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Chapter 23. Effective Applications for O... > Understanding Object Linking and Emb...

Understanding Object Linking and Embedding

Object linking and embedding (OLE) is a feature provided by the Windows operating system. Whether or not an application takes advantage of OLE is up to its program developers. In the case of AutoCAD, the application is designed to take advantage of OLE technology, allowing you to interact with other OLE-compliant applications. By using OLE, you can insert files from other applications directly into AutoCAD drawings, and you can insert AutoCAD views and AutoCAD objects into other OLE-compliant applications.

Linking and embedding refer to two different ways you can insert a file from another application into your drawing. You can either insert an OLE object as a linked object or as an embedded object. A linked object inserts a copy of a file that references the original source file. A linked OLE object behaves similar to xrefs in that any modifications made to the source file are reflected in the linked OLE object when the link is updated in your drawing.


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