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Revit – Connecting to AutoCAD
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In this chapter you’ll learn how to manage linked files, and I’ll start by showing you what the Manage Links box is all about. To that end, I have already opened a suitable example, and it is characteristic that it also contains a drawing that originates from AutoCAD. Now that I have everything I need, I can launch the Manage Links function from the Insert section and open the box of the same name. As you can see, it is divided into several segments and each of them is reserved for a certain type of data. I’ll start by going to the table that contains CAD files (CAD Formats), because there is an item that represents a related drawing. As you can see, in addition to the name, its characteristics are also shown, but I will not go into that at this time.

In fact, I would like to draw your attention to other types of files that you can use, which primarily refers to other Revit projects. This practically means that some more complex object can be made up of several parts, where its facade and interior are kept in separate files.

Projects in the so-called IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) format can be used in the same way, and in addition to drawings in standard CAD format, you can include DWF Markup and Point Clouds files in your project. In practice, however, data originating from AutoCAD is most often used, so I will concentrate on this section. Before that, I would like to draw your attention to an unwritten rule, which is that all related files should be kept in the same folder. In this way, you will make it much easier to find them and keep the so-called relative path (Path Type). I would not like to disturb the currently set parameters in any way, so I will return to the initial state by selecting the Cancel button.

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