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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Fixing Missing Hatch Problems - Error Reading Hatch pattern

From time to time you might run into this problem with files you receive from others.
Problem:
  • You receive an autocad drawing. You open the file and attempt to change or match a hatch pattern. You receive an error reading hatch pattern.

Solution:

  • List the hatch to find out name of the missing pattern.
  • Search for this pattern. In the example in the video below, I was able to find the pattern in a modified acad.pat file on a designers computer (c:drive).
  • Create a text file with the name that is the same as the missing pattern (case sensitive).
  • Paste the missing pattern into this file and save to a folder within the AutoCAD Support file search path.

Watch the video to see it in action - http://screenr.com/UKs using the "twitterized" screen capture software screenr. or check out the embedded blogger version below:

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