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The error message, "Only native ArtiosCAD single design may be used as diagram files" pops up in StyleMaker when uploading a third party file for the diagram:


Method 1:

This warning appears:

  • in case you upload a file of a non .ARD format (another file extension) or
  • in case the .ARD file is not located in one of the following folders: ServerLib, ClientLib, InstLib

Therefore, only use .ARD files which are stored in the below mentioned locations:

Method 2:

Follow the steps below to add an image or another "ArtiosCAD compatible" graphic file on a specific layer to act as diagram:

  1. First open the StyleMaker and click "Create New Diagram...".
  2. Drag a rectangle on the blank space, some design should appear here.
  3. This step is only to create the Doc Plot layer.
  4. Each menu step can load a specific Doc Plot layer to be used as a diagram:
  5. The Doc Plot menu can be created manually also
  6. Select the Doc Plot layer and apply the desired graphic.
  7. The result will reflect on the rebuild window.


An incorrect modification of values and parameters in the ArtiosCAD Defaults can cause critical problems that might lead to severe problems in the correct functioning of the program. Esko cannot guarantee the proper working of your ArtiosCAD installation due to an incorrect handling of parameters and settings. A reinstall might be mandatory in order to restore the original system state. For this reason, Esko recommends that you take regular backups of the ServerLib (Shared Defaults) folder, the database and the FileStore.

Please contact your local Esko Support team in case you need more advice related to backups.

Article information
Applies to

ArtiosCAD 12 and newer

ArtiosCAD Enterprise all versions

Last revised05-Jan-16
CW Number564543