I am using AutoCAD 2012 and have made lots of different files with individual drawings in them. I am planning to go into each drawing file and create a block for the drawing. After that I want to make all the blocks available in one drawing. Does anybody know how I should do this, or could someone let me know if they know of a useful website or similar.
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You could simply INSERT each of these Drawings into a Container File and then you would have individual Blocks all in one file.
Then INSERT and EXPLODE the Container drawing in your Target drawing.
The Container File(s) could be several that are a collection of like blocks.
Tool Palettes could be better to explore for this and can be grouped by Tabs for similar Blocks.
Just checking if I understand you correctly.
After having done this, if I opened a new drawing and wanted to insert a block from the container file, I would just click on browse in the Insert block dialogue box and search for the container file. If this is correct then the problem is solved.
It would be great if I could get this container file to be loaded every time I opened a new drawing, is there an option for this?
That will work and will bring all Blocks associated with that Container file into the target drawing.
I'll second ADDCENTER as well - Especially if you have a second monitor.
If you will always want all of these block, then insert your container file into your template (probably acad.dwt). Explode the container block, purge it out, and rock on.
Otherwise, ADC is by far and away my preference.
Thanks that would be great. I was trying to write a batch file to do this, as I do not know how to use lisp. So far I have managed to change drawings to blocks using the batch file, but not create a master file.
A Block is nothing more than a Drawing that has been INSERTed into another Drawing file.
Start a blank drawing
INSERT the file you would like in there.
INSERT the next file you would like.
You now have a Container File with the Blocks (Drawing Files) that you want to INSERT into the Template or Drawing File that you need these in. There is no need for additional programming.
The Lisp will take DWG Files that are in a specific Folder and place these all in one DWG File.
Are your DWG Files that you want to Insert all separated into specific files based on commonalities in the Blocks?
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