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Saving and viewing snapshots


You can save snapshots of a drawing to view later. A snapshot saves the current drawing in either *.emf, *.wmf, or *.sld format exactly as it appears on the screen. A snapshot is not a drawing file. You cannot edit or print the snapshot; you can only view it.


You can use snapshots in the following ways:


  • Make presentations by showing snapshots of your drawings.
  • Reference a snapshot of a drawing while working on a different drawing.
  • Present a number of snapshots as a slide show by using scripts.


When you view a snapshot, it temporarily replaces the current drawing. When you refresh the display of the current drawing (by redrawing, panning, zooming, minimizing, maximizing, or tiling), the snapshot image disappears, and you are returned to the current drawing.


Creating snapshots


You create a snapshot by saving the current view as a snapshot. A snapshot does not include any entities on layers that are not currently visible. The contents of the snap-shot also depend on the current drawing space. In model space, the snapshot shows only the current viewport. In paper space, the snapshot contains all visible viewports.


To create a snapshot


Display the drawing exactly as you want to capture it as a snapshot.


Do one of the following to choose Make Snapshot:


  • On the ribbon, choose Tools > Make Snapshot (in Manage).
  • On the menu, choose Tools > Make Snapshot.
  • On the Tools toolbar, click the Make Snapshot tool.
  • Type msnapshot and then press Enter.


In the Create Snapshot dialog box, specify the name of the snapshot file you want to create.


From the Files Of Types list, choose either *.emf, *.wmf, or *.sld.


Click Save.


The current drawing remains on the screen, and the snapshot is saved to the directory that you specify.


Viewing snapshots


You can view previously saved snapshots, and you can also view snapshots created using AutoCAD.


To view a snapshot


Do one of the following:


  • On the ribbon, choose Tools > View Snapshot (in Manage).
  • Choose Tools > View Snapshot.
  • On the Tools toolbar, click the View Snapshot tool.
  • Type vsnapshot and then press Enter.


In the View Snapshot dialog box, specify the name of the snapshot file you want to view.


Click Open.


CADdirect 2022 displays the snapshot in the current drawing window.

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