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Part 4: Inside Scaled Drawings > Using CAD Drawings in Visio

Chapter 17. Using CAD Drawings in Visio

How Visio Works with CAD Programs471
Importing CAD Drawings in Visio476
Modifying Inserted CAD Drawings482
Converting CAD Drawings into Visio Format487
Converting Visio Diagrams into CAD Format494


You’re designing a sound system or a conference room layout or some ductwork—something that you know Microsoft Office Visio 2003 can do—and you want to include an existing CAD drawing from the architect or engineer. Why start from scratch? Visio does a good job of importing CAD drawings as background images that you can annotate with Visio shapes. You can even convert CAD objects to Visio shapes when you want to edit more extensively. In addition, you can convert Visio drawings to CAD-readable format. Visio includes filters and converters for both Autodesk AutoCAD DWG and DFX formats, IntelliCAD DWG format, and Bentley MicroStation DGN format. In Visio 2003 the improved DWG converter assures that the drawings converted to Visio have higher fidelity than the original CAD files, allowing you to work with even more accuracy than before.


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