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Reorder custom properties?

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10-31-2005 07:17 AM
Hello,

After spending a lot of time creating a particular dynamic block, I realized that the order of custom properties of this block as shown in the Properties Palette is not organized in an optimal order.

For example I have "Cabinet Width" at the top of the custom properties list, and "Cabinet Height" way down near the bottom. This is going to make my Cad operators hunt around too much for the property they need to adjust.

The apparent order is by creation - first created custom property is listed first, last created is shown last. I really don't want to remake this dynamic block just to get the properties in a logical order.

I was wondering if it is possible to reorder the custom properties as shown in the properties palette? Any ideas out there? Perhaps an AutoLisp solution?

Thanks,
Steve Doman
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Re: Reorder custom properties?

03-14-2006 09:36 AM in reply to: sdoman
Hello, i just tried 'BCYCLEORDER' and that doesn't change thing's order... um, only reason i can see using the properties dialog for changing width is if it is a global thing, and then you have to change locations to accommodate the different dimension if they are all in a row anyway. is there a problem with them using the grips and typing the value they want while working with the particular block, or is this a 'user style' issue point i'm missing?
*Wes Roebuck
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Re: Reorder custom properties?

12-01-2006 08:55 AM in reply to: sdoman
Has anyone found a solution for this yet?


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Hello,

After spending a lot of time creating a particular dynamic block, I realized
that the order of custom properties of this block as shown in the Properties
Palette is not organized in an optimal order.

For example I have "Cabinet Width" at the top of the custom properties list,
and "Cabinet Height" way down near the bottom. This is going to make my Cad
operators hunt around too much for the property they need to adjust.

The apparent order is by creation - first created custom property is listed
first, last created is shown last. I really don't want to remake this
dynamic block just to get the properties in a logical order.

I was wondering if it is possible to reorder the custom properties as shown
in the properties palette? Any ideas out there? Perhaps an AutoLisp
solution?

Thanks,
Steve Doman
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Re: Reorder custom properties?

02-28-2007 02:09 PM in reply to: sdoman
Did anyone find a solution to this?? I'm wrestling with it right now - and losing!!
*Wes Roebuck
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Re: Reorder custom properties?

03-01-2007 08:54 AM in reply to: sdoman
I never found an answer to this. The solution we decided on here was to
create custom routines to modify the dynamic blocks. We used visual basic to
create a dialog box the drafters uses vs. going over to the properties
window. If you have anyone that can create custom routines you may be in
business. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

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Did anyone find a solution to this?? I'm wrestling with it right now - and
losing!!
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Re: Reorder custom properties?

06-17-2008 08:10 AM in reply to: sdoman
I've just run into the same thing, and posted on a different forum. Thought I'd take the opportunity to bump this topic and see if there are any new ideas...

Cole
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Re: Reorder custom properties?

01-19-2009 04:45 AM in reply to: sdoman
Boy, I could really use a solution to this. I do not have attributes in my dynamic block, only parameters with actions associated with them (though I often have attributes also). We use the properties palette all the time to modify the parameters, and sometimes it just doesn't make sense how they are ordered. It seems to not even matter what order I create them either.

Thanks,
Chris
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Re: Reorder custom properties?

04-16-2012 11:10 AM in reply to: sdoman

SOLUTION FOUND!!! (AutoCAD 2010, at least, but assuming any flavor that supports DB's will be similar)

 

In the Block Editor, open the Parameters Manager ("Fx" button on Block Editor toolbar, or PARAMETERS command). This will open a palette window where your block parameters and attributes are listed.

 

Right-click in the column heading bar. This should bring up a list of available columns (Name, Expression, Value, Type, ORDER, Show, Description)

 

Check Order, and you should now be able to see that column. By default, these fields will be empty (using creation order). Once you enter a number into any of these fields, the rest will be automatically populated. Reorder your parameters to your hearts content.

 

Note that pairs of parameters, such as XY and Dist&Angle will always be put together, and will show matching order numbers.

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Re: Reorder custom properties?

04-16-2012 01:24 PM in reply to: BlueVue

I can confirm that this will work in LT 2012 as well.

 

Thanks for joining the Forum and for the tip. :smileyhappy:

Regards, Charles Shade            Win8 FAQ
CSHADEDESIGN|AUTOCAD LT|LT-KB|DYNAMIC BLOCKS

 
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Re: Reorder custom properties?

04-17-2012 07:00 AM in reply to: BlueVue

Thanks for the tip!

 

/Adam

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