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Applying level display list to another file


Does anyone know how to save the level display for one file and then apply that display to another file?

Im assuming you use filters however i dont want to rename the levels, just highlight the levels (turn on) in a new file by matching what levels are displayed in another file.

Is this possible? It seems like it should be easy but i cant manage to...


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  • You could create a saved view in the source file and then import that saved view into the target file.  On the Saved Views dialog, turn off all the switches except the two that relate to levels, then apply the saved view.

    It would be nice if there was an easier way - especially if you only want to target a specific reference attachment.

  • In reply to Lawrence Whitt:


    thanks for your reply.

    but even using the saved views i cant seem to manage this?

    the view saves and imports but when i apply it, it doesnt change the levels. the only way i can tell the view is working is by selecting camera position and the view jumps. nothing else though.

    have you come across this before? is this the only way you have ever applied level displays to another file?


  • In reply to drahcir81:

    I think what is happening is that when the view is saved in the source file, the level status is saved for the active file and model. Then when it is applied in the target file, the settings are applied to the active file and model there as well, when what you are wanting is to apply them to the reference attachment.

    I think there is a way around that though.  Try going back to the source file.  Create an empty model or just copy the model that you are referencing from this file, (select everything in the copy and delete).  Attach the model you are referencing and give it the same logical name as the attachment in the target file.  Create the saved view.  Now, after returning to the target file, when you import the saved view and apply it, the saved reference settings "should" be applied to the reference attachment.  You can toggle off the active file/model levels switch to avoid modifying the active file/model's levels.  If this doesn't work, I'd like to know the answer myself.  There really should be an easier way whether this works or not.


  • In reply to Lawrence Whitt:


    im not trying to apply this to references. im just after applying the level display list selections in the source file to the level display list selection in the target file.

    is this something you can do without creating references?

    it just seems its something that can be done easily?

  • In reply to drahcir81:

    The suggestion in my initial reply should have worked for the scenario you describe.  If I recall correctly, I think there may have been some issues reported regarding Saved Views in XM, particularly in the earlier versions.  Jogging the memory a bit, I remember now that Saved Views seemed to sometimes work for me, and sometimes not.  I don't know if the problem was ever fixed in XM.

    If you have access to V8 2004 edition, or a V8i version (versions that followed XM), you might try the procedure there.  If you are working in  V7 file, try upgrading it to V8, even if you have to reconvert to V7 for compatibility with your project.  If the file is V8, you might want to make sure that you are working in a "pure" V8 workmode.

    This may sound strange, but if you are not performing any other work in either the source are target files, try placing some lines and then delete them,  then try your saved view creation and application.

  • In reply to Lawrence Whitt:

    thanks for your help larry.

    ill try v8i and see how i go.

    i have tried it a number if times with different permutations of selections in trying to apply the saved view but it doesnt seem to work..


  • In reply to drahcir81:

    I just ran into a situation where I need to do exactly what you describe.  So far, I can't find a way to do this.  I have a referenced file.  All the levels in the actual file are on, but as referenced, a number of levels are turned off.  I tried using the Exchange command to preserve the current view parameters (including levels on/off), and that doesn't work either.  I think Exchange used to do this, in fact, as far back as Intergraph IGDS, I know it did.  I'm going to give 2004 Edition a try and see if it works there.

  • In reply to Lawrence Whitt:

    Nope.  That (2004 Edition) didn't work either.  I even tried the key-in xd= to perform the exchange (the only way to do it in IGDS days), and that didn't work either.  Since my goal is to delete in the actual file the elements on the levels that are turned off in the reference attachment of that file, I have only one option left.  I'll have to delete the clipping boundary and activate the reference for editing (I'm back to V8i now, this won't work in XM), invert the levels on off, a delete everything on the levels that are now on.  There really does need to be a Copy (or Import) Level Display List command or something.

  • In reply to Lawrence Whitt:

    Man! that's not what you asked for in the begining of this post...

    so what you want is to remove all the  elements not being displayed from a  ref file  in a  active file view.. easy as pie there are even 2 ways to do it...

    First way place a  fence around what you want to be  in your new file all element s that are seen inthis fence wether referenced or active will be  captured and  placed in to a  new file.. so make sure your  fence is a clip fence then in the  key in browser type  ff= or  long hand  fence file   and enter

    then you will be  prompted for a  file name key one in and  bobs your uncle all the viewed elements and  levels are now in a new file...this was the  old school way and  works 90% of the time  just some weired elements get stuffed up... some times not always and not every place I have worked ....

    Second method from the file menu select >export >select to dgn then in the options choose merge  references

    now again a new file will be created and  only the  viewed elements and  levels will be  merged into one file..

    I do this a second time to export the result to autocad  dwg  so as  to have a  before and  after  conversion and not give entire refer files like all the road file for the state  just what is needed from and existing drg view....

    gives better results for me when acad converting too...


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