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  1. Hi guys, I've created this dynamic block for work. Its an overhead cupboard with 4 doors. My problem is that when i create a table through data extraction the value for the length and height for the doors aren't shown (The column this there with a heading, no value), the length of the cabinet and visibility is though. Do i need to assign an action or something for the value to be displayed? Thanks 4 DOOR OHC - ELEVATION.dwg
  2. rstadtman

    Block, Image, Extraction

    Is there a way to add an image or icon as an attribute to a block? I have created a lot of dynamic blocks and use eattext to extract data to a table for an equipment legend/table. I always have to add the legend symbol to the list manually and was wondering if there is a way to insert or link an image so that when I create the legend the symbol will automatically be loaded.
  3. Hi fellow drafters, I've been using Tables referencing Excel tables I've written up for a long while, but usually stick with Calibri font and everyone is happy. But it is required for these new tables that I use RomanS in the tables to match our lead contractor's format. The problem I have is my font comes out illegibly thin, and I cannot seem to control it outside of using bold font in the table. Does anyone know how to increase/control the lineweight of the text inside an external reference table? Even if through excel, I just need to know how to make this table legible. Thanks,
  4. Hi All: I'm looking for a lisp that will help accomplish the most mundane part of drafting - creating a coordinates table. I've found lisps on the internet that can do this, and actually work very well, here's an example: http://www.cadlispandtips.com/2011/09/lisp-coordinates-with-table.html This actually works great and the output is almost exactly what I want, the only problem is that the table is simply made up of lines / text. Rather than an actual Table with Fields. And while I can re-create the table over and over again, other users of the drawing (that don't have that lisp) will have to manually edit the text. So I'm looking for a lisp that will allow a user to: 1) create points / preferably with a point number 2) automatically outputs the coordinates / points number to a table in the layout view, with the correct text size, depending on scale 3) instead of putting text in the table, will put fields that are linked to each point so that if the points are moved, a simple regen of the table will update the coordinates. This can be done manually by Insert field -> Objects -> Object -> [select point] ->position -> Filter X / Y / X. Sorry if this has been asked before, I'm new to the site and haven't been able to find it yet. Really appreciate any help anyone can provide. JK
  5. Hi all, I'm using a datalink table insertion utility tbl.lsp from Juan Villareal. It allows me to insert the table for the first time in the drawing without any issues. But when I want to insert the table (different table though) for the second time in the same drawing, AutoCAD crashes giving me unhandled exception error. Few questions related to this, 1) Can the tbl.lsp be fixed (if there is any error) 2) Is there a better known utility that I should be using instead of tbl.lsp (with all due respect to J.Villareal for his great lisp) Please suggest. Thanks all Tbl.lsp
  6. Good Day looking for assistance with extracting data from an AutoCAD table. Hav found a fex examples on how to create a table in AutoCAD with VB.Net but no luck on how to loop through the rows and columns in an AutoCAD table and see the items within. Want to be able to loop through a list of drawings, open drawings find the table in Paper or Model space, loop through the records and export them to excel - SQL or XML, or even a simple method of creating a collection if records in VB.Net, where one colud then export the list Any assistnace most welcome Regards
  7. Hi everyone, I'm following this great forum for a year now and it has help me A LOT! so first of all thank you all. Now for our Bill of Material we generate tables with the data extraction function which is great since it's updating itself on every change in the selected entities. The BOM can be very long (in term of rows) and the drawings very large (road engineering) so having the handle associated to the entity length and/or area would help us to locate it quickly (we already have a lisp to locate entities by handle). The question then is: How can add a new column in the generated table that will contain the handle of this entity ? Basically I have now a table with |Layer|length|Area| and would like |Handle|Layer|length|area| Thank you very much Daniel EDIT: the table catches data from any type of entity (polylines, circles, hatches, blocks ...)
  8. So I just started at a new firm and they are using datalinks for the attic vent calculations. The table is in Excel and once filled out it should populate in the drawing. My CPU was an old employee's so it isn't new installed software but my datalink button says that Excel is not installed properly and will not let me edit the datalink in Autocad. I can however open the Excel file from the reference manager just fine and it opens. I have tried hard pathing and softpathing with no luck. Other people can insert it for me which they did in one file but I want to be operating at 100% like they are. Any ideas?
