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Troubleshooting why a DWG or DXF File did not Import Correctly

Reference Number: KB-00283 Last Updated: 10-17-2013 07:15 AM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite


QUESTION

I am trying to import an AutoCAD file but when I do, there is missing information.  What should I do?


ANSWER

There are a number of reasons why the file may not import as expected:

 

Version Compatibility

Confirm that your version of Chief Architect can import files from the version of AutoCAD used to create the .­dxf/.­dwg file you want to import.  For example:

  • Chief Architect X5 can import files compatible with AutoCAD 2012 and prior.

  • Chief Architect X4 can import files compatible with AutoCAD 2012 and prior.

  • Chief Architect X3 can only import files compatible with AutoCAD 2010 and prior.

 You can find out what AutoCAD versions your version of Chief Architect can import by referring to the Importing & Exporting chapter of the Chief Architect Reference Manual.


Model Space vs Paper Space

Only items in AutoCAD's Model Space are imported into the current view in Chief Architect. 

  • Items on the first page of Paper Space are imported as a CAD block and will be listed in the CAD Block Management dialog.

  • Items on subsequent pages of Paper Space are not imported.


X Referencing

If any AutoCAD files are referenced using AutoCAD's X Referencing command, they will not be imported.


Unsupported Formats and Entities

ACIS Solids and other entities and formats generated by AutoCAD extensions are not imported.  

A list of entities that are supported in your version of Chief Architect can be found in the Importing & Exporting chapter of the Reference Manual.

If you are not the individual who created the AutoCAD file, contact the person who did create the AutoCAD file to determine if any of the conditions listed above apply.



MORE INFORMATION

Additional entities are sometimes added to the list of those supported for import when new versions of Chief Architect are released.  To learn more, see our Upgrade Information web page.