Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky, of the Better Than Nothing AutoLISP web site, shares with us a way to embed raster images into an AutoCAD file.
"Yesterday our client asked for a drawing with all xrefs and images bound to the file so they can have everything in one file. There were no problems with the xrefs, as you might expect, but there were also a couple of images attached. So the solution I found was to first save the JPG images as BMP files, then insert them into the drawing as OLE objects."
Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol: AutoCAD files are not really drawings; they are files that contain data. When we print specific representations of our data, we create drawings. Our CAD data can consist of our own linework and text, referenced CAD files, or even referenced image files.
AutoCAD can bind (or embed) other DWG files into our working files easily. It can't really embed image files that are referenced, but try Len's method of embedding image files as OLE (object linking and embedding) objects. An embedded OLE object is a copy of another file. There is no link to the embedded data.
To embed objects into AutoCAD, use the InsertObj command. To bind a referenced CAD file, use the Bind feature in the xref manager. Also, try using the ETransmit feature in AutoCAD to ensure that all referenced objects in your file are sent to your client.