  9. I have an assembly (with 4 parts) that I am creating a part table for. I am getting more familiar with iParts and iProperties, but have not found how to connect the revision on the part drawings to the table of the assembly. Everything I have read points to using the Vault but I have never set that up. Is this going to be the answer moving forward or is there a simpler way of achieving this? I am assuming that getting the Vault implemented in everyday use will be the best so that may be my next headache. Any good references or information would be great. Have a great St. Patrick's Day! -Kelly Patrick
  10. We have Map 2011 and I created a drawing with several tables pasted from Excel. Also, we are currently restricting our file format to AutoCAD 2010. The tables pasted from Excel initially worked great and I was able to perform several edits and plots without any problems. That is, until another user opened the drawing. At that point, the table lines were still present but the text was missing. Also, I see the text when I open the drawing but I find that I can only edit the text using find/replace. Double-clicking does not open the text for editing. Is there a fix for this besides exploding the tables? Thanks. Brian.
  11. CADproNY

    Dropdown List

    I am trying to create a dropdown list, what I am looking to do seems simple enough in theory. Just like excel I want to create a data validation (list). option 1, I have read several post's with people who seem to be trying to accomplish the same thing, the answers I am finding are basically saying to paste a link to the excel file. This would be great except the folder the excel file would be in is always re-named from (template) to a specific job name, thus causing my link to break and teaching everyone in the dept. how to re-link the file seems like a pain. option 2, I was thinking of doing a visibility state on an mtext or attribute, I couldn't get the attribute to change visibility states and the visibility state for mtext does not seem like the right solution. option 3, using a table or data extraction in CAD from the pasted in excel file, thus allowing me to create the drop down list. Attached are 2 pictures of the what I am working with, we use an excel file to write out a list of materials (always different) and then we have to re-type or copy and paste these materials into the titleblock. We are using ACAD Arch 2012 & 2013 Thanks in advance for any advice, macros, or solutions !Problem = Need drop down list ---> Want to select the W# ---> Want the description to populate the titleblock from CAD table or excel
  12. I have some (single box)tables in my drawings that are referencing measurements on my drawing (Insert field:Object:Measurement). Sometimes I have a formula (ie. =measurement+.250) When I initially enter the text/formula, everything works great. When I go to edit (change what dimension I'm referencing, or modify the formula), the text is invisible. I can highlight where the text/formula is, but I can not see what the text says. If I save and reload AutoCAD, the text is there, until I change it, and then again, it disappears if I want to again modify the text. This is driving me nuts when I need to make multiple edits...ideas? Using AutoCAD Mechanical 2011 and Windows 7
  13. Hi, I have a question about if it is possible to set a block's dimensions to read a table's cell value. Say a rectangle has dimensions x wide by y tall and a table has the x and y values given in cells a1 and b1 linked from an excel spreadsheet. I would like to link it like this because i have an excel file that will update and then output to AutoCAD. Is this possible and if so how? I have figured out how to link the excel table into AutoCAD. I am using AutoCAD 2012 if that helps. Thanks, Barry
  14. Hi, I am looking for a way to customize the dimensions of Autocad Tables to that I can have custom cell height and width. Does anyone know how to do this? Thanks in advance for your help. Regards, Nicolas Table v1.dwg
  15. Hi everyone, So I just upgraded to MEP 2013 last week and am in a bad situation where when I keep making my data link tables to a range on an excel table the file name's full address is not staying when I go to insert the table. (ex. D:/Documents/JB Plans/NK.xlsm is just NK.xlsm when I try to insert the table) Does anybody know of some defaulting or setting that I haven't found involving this issue? Thanks
  16. Hi there, I decided to try the advice I read and start using Data Link Tables for my Excel sheet instead of OLELinks. The appearance is far sharper, and I am also pleased there is no background color transfered. What IS the problem is when I update the table, its goes from 12" Wide by 12" Tall table @ 7/16" Text W/O borders back to 3" Wide by 10" Tall with varying text size to fit and gains back all borders except diagonals (of which none are present on the Excel file). So I need to figure out a way to default the format when I refresh so that it holds each cell at the 6"X1" dimensions with no border. With that, If there is a way to have a stencil for making the range links with Excel, that would be useful. I use the exact same 4 or 6 ranges (2 formats) in every dwg. Thanks Everyone!
  17. Hi, I know I've seen some articles on this issue in the past, but I had trouble finding solutions on Links instead of Tables. I have 2 to 6 tables per drawing, each at a maximum of 48 cells. I linked them through the special paste and expended them so each cell is 6" Wide and 1" Tall (in model space) and seen through a viewport at 2" = 1'-0" (so 1" wide by .167" tall). The text is noticeably fuzzy and I'm trying to clear it up without going back to the Tables (the reformatting of the Tables already spent an extra 2 hours on one of the 11 assignments). Any advice is appreciated.
