Editor's Note: In June 2010, this tip was updated and the LISP file was replaced with a new version. Updates include:
- User can specify text height
- Gap that the text is placed in is more accurate, vertically and horizontally
- Text in linetype uses the current textstyle (getvar 'textstyle)
- Assembled linetype definition is printed to the Command line
- Variables dashlen, txtgap, txthgt can be modified in code for user preference
- The rountine checks for existing linetype and prompts user to redefine.
This month’s top tip by Ron Perez is Create Custom Linetype, which automates the steps needed to make a custom linetype with embedded characters. Load the LISP code and type MakeLT to start it. You will be asked to supply a string to be embedded in the linetype. Type in the characters and select Enter. A temporary linetype file definition is created and loaded into the current drawing. All you need to do now is relate it to a layer name, and it is ready to go. This is a nice timesaver for those who make custom linetypes, and it’s well deserving of this month’s top tip prize!