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Chapter 23. Effective Applications for O... > Exporting AutoCAD Objects by Using O...

Exporting AutoCAD Objects by Using OLE

Just as you can insert files from other applications into AutoCAD, you can also insert AutoCAD drawings into other application files. By using certain commands created specifically for AutoCAD drawings and AutoCAD objects, you can either insert linked or embedded AutoCAD files into other application files. The OLE features in AutoCAD work both for inserting other application files into AutoCAD, and for inserting AutoCAD files into other applications.

Exporting AutoCAD objects into other application files as OLE objects involves determining whether the AutoCAD object’s will be linked or embedded. Linked objects are based on a named view in AutoCAD. When the view is updated in the AutoCAD drawing, the link is updated and the modified view appears in the application’s file. In contrast, embedded objects are AutoCAD objects selected in the drawing and then copied to the Clipboard. After they are pasted from the Clipboard, the objects are inserted as independent objects with no association to the original AutoCAD objects. Therefore, if the original AutoCAD objects are edited in the drawing they were copied from, the objects embedded in the application will not be updated.


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