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Package a Set of Files for Internet Transmission

May 20, 2011

     With the application of etransmit, you can accomplish transmitting drawing files together with their associative files through Internet in forms of transmittal packages. The associative files included in the transmittal package are xrefs, fonts, raster images .etc.

     Generally, all of the included files such as xrefs, raster images and fonts will be ignored when you sending drawings to others. The receiver may not be able to display the transmitted drawing because of lacking these associative files. Using etransmit can help preventing such circumstances and decrease the error probability to a certain extent.


Select files to pack

Starts Create Transmittal dialog box, which provides two tabs for viewing and selecting files to be packed.

  • Files Tree: Displays drawing files in a tree structure together with their associative files (xrefs, fonts, raster images). You can expand or collapse these structure to display or hide the included dependent files. By default, drawing files and dependent files are included in the transmittal package automatically. Unless you deselect it by clicking at the check mark in front of each file.

  • Files Table: Displays drawing files in forms of a list together with their associative files (xrefs, fonts, raster images). In which the detail information of each file such as file name, saving path, type, version size and date are listed. Transmittal package includes all these files automatically. You can deselect it by clicking at the check mark in front of each file in order to control the included contents of each transmittal package.


Once you have performed eTransmit function for a drawing file, the common file types you can automatically add to the transmittal package are:

  • *.dwg ( root drawing file and all of its attached xrefs)

  • Various image file types (raster image files that attach to root drawing or xref externally)

  • *.fmp (font mapping files)


     User select or deselect files having been added into the transmittal package by clicking at the check box in front of the file or manually select files you want to include in the transmittal package by clicking at the Add File button on Files Tree or Files Table.


 The common file types that are not automatically added to a transmittal package are:

  • *.shx ( Compiled shape files used for text styles or complex linetypes)

  • *.ttf ( True Type font files used for text styles )

     All these files generally contain information about the object in initially formatted drawings or some specific information of applications run with the product, the receiver can still normally view the transmitted drawing in spite of lacking these files.


Include notes in transmittal package

      Report file is automatically generated while generating transmittal package, and saved in the transmittal package together with the files list of the transmittal package as well. Meanwhile, this report includes dependent files associative to the drawing file (such as xrefs, fonts) as well as instructions about how to process these files so as to enable using for included drawing files. The information that user input in the Enter notes to include with this transmittal are also included in the report file.


Select Transmittal Setups

     Once created a transmittal package, you can create new or modify existing transmittal setup and save it, so that you select it properly from the transmittal setup list on Create transmittal dialog box as you need when next time you create transmittal package. System default transmittal setup is named as STANDARD, for which you can change its default settings, but unable to perform rename or delete operation.


Choose Transmittal Options

You can specify the following transmittal setups when creating transmittal package, which greatly facilitate using the etransmit function.

  • Specify transmittal package type to be created as: ZIP file, self-extracting EXE file and folder( a specified folder position where the drawing will be packaged or copied)

  • Choose options among Use organized folder structure, Place all files in one folder, Keep files and folders as is, to organize folder structure of transmitted files in logical structure.

  • Add password protection for transmittal package of ZIP file and self-extracted EXE.

  • Select Include fonts option to get all the font files associative to transmittal package ( TTF and SHX), which facilitate receiver to view the drawing file.

  • Send the transmittal package and transmittal report in form of e-mail attachment to relevant users.

       It should be noticed that, regardless of file structure included in the created transmittal package, absolute path of dependent files that are relative to the drawing file will be converted to relative path or not include path, so that you can easily find them while opening or editing drawing files.


Create transmittal package in specified folder

  1.   Select File - eTransmit menu option.

  2.   In the Create Transmittal Dialog Box, Files Tree or Files Table area, click Add file button.

  3.   In the Open folder, select the file to be added to the transmittal package, click Open. User can optionally repeat this procedure to add more files into transmittal package.

  4.   To clear the selection for files being added into the transmittal package, click the check box marks beside any files on the Files Tree or Files Table.

  5.   Click on Transmittal Setup button, select a transmittal setup from the Transmittal Setups dialog box, and then click Modify button.

  6.   On the Modify Transmittal Setup dialog box, set the transmittal package type as Folder (set of files).

  7.   Under Transmittal File Folder, click Browse to specify the folder where the transmittal package to be created. A standard file selection dialog box is displayed.

  8.   Select folder where the transmittal package will be created, click OK.

  9.   On the Modify Transmittal Setup dialog box, click OK to close dialog box.

  10.   On the Transmittal Setups dialog box, click Close.

  11.   (Optional) Specify any additional comments to include with the report file from the text box for Enter notes to include with this transmittal in Create Transmittal dialog box.

  12.   Click OK to create the transmittal package in the folder you specified.

Command line: ETRANSMIT


Create transmittal package for self-extracting executable or ZIP file

  1.   Select File - eTransmit menu option

  2.   On the Create Transmittal" dialog box, Files Tree or Files Table area, click Add File button.

  3.   Select file to add to transmittal package from Open folder, click Open. You can repeat this procedure to add more files into transmittal package as you need.

  4.   To deselect the file having been added into the transmittal package, click the check mark beside the file listed in Files Tree or Files Table.

  5.   Click Transmittal Setups button, select a setup and then click Modify button.

  6.   In Modify Transmittal Setup dialog box, set the transmittal package type as ZIP (*.zip) or Self-extracting executable (*.exe).

  7.   Under Transmittal file folder, click Browse to specify folder where the transmittal package is created. And displays standard select file dialog box.

  8.   Select folder where the transmittal package will be created, click OK.

  9.   On the Modify Transmittal Setup dialog box, click OK to close dialog box.

  10.   On the Transmittal Setups dialog box, click Close.

  11.   (Optional) Specify any additional comments to include with the report file from the text box for Enter notes to include with this transmittal in Create Transmittal dialog box.

  12.   Click OK to create the transmittal package in your specified folder.

Command line: ETRANSMIT


Unpack a self-extracting executable transmittal package

  1.   Double-click the transmittal package file in Windows Explorer.

  2.   In Extractor dialog box, Select Browse to specify the folder where you want to unpack the transmittal   files.

  3.   Click OK.

  4.   If the transmittal package is password protected, system prompt for entering the password.

  5.   Click OK to close each dialog box.


Commands Reference

ETRANSMIT: Packages files associative to the drawing file for Internet transmission.

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