TECH SUPPORT CONTEXT FILE ISSUES
In my new role as CAD & BIM Product MGR., I am responsible for the tech support. AutoCAD File Issues are very common. So I decided something has to be done to solve those. I searched the AutoCAD Department at the Autodesk Exchange AppStore for applications that clean files.
TECH SUPPORT CONTEXT FILE ISSUES – What is to be cleaned or purged from all DWGs?
Blocks, Layers, Forms, Materials, Dimension Styles, Mline Styles, Table Styles, Text Styles, Plot Styles, Visual Styles, Linetypes, Registered Applications, Empty Groups, Annotation Scales, Empty Texts, Zero Length Geometry, DGN Linetypes, etc.
I’ve been trying some of these Apps purging from within the current file and then on a bunch of files using the batch options. In all cases, the Apps performed better than the AutoCAD’s Purge Option.
TECH SUPPORT CONTEXT FILE ISSUES – AutoCAD’s Purge Vs. BATCH PURGE
AutoCAD’s Purge Command does not support RegApps in it’s newer version so after purging everything you must go to the -Purge Command to opt for RegApps.
Batch Purge will purge everything in a single session and then remember your Purge Selections for future use, making it very convenient.
We tested Batch Purge by Gilles Chanteau (priced @ $2.50) and DWG PURGE BATCH by ∧∨appstore (Priced as Freebie)
Both apps do a great job purging additional purgeable stuff. They differ by their interface and appearance. DWG Purge Batch is more robust and understands the XREF Structures (only when the Absolute Path is in use) They both get rid of DGN Linetypes yet the ∧∨appstore’s App Purges Complex DGN DATA.
In both cases, end-users should use one of those for cleaning their files and treating external data as well.
External Data that has not been properly treated might cost precious time while trying to open files with robust attachments containing -for instance – excessive annotation scales.
TECH SUPPORT CONTEXT FILE ISSUES – Last but not least:
Another Freebie by BlackBox called AutoPurgeReg is an App that once set up, automatically purges RegApps at any event of open/save/close file(s).
How about your files? Do you keep’em tidy and clean?
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