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How do I get an Autocad file properly formatted in Visio?

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I have an AutoCad .dxf file (created using AutoDesk Building System 2004) & am trying to open it properly formatted in Vision 2002 (SR-1).  I can get a very small drawing to open, but am unable to scale it larger.  Can anyone provide some guidance?

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Step 1. In Visio, set up the page size and scale to match the CAD drawing scale.

Step 2. From the Visio menu bar, select the Insert>CAD Drawing command, and browse to the location of the DWG or DXF file. (Note that Visio 2000 also reads IGES and MicroStation DGN files.)

Step 3. After you select the CAD drawing, Visio displays the CAD Drawing Properties dialog box. Set the CAD Drawing Scale to the scale the CAD drawing was created for. Don't worry about the box with the page and CAD drawing. I have not been able to find a correlation between the actual CAD drawing size and what is represented in the box.

For whatever reason, the default CAD Drawing Units are set to feet; I found it best to change the units to inches. In addition, uncheck the Lock Position and Lock Cropping.

Step 4. Click the Apply button to "test" the conversion. If you get the dialog box shown below, it means that the scale you chose does not match the drawing. Go back and change the scale. Everything works better if they match. In particular, the scale of the two drawings should match when you plan to use Visio shapes on top of the AutoCAD drawing.

Step 5: Click the Layer tab, and adjust layers as needed; you can change the visibility, color, and line thickness of every layer.

Step 6: Click OK, and you should get a clean CAD drawing in Visio. Center the drawing on the page, and use the View>Layer Properties dialog box's Lock option to lock down the drawing, if desired.
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