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Burst Command as WYSIWYG Block Exploder
Tip# 4528 By Matt Sibum On 24-Aug-2015
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Categories : Object Properties, 2D Editing
Software type : AutoCAD 2016
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If you explode a block where objects inside the block are set to layer 0, the items on layer 0 will inherit the layer of the block once burst.

Typically AutoCAD's Burst command is used to explode blocks with attributes, converting the attributes to text. But if you explode a block where objects inside the block are set to layer 0, the items on layer 0 will inherit the layer of the block once burst.

Drawing objects on layer 0 inside blocks is a good idea if you want the layer properties of the block itself to control the layers nested inside the block. The Burst command is therefore a WYSIWYG block exploder — what you see on screen before the burst will equal what you see afterwards.

Notes from Cadalyst tip reviewer R.K. McSwain: A very nice tip. How many of you know about the Burst command? Any how many of those knew about this part of it? Thanks Matt!

 

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Comment by Sanders,Richard
Posted on 2015-08-24 14:46:31
Had no idea there was a BURST command out there! ...now if only LT supported this :/
Comment by Tulis,Ralph
Posted on 2015-08-24 16:00:20
Been using the Burst command for years. It offer some really neat features IF your blocks are properly defined. My Block standards are simple: - All entities are on Layer 0 (zero) - All Colors are ByBlock (with occasional exceptions) - All Linetypes are ByBlock (again, with occasional exceptions) When a Block defined in this manner is inserted onto a particular Layer, it assumes the Color and Linetype of that Layer. However, one can change the Linetype or Color of that particular block simply by changing its properties, and this will not affect any other instances of that same Block. Bursting the BLock will leave it on the Layer that it was originally inserted on. Further, if you have modified the color, it will retain that color and not revert to the Layer's color. HOWEVER, if you modify the Linetype after inserting the block and then Burst the block, the block's entities will revert to a Linetype of ByBlock. Don't know why this is, and I wish it would retain the Linetype that I assigned prior to Bursting it.
Comment by Anderson,Jim
Posted on 2015-08-25 05:16:39
The XPLODE command has a very similar inherit option - also available to AutoCAD LT users


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