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  AutoCAD Express Tools is the fast expansion of AutoCAD software tools, known as ET Tools. The software is first installed AutoCAD software to AutoCAD software can run as a platform, the installation will appear in the toolbar AutoCAD interface.

  ET tools and expanded to cover a wide range of AutoCAD functions, and can set the shortcut command, including layer tools, block tools, text tools, layout tools, dimensional tools, selection tools, editing tools, drawing tools, documentation tools, Web tools, custom tools, etc..

  1, the application "layer tool" in the "freezing", "isolated", "Close", "open" and the like for extracting layer has a very convenient place, drawing a line may be selected, on the fast line relevant to the extracted layer , or off, or freeze, which eliminates the "layer properties Manager" in a click of a hassle.

  2, "editor" in the "two-dimensional object" may be any decomposition can not be decomposed in FIG CAD;

  3, available mstretch, ncopy and so many new and enhanced command

  The following is a detailed description of the Express tools used:

  Annotation tool

  1. DIMEX

  With this command, you may be named dimension style set and all of their output to an output file.

  Command: DIMEX

  After executing the above command, Dimension Style Export dialog box appears.Can Export filename (output file name): Code

  Edit box, enter the required dimension style file name.Effective in the current drawing dimension style dimensions listed in the list Available

  Dimension Style list box.You can select the desired dimension style, and writes ASCII file.In the Text Style Options district

  Domains may be selected Full Text Style Information selected radio button or radio button Text Style Name Only.

  2. DIMIM

  With this command, you can DIM from a file, enter a name to the current figure dimension style.

  Command: DIMIM

  After executing the above command, the pop-up dialog Dimension Style Import.Can enter the required size in the edit box Import filename

  Dimension style name or complete the same operation from the Open dialog box, Open dialog box by clicking on the Browse button to invoke.Graphics can be in the current

  Retain dimension style or to replace it by selecting the appropriate radio button in the region Import Options.


  This command is used to attach a lead to annotation objects, these objects may be a paragraph of text annotations, tolerances or block reference objects.Its command prompt is


  Command: QLATTACH

  Select Leader: Select the lead

  Select Annotation: Select annotation object


  The command is a global annotation object attached to the lead, which may be a paragraph text annotation object, or block reference objects tolerance.Its command prompt

  Shows that:


  Select objects: Select an annotation object or lead

  Select objects: Press Enter

  Number of Leaders = n

  Number with annotations detached = n


  The command annotation object separation which is a lead, which may be a paragraph text annotation object, or block reference objects tolerance.Its command prompt



  Select objects: Select an annotation object or lead

  Select objects: Press Enter

  Number of Leaders = n

  Number with annotations detached = n

  Standard tools


  The command for drawing a plurality of objects.If the object is completely checked, the effect of this command is similar to the MOVE command.Its command prompt is:

  Command: MSTRETCH

  Define crossing windows or crossing polygons.

  Options: Crossing Polygon or Crossing first point

  Specify an option [CP / C]: determining a first point of intersection of the window

  Specify an option [CP / C / Undo]: determining a second point of intersection of the window

  Specify an option [CP / C / Undo]: Press Enter

  Specify an option [Remove objects]: Select a reference point

  Specify base point: Select a new reference point


  MOCORO a command to complete the move, copy, rotate, and scale the selected objects more editing functions.Its command prompt sequence is as follows:

  Command: MOCORO

  Select objects: Select the object to be modified

  Base point: Select a reference point

  [Move / Copy / Rotate / Scale / Base / Undo]: Select an option


  By specifying a crop boundary, in order to trim an object, which may be a crop boundary polyline, line, circle or arc.Its command prompt is


  Command: EXTRIM

  Pick a POYLINE, LINE, CIRCLE, ARC, ELLIPSE, IMAGE or TEXT for cutting edge.

  Select objects: Select a cutting edge

  Pick the side to trim on: Select a point to specify the cutting edge

  After performing the above operations, the object is within the clipping boundaries are trimmed portion.


