Import DGN Settings Dialog Box
Specifies the import settings for a DGN file.
List of Options
The following options are displayed.
- Import into Current Drawing
Inserts the contents of the DGN file into the current DWG file.
- Prefix Dependent Definitions
Adds the DGN file and model name as a prefix to the incoming objectâ€™s name. If the
prefixed name results in a new name conflict, then an incremental number is appended
to the name.
- Ignore Duplicate Names
Ignores any duplicate named objects, such as layer names or dimension styles, in the
DGN file and gives precedence to the existing definition for duplicates.
You can also control the default settings using the DGNIMPORTMODE system variable.
referenced by the DGN file must be available on your computer in a valid AutoCAD Support
File Search Path when you import or attach the DGN file. If the resource file is not
found, you will get an error message. You can define a search path location in the
OPTIONS command, Files tab. You can add a path to the AutoCAD Support File Search
Path node. You can also copy the RSC file to an existing Support File Search Path.
- Select a Design Model from the DGN file
The DGN design model that you select is imported into the model space of your current
V8 DGN files might contain multiple design and sheet models. A DGN design model is
equivalent to model space, and a DGN sheet model is equivalent to paper space. Because
a DWG file can have only one model space, you need to select the design model in the
DGN file that you want to import.
If a design model is selected and is referenced into a sheet model, then the sheet
model is also converted as one or more layouts in the DWG file. Only the sheet models
that reference the primary design model are imported. These sheet models are translated
to paper space layouts, and will include layout viewports that display each reference
to the primary design model.
External DGN References
Controls how DGN references are handled in a DWG environment.
Any DGN files are supported as references. These file types include, but not limited
to, these extensions: .dgn, .dwg,.cel,.s,.h, .cgm,.rdl,.d files. However, DXF files are not supported and are ignored.
- Translate References to Blocks or Xrefs
Converts DGN references to blocks when importing into a current drawing and to xrefs
when importing into a new drawing.
All referenced DGN design models, including nested references, are converted into
blocks or attached as xrefs in model space.
The relationship of nested references is maintained. Nested references within a DGN
design model that reference the primary file are called circular references. AutoCAD
resolves these circular references by creating a block and inserting it into the original
primary DGN file.
Design model references to sheet models, and sheet model references to other sheet
models are not supported and are ignored. Unique names for references are generated
by appending the model name to the design file name separated with a dash (-). If
necessary, the resulting block names are truncated and one or more of the last characters
might be replaced with numerals to make the file name unique.
With the following set of options, you can choose whether or not to overwrite external
NOTE: If the folder that contains the DGN file is read-only, then any DWG xrefs will be
- Prompt to Overwrite
- Overwrite without Prompting
- Do Not Overwrite
created in the My Documents (Windows XP) or Documents (Windows 7 and Windows 8) folder.
If you are importing a DGN file that uses custom line styles and those line styles
are defined in an external .rsc file, then the .rsc file needs to be included in the
AutoCAD support path.
- Ignore All External References
Referenced DGN and DWG files that are external to the specified DGN file are not included in the resulting DWG file.
If the DGN file has self references or references to other design models contained
within the DGN file, these references are included.
- Attach as DGN Underlay
All DGN external references in the DGN file are imported as DGN underlays in the resulting
DWG file. Referenced DWG files remain xrefs when imported.NOTE: New DWG files are created in this process. These new DWGs are not automatically deleted.
Select the appropriate conversion units for the translation. The imported DGN file
contains working units (imperial or metric) called master units and sub-units. The selected working units (master units or sub-units) are converted one-for-one
into DWG units.
- Master Units
Specifies that one master unit of the imported DGN file converts to one DWG drawing
- Sub Units
Specifies that one sub-unit of the imported DGN file converts to one DWG drawing unit.
the buttons for reference.
Explode Text Node to Text Elements
Text node elements in a DGN file are multiple lines of text stored as one element, and are similar to
MTEXT objects. Check this option to maintain text which follows a path.
When cleared, multiple lines of text are maintained as a single multiline text object.
When checked, multiple lines of text are separated into individual text objects. Select
this option to maintain visual fidelity when you import a DGN file that includes text
created along a curved path. The first character determines the location and rotation
of the text object.
Translate DGN Properties to DWG Properties
Selects and manages the mapping setup used on the current DGN import.
- Select Mapping Setup
Displays the currently defined mapping setups.
Standard is the default mapping setup which extracts data from the drawing being exported
and applies an automatic mapping to DGN layers, linetypes, lineweights, and colors,
as shown in the mapping preview.
- Setup Description
Displays the description of the selected mapping setup.
- Mapping Setups
Opens the DGN Mapping Setups dialog box where new mapping setups can be created and
existing mapping setups can be renamed, modified, or deleted (DGNMAPPING).
- Mapping Preview for Setup: Standard
Lists all properties of both the imported DGN file in the DGN column and the selected
mapping setup in the DWG column.NOTE: External reference files properties are not listed in a mapping preview.
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