Subject: Opening a damaged drawing

Files can become damaged for many reasons. For example, if you are working on a drawing during a power outage, a system crash, or a hardware failure, your drawing file may become damaged. CADdirect allows you to open and check damaged files to attempt file recovery.

Recovering a file attempts to open one of the following file types:

   Standard drawing files with a .dwg extension.

   Drawing Exchange Format files with a .dxf file extension.

   Design Web Format files with a .dwf file extension.

   Drawing templates with a .dwt file extension.

You can also audit any open file to check it for errors. You specify whether you want CADdirect to fix any errors that are found automatically. CADdirect fixes as many errors as possible and any errors that cannot be fixed are reported as “Ignored” in the Prompt History window.

To open a damaged file

   1   Use one of the following methods:

   On the ribbon Application button, choose Drawing Utilities > Recover.

   On the menu, choose File > Recover.

   Type recover and then press Enter.

   2   In Files of Type, choose the type of file you want to recover.

   3   Choose the directory containing the damaged file.

   4   Choose the damaged file you want to recover.

   5   Click Open.

If you want to check all drawings for errors automatically when you open them, choose Tools > Options > General tab and mark the check box for Open Drawings using Recover.

To check a drawing file for errors

   1   With the drawing open that you want to check, do one of the following:

   On the ribbon Application button, choose Drawing Utilities > Audit.

   On the menu, choose File > Audit.

   Type audit and then press Enter.

   2   Choose whether you want CADdirect to fix any found errors automatically, and then press Enter.

An ASCII file describes the audit.
If the AUDITCTL system variable is set to On and errors are found during a file recovery or audit, an ASCII file is created that describes the audit. The ASCII file is saved in the same folder as the audited drawing and has the same name as the draw­ing file, but with an .adt extension.

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