Have You Tried: Manage References Outside AutoCAD

Reference Manager in AutoCAD

Receiving drawing files from a client or subcontractor can sometimes be tricky if they include external references.

When you open a drawing file, a dialog box like this might pop up informing you that you’re missing one or more referenced files.

AutoCAD references

Now what?  How do you figure out what drawing files are missing?       

Reference Manager is an Autodesk utility that can help you manage external references without having to open AutoCAD. With the Reference Manager you can quickly identify the drawing files that are missing, along with text fonts, images, plot configurations, and other referenced files. You can also update paths for missing references.

This can all be done inside of the Reference Manager utility without having to open and save each drawing individually. 

Learn more about how to get started using the Reference Manager utility by following the step-by-step examples in the Have You Tried: Manage References Outside AutoCAD topic.

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Lee Ambrosius

Lee Ambrosius is a Principal Learning Content Developer at Autodesk, Inc., for the AutoCAD software and AutoCAD LT software products. He works primarily on the CAD administration, customization, and developer documentation. Lee has also worked on the user documentation for AutoCAD on Windows and Mac. He has presented on a wide range of topics at Autodesk University over the past 10 years, from general AutoCAD customization to ObjectARX technology. Lee has authored a number of AutoCAD-related books, with his most recent projects being AutoCAD Platform Customization: User Interface, AutoLISP, VBA, and Beyond and AutoCAD 2015 and AutoCAD LT 2015 Bible. When he’s not writing, you can find him roaming various community forums, posting articles on his blog, or tweeting AutoCAD-related information.

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