ArchiTECH Session: How To Disassociate an AutoCAD file from a SheetSet

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Date: October 8, 2015

SheetSets can increase your productivity by allowing you to centralize the often tedious task of managing project files.  Sometimes, a designer is unable to add all the layouts or drawings to a new sheetset.  When this happens, it is most likely that the drawing has already been associated with a different sheetset.  Although you can delete the dst, it doesn’t remove the association within each dwg file.

When a designer came to me with this problem, I asked him to tell me what steps he had already taken to resolve the issue.  He indicated that he had closed AutoCAD and then deleted the dst file in the folder.   Now when he went to add a new sheetset, he couldn’t see the sheets he was expecting.  I told him he had two options:

Method 1 – Open each file and choose to Remove Association from the Sheet Set Manager – Lost Set Association dialog box.  This workflow is built in to AutoCAD and the dialog box is automatically launched when the file is opened if the corresponding sheet set file has been deleted.

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This method will take a long time to disassociate each sheet from the missing sheet set.

Method 2.  Use the script below to process all your files using Scriptpro 2.0 or some other batch editor within AutoCAD.

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(dictremove (namedobjdict) “AcSheetSetData”)
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“<acet:cFullFileName>”
Create the script:

  1. Open a text editor (not Word!) use Notepad or notepad++ or Textpad.
  2. Copy  and paste the script from above including the empty line between 0 and (dictremove…
  3. Save it as RemoveSSA.scr
  4. Use the script with Scriptpro 2.0

You can download Scriptpro from here:  http://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad/downloads/caas/downloads/content/autodesk-customization-conversion-tools.html

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By: Richard Binning, Director of BIM Technology; Check out his blog: Beside the Cursor; http://www.integr-8.com/