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    Default Change full paths to relative paths?

    hello guys,
    just like the title says, does anyone know how to change like 80 drawings to relative paths in one shot. i looked at the reference manager but no look unless im not looking carefully?
    pls. help!
    thanks in advance!

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    Talking Re: Change full paths to relative paths?

    hi, checking out the 'similar threads' tool at the bottom of this page shows a post speaking on this topic, and a lisp routine that could possibly help. will it work for you?
    Quote Originally Posted by RCA4697
    hello guys,
    just like the title says, does anyone know how to change like 80 drawings to relative paths in one shot. i looked at the reference manager but no look unless im not looking carefully?
    pls. help!
    thanks in advance!
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    Default Re: Change full paths to relative paths?

    Hi "RCA4697" ( Sorry, I do not know your real name )

    Please note I have *moved* this thread from the CAD Mgmt. General forum to this one, as I feel this particular forum is a more appropriate place for such a topic.

    Thanks, Mike

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    Default Re: Change full paths to relative paths?

    Quote Originally Posted by RCA4697
    hello guys,
    just like the title says, does anyone know how to change like 80 drawings to relative paths in one shot. i looked at the reference manager but no look unless im not looking carefully?
    pls. help!
    thanks in advance!
    What exactly is not working in the Reference Manager for you?
    Are you talking about xref paths?
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    Default Re: Change full paths to relative paths?

    Yes, i do not see a column or anywhere, where it gives me a choice to change drawings from full paths to relative paths. is there any other way to do them? (im talking about apprx. 200 dwgs.)
    -thanks

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    Question Re: Change full paths to relative paths?

    Quote Originally Posted by RCA4697
    Yes, i do not see a column or anywhere, where it gives me a choice to change drawings from full paths to relative paths. is there any other way to do them? (im talking about apprx. 200 dwgs.)
    Hi

    Does this thread ( Change External Reference path type ), help...

    Have a good one, Mike

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    Default Re: Change full paths to relative paths?

    Quote Originally Posted by RCA4697
    Yes, i do not see a column or anywhere, where it gives me a choice to change drawings from full paths to relative paths. is there any other way to do them? (im talking about apprx. 200 dwgs.)
    -thanks
    • After you load the drawings, choose "List by Reference Type" from the View menu
    • Click on Xrefs
    • Press Ctrl+A to select all the xrefs (or select the ones you desire to change)
    • Click the Edit Selected Paths button on top.
    • Enter the new path, such as ..\ or \xrefs\new or ..\..\newpath or whatever your relative path is...
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    Default Re: Change full paths to relative paths?

    thank you, but that means that i would have to input the file names for every dwg separately.
    ex: A\FILE\FILE\FILE\FILE.dwg (lets say this if full path)
    when i edit the paths ill have to edit them 1 by 1 because if not ill be replacing the file.dwg for all the dwgs. and i do not want to change that. might as well go to every dwg and open 1 by 1 and change everything manually 1 by 1.

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    Default Re: Change full paths to relative paths?

    Quote Originally Posted by RCA4697
    thank you, but that means that i would have to input the file names for every dwg separately.
    ex: A\FILE\FILE\FILE\FILE.dwg (lets say this if full path)
    when i edit the paths ill have to edit them 1 by 1 because if not ill be replacing the file.dwg for all the dwgs. and i do not want to change that. might as well go to every dwg and open 1 by 1 and change everything manually 1 by 1.
    I guess if every drawing is going to have a different relative path - that is true,

    We use a documented directory structure here, so this problem shouldn't occur.

    If a bunch of drawings were moved from
    P:\Jobs\67859-09874\old\dwg
    to
    X:\Jobs\32112-00983\dwg

    ...and the xrefs were in the numerical directory part, then the relative path would be changed from ..\..\ to ..\ and it would work regardless of the DriveLetter:\Jobs\ part.
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    Default Re: Change full paths to relative paths?

    Ok, now there is an issue. i tried the redir command and it changes everything nice. in our company we are all inhouse. (arch and engineers) can someone please explain how paths work? example. (what does ..\arch or .\arch or ..\..\..\arch ) what does all those dots mean? i know for engineers it shall be different. but ive seen all these different paths.

    -thanks

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