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Export OLE Objects from Drawings

May 20, 2011

     Export ZWCAD drawings into other applications that are supportive to OLE objects, and then embed the objects of the drawing into other documents.

    Select objects in ZWCAD drawing, and hold CTRL+C or use other copy commands to copy selected objects, paste or selective paste the copies using copy commands of other applications to embed them from the ZWCAD into other documents.

      Embedding places a copy of the selected objects in the destination document. The object in the original drawing will not update when you edit the OLE object from within the destination document in a ZWCAD drawing.

Dragging ZWCAD drawings into other programs

     If the other program in which you want to include ZWCAD drawings is compatible with ActiveX, an alternative to pasting drawings with menu commands is to drag drawing file icons from Windows Explorer into the other document. Dragging and dropping drawings does not use the Clipboard, so data on the Clipboard is not affected.

     When you drag an ZWCAD drawing file from Windows Explorer, you link or embed the entire drawing in the other document. When you drag the file, the cursor changes in response to the action you take.

TIP Before you drag a drawing, position the Windows Explorer window and the other program's window so you can see the file icon and the document in which you want to drop it.

To drag and embed drawings into another document

  • Select the icon for the drawing file, and then drag the drawing into the document.

Command Reference

COPYCLIP: Copies objects to the Clipboard without removing the source objects from the drawing

CUTCLIP: Copies objects to the Clipboard and removes the objects from the drawing

INSERTOBJ: Inserts a linked or embedded object

OLELINKS: Updates, changes, and cancels existing OLE links

System Variables Reference

WMFBKGND: Controls the background display when objects are inserted in Windows metafile (WMF) format

WMFFOREGND: Controls the foreground color when objects are inserted in Windows metafile (WMF) format


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