LT On-line: Lesson 2031 Oct, 2001 By: Mark Middlebrook
Sending Drawing Files Revisited: Don't retransmit, eTransmit
Page 1: ETRANSMIT Tool
Way back in lesson 4, "Send
Drawing Files: Pack 'n Go the LT Way,"I described a long-winded
way of "packaging" your drawing files for sending to other people.
The main issue was figuring out how to include all of the files on which
your main drawing files dependespecially attached xrefs, custom
font files, and attached raster image filesso that the recipient
of your drawings didn't end up with missing pieces or wrong fonts.
AutoCAD LT (along with AutoCAD) now includes ETRANSMIT, a utility that automatically locates all of the dependent files and copies them to a separate folder or creates a ZIP file out of them. The ETRANSMIT utility greatly simplifies the job of gathering all of the files for sending to others.
The procedure described here works with AutoCAD and LT 2002 and 2000i. Earlier versions of AutoCAD and LT didn't include the ETRANSMIT command. Earlier versions of the Bonus and Express Tools for full AutoCAD included the Pack 'n Go utility, which works in a similar way.
You can use ETRANSMIT to gather up all of the dependent files (xrefs, fonts, and raster images) that the current drawing requires so that you can send the drawing as a complete package to someone else. ETRANSMIT also includes plot style files (CTB or STB files) so that the recipient can plot your drawing with the same lineweights and other plotting effects that you use.
In addition, ETRANSMIT can assemble all of the files into a ZIP or self-extracting EXE file, issue a report on all of the files, and help with posting the files to a Web site.