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Groups for Titleblocks and Borders
Tip# 3188 By Don Boyer On 26-Apr-2009
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Categories : Attributed Blocks
Software type : AutoCAD 2009
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Don Boyer sent us his method on using groups to control and edit titleblocks and borders instead of the more traditional blocks.

”I have used Border sheets from a variety of companies. Most seem to prefer that it be a block with multiple Attributes. This can be a bit awkward to edit since you must scroll scads of Attributes to find the one you want. I prefer that each line in the Reference Drawings and the Revision section be a separate Attributed item. Use the DDATTE command and select the line and enter the info. The titleblock portion has many Attributed lines and is a single Block. But I do like having the border sheet as a single entity. So I have rebuilt our AutoCAD border sheets as a Group. I select all the components which make up the border sheet, make it Selectable, give it a name and I'm done. The nice thing about this is the fact that I can select the individual Attributed lines and edit them. If you want to take the time you can even turn the lines into a P-line. When you open a file for the first time there is nothing there, but I use the company logo as part of the titleblock. So I use the Attribute edit command and select the logo to start the process. I even include the Viewport as part of the Group.”

NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: Groups are handy. They have similar functionality to a block, but with differences. A block’s objects are only editable through the Block editor, or if you choose the Edit Block in Place option. Either way, you can’t grab one particular item in a block and change it. Groups, when made selectable, can have their parts edited, but they still stay together. Titleblocks are but one use for groups. Notes are great for groups, especially if you use several text objects, not just one, or sub assemblies, or other objects that need to stay relative to each other.


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Comment by Dietel,Ron
Posted on 2009-04-28 04:44:24
title block, not "titleblock".
Comment by Harper,Mike
Posted on 2009-04-28 09:21:55
In the title blocks I created, the text are actually fields linked to the sheet set. Another quick method of updating a set of drawings without every opening the drawings.
Comment by Harper,Mike
Posted on 2009-04-28 09:24:31
The text in the title blocks I created are fields linked to the sheet set. This is an excellent method allowing updates and changes without ever opening a drawing!
Comment by Lohan,Ronald
Posted on 2009-04-29 10:24:16
This is one pet-peeve that their always some wants to change "company standards" just because the the light just came on!!! In lieu of DDATTE, everyone should try -ATTEDIT, which is Global Attribute Edit, one at time. This is the best program, especially when you do Door, Window and Finish Schedules. I use GG, as my keyboard command in my acad.pgp!! A lot easier and faster!

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