Have you ever worked with Raster Images? If you are asking, “what is a Raster Image?”, then we know the answer to that question. For those that aren’t aware of it, a Raster Image is any kind of image file that we can bring into the drawing environment. An example of this could be an aerial photo of a specific project that you are working on. You can bring the image in and add linework to it to give the drawing a different aspect. Ok, so now that we know what a Raster Image is let’s talk about the Raster Design Object Enabler.
As with any of the other types of object enablers, the Raster Design object enabler allows users to have access to options that don’t come with the software right out of the box. For example, if you were to try to load a a Mr Sid raster image (file extension is .sid), this type of image is not accessible in the list of image types. Once the Raster Design object enabler is installed, this extension and others such as a jpeg 2000 file will now be available in the drop-down list.
That’s it! Basically, the Raster Design object enabler is a free tool that enables you to access more file extensions than you were able to access with your AutoCAD based software as it came out of the box. Here is the link to the download page:
Be sure to pick the 32-bit version for Civil 3D.