Thomas wrote:Thomas, thanks for explaining & confirming that this is typical of the way some firms work. I did get the text to appear at the correct scale, but could not get the drawing elements to change. I have never run into this issue in the US. Would it be too much to ask our japanese partner to save out files for us so that I can set up a translator? If not, we can likely do that here in autocad before placing in ArchiCAD. I would like to set up translators back & forth that will be as automatic as possible, since the ArchiCAD team will grow and this process will be ongoing.
When you import a model space dwg that is drawn 1:1 as it should, scale in effect has no meaning other than for text. If you know what scale the original dwg was intended to be plotted at, you should set Archicad's view scale (lower left corner of any view) to that scale. Then text will look right (the same relative size as it was in Autocad. But drawing entities won't change size because of this scale setting. Size of those is determined by the drawing unit setting!
Mabe wrote:If your partner is drawing at 1:1 in model space all you need to know is their drawing unit.
Would it be too much to ask our japanese partner to save out files for us so that I can set up a translator?
Mabe wrote:Mabe, you overestimate me. I've never USED Autocad. I've just had to put up with numerous translation issues, first from/to Microstation, then Archicad.
BTW, since you are in Stockholm, do you know my ArchiBud Stig Bengtssen? (He will attest that I'm not as stupid as I may sound.)