In addition to some new components, the new eleFront provides more granular control over the handling of baking blocks and annotations.
Bake to File
Bake Settings
Guid Output
Bake Group

Bake to External File

New Component: Bake To File allowing you to bake directly to an outside file.
There are also some important options in handling this operation:
  • Add To File - simply add geometry to the file, if it already exists.
  • Overwrite File - completely save over the intended file
  • Overwrite BakeName - treat the file in the traditional way, where items with the specified BakeName will be deleted, and replaced with the new geometry.
There are also options for Bake Setting presets. For more information, read about Bake Settings.
Lastly, there is an option called "Network Save". Read more here.

Bake Settings

You now have many more options when it comes to baking behavior.
There are 3 presets, which are described below. These can be selected directly on the Bake components, or you can use the Bake Settings component to start with a preset and modify it as you see fit.


There are currently 4 parameters for your Bake Settings.
  1. 1.
    Auto-Push Block Definitions
    By default, Bake will throw an error if you try to bake a block whose definition has not been pushed to the document. You can override this behavior.
  2. 2.
    Auto-Manifest Ghost Geometry
    By default, Bake will throw an error if you try to bake a Ghost object, without having first manifested its geometry. You can override this behavior. Note: This can be slow, because it will have to open the original file (in the background) to get that geometry.
  3. 3.
    Duplicate Block Names
    If Auto-Push is enabled, then you will need to decide how to handle scenarios where you are pushing definitions that already exist. There are four options (see below).
  4. 4.
    Duplicate Dimension Styles.
    If you are baking objects that have new Dimension Styles (for example, a Linked Block with annotations in it), you need to decide how to handle any styles with the same name.

Duplicate Handling

There are four settings for handling duplicated names, either in Blocks Definitions or Dimension Styles:
  • Throw Error
  • Use Existing (i.e., the definition or DimStyle already in the document)
  • Overwrite (updated the document version to the one being baked)
  • Add Suffix

Settings Presets

There are 3 presets for Bake Settings:
  1. 1.
    Safest - throws errors for all duplicates, and does not Auto-Push or Auto-Manifest.
  2. 2.
    Moderate - Will Auto-Push and Auto-Manifest, but will throw errors for any duplicates
  3. 3.
    Bulldoze - Auto-Push, Auto-Manifest, and overwrite any duplicates.

Guid Output

Bake components now return EleFront Ghost objects that represent the objects that were baked. This way it is easy to process the objects after baking, for sorting or exporting:

Bake Group

In addition the "Bake All" button, you can now also activate Bake components that are grouped together with the button.
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