Visual LISP, AutoLISP and General Customization

Visual LISP, AutoLISP and General Customization

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Drawing Civil Lines in Architecture

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10-15-2009 07:09 AM
I am looking for an AutoCAD command that prompts the user to draw civil lines. When you type 'map', it will ask you: north or south, then what degree, minutes, seconds, then west or east, then last the distance, then the autocad will draw a line on the exact direction you gave the info, then repeat, until the property line closes. It sounds like a lisp routine, but I haven't been able to find it at my new employer. I remember using it in AutoCAD 2000. Does anyone know anything about it?

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Re: Drawing Civil Lines in Architecture

10-15-2009 08:08 AM in reply to: shamaro
LDD (Land Development Desktop) used to have that. I thought it was the most stupid thing I ever heard of. Very slow and tedious way to input coordinates. Unless there is intelligence to what you are putting in, such as the placing of a special object type, I don't see the point. AutoCAD allows you to input relative coordinates directly. For example:

This is a distance of 500 at a bearing of North 32 degrees, 52 Minutes and 12 Seconds East.

Personally, I made script files with the relative bearings and distances called out. The advantage is that if you made a mistake, you just correct the script and run it again. The issue was, many of the deeds I was plotting had dozens of calls and I was having to guess many of the numbers, because I was faxed the deed. Distinguishing between a 3, 5 and 8 was a chore. So many potential mistakes had to be corrected. With the LDD methodology, once a mistake was made, you had to start over from scratch and type it all again. You generally would not know there was a mistake until you typed it all in. Not a fun prospect with the meanders of a creek or river.
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