Multiple DXF/DXG files can be loaded to act as a background to the design.  Text, lines, points, circles and arcs can be loaded in. Beziers and spline curves are exploded and imported as line segments.  Blocked items containing the above entities can also be read in.


 

Loading Data:

CAD data can be loaded from a file using the 'CAD Data' option from the Site Ribbon. Alternatively you can use the Tree View to load the data by selecting 'Load Data' from the 'CAD Data' node's Right-Click menu.

The first step will be to locate the DXF/DWG you wish to load using the Open dialog. Once selected you will be presented with the CAD File Import form, which shows a preview of the File together with a list of layers and other options:

Units

Select the units that the DXF/DWG being load is in so that it can be converted for use with the current units within the software.

 

Layers Spreadsheet

 Once a file has been chosen the Layers that are to be displayed can be selected by turning on the Image check box for each layer. 

Image

Once a file has been chosen the Layers that are to be displayed can be selected by turning on the Image check box for each layer.  

 

Select All / Deselect All buttons

Clicking on the Select All button will select all of the layers in the table and conversely Deselect All will uncheck them.

 

Viewing the Data:

Once loaded the CAD File will be shown in the Tree View under the CAD Data node. The Filename is shown to make it easy to see which file is which. Below each File in the Tree is a node for each layer loaded from that file. It is possible to adjust the visibility of each layer in the file using the checkbox shown next to the layer name.

It is also possible to adjust the visibility of the whole CAD File using its checkbox. This will have the effect of turning on/off each layer in the file accordingly. The same also applies to the checkbox at the CAD Data level, which allows all files to be turned on/off as one for ease.

 

Deleting the Data:

It is possible to remove all CAD File references by Right-Clicking on the 'CAD Data' node on the Tree View  and selecting 'Clear All'.

Alternatively, each CAD File can be remove individually by Right-Clicking on the Files node on the Tree View and selecting 'Clear'.

 

Refreshing Data:

CAD Entity data is not stored to the .xpdx file directly, instead a link to the CAD file(s) loaded is maintained so that they can be reloaded each time. As such the data shown by xpdrainage will be as up to date as the CAD file was when the .xpdx was loaded. If a CAD file is not present when the .xpdx is loaded a warning will be displayed and the file removed, but the file can be re added later if needed.

However, it is possible that a CAD file may be updated while you are using the software and you may wish to reload that updated CAD Data. This can be done by Right-Clicking on the Files node on the Tree View and selecting 'Refresh'.

 

Displaying an imported CAD file in Windows Explorer:

The location of an imported CAD file can be displayed by selecting the file's node under the CAD Data node in the Tree View, right-mouse clicking to show its menu and selecting Open Containing Folder.