  The command to edit a plurality of polylines, may be converted into a straight line or arc polyline.Its sequence is a command prompt:

  Command: MPEDIT

  Select objects: Select the object

  Convert Lines and Arcs to polylines ?[Yes / No]: Press Enter.

  Enter an option [Open / Close / Join / Width / Fit / Spline / Decurve / Ltype gen / eXit]

  < eXit>: Select an option


  With this command, the selected area may be covered with the background color, thereby hiding the object region.It must be closed by the selected area a

  Defined polyline.Its command prompt sequence is as follows:

  Command: WIPEOUT

  Select first point or [Frame / New from Polyline]: press Enter to start a new deleted

  Select a polyline: Select closed polyline

  Erase polyline ? Yes / No: Select Input

  Located within the multi-line border region is deleted.May be first point or [Frame / New from Polyline] Select the

  : F input prompt to display the following prompt:

  Select an option [OFF / ON]:

  ON option to delete borders on all viewports entities.OFF option to close the Delete to delete all objects.


  The command to establish a shading correction, it may be a polyline consisting of a continuous arc formed.Its command prompt is:

  Command: REVCLOUD

  Arc Length =, Arc style = 1

  Pick cloud starting point or [eXit / Options]: determining a start or input O.

  The system Revcloud Options dialog box is displayed.When the head moves the crosshairs, a solid line can be established with a specified length of the arc.When the ten

  When the character cursor tip is near the starting point of the last arc of the start point connected to form a closed shading correction, and while the end of the command.

  7. PACK

  With this command, you can all the files related to a specific graphics are copied to a specified directory.

  Command: PACK

  After executing the command, Pack & Go dialog box appears.File names of all files, file size, creation date, the graphical version (if there is

  Words) are listed in the dialog box.You can choose Tree View tab to display the files subdirectory structure.If you click on the Browse button, bomb

  The Choose Directory (directory selection) dialog where you can determine the path to copy the files.Copy to copy the file to the button

  Specified path.Print button allows you to print a report to display information in a dialog box.Report button to display the Report dialog box, it

  Contain specific information related documents.


  This option is similar with AutoCAD HATCH command, but here the image may be selected, external reference, or delete the object block as a fill pattern.its

  Prompt command sequences with different filling pattern becomes.

  For images, the sequence of prompts is:

  Insert point: select an insertion point

  Base image size: Width: 1.00, Height: 0.twenty four

  Scale factor: scale factor determining the image to be inserted

  And for the external reference block, which is the sequence of prompts:

  Insertion point: Select an insertion point

  X scale factor / Corner / XYZ: determining a scaling factor X

  Y scale factor (default = X): determining the Y scale factor or press Enter

  Rotation angle: angle of rotation is determined

  Select a window around the block to define column and row tile distance.

  Specify block [Extents] First corner: determining an image frame into small blocks, after the completion of press Enter

  After determining the desired fill pattern, the following command prompt sequence is:

  Selecting visible objects for boundary detection.Done.

  Specify an option [Advanced options]: determine a point to fill the internal border,

  A select or use advanced options, and then press Enter

  Preparing hatch objects for display.



  The handover command deletes image objects and the border state.For example, if the border is open, the command will

  Turn it off, and vice versa.


  This command displays all embedded URL pattern.It can also be used to edit the URL associated.

  Additional command

  These commands can only be achieved through the command line.

  1. BLOCK?

  The command lists the different entities in a block definition.

  Command: BLOCK?

  Enter block name: Enter E nter

  Select a block: mode selection using the selection block

  Enter an entity type: Press E nter Select all entities or enter an entity type.


  The commands may calculate the number of each block of the insertion point or the selected graphic object, and then displayed in tabular form.

  Command: BCOUNT

  Press Enter to select all or .

  Select objects: Press Enter or select objects


  The command to load the shortcut menu, or display the Express menu in the menu bar of AutoCAD.Because AutoCAD at the same time can only display 24 dishes

  Single, so before running EXPRESSMENU, you must determine the current system, only less than 23 menu items.



