone has sent you a project or has burned a disc with missing links between drawings or missing entire drawing, image, font, etc?
There is a very elegant solution to this problem – eTransmit!
Even now after so many years of AutoCAD existence a lot of users are not aware of eTransmit. It simply is a tool that combines all files connected to your current drawing and creates an archive of them.
Here we will learn how to use eTransmit in simple steps:
- To start eTransmit tool we can type in command line ETRANSMIT or we can click on AutoCAD logo>Publish>eTransmit.
Note: Upon starting eTransmit AutoCAD will automatically ask you if you want to save your drawing before you continue. Usually, we hit ok since there could be a correction made after the last save.
- When we see the eTransmit window we can click on Transmittal Setup to set up our options.
After clicking on Transmittal Setup a window will pop up where we can choose either to modify the standard setup or to create new. In the example, we will click modify.
- A new window will pop up called Modify Transmittal Setup. Here we can see that AutoCAD provides a lot of different options concerning our package.
1. Transmittal type and location
– First, we pick the package type – we can choose from zip file or folder, I personally prefer .zip
– Second is File format here we can choose a different (older) version of AutoCAD files. However, it is better to stick with current version unless we have specific requirements. We can also pick drawing format with exploded AEC Objects. For example, if we are using Civil 3d our profiles, alignments etc. will be exploded into simple AutoCAD objects like polylines, lines, arcs etc.
– We want to leave the box of visual fidelity checked because if we uncheck it could harm our annotative objects (if we have one)
– Transmittal file folder is our input folder we can change it if we want.
– Transmittal file name – here we can set predefined name for our package. We will leave it as it is because we want AutoCAD to ask us every time for a name.
2. Path Options – Here we are choosing our folder organization. If we want to be sure that our path won’t be broken we can choose “Place all files in one folder”.
3. Actions – here we are choosing from different actions that AutoCAD can automatically complete for us. I find interesting “Bid external references” since some cad users are not familiar with the external reference, sometimes bind them all in master file can be a good idea.
4. Include options – Here we can choose what to include in our package – here we can check all boxes but the last one which is “Include unloaded file references”. Since we have unloaded our reference I assume that our client doesn’t need to see it. If you want you can send them too.
We can hit OK and complete our eTransmit package.
- When we are back in Create Transmittal window we can hit OK again
here AutoCAD will ask us about .zip filename, we type in the name and click Save.
Here is our .zip Package ready to be sent away!