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Ron Sakal
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Multi Drawings

The multi dgw tut is a great help....one question....Ho do I copy a multi Drawing set to use in a similar project?

Bill Wimberley
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Multi Drawings

Hey Ron. If you followed the procedure in the tutorial your Project folder will contain a numbered file for each page as well as a border. These numbered files are the the multi-drawing files. These multi-drawings contain references to the other drawing files in your plan set. As long as you use a consistent naming system from Project to Project the multi-drawings will pick up the drawing files in the new Project.

Simply copy the Border file and all of the numbered page files to another Project. Do not copy any of the other files or they will overwrite the drawing files in your new Project.

The reason this system works is because the links set up in a multi-drawing are "Relative" to the location of the multi-drawing.

If your multi-drawing is set up to look for a file named "First Floor.spd" in the current Project then if you copy the multi-drawing to a new Project the multi-drawing will look for the file named "First Floor.spd" in that Project.

You should also understand that links to "System Drawings" within a multi-drawing are "Absolute" references. A System Drawing link will always seek out the same System Drawing no matter what folder the multi-drawing resides in.

Hopefully this clears up any confusion. If not then I'll try to explain in a different way.

Bill is the owner and maintainer of SoftPlanTuts.com

Ron Sakal
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Multi Drawings

So I just do a save as while in file or do I do a copy then paste from the  project folder they were created in to the project folder I want to "reuse" them in?

Bill Wimberley
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I think the easiest way is to use Windows Explorer and browse to the folder with the files you want to copy. Select all of the numbered files and the border and right click and select copy. Browse to the new Project and right click and select paste. Just a normal Windows copy and paste operation. That would be a lot easier than opening each file and saving them to another Project folder.

Ron Sakal
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Thanks Bill....what a great

Thanks Bill....what a great service you are providing. 

Bill Wimberley
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My Pleasure

My pleasure, Ron. If there is anything else you need just ask.