Problem in restoring layer state in AutoCAD 2002

Posted on 2005-04-05
Last Modified: 2008-03-04
I am using AutoCAD 2002. I have a number of drawings, created by someone else, all drawn in single layer.

In one of them, I created a number of layers, with different colours and plot styles (linetypes). I used these layers to distinguish different entities in the drawing.

As other drawings too had similar entities, and I wished to apply the same layers to them also, I saved the layer state in the frist drawing, exported it, and again imported in in the secong drawing. I got all the layers rightly, and used these layers on entities. So far so good :)

But, when I opened third drawing, and impored the .las file (which I had used in the second drawing also), although I got all the layers, they all had one colour (white), and one linetype (continuous) only. I opened the .las file, and it did show different colours and linetypes for various layers. I then tried importing this file into a few other drawings, and got the same result - all layers were imported, but without their original colour and linetype.

So, I opened the second drawing (into which the layers were imported successfully) again, deleted the exisiting layer state in it, and again imported the .las file. The layers were imported correctly here.

Where am I going wrong with other files where layers are not getting correctly imported ?
Question by:paraghs
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    Assisted Solution

    hey prapghs
    did you try to select the layer-state-name and push the 'Restore'-button again?

    there are a few other ways to get your layers that you may find easier:

    save a blank dwg with your layers set correctly, then use the design center (ctrl+2) to drag n drop them in your new dwg.
    insert the blank layer dwg as a block into your new dwg.

    good luck
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    Accepted Solution


    I think that importing the .las would normally just create the layers. As norrin_radd said, you have to push the RESTORE button after importing to make the settings take affect.

    Think of it this way. The .las file saves a "layer state". So when you import a state, you should expect to get just a "layer state". The layers are created out of necessity so that the imported "layer state" is valid. This way, you can import multiple layer states without having each imported layer state overriding your layers.
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    Author Comment

    Excellent help !!! Thanks.

    Looking back, it seems stupid overlooking that restore button.

    BTW, norrin's answer should be the Accepted answer, and haikle's Assisted one. Don't know how EE assigns them,as I had picked both as accepted answers :)

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