Keep your Attribute Text (Burst)

Attributed blocks can be friend or foe, especially if you’re not sure how to tame them. Let’s face it; from time to time they can be a little temperamental. Take for example exploding one of those pesky attributed blocks. Run the EXPLODE command on an attributed block and you’re not going to be given nice …

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Special Character Codes for Text

These codes stem back to the “Old School” days of AutoCAD in DOS, but are each still useful today. All of these codes still work with DTEXT using the standard AutoCAD fonts. Likewise, all but the %%u and %%o codes work with the newer MTEXT. %%d = degree %%c = circle diameter %%p = plus/minus …

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Blank Sheet Set Fields

Anyone who has used Sheet Set Manager has most likely wanted/needed to make a field blank. The time I run into this the most is with the fields I have for our revision dates. Obviously with a first submission I am not going to have a “Revised Date”; thus the need for a blank field. …

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Closed polylines the easy way – BOUNDARY command

AutoCAD users of all types can appreciate the value of closed polylines. Of course in creating them most users use a procedure involving the PEDIT command. But did you know there was an easier way? Hidden away in AutoCAD is the BOUNDARY command. Think of the BOUNDARY command as a HATCH command that draws polylines …

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