Export a Layout to Model
You can export all visible
objects from the current layout to model space.
can export all visible objects from the current layout to the model
space with the
Objects that are outside the boundaries of “paper” in the layout
are also exported.
Some objects are not
exported to the model space drawing. The objects are
- Named views
- Objects on layers that are disabled (off)
- Model space objects not visible in a
Changes to Exported Objects
When exported, some objects
become a different object type, or are modified in order to maximize
visual fidelity with the layout.
||Representation in Exported Drawing
||Dimensions that exceed the boundaries of the layout viewport are
|Standard or dynamic block (with or without attributes)
||Standard or dynamic blocks, with or without attributes,
that exceed the boundaries of the layout viewport will be converted to
a new, anonymous block. Attributes are converted to text objects
in the block.
NoteThe “Allow Exploding”
setting (a setting on the block definition) is ignored if the block
exceeds the boundaries of the layout viewport.
||Objects become non-annotative.
|External reference (xref)
||An Xref with nested objects that exceed the boundaries
of the layout viewport is converted to a block reference and exploded.
||Layout viewports are represented by either a polyline
or the clipped viewport object.
||Custom objects are exploded and converted to anonymous blocks.
|Xref clipped with the XCLIP command
||Xrefs clipped with the XCLIP command are converted to
a clipped block reference.
||The 2D wireframe visual style is used.
||Objects within a perspective viewport will have parallel projection.
NoteObjects that can
be directly trimmed without changing their types are not listed
on the table.
Visual Changes to Objects
all objects when displayed in a layout will display the same in
the Model tab of the exported drawing. This includes (but is not
limited to) the following instances:
- The same object displayed in multiple
viewports becomes multiple objects in the exported model space drawing.
In addition, objects are transformed and often scaled. Both of these
can affect data extraction of blocks.
- Some objects are converted or exploded
in order to trim them.
- Viewports in a layout can each have a
different visual style; only a single visual style can be used in
- Polylines with width that is clipped
by the viewport boundary may not be accurately trimmed in the exported
When exporting a layout
to model space, consider the following:
- The performance of the
EXPORTLAYOUT command may be
slower if a model space viewport is active.
- In the exported drawing, the viewport
displays the original linetype, which may not match the look of
the original drawing. If this happens, assign “Continuous” linetype
to viewports in the original drawing.
- Linetype scaling may not be accurately
maintained for objects in xrefs and blocks if
PSLTSCALE is 0.
- If you have a problem with xrefs during
export, detach unresolved xrefs or manually bind xrefs and then
- Superhatch objects (from Express Tools)
are exported, but the hatching may not stay within the original
boundaries. You can use the
TRIM command in the
exported drawing to correct any problems with visual appearance.
To export a layout to a model space drawing
To achieve better visual fidelity for
a drawing containing AEC objects