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Hi:
 I need to convert dxe files to dxf. There is some software we have but it is a little manual; we want to rewrite to convert automatically. Does anybody know the mechanics of converting a dxe file to dxf?
Thanks!
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by:dhsindy
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I have never done this but a little research show that .dxe files are binary files used with template settings of attributes for AutoCAD 2008 and later using the command DATAEXTRACTION.  These .dxe files are the new version of the old .bld files.  I don't have the newer AutoCAD to try out anything.

I would go to the Autodesk.com forum and see what you can find out.  If you have AutoCAD 2008 or later their Help files are generally pretty good.  I will look some more and see what I can find.
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I went to the forums and found nothing useful.  I am a little confused .dxe and .dxf files are generated from an AutoCAD file version 2008 or later.  I have never heard of converting one to the other.  You should just have to open the AutoCAD file and save it as a .dxf - file exchange format.  I think there is a batch method to copy .dwg files to .dwf files.

AutoCAD changes their format at needed and you have to get the new program to do some of this new stuff.  You might contact your reseller - they have had good help for me in the past.  Hope this helps.
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Thanks for that - cannot award much as not really answered but I am recognising your efforts! We do not use autocad but there is software that we use that does; it only accepts dxf and sometimes we receive dxe files which need to convert. We actually do have a little c++ app that does the job but cannot determine from whom it came! We want to speed the app up and were hoping to recreate the app . Thanks again for your time.
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Thanks for the points.  I was just trying to be helpful.  The point here is if someone sends you .dxe files ask them to make you a .dxf file instead - .dxf files are standard exchange format between programs.  I think .dxe files serve some other purpose in AutoCAD rather than exchange between programs.
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