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DXF-DWG Translator

by KatalinTakacs, updated 2012-12-11


TranslatorIcon.png Use this dialog box to define how elements in ArchiCAD will be interpreted when exported as DXF/DWG files, and vice versa: how the elements in DXF/DWG files will be interpreted when imported into ArchiCAD.
Because of the difference between AutoCAD and ArchiCAD it is essential to use conversion rules for correct conversion of elements and parameters. These rules are stored in a so-called Translator file (extension XML). You can create any number of customized Translator to correspond to different types of data exchange, saving time by not setting these rules at every single file conversion.

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This dialog box is accessible:

  • when you begin a data transfer operation, by pressing the Settings button in the Save, Open or Merge directory dialog box or the Attach XREF dialog box, if the import / export file format is DXF/DWG,

  • directly with the File > File Special > DXF-DWG Translation Setup command,

  • when opening a DXF/DWG file through the File > Libraries and Objects > Open Objects command,

  • through the File > Libraries and Objects > Import Blocks from DXF/DWG command.


DXF-DWG Translator Settings

Depending on how the Translator is opened, different Translator settings are available:


About Built-in Translators

Using the built-in Translators effective not only in TeamWork, but at Firms, where they have to save files for different exchange partners and all of the coworkers need to access a common conversion rule. So it is recommended that the CAD-Manager (or the person who takes this role in the firm) places the Translator onto a server.

In the Translators field of this dialog you can list all DXF/DWG Translators that currently loaded. Under this field you can find Information about the selected Translator.


ArchiCAD International version offers more built-in Translators to ease your work with DWG files.

  • 01 For further editing: Use this translator to save ArchiCAD layouts/views in DXF/DWG format if you plan to continue editing them after conversion.

  • 02 For editable import: Use this translator to open DXF/DWG content to continue editing them after conversion in ArchiCAD.

  • 03 For as is output: Use this translator to save ArchiCAD layouts/views in DXF/DWG format if you plan to output them "as is" without further editing after conversion. (For example, to submit a Plan for Approval or to send to a plotter service.)

  • 04 Keep Pen Index Number: Use this translator to save ArchiCAD layouts/views in DXF/DWG format if you plan to continue editing them after conversion with keeping pen index numbers.

  • Special Built-in Translator This Translator is locked and will be used by ArchiCAD when all other translators are unavailable.


Differences of the Built-in DXF-DWG Translators in ArchiCAD INT version


01 For further editing

02 For editable import

03 For as is output

04 Keep Pen Index Number

Used for

Export

Import

Export

Export

Open Options

Translate Dimensions as

Single dimensions Units

Dimension Chains (No Associative Dimensions)

Single dimensions Units

Single dimensions Units

Enables partial open

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Save Options

Default AutoCAD File Format

2004, 2005, 2006

2000, 2002

2004, 2005, 2006

2004, 2005, 2006

Save Layout into

Paper Space with Cropped View's content

Paper Space with Drawings as Blocks

Paper Space with Drawings as Blocks

Paper Space with Cropped View's content

Place Drawings into

Linked Xref drawings

-

-

Linked Xref drawings

Saving 3D Data

Omit Polygon Edges

Dimension Chains

Omit Polygon Edges
Export File with Simplified Data Structure

Omit Polygon Edges

Layers

Create Layers according to

Layer extended by Pen Number

ArchiCAD Layers

ArchiCAD Layers

ArchiCAD Layers

Save elements on

Visible Layers only

All Layers

Visible Layers only

Visible Layers only

Create custom layer for

Windows, Doors, Zones

Not set

Window/Door Markers, Zone Stamps/Texts

Windows, Doors, Zones

Layer name conversion

AC Layer to 0

Not set

AC Layer to 0

AC Layer to 0, Window/Door Markers

Pens and Colors

Convert Pens to Colors by

RGB color

-

RGB color

The best matching

Pen-color conversion

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Line types

Keep existing Line Types on Open

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Fills

Export Backgrounds as Solid Hatches

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Explode gradient fills

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Use the fill conversion table

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