Re: Followup on FM 7.1 and AutoCAD files

Subject: Re: Followup on FM 7.1 and AutoCAD files
From: Greg Holmes <greg -dot- holmes -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 8 Aug 2004 07:02:39 -0400

Leo Hill wrote:
>Way too weird. So I had to turn off several layers in
>AutoCAD and save the AC file and then import that file
>into FM for the actual drawings to show up in the pdf

>Whew! What a convoluted way to go about business.

When I used to get technical illustrations from
AutoCAD, I was using Word, not Framemaker, but I also
ran into lots of weird memory and crashing issues
(beyond the normal Word issues ;) ). The crux of the
issue seemed to be that there were too many distinct
little objects for Word to handle.

We too turned off any layers we could - had to do this
anyway to get rid of centerlines and stuff that wasn't
desired for the illustration.

Beyond that, I think that the two strategies that we
ended up with were:

* Group/unify the objects in AutoCAD before exporting
them (I don't remember the terminology or how we did

* If, holding our breath and crossing our fingers, we
actually got a huge export from AutoCAD to insert
into Word without a crash, we *immediately* grouped
the objects together into a new single object, *before
doing anything else*, like paging up or down!

Perhaps similar strategies would help with Framemaker.
I don't know that there will be a simple answer, though
maybe you could use macros for some things.

Greg Holmes


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