XTOOLS ver 2 for R14 was developed to allow the user to work more efficiently with
Externally Referenced Drawings (Xrefs). Xrefs allow the user to
break up large drawings into smaller drawings. These smaller drawings are
more efficient to work on and can be combined using Xrefs to create the
same large drawing without storing all the data in one drawing. Xrefs are
also used like overlaying vellum for different disciplines in hand
drafting. An architect creates a floorplan and this floorplan is Xrefed
as a template for electrical, hvac, etc. If the floorplan is changed,
any drawing it is Xrefed into will be automatically updated. Xrefs are a
very powerful feature but they have some drawbacks. An Xrefed drawing looks
and acts like an inserted block. The user cannot copy, extend, offset, or
trim from entities within an Xrefed drawing. This is exactly what XTOOLS
allows the user to do. Previously the user would have to trace over the
Xrefed drawing, perform the desired command, and then erase the traced
entities. XTOOLS allows the user to perform these tasks with ease.
will run on any AutoCAD capable PC with any operating system.
XTOOLS was developed specifically for AutoCAD R14. AutoCAD release 13
and previous versions are not supported.