Happy New Year to one and all! This month I have a solution for those of you who have attributed blocks scattered all over a drawing… and you need to add another attribute to a block so that all the references of that block are updated with the additional attribute. Ah, yes, and do it without exploding and remaking the block. I also have a couple routines that involve the lowly Ctrl key. One involving grips, and another involving layout tabs. Quirky, but fun. Then the Odd Spot this month shows you how to enter the Euro sign in Dtext or Mtext… but can't be done when you're using a laptop!
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Whether you have attributed blocks or blocks to which you would like to add attributes, this procedure will let you retrofit an existing block with attributes AND update the existing block definitions in the current drawing. For more information on Attribute concepts, see the opening article of Michael's Corner - June 2003.
Note: For blocks created on Layer 0, you will need to make sure Layer 0 is On, otherwise you may not see the geometry for editing when you use Edit Block In-Place.
There is a possibility that you will not see the additional attribute, and there is a greater possibility that you won't see the new attribute on the other instances of the block that was edited. Enter Battman (see October 2006).
I had the pleasure of training some folks at Southwest Airlines recently, and one of the students told me that you can use Ctrl + PgUp or PgDn to cycle between the layout tabs. I thought that was pretty cool, so I wanted to pass it along. Thank you, Mauricio!
Every now and then I bump into something cool in the text features. Here's how to put a Euro sign in your Single-Line text or Mtext.
Regarding the font associated with the current text Style, the native AutoCAD .SHX files that I tested generate the character, as will the TrueType fonts… including Comic Sans MS.
Launch the desired text command, then type ALT+0128 on the numeric keypad.
The odd bit about this is that typing the 0128 using the number keys across the top of the keyboard may not work. Even worse, most laptops don't have numeric keypads! So that's why those of you using laptops that knew about this ability figured it "didn't work".
Solution for laptop users: If there is someone you know that has a numeric keypad, have them enter the appropriate characters in some drawing, then send you the drawing. Now make that text a block and put it on your tool palette with the Tool Property for Explode set to Yes. Next time you need a bit of text with the Euro sign on it (I'm sure that's an every day occurrence), bring that block off of the tool palette, then edit it as needed. If, however, you have a laptop and you were able to use the specified character sequence using the numbers across the top of your keyboard, I would love to hear from you (maybe it's just my laptop).
The Array command is a quick way to create a matrix of the selected items. One method of using the Array command was covered in February 2005. But sometimes you want to use an incremental spacing, but you don't want an object at each location. I am indebted to the users at Southwest Airlines for this novel feature, too.
NOTE: The increment lock operates in both the X and Y axis!
Wonder Bread - The Origin of Wonder Bread (a US dietary staple). [ca. 1921] Bakery Manager Elmer Kline was given the job of naming the company's new loaf of bread. While visiting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, on viewing the International Balloon Festival being held at that time, he later described the sight of the hot-air balloon launching as one of "awe and wonderment". The thought stuck and he called the new product Wonder Bread… and that's also why there are balloons on the wrap.
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