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References in AutoCAD allow designs to be seen as more than just single drawings. In addition to standard line work, AutoCAD drawings can support images and store project data. Designers can also create projects that link drawings together, each one representing a component of the overall design.
In AutoCAD 2009: Mastering References, Jeff Bartels goes deeper into the application, using his experience with civil engineering construction drawings to explore the concept of referencing. Using practical examples, Jeff teaches how to maintain project data, automate parts lists, make global changes using external references, incorporate imagery into drawings, and more.
In this clip, host Jeff Bartels explains the difference between the attach and overlay options when creating an external reference. He shows how to reference a drawing and how to choose between the attach and overlay options. These settings only come into play when the current drawing is referenced. These settings control what happens to a reference drawing if someone the current file.
Attach and Overlay options
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Jeff Bartels has been using AutoCAD professionally since the program was a DOS-based application. As the CAD manager of a civil engineering firm in Illinois, Jeff is responsible for the production and oversight of large-scale subdivision plans and construction drawings, and the installation and configuration of AutoCAD. He conducts weekly training workshops to ensure his CAD staff is current with the latest software.