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Export from ArchiCAD PLN to AutoCAD

Anonymous
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What's the best way to Export from ArchiCAD PLN to AutoCAD with layers and every things ?



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Barry Kelly
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'Save As' and change the file type to DWG or DXF.
You will then want to have a look at the translator options as there are quite a few settings affecting how it saves.
You might want to look up translators in the Help Centre.

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Greg D
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How does one export the entire plan file as a dwg file? It appears that if you 'Save As...' in the plan window, all you get is that layer set in that view.
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Laszlo Nagy
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In the DXF-DWG Translation Setup Dialog, in the Settings panel, in the Attributes\Layers\Methods page, is the "Save Elements On" field set to "All Layers"?
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Erika Epstein
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You can also set up a publisher set for DWG with views and/or layouts to streamline the process.
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David Collins
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I'm confused about Model Space and Paper Space in AutoCAD and all those years of contemptuously ignoring AutoCAD haven't helped me here. I need to convert the layout drawings from a 3d ArchiCAD model to simple editable 2d DWGs. I want to avoid including any part of the 3d model.

First of all, is Paper Space more or less like our Used-to-be-Plotmaker layout drawings? Or is Paper Space a fully editable flatland 2d environment?

Do ArchiCAD layout drawings automatically go into AutoCAD Paper Space layouts? Is there a setting that will convert ArchiCAD Layout Drawings into Plain Vanilla Flatland 2d drawings. Or does that happen more or less by default when you convert to DWG? Is there a difference between using Publisher to convert to DWG and simply saving as DWG?

I get that the translator settings gives you complete control over how the ArchiCAD drawing is converted, but you need to be pretty familiar with AutoCAD to get anywhere with it. I suppose I could learn AutoCAD.... Nah.

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Laszlo Nagy
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David wrote:
I'm confused about Model Space and Paper Space in AutoCAD and all those years of contemptuously ignoring AutoCAD haven't helped me here. I need to convert the layout drawings from a 3d ArchiCAD model to simple editable 2d DWGs. I want to avoid including any part of the 3d model.

First of all, is Paper Space more or less like our Used-to-be-Plotmaker layout drawings? Or is Paper Space a fully editable flatland 2d environment?


Yes, the AutoCAD Paper Space is the equivalent of the ARCHICAD Layout. It is a digital sheet of paper onto which you place your Views for printing/plotting.
Do ArchiCAD layout drawings automatically go into AutoCAD Paper Space layouts? Is there a setting that will convert ArchiCAD Layout Drawings into Plain Vanilla Flatland 2d drawings. Or does that happen more or less by default when you convert to DWG? Is there a difference between using Publisher to convert to DWG and simply saving as DWG?
This is controlled by the Save Layout Into field. I think what you want is achieved by setting this field to the "Model Space" option, in which case the Layout and its contents will be converted to a simple 2D DWG drawing.

I get that the translator settings gives you complete control over how the ArchiCAD drawing is converted, but you need to be pretty familiar with AutoCAD to get anywhere with it. I suppose I could learn AutoCAD.... Nah.

Thanks

I think you should read this page of the Help Center:

http://helpcenter.graphisoft.com/guides/archicad-19-int-reference-guide/user-interface-reference-2/d...

Especially the description of the Save Layout Into, Place Drawings into and Saving Floor Plan fields.

What I would recommend is that you save multiple copies of the Layout, each time with a different Save Layout Into settings. Then open each of these in AutoCAD or some other DWG application and compare the results. Then you will have a good grasp of the differences between the various options.
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