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Chapter 14. Working with Drawings and Ex... > Working with Drawings Productively

Working with Drawings Productively

In previous releases of AutoCAD, to edit a drawing you simply opened it. Although this technique works fine in many editing situations, it can be a slow, tedious process if you’re working with large drawing files. As a consequence, many technicians have developed procedures that help limit a drawing file’s size, thereby increasing AutoCAD’s response time when opening drawings and executing commands. One of these techniques included separating a large drawing into a group of smaller drawings. In some situations, a drawing was divided into a tiled grid, and each grid exported as its own drawing file. In other situations, a drawing was isolated by different layers, with each layer and all its objects saved as a single drawing file. Whichever method was used, the intent was the same: to decrease the drawing’s file size and thereby increase productivity through faster response by AutoCAD.

The new Partial Open and Partial Load features provide the ability to simulate the advantages achieved when separating a drawing into smaller files without the need to divide the original drawing into groups of smaller drawings. These new features allow you to open only a portion of a drawing, thereby loading only the elements you need to edit. Objects can be loaded based on selected layers by choosing a predefined view, or by windowing in on an area. When you’ve finished, simply save the drawing normally. This new feature enables you to maintain a high level of productivity even while working on large drawings, and it avoids the management problems encountered by separating a single drawing into many smaller drawings.


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