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how best to manage blocks

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12-11-2012 04:55 AM


New client has multiple blocks in multiple locations on their servers


Problem 1 lots of directories just named blocks with blocks with no logical numbering descriptions

I.e. a directory may have blocks called 1, 2, 3, x, d, f, and if I’m lucky sometimes 3/2 valve which means having to open up every block


Problem 2

Simple solution would be to create a tool pallete of the directory then drop each block into a sheet to look and review

Since there is literally thousands of blocks it’s going to be labour intensive


I’m open to ideas on how to clean this mess up


a simple lisp routine to dump all the blocks in a tool pallete into a drawing nice and neat would be the simplest solution


From there I can then start to review the blocks and the create a clean block directory structure and rename the blocks with a more descriptive file name


any ideas  ?

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Re: how best to manage blocks

12-11-2012 05:25 AM in reply to: ccad2509

There aere no shortcuts to housecleaning: sorry, you are goin to have to get your hands dirty and spend time fixing it.


ADCENTER command has the ability to create TPs of Folders on the fly for you if you simply right-click and select the option, so that portion can be cut down dramatically. The tip will not handle sub-folders BTW.

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Re: how best to manage blocks

12-11-2012 05:46 AM in reply to: ccad2509

"’s going to be labour intensive."


I think you already have the answer.


One thing I would recommend: Determine and/or establish categories into which you can group and consolidate blocks. Based on these categories, define what I call "container drawings", rather than folders, to organize the blocks.  Once a category of blocks is organized within a DWG, creating one or more palettes of block insertion tools is fairly easy, and I think it simplifies maintenance as well.

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Re: how best to manage blocks

12-11-2012 01:25 PM in reply to: ccad2509

You can try attached LISTBLOCKS.vlx to create block charts for selected folder.

An example as below:


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Re: how best to manage blocks

12-12-2012 08:36 AM in reply to: 3wood

looks a lot like what i need to sort this mess of blocks out


will give it a try later



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Re: how best to manage blocks

12-12-2012 12:41 PM in reply to: ccad2509

DesignCenter also has a "create tool palette of blocks" option, if you need a built-in method.

Kate Morrical
Digital Design Manager
Washington, DC

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