DXF/DWG and DWF import options

The DXF/DWG and DWF import procedures are very similar. This is because when you import from DWF, the drawing objects are first converted to DXF/DWG, and then converted into Vectorworks format. Change the import options to import a DXF/DWG or DWF file with the maximum integrity. The same import options display for import of single files and batches of files.

The first dialog box, DXF/DWG Import Options (or DWF Import Options), contains basic settings. If you get unsatisfactory results from the import, import again and click the Advanced button to open another dialog box with additional import options.

Options that do not apply to the current file import are grayed, and an explanation displays next to the option. For example, if no points are contained in the file to be imported, the Points options are grayed, and the message “No points were found” displays.

If true line weights are not present in the file, you can map the DXF/DWG line colors to Vectorworks line weights for import (on the Map Colors to Line Weights dialog box).

To make custom imports faster and easier, save the sets of options that you use frequently.

Basic import options

The DXF/DWG Import Options and DWF Import Options dialog boxes establish the basic import settings.

Advanced import options: Saved settings

Advanced import options: Location pane

Depending on the coordinates of the imported file, objects in the file might be located far from the drawing’s internal origin, which can cause issues with OpenGL rendering and with calculation precision due to rounding errors. It is recommended to center the first import about the internal origin at import, and align subsequent imports with the user origin. Normally, the internal origin and the center of the page are coincident, so this option also centers the objects to the page center.

Sometimes DXF/DWG or DWF drawings are split up and saved as separate files, such as different areas of a large city map. When multiple files like this are imported into one file, they need to have their coordinates aligned, and their layer scale set the same. The recommended workflow is to import the files with the Center first import, align all subsequent imports option on the Location pane.

Advanced import options: Conversion pane

Advanced import options: Classes/Layers pane

Advanced import options: Graphic Attributes pane

Advanced import options: Blocks pane

Advanced import options: Objects pane

Advanced import options: Purge pane

ArchLand.pngAdvanced import options: GIS pane

When This file contains georeferenced geometry is selected from the DXF/DWG Import Options or DWF Import Options dialog box, the GIS pane is enabled for single file import.

These options import the geometry using the specified coordinate system, and also assign that coordinate system to the layer for the import.


Importing a single DXF/DWG or DWF file

DXF/DWG and DWF file import


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