DraftSight: Bind and Insert your References

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Continuing the blogs on Reference options in DraftSight, today we’ll be discussing how to Bind and Insert your References into your current drawings.

As a recap, when References are first inserted, they’re not counted in the drawing database of your current draft. That said, DraftSight gives you the option to import your References into your current drawing as a block entities. The best part is that they’re super easy to convert –

Just select your Reference in the Reference Properties Palette and then right click. Next, choose Bind… and you’ll be prompted with an Insert Reference window with two insertion options: Bind and Insert.

If you choose Bind, your Reference will transform into a Block entity in your current drawing, and the Layers, LineStyles, TextStyles, and DimensionStyles of your Reference drawing’s file will all be incorporated into your current drawing with unique names. More specifically, the names will start with a blockname$n$ prefix, where blockname is the name of the reference and n is a number starting at 0.

Whereas, if you choose Insert, your Reference will also be converted into a Block entity, but DraftSight will not add prefixes to your LineStyle, TextStyle, or DimensionStyle names.

Once you’ve chosen to either Bind or Insert your Reference, just press OK, and voila! Your Reference will now be considered a Block Entity, and you can insert as many as you’d like – by pressing the Insert Block… icon and specifying its designated name, per usual.

As always, I hope this post encourages you to do more with your DraftSight experience!

Check out the video below to see these features in action!


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