how can i insert/add/create a drop-down (pull-down) menu in an autocad drawing ?
i need to be able to input data in a series of charts, and i need to be able to choose the data from
drop-down menues that include specific (repeated) information.
this is also needed so the input process can work on touch devices without needing to type input.
also, can this be done by a dynamic link to MS Exel (OLE object) sheet ?
but i may have not explained what i am trying to do effectively.
i am not trying to add a MENU,
but rather to add a drop-down menu to a DRAWING.
as a way to input data to a chart (in a cad drawing).
similar to MS Excel feature of creating drop-down menus in sheets.
the drop-down menu element has to be integrated into an autocad chart dwg.
and obviously i need to be able to control the values/options in that drop down menu.
The closest you may be able to come to something like that would be Visibility States or a Block Properties Table in a Dynamic Block. The block would reside in a cell-space in your Table.
There is no drop-down feature in tables, or AutoCAD's drawing area, like Excel: sounds like you need to use Excel.
Yes you can link Excel, but you use Excel and update in AutoCAD with every change.
>>>...i need to be able to input data in a series of charts, and i need to be able to choose the data from
drop-down menues that include specific (repeated) information.<<<
"charts" would be predefined tables in AutoCAD, you create them and INSERT as blocks. You can Automate with a menu pulldown menu or ribbon panel full on buttons too. If they are always dropped in one location, you can automate ERASE and INSERT in that one spot.
>>>...this is also needed so the input process can work on touch devices without needing to type input....<<<
Same limitation applies in this same program, regardless of your hardware.
I have a feeling you can solve this using hyperlinks in your drawing file. You may have to include several links per "box" or selection area, but this may work.
Dave Hein, P.E.