this is really great and something I've been looking for for a while. Just wondering if this is still the right way to go about tagging a series of plines with room name number and area for eventual extraction into a table. I am using acad 2009.
also, though I've only just dug into it, I am unsure at one point do you connect the pline to the block for the area calculation?
If you are using AutoCAD Architecture 2009, then you should be able to open the sample file posted above and see how things work. You would need to make a Schedule Table Style to display the Property Data in "table" format; you would not be using an AutoCAD Table.
The 'Field' command is a good start but the challenge I have is that there are about 200 rooms and in several files that I need to assign the room tag to. I essentially want to do what David has done in his example drawing but I'm not using ADT and I need to add a couple more tags of information. Is there a way to insert an attribute block and then associate it to a polyline? I already have the polylines all drawn I just now need to associate the tag information and area to them.
I also want to extract the data to an Excel file for further financial work. In turn I will be modifying the rooms and will need to export them again later to show a comparison of before and after. It would wonderful to link the Excel file to the drawing so as rooms are added, modified, or deleted in either file they will be updated in the other. I realize that I probably wouldn't be able to physically 'delete' a room in Excel and if it delete in the CAD file but I'm thinking more about having the information connected.
Anyone know how to achieve this or tell what book I can buy that will explain it?
I have downloaded this routine and got it working. so far so good.
But now I want to extract the data with dataextraction to an excel sheet and there I'm stuck.
I see the different attributes but not the data inside the attributes,
Can anybody help me on a how to...
thanks in advance..
If you are using AutoCAD Architecture (and not just plain AutoCAD), and are using Multi-View Block Schedule Tags to display the information, you will not be able to use vanilla AutoCAD attribute data extraction techniques (as far as I know, anyway).
What you can do is set up a Schedule Table Style that applies to polylines, include a column for each property you want to export, place an instance of the Schedule Table in your drawing and select all of the polylines you want included in the selection set of the Schedule Table. Select the Schedule Table and, on the Schedule Table contextual ribbon tab, on the Modify panel, choose the Export tool. -OR- Select the Schedule Table, right click, and choose Export from the contextual menu. Set the Save As Type and set a File Name (and location) in the Export Schedule Table dialog, and click OK.
If you have any problems following the brief outline above, post back, and indicate what version of AutoCAD Architecture (or Architectural Desktop) you are using.
Thanks for the quick response.
We are using ACA 2012
I will try your solution, but for now, just found another way to export the data..
>Export > Property data.
...works for us.