External references

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Hello,
I've just found out about Solid Edge. I'm an AutaCAD user and I'm
curious how SE could be used as an alternative to ACAD for architectural
purposes.
I've managed to go through part of the features of SE, and I'm quite
(positivly) surprised. However, I wasn't able to find an equivelent to
X-REFs in ACAD.
Can anyone let me know if such a feature exists, and if it works in a
similar fashion as ACAD.
Many thanks,
R Dias
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Re: External references

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Do you mean variables that are linked to (e.g.) a spreadsheet?
These can be managed by having the excel spreadsheet open, copying the cell, then
in tools>variables find the vaariable you wish to control, right click on the formula
cell and select "paste link".
There's another post on this forum saying how to achieve this with a database like
Access.
-andy.

Rui Dias wrote:
>Hello,
>
>I've just found out about Solid Edge. I'm an AutaCAD user and I'm
>curious how SE could be used as an alternative to ACAD for architectural
>purposes.
>
>I've managed to go through part of the features of SE, and I'm quite
>(positivly) surprised. However, I wasn't able to find an equivelent to
>X-REFs in ACAD.
>
>Can anyone let me know if such a feature exists, and if it works in a
>similar fashion as ACAD.
>
>Many thanks,
>
>R Dias

www.continual-motion.com

Re: External references

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It's more about referencing other CAD drawings to your current drawing.
In some programmes this is called linking.
A couple of examples on the use of external references:
1.
In a building project with landscaped area, it is likely that the level
plans are drawn in a file say Level00, level01 and so on, and the
landscape in different file.
Both files will then be arranged in a single file to produce a general
arrangement drawing.
This will enable for 2 persons to work simultaneously on the same
drawing as it is arragend by two distinct file. If either the building
or landscape files are cahnged, the GA file will automaticly update the
external references.
2.
On your architectural plans you may need to impose other specialist
drawings like structure, mechanical, plumbing, etc, to check for
colisions, or just the interior design which someone else is working.

These are 2 typical examples, but depending on workflows, the use of
external references could become more complex. Some people will draft
just the plan on a file and then dimesion the drawing on a separate
file, or break all the envelope of a building from the internal design.
All this as to due with the ability that X-Refs gives in order to break
a complex project in smaller parts so that different people can work on
bits of it.
Kindest Regards,
R Dias


Andy Southern escreveu:
> Do you mean variables that are linked to (e.g.) a spreadsheet?
>
> These can be managed by having the excel spreadsheet open, copying the cell, then
> in tools>variables find the vaariable you wish to control, right click on the formula
> cell and select "paste link".
>
> There's another post on this forum saying how to achieve this with a database like
> Access.
>
> -andy.
>
>
>
> Rui Dias wrote:
>> Hello,
>>
>> I've just found out about Solid Edge. I'm an AutaCAD user and I'm
>> curious how SE could be used as an alternative to ACAD for architectural
>> purposes.
>>
>> I've managed to go through part of the features of SE, and I'm quite
>> (positivly) surprised. However, I wasn't able to find an equivelent to
>> X-REFs in ACAD.
>>
>> Can anyone let me know if such a feature exists, and if it works in a
>> similar fashion as ACAD.
>>
>> Many thanks,
>>
>> R Dias

>
> www.continual-motion.com

Re: External references

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Andy,
I noticed you responded to the thread "architecural use of SE2d" where
Kasper also mentioned the use about X-REFs.
The question on X-REFs or links is pertinent for the architectural users
as it frequently part of the workflow and the way architects and
architectural practices manage their information.
I've only had a couple of hours testing SE with architectural use in
mind, and I actually think it could be an option for one to use for 2D
documents. The only thing that really could put me off is this issues of
referencing files onto others.
Like Kasper said, is there a workaround this? Is anyone else out there
making use of SE for architecture use?
Rgds.,
R Dias


Andy Southern escreveu:
> Do you mean variables that are linked to (e.g.) a spreadsheet?
>
> These can be managed by having the excel spreadsheet open, copying the cell, then
> in tools>variables find the vaariable you wish to control, right click on the formula
> cell and select "paste link".
>
> There's another post on this forum saying how to achieve this with a database like
> Access.
>
> -andy.
>
>
>
> Rui Dias wrote:
>> Hello,
>>
>> I've just found out about Solid Edge. I'm an AutaCAD user and I'm
>> curious how SE could be used as an alternative to ACAD for architectural
>> purposes.
>>
>> I've managed to go through part of the features of SE, and I'm quite
>> (positivly) surprised. However, I wasn't able to find an equivelent to
>> X-REFs in ACAD.
>>
>> Can anyone let me know if such a feature exists, and if it works in a
>> similar fashion as ACAD.
>>
>> Many thanks,
>>
>> R Dias

>
> www.continual-motion.com

Re: External references

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Mr. Dias,
You may use symbols to this type of work. Symbols are a way to embeddraft
files into other draft files. The files may be either linked or embeded. If
you do File-New you will see a Symbol.dft template. This is the template
file you would use to start a file you want to use as a symbol. Look through
Help for information on Symbols.
Regards,
Rick B.