Block manipulation

Manipulating blocks

Landscape plans made by inserting symbols as blocks are much smaller in file size than those made by copying entities. They also zoom and pan more quickly. If you need to move a symbol, it is much easier to select a symbol with a single left click than it is to pick all the entities that together make up a symbol. That is especially the case when symbols overlap one another.

Movies

Here we group some movies that show how to manipulate blocks in a drawing.

 We have been asked to demonstrate how to make a symbol for a particular plant species. This movie shows how to make a symbol for a Santolina species so it can be used with confidence in the gCADPlus environment.

 We show how to replace a drawing sheet with title block information containing nested blocks with a much simpler title block. The technique shown uses block redefinition to speed the process. We follow with a discussion on the use of scale bars and north points in both model and layout space and recommend that these blocks should be inserted into model space, not layout space. We increase the visual impact of a tree symbol by again using block redefinition.

 We show how to replace a drawing sheet with title block information containing nested blocks with a much simpler title block. The technique shown uses block redefinition to speed the process. We follow with a discussion on the use of scale bars and north points in both model and layout space and recommend that these blocks should be inserted into model space, not layout space. We increase the visual impact of a tree symbol by again using block redefinition.

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