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    Is it possible to make a read-only CAD drawing? I want to make a symbols library where people can copy and paste symbols into there own DWG, but cannot edit the drawing?

    cheers in advance.

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    I think you could right click on the drawing file icon (once saved), go to properties and tick read only?
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    Quote Originally Posted by craigp View Post
    I think you could right click on the drawing file icon (once saved), go to properties and tick read only?
    aaahh! So obvious. I was trying to do it from within CAD.

    Thanks!

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    well that doesn't "lock" the drawing or anything. they can still edit it, do a Save As, or simply uncheck the Read Only option for the file once they have it.

    is this "file" on a network or are you sending it to someone else via email?
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    Quote Originally Posted by StykFacE View Post
    well that doesn't "lock" the drawing or anything. they can still edit it, do a Save As, or simply uncheck the Read Only option for the file once they have it.

    is this "file" on a network or are you sending it to someone else via email?
    It will be on a network.

    I'd prefer that it couldn't be edited at all, so nobody can uncheck read-only and add there own symbols, but if it's not possible that will have to suffice.

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    might want to get with your IT guy to set up a directory on the network that has READ capabilites but not WRITE capabilities. that way it'll never be altered, and the file can still be used for Inserting blocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StykFacE View Post
    might want to get with your IT guy to set up a directory on the network that has READ capabilites but not WRITE capabilities. that way it'll never be altered, and the file can still be used for Inserting blocks.
    Hmm I'll look into that - good advice..

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    sorry, repost
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    Ideally, each user will belong to the proper group.

    For example you may belong to a group called "CAD" and the other people belong to a group called "NOCAD".

    CAD members would have "WRITE" access and NOCAD members would NOT have write access.

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    Keep a copy of your blocks for just in case. Now explode your block and recreate it -but this time uncheck the ALLOW EXPLODING in the block definition window. Process all the blocks one by one and publish this "non explodable" form.
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