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ggunn
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More frustration with AutoCAD help

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04-18-2012 12:44 PM

I want to create a custom linetype.  I seached the help file and found the following reference:

 

Custom Linetypes

A library of standard linetypes is provided in the acadlt.lin and acadltiso.lin files. You can use the linetypes as they are, modify them, or create your own custom linetypes.

 

Great! "Create your own custom linetypes", that's exactly what I want to do. How do I do that? Every way I can figure to search sends me right back to that same entry that tells me I CAN do it but doesn't tell me HOW to do it. I feel like Flounder in Animal House at the hoity-toity frat rush party.

 

Can you help me?

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Charles_Shade
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Re: More frustration with AutoCAD help

04-18-2012 12:52 PM in reply to: ggunn

Custom Linetype

 

Your choices from within LT will be limited in whaqt you find above being suggested. LT does not offer the same compiler tools as Full does.

 

Create Linetype

 

The above link is from Autodesk Exchange.

Most start by copying an existing Linetype and modifying it.

Post it here when you get stuck and we will take alook at it.

 

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ggunn
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Re: More frustration with AutoCAD help

04-18-2012 12:58 PM in reply to: Charles_Shade

OK, I'll copy an existing linetype and modify it.  How do I do that?

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Charles_Shade
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Re: More frustration with AutoCAD help

04-18-2012 01:05 PM in reply to: ggunn

Have you found the acadlt.lin file?

At the bottom of the file you will find space to enter User Defined Linetypes.

Copy and Paste a similar one from above.

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ggunn
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Re: More frustration with AutoCAD help

04-18-2012 01:23 PM in reply to: Charles_Shade

I apologize for my naivete, but I'm going to need help which is a bit more basic, if you have the time and patience.  I know how to load linetypes from the acadlt.lin file, but what I need to do is create or modify one to make it look a specific way.  I guess I could go outside the program and slog through the file structure to find where the acadlt.lin file is, but I don't think that's what you mean by "finding" it.  I get it that I am going to need to edit this file somehow but I can't find a menu or a dialog box that will enable me to do that.

 

I'm sitting here looking at my drawing in model space; can you tell me how to get there from here? Menu item? Command line syntax?

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ggunn
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Re: More frustration with AutoCAD help

04-18-2012 02:09 PM in reply to: ggunn

Is this somehow something I should be able to do in the Linetype Manager? It can show linetypes, load linetypes, show "details" of linetypes, delete linetypes, make linetypes current... but I need to copy and modify a linetype and I see no way to do that. "Help" is no help. I have wasted far too much time on something that should be simple to do.

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ggunn
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Re: More frustration with AutoCAD help

04-18-2012 02:25 PM in reply to: ggunn

Anybody?

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Charles_Shade
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Re: More frustration with AutoCAD help

04-18-2012 02:41 PM in reply to: ggunn

So you know we are willing to help but we are users like yourself and have other things we are doing.

If we do not respond immediately then likely our attention is focused elsewhere.

 

This file would be in the Support folder of the Docs and Settings Folder.

Yours may differ as this is from an XP OS:

C:\Documents and Settings\Charles Shade\Application Data\Autodesk\AutoCAD LT 2012 - English\R17\enu\Support

Or if you open the Linetype Manager in the upper left click on File... and it will take you to the proper folder.

From there you can expand the dropdown to the File and see the path or right click this file in this window and choose Open. If this then asks you with what do wish to open it in use Notepad and associate files of this type with Notepad.

 

Until you find this you will not be able to Load whatever Linetype you make.

 

Do you have an example of the Linetype you wish to create?

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Lawson2011
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Re: More frustration with AutoCAD help

04-18-2012 02:49 PM in reply to: ggunn

Navigate to your ACAD support folder, mine was at the following location, yours might be different....

 

C:\Users\COMPUTER NAME\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\AutoCAD LT 2013 - English\R18\enu\Support

 

Then find the file "acadlt.lin" or "acadltiso.lin", open it in Note Pad or simmilar and the rest should be pretty self explanatory........copy one from near the top and paste it down the bottom and modify it, you can also create you own .lim files by changing the file extention on a .txt file to  .lim

 

PS the other way to find your support folder is to do a search in folder search

 

Regards Lawson

AutoCAD LT2010
AutoCAD LT2013
Windows7 64bit

 

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Re: More frustration with AutoCAD help

04-18-2012 02:51 PM in reply to: Charles_Shade

Sorry Charles, we both must of been typing at the same time......

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