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What the heck are Autocad proxy entities?

I get dwg files from other companies, and sometimes they contain what are called proxy entities. I've tried the option of converting these to blocks and Progecad really doesn't like that. When these things come into the Progecad, you can do absolutely nothing with them, other than delete them. What are these?
asked 4 years ago in progeCAD by Dewayne Anderson / Level: CAD Student (44 points)

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Proxy entities get created by programs that run inside of AutoCAD using the ARX programming language. It is possible to create what are known as Custom Entities, which for those who know, are Autodesk's way of controlling who gets to edit your drawings. By using custom code that is unknown to anyone but the developer who created the objects, the requirement is in place that you must purchase the product that originally created these custom objects. Thus Autodesk is assured of life for another release, and continual income stream from those locked in to their products. Not a pretty picture. progeCAD does convert many of these objects to blocks to allow our users to edit and view the objects.
answered 4 years ago by Scott H / Level: Engineering Manager (5,713 points)

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