Clean Up your Drawing in DraftSight to get rid of unwanted Stuff , Reduce Size and increase Performance .
Follow These simple Tools and Methods.
Go to File > Recover… or Run Command: RECOVER from command line.
This will pop up a file open dialog box to open existing drawing file for recover. This command is useful to partially recover damaged drawing file. This db will pop up automatically when DraftSight will detect damaged file.
2. Error Check:
This is very useful command to check errors in Drawing file and fix them Automatically.
You should run this command whenever you will experiencing difficulty in working with Drawing files or if files are Created in AutoCAD and you want to open in DraftSight. Go to File > Error Check
Or Run Command: CHECK
See Command Window:
Confirm: Automatically fix drawing database errors?
Specify Yes or No» Type Y and Enter
Info:227 objects checked
Info:Total errors found during check 5, fixed 5
Go to File > Clean…
or Run Command CLEAN [Purge in AutoCAD] a dialog box will pop up as below
Here you can Clean up unreferenced entities Show in Discardable Entities.
You can select each entity and click Delete button on this dialog box or you Can click on ‘Delete All’ button to delete all entities in list.
You can check Referenced Entities by clicking on radio button ‘Show referenced entities’ You can not delete these entities as they are referenced or in use inside Drawing file.
On this db there are 2 checkboxes
1. ‘Delete dependent entities’ which which delete entities and sub entities inside it (ex. Nested blocks)
2. ‘Confirm before delete’: This will pop up an alert message to confirm before deleting any entity.
4. Discard Duplicates: [Premium]
This is a new Function introduced in DraftSight 2015. This command will allow users to clean up their drawing file by deleting lines that are created on top of existing lines. For lines that overlap each other, using this command will merge the two entities together.
Go to Modify Menu > Discard Duplicates OR run Command:DISCARDDUPLICATES
Lets say you have some overlapping entities such as line over line and visually you cannot detect overlapping of entities then this command is very useful.
After running this command it will ask to specify entities then instead of selecting entities with click make a windows selection so that all entities including overlapping entities will be selected. Press Enter
You can tick mark check boxes to ignore entity properties if you want or click Ok .
This will delete overlapping entities and show you result in Command Line,
Cool isn’t it?
5. Drawing Standards:
You can clean up Drawing files as per your or your Company Standards and Settings. This will Check Drawing Standards in Following Categories delete those Layers and Styles which violates your company standards.
- Dimension Styles
- Line Styles
- Text Styles
Go to Tools > Standards . I have already written Full post of How to use Drawing Standards in DraftSight. Check this
6. Trim and Extend:
This is useful in trimming unwanted or extra part in your Drawing Files. Also if needed as per your Drawing requirement you can Extend Entities. Go to Modify Menu or Toolbar and Search for Trim and Extend icons. Or run commands: TRIM or EXTEND
Now, In DraftSight 2015 you will get a powerful tool for trimming apart from regular Trim method which is called Power Trim .
This Command is to clean up anything you wanted. Just select and Press Delete tab on Keyboard or Go to Modify Menu > Delete. Or you can run Command: DELETE [Erase in AutoCAD]
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So which is your favorite tool to clean up Drawing files in DraftSight? Do you use any other method or tool to clean up apart from above list? If Yes then please share with us we would love to showcase it in above list. Don’t forget to comment below ! 🙂