Leonid Nemirovsky sent in a trick for dealing with AutoCAD files that are annotated in both model and paper space.
“Sometimes we get drawings from our subconsultants in which details are created and partially called out or dimensioned in model space. Those drawings also have some callouts and dimensions in paper space. That is not a big deal. The problem is that our standards — and most client standards — require annotations in model space. To reduce the time required to transfer annotations on mixed drawings, I use a simple trick.
“While in paper space, right-click on the layout that has the title block in it. Scroll down and select Export Layout to Model, creating a temporary drawing in model space that will represent the layout at a 1:1 scale. Now use it to replace parts of the drawing with combined details and annotations (scale parts up or down as needed).”
Notes from Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton: Working with other people’s files can be difficult. The problem isn’t necessarily that they are done incorrectly; it’s often that they were created with a different set of CAD standards. This difference puts them in conflict with your files. Sometimes those differences can be ignored, or dealt with easily; other times you have no choice but to fix the new files. Always keep the original file as you received it; that way, if there is an issue, you can always revert to what you were sent.