  18. Hello! I have searched around and I can't find a direction to head in... We have a whole bunch of spreadsheets that we use for calculations and parts of those spreadsheets are linked to a ton of CAD Drawings via data links. We would like to be able to deliver the CAD drawings to the client without having to send our calculation books (just the output tables). In other words, is it possible to embed the table data and remove the excel link for the final delivery? Thank you guys for you time. Take care, Seth
  19. Hi, I have a table with three columns: X, Y, LINK I'd like to populate a point layer from this table with points located at X and Y coordinates and the hyperlink automatically filled from LINK column (this is a path to a external file different for any point). Table is in MSaccess but I can convert it in other formats or ascii text file. is that possible maybe with scripts or other tools? thank you very much in advance Mario
  20. Hi everyone, I would like to read a table that would be linked with block attributes. Like a table (either AutoCAD or Excel) of fluids with pressure, temperature, flowrate... that I would link to attributes. I tried to insert a field in the attribute, but what I've found in fields are properties like Color/Layer/Column/Rows ... Anyone could help? Guiboard
  21. I am currently using AutoCAD LT, and I have been racking my brain trying to figure out how to create a table using a simple script. Is this even possible with LT, and if so, does anyone have any helpful advice?
  22. I have done a fair bit of web scouring to find a good method for replacing multiple blocks. There are some pretty decent vba codes out there for block replacement, the Office Optimum "Replace Block" tool, for instance worked okay, but you have to buy it. I have also found some effective .NET solutions for importing block definitions from another drawing to override the definitions in the current drawing. However I keep wondering if there is a good (free) solution for replacing and redefining large numbers of blocks using lisp. I am sure it must be doable. I know this has been discussed before here, but I haven't seen anything yet which uses a simple customisable table to handle lots of replacements at once (Please chastise me if I'm wrong). There are lots of 'piece meal' type block replacement lisps on offer, which rely on either specifying block names from drop down lists, or selecting blocks on the screen. I want something which handles lots of block exchanges at once. I would ideally like a lisp which allows me to set up a table of existing block names, with the filepath for the replacement block along side it. I would like it to resemble this lisp for renaming blocks (i.e. using a table): (defun c:renameb (/ btable badt) (setq btable '(("OLDNAME#1" . "NEWNAME#1") ("OLDNAME#2" . "NEWNAME#2") ("OLDNAME#3" . "NEWNAME#3") ("OLDNAME#4" . "NEWNAME#4") ("OLDNAME#5" . "NEWNAME#5"))) (foreach b btable (cond ((and (not (tblsearch "BLOCK" (cdr b))) (tblsearch "BLOCK" (car b))) (command "_.RENAME" "_Block" (car b) (cdr b))) ((tblsearch "BLOCK" (cdr b)) (setq badt (cons b badt))))) (and badt (prin1 badt) (alert "Unable To Rename All BLOCKs")) (prin1)) I want a block replacement lisp which uses a table to identify the filepath of the replacement block. I also want the routine to tell AutoCAD to replace the definition of any existing blocks with the same name as the one being brought in. Alanjt notes here that the use of the equals sign in the following line achieves that: (vl-cmdf "_.-insert" (strcat nb "=") nil) I also want to preserve the attribute values in the existing drawing. I want to be able to control the scale of the blocks being brought into the drawing as replacements. I want to ATTSYNC replacement blocks. Marijn incorporated the following in a reply to a thread posted yesterday. See here. (if (tblsearch "BLOCK" "OLDNAMEOFBLOCK") (progn (command "-rename" "b" "OLDNAMEOFBLOCK" "NEWNAMEOFBLOCK") (command "_.-insert" "NEWNAMEOFBLOCK=FILENAME" "y" nil);replaced convert template to new template. (command "_.attsync" "n" "NEWNAMEOFBLOCK") (scl 0.8 "NEWNAMEOFBLOCK");scales block to new scale (blknr13 "NEWNAMEOFBLOCK"); this was command to set a block the a layer. (not included can eb removed) )) This takes care of the ATTSYNC and the scale specification. I'd like the OLDNAMEOFBLOCK and NEWNAMEOFBLOCK to essentially be variables, which draw on a pre-defined table to derive values and then apply the commands. Is this possible? I guess I'd be just as happy to input all the values one by one in an unhealthily long code, but a more streamlined answer would be nice. By the by, Marijn's code aimed to incorporate replacing tag names also, when one block is replaced. Interesting. Haven't tried it out properly yet. I would greatly appreciate some assistance in addressing and integrating the requirements outlined above in one amazing 'table based' lisp. I have already sent a post card to Santa politely asking for this for Christmas, so if I'm unsuccessful here, I always have christmas day as a backup.
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