Frequently Asked Questions
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Autocad: Empty metadata property returns ---- instead of empty field
Posted by Timo Lahti (M-Files) on 02 April 2019 12:56 PM


1     Overview / Work Notes

When using metadata properties within Autocad drawing, empty metadata fields show up as “----“.

This is a known bug in M-Files Autocad add-in that has not yet been addressed.


This issue is identified with M-Files 2015.3 (11.3.4330.254) through M-Files 2018 Update 1 (19.3.4799.3).

2     Solution / Workaround

The solution to not get ---- shown in empty metadata fields in drawings is that you need to fill it somehow.

It’s possible to make this by using a snon-breaking pace filler. The actual “spacebar hit” does not work here.

Instead, you need to use the ASCII character that can be created by pressing ALT to the bottom at your keyboard, and then by entering the number 255 and then by releasing the ALT button. This creates such special empty character that looks like space, but it’s not. This works in such empty metadata fields perfectly as a workaround for this issue.

More info of this character:


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