AutoCAD 2011 Express Tools
by Corry Walters
AutoCAD Express tools in Version 2011. A viewport can be rotated if the system variable VPROTATEASSOC = 1.
When converting lines to polylines try this
PEDITACCEPT = 1 (Notice you are not asked whether you wish to do the conversion.)Blocks
XLIST : lists block name, colour, type and layer.
NCOPY : copies objects nested in an x-ref or block.
BTRIM : trims elements to selected nested elements in a block. (the normal trim command now does this too).
BEXTEND : as above but extends (the normal extend command now does this too)
ATTOUT : exports attribute data to a notepad in tab-delimited ASCII format.
ATTIN : imports the txt file (attribute data)
BURST : explodes blocks, converts attribute values to text objects.
BLOCK TO XREF : replaces all instances of a standard block with an x-ref.
BLOCK REPLACE : replace all inserts of one block with another.
PSBSCALE : update or set the scale of a block relative to paper space.
BSCALE : scales a block insert from it’s insertion point.
BCOUNT : displays the number of insertions of each block in a drawing or selection.
BLOCK : lists the objects in a block definition.TEXT
RTEXT : Remote text
RTEDIT : edit remote text.
TEXTFIT : on providing the text one could ‘squeeze’ text to fit within a define space.
TEXTMASK : paints a mask behind selected dtext or mtext – offset value can be adjusted to suit.
TEXTUNMASK : removes the mask
TXTEXP : explodes dtext/mtext into geometry.
TEXT2MTEXT : converts dtext to mtext.
ARCTEXT : places text along an arc.
TORIENT : aligns dtext, mtext and attribute objects to a new alignment/orientation.
TJUST : changes a text object’s justification without changing it’s position. (dtext, mtext and attribute data)
TCIRCLE : places a circle, slot or rectangle around each selected dtext/mtext objects.
TCOUNT : numbering to text objects – prefix, suffix or replacement text.
TCASE : changes the case of selected text objects/dim text/attribute objects.
PSTSCALE : paper space text scaling (height
TSCALE : scales text/mtext/attrib. Objects (scale factor)LAYOUT TOOLS
ALIGNSPACE : adjusts VP zoom factor, aligns to 2 given points in paper space.
LAYOUTMERGE: merges/combines selected layouts into current layout.
VPSCALE : displays a clear translation of the scale of selected VP.
VPSYNC : merges 1 or more VP(s) with master VP taking it’s scale factor.DIMENSION
DIMEX : exports named dim styles, settings to an external file.
DIMIN : imports named dim styles (see above) into the current drawing.
DIMREASSOC : restores a measurement value to overridden or modified text.
QLATTACH : attaches leader line to text or block.
QLATTACHSET : gobally attaches leader lines to mtext or blocks.
QLDETACHSET : detaches leader lines from mtext etc.SELECTIONS
FASTSELECT : creates a selection set of objects which touch selected object. FSMODE for on or off.MODIFY
MSTRETCH : allows multiple crossing windows or CP to be specified for a single stretch operation.
MOCORO : moves, copies, rotates within a single command.
CLIPIT : clips to circles (arcs, x-refs, images).
EXOFFSET: offset with several options, layer control and multiple options. SHIFT WHILE SPECIFING A SIDE acts as a multiple option selecting new option.
EXOFFSET : CTRL WHILE SPECIFING A SIDE erases the original object.
COPYM : copies multiple objects with repeat, array, divide, measure options.
CDORDER : arranges the draw order of objects by colour number.
OVERKILL : removes duplicates and combines line and arc segments which overlap.
FLATTEN : converts 3D geometry to 2D.DRAW
QQUIT : closes all open drawings and exits.
REDIR : redefines paths in x-refs, images, styles and remote text.
REDIRMODE : see above.
REVERT : closes and re-opens current drawing.
PLT2DWG : converts plt files to dwg.
SAVEALL : saves all open drawings.
RTUCS : rotates UCS dynamically with mouse.
SYSVDLG : edit system variables.
EXTRIM : trims all objects at the selected cutting edge.
MPEDIT : like PEDIT but with multiple pline capabilities, convert lines, arcs to pline.