Plot and Drawings

by Anonymous
(NJ, United States)

Hello. I am an admin assistant for a company here in the states, with an Interior Design degree, and I am helping the Planning group update the company's floor plans.

The files were drawn using AutoCAD 2010 and were converted to 2009 since that is what I have on my computer.

I finished the floor plan using the layers that they had on the drawing, but when I went to plot the drawing, it kept saying that I had layers that needed to be reconciled.

So I kept ignoring and I kept trying to plot, and I was able to plot, but now when I reopen the drawing all the work I did and MORE are gone.

I tried to open my .bak file, but it's the same way.

I'm not sure what I did wrong and I do not want to have to draw them again.

If you could give me some advice on this, I'd appreciate it so much!

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Feb 09, 2011
AutoCAD's Autosave Feature
by: Joe

First thing I will say is that I hope you are using your Autosave feature.

There are many mysterious things that can happen when working with AutoCAD, and there are plenty of times we have worked on drawings only to have them crash and burn.

Looking at your .bak file, and renaming it to .dwg file, is the first step. But as you said, it looks the same as the .dwg file.

So next thing to do is to have a look at your Autosave file.

You can view your current Autosave settings under "Options" >> "Open and Save".

You can also view the location of where AutoCAD saves these files, under "Options" >> "Files" >> "Automatic Save File Location".

On my computer (I'm using AutoCAD 2011 on Windows 7) the automatic file location shown is "C:\Users\CD\AppData\Local\Temp"

Now, AutoCAD names these files as$.

So look for your filename in your Autosave folder, with the ac$ as the file type, and copy this to your working directory. Rename the .ac$ to .dwg and have a look at your file.

Hopefully most of your work will still be there.

Hope this helps. Joe

Feb 10, 2011
Layer Problem
by: Corry Walters

1.automatic saved drawings in fact have the SV$ extension. When renaming, please ensure that within the folder options the extensions are set to show (or unhide) so that the file extension is renamed to dwg and not the file name itself.

2. layers added after the 1st save or plot are acknowledged as unreconciled layers (xref files too).

Make certain the following variables are set:


Return to the layer manager, select all layers, right-click to access the reconcile option.

Feb 10, 2011
ac$ vs. sv$
by: Sheila Sentil

The default setting in my AutoCAD 2011 was ac$, not sv$. Either way, renaming them to .dwg does the trick.

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