Often I need to create a useable DWG file for customers. The problem is we use xrefs for our drawings, so a file save as doesn’t work because the source file is still linked and can’t be exploded. However, by using the Export Layout to Model command, it just takes a few steps to create a useable DWG for my customer.
Open file that contains the xref.
Select Export Layout to Model.
Save to desktop (this takes a bit of time to process).
New window will open asking if you want to open the new drawing.
I don’t know when this feature came out, but it sure has helped a lot. A big improvement on what was once a time-consuming process using a finicky AutoLISP routine and often ending up basically redrawing the print.
Notes from Cadalyst tip reviewer R.K. McSwain:
This is more or less a repeat of Tip #3100
, but Jeanie's tip here emphasizes that external references are bound to the main drawing during this process. This is an important feature of this process that should not be overlooked.