X-Ref Paths

Discussion (9)

  1. DavidK

    Two words: Reference Manager.

  2. NV Architecture

    I was just going to mention using Reference Manager– it’s a life saver! But it can still stink when people move things around…

  3. Architect One

    I have modified the save command on all machines with a lisp routine that sets xref paths to relative. Even so, someone still finds a way to move a file such that it breaks the link.

  4. dscwmitchell

    I TOTALLY know what you’re talking about here. But, it happens FAR less in Revit. ;) ;) ;)

    Oh and, Architect One, – BRILLIANT!!

  5. Krushert

    “Why is this my problem now?”

    Because you took it over. That is why.

    I dread taking over other people projects. The bosses never seem to understand that standards are not always followed and that it takes time to clean up before the production can resume.

    Yes Reference Manager is your friend.

  6. TPLight

    Another way that works for us is:
    XrefRelativePath.lsp Type ‘REX’ at command line and it will convert and repath all xrefs instantly. Express tools REDIR will take care of image and PDF attachments

    These work 90% of the time and if not then reference manager will do the trick.

  7. E Architect

    About every 2 years I would have to train a batch of newbies on what happens to xref paths, how to avoid problems and about Reference Manager. It would take about another 2 years for it to get messed up again. Although it made me look like a AutoCAD wizard any time I used RM.

    Note: REVIT gets around most of this by having a single massive file which is not always that great. Also the way it “manages” externally linked files is very weak. One still needs to re-load any linked file that has changed manually – there is no global updater like RM in REVIT, too bad.

  8. Greg

    Maybe I don’t understand all about r-refs but I insist on ‘no path’ and always keep the drawing files in same folder as the x-ref. When a phase is completed or a revision / permit set is issued, all the drawings and the x-ref in that issue is copied to a folder dated and named. That way the issue is ‘frozen in time’ and the x-ref(s) that made up that issue are always there and can be reproduced.

  9. DavidK

    @Greg: That may work in your situation, but in a multi-discipline A/E firm with separate folders for each discipline (write access permissions by discipline), that would not work. I would be happy if I could get everyone to use overlay external references, instead of attach.