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caddude
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Convert multiple text items to mtext WITHOUT combining into 1 mtext?

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01-31-2012 11:45 AM

Hey all,

 

I have multiple singular text objects on my screen and I want to convert them to mtext so I can use the Background Mask option within mtext on my drawing.  Any ideas on how to quickly select all the text and convert it to mtext without it combinin ginto 1 mtext?

 

Thanks for the help!

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Johneng
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Re: Convert multiple text items to mtext WITHOUT combining into 1 mtext?

01-31-2012 11:55 AM in reply to: caddude

I found the following link using the search feature at these Autodesk Forums

 

http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/AutoCAD-2008/Converting-Text-to-MText/m-p/2296453/highlight/true#M3707...

 

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EgoonS
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Re: Convert multiple text items to mtext WITHOUT combining into 1 mtext?

02-01-2012 09:48 AM in reply to: caddude

Hi there

 

try to download TMTI.vlx from Cadkits. i think that routine may help what you need.

 

i tried to attach the file here but with vlx extension was not permitted to upload in this forum.

 

Good luck.

GoonS

 

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vakhtang
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Re: Convert multiple text items to mtext WITHOUT combining into 1 mtext?

02-06-2012 07:01 AM in reply to: caddude

what;s wrong with txt2mtxt command???

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Patchy
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Re: Convert multiple text items to mtext WITHOUT combining into 1 mtext?

02-06-2012 07:09 AM in reply to: vakhtang

Everything, if you use Txt2Mtxt you don't get the joy of Free registration and news letter :smileyvery-happy:

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vakhtang
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Re: Convert multiple text items to mtext WITHOUT combining into 1 mtext?

02-06-2012 07:23 AM in reply to: Patchy

awwww thats cruel :smileyvery-happy:

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troma
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Re: Convert multiple text items to mtext WITHOUT combining into 1 mtext?

02-06-2012 02:03 PM in reply to: vakhtang

TXT2MTXT command converts multiple DTEXT objects into a single MTEXT object, as specifically not wanted by OP.

 

I'd like this too.  Maybe it could be added as an option in the TXT2MTXT command optionsdialogue box.  That's my wish.


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vakhtang
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Re: Convert multiple text items to mtext WITHOUT combining into 1 mtext?

02-06-2012 02:11 PM in reply to: troma

...AND BY SINGLE DTEXT OBJECT IT'S MEANT WHAT? ONE LETTER?ONE WORD? ONE TEXT LINE?

AND, ACTUALLY, IF THE PROBLEM IS BACKGROUND MASK - WIPEOUT IS GOOD ANSWER TO IT

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troma
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Re: Convert multiple text items to mtext WITHOUT combining into 1 mtext?

02-07-2012 05:47 AM in reply to: vakhtang

A single DTEXT object is an object that is a single piece of DTEXT.  I don't know how else to define it.  It is considered one object by AutoCAD.  Multiple lines of DTEXT can never be one object, but multiple lines of MTEXT can.  It could be as little as one letter, if that's how you wrote it!

Sorry, no, wipeout is not a good option.  They're messy; sometimes they move with the text, sometimes they get left behind and you plot your sheet and notice strange white areas for no reason.  Occasionally the drawing order will get messed up, and all your pieces of text will end up behind the wipeouts.  They also stop you from double-clicking to edit the text.  And every now and then someone will leave the frames on and you'll get boxes around all your text where you don't want them.  The MTEXT background mask, set to use drawing background color, is much more stable and useful.  But when converting DTEXT to MTEXT, sometimes I want the result to be one large piece of multiline text (if I'm converting a list of notes from an old drawing and reusing it), and other times I want  all my little pieces of text to remain as separate objects, with different text heights, rotations, layers, justifications etc, but to be MTEXT instead of DTEXT.

In message 2 of this discussion there is a link to a similar previous discussion.  Over there, someone posted some lisp code that apparently solves this problem.  I don't know much about lisp and I haven't tried this code, but it's there if anyone is interested.


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vakhtang
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Re: Convert multiple text items to mtext WITHOUT combining into 1 mtext?

02-07-2012 06:12 AM in reply to: troma

OK, STILL TXT2MTXT IS A GOOD SOLUTION - JUST TRANSFER TXT TO MTXT OBJECT BY OBJECT, ( OR, AS YOU DEFINE IT - LITTLE PIECE BY LITTLE PIECE:smileyhappy: NOT NESESSARY INTO MULTILINE MTEXT.

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