XREF Load Status Lite

XREF Load Status Lite

Win32 and 64, English

Red Transit Consultants, LLC
Loads/Unloads references prior to opening the selected drawing file. LITE VERSION: Only supports 5 references per drawing and 1 nested reference tracking.

General Usage Instructions

Begin by checking whether or not nested reference tracking is desired, and then select a drawing file.

Upon selection app will go through all the references of the file and provide feedback information as to which references are loaded, unloaded, and which references are not available for loading/unloading.

References not available will have a reason such as nested reference - which cannot be processed because it's a tie to another file. Tracking nested references will report what the parent drawing file is.

Check the desired references to unload or reload, then hit the corresponding button action desired. Save only - saves the file with references modified as selected. Save and open - saves the file with references modified as selected and then opens the file.

Open without saving - does not make any modifications to the file but opens it.NOTE: All PDFs, DGNs, and DWFs must be manually reloaded inside the drawing environment through the XREF Manager.



Ribbon/Toolbar Icon Command Command Description


Loads/Unloads references prior to opening selected drawing file. LITE VERSION: Only supports 5 references per drawing and 1 nested reference tracking.


The installer that ran when you downloaded this app/plug-in from Autodesk App Store will start installing the app/plug-in. OR, simply double-click the downloaded installer to install the app/plugin. You may need to restart the Autodesk product to activate the app/plug-in. To uninstall this plug-in, exit the Autodesk product if you are currently running it, simply rerun the installer, and select the "Uninstall" button. OR, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features (Windows 7/8.1/10/11) and uninstall as you would any other application from your system.

Additional Information

This product has been tested for both 32bit and 64bit systems.

Known Issues

Depending on file sizes, the app may seem to lag slightly and may appear to lock up, but it will return with results. Tracking nested references can take a minute to run depending on file structures and will sometimes appear as the software has locked up. Let it run its course, it will return once it has completed.

The app has to iterate through all the references attached to the file, open each of those references and look through the references of those files and continue looping until the parent file has been found. If Reference file names are different than the path, references may appear under References Unavailable with 'File not Found'. This is due to the file name is different than that block name. Depending on the size of the XREFs, the app may take a few minutes to perform the actions but is generally faster than fully opening the drawing file.


Company Name: Red Transit Consultants, LLC

Author/Company Information

Red Transit Consultants, LLC

Support Information

At any time, simply email steve@redtransitconsultants.com, and provide the application plugin name or command name and a detailed description of the error that occurred. We will get back with you as soon as possible and determine a solution to the issue.

Version History

Version Number Version Description

Added 2021 product support. Added 2020 product support. Added 2019 product support. No change in version number.

Updated icons and help menu. Added area for references unavailable for loading/unloading with reasoning (ie: Nested, file not found, unreferenced). Added ability to track nested reference files to find their parent file - output is added to the references unavailable window. LITE version now only supports up to 5 references including file types DWG, Images (JPG, SID, etc.), PDFs, DGNs and DWFs.

Updated help menus. Renamed app to LITE version, added a paid full version that supports images, PDFs, DGNs, and DWFs.

Original Release

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