If you have a DWG file that contains Xrefs, Pythagoras will not automatically convert the main document and all the reference documents into Pythagoras files.

You have two options to open these types of DWG files:

Option 1: Convert the DWG using DWG TrueView

In the menu, choose: File DWG Convert… :

Select the file that needs to be converted:

Press the button ‘Conversion Setups…’ 

Here, you will see several conversion options:

Select a folder where you want to store the new DWG. It is important not to override the original file.

Make a selection of actions to perfom while converting the file:

  • Check and fix errors
  • Set default plotter to ‘none’
  • Bind external references: Bind or Insert
  • Purge drawings

If you have a file that contains Xrefs, it is important that you choose: Bind external references - Insert. 

The DWG, which has been converted, can now be imported into Pythagoras. The objects of all the DWG-Xrefs are now included in the drawing.

Option 2: Convert and load each file individually into Pythagoras as a subdocument

Open each Xref-DWG file separately in Pythagoras and save as a Pythagoras file.

Open the main DWG file containing the Xref-DWG files. Pythagoras will show a message stating that several references cannot be read. So the Xref-DWG files are ignored. Save this file as a Pythagoras file.

In this main document you can now add the XREF-DWG’s, that are saved as Pythagoras files, as subdocuments. 

Add subdocuments with the green plus sign. You can remove it with the red minus sign.

For each subdocument, it is possible to set the state.