  The command to load AutoCAD Express Tools library, place the Express directory in the search path, you can also in the menu bar of AutoCAD

  Express menu is loaded or placed.EXPRESSTOOLS can add Express menu group (the shortcut menu in the dialog Toolbars

  Group), where you can view Express toolbar.



  The command has AutoLISP function for converting time calendar.

  Command: DATA

  Tue 1999/5/25 10: 25: 52: 391

  6. LSP

  This command displays all the AutoLISP command at the command prompt you can use.Its command prompt is:

  Command: LSP

  Enter a option [?/ Commands / Functions / Variables / Load]: determining an option.

  7. SSX

  This command creates a selection set.

  Command: SSX

  Select object /: I Select a template object

  >> Block name / Color / Entity / Flag / LAyer / LType / Pick / Style / Thickness / Vector: Enter an option

  The system will create a selection set exactly equal to a selected entity or very similar to filter the adjusted list.

  Tool Command


  This command can be adjusted to a maximum screen graphics area.It can also hide the AutoCAD window''s title bar and menu bar.This command

  To switch between normal size to full screen size screen.


  This command can create a new line based on the selected object.It is available immediately to establish a new line of fast and efficient methods.Their life

  Order sequence of prompts is:

  Command: MKLTYPE

  Select a ".LIN "file :: a linear input file name

  Enter linetype name: determining a new line name

  Linetype description: a new description to determine the linear

  Starting point for line definition: a starting point to determine the line

  Ending point for line definition: determine the endpoint

  Select objects: Select the graphical object is used to define linear


  The command may create a new definition of a shape based on the selected graphic object.Its command prompt is:

  Command: MKSHAPE

  Select a ".SHP "file: shape Enter a file name to save the shape

  Reading shape file: drawing.shp.Done.

  Enter the name of shape: determining a type name

  Enter resolution: the resolution of the input values (between 8 to 32,767)

  Insertion base point: determining a reference point.

  Select objects: Select a graphic object is defined as the completion, processing the object as a full line type objects

  Determining geometry extents.Done.

  Building coord lists.Done.

  Formatting coords.Done.

  Writing new shape.Done.

  Compiling shape / font description file (compiled shape / font documentation)

  Compilation successful. Output file C: drawing.shx contains n bytes.

  Use the SHAPE command to place shapes in your drawing.

  4. REDIR

  This command can be redefined in an external reference, picture, shape, style of hard-coded (hard-coded) path.Its command prompt charge column is:

  Command: REDIR

  Current REDIRMODE: Styles, Xrefs, Images, Rtext

  Find and replace directory names

  Enter old directory (use ''*'' for all), or ? : Enter the name of the directory to be replaced or press Enter

  Select options

  Replace "*" with: Enter the name of the directory replace the original directory


  By determining the need to redefine the object, this command can set options for REDIR command.If you enter REDIRMODE in the command bar, then pop up

  REDIRMODE dialog where you can select the type of objects to be redefined.Its sequence is a command prompt:

  Command: REDIRMODE

  Current REDIRMODE: Styles, Xrefs, Images, Rtext

  Replace directories in Styles, Xrefs, Images, Rtext. : Enter an option (object type)

  Current REDIRMODE: select an object type

  6. XDATA

  This command is attached to an extension of a data entity selected entity.

  Command: XDATA

  Select object: Select the object

  Enter the name of the application: Application name

  [3Real / DIR / DISP / DIST / Hand / Int / LAyer / LOng / Pos / Real / SCale / STr / eXit]: extended entity data to be attached

  Enter an option


  The command lists all external data associated with one object.

  Command: XDLIST

  Select object: Select the object

  Application name: Enter the name of the application or by E nter list a list of all applications

  Layer Tools

  1. LMAN

  When you call LMAN command, there will be Layer Manager: Save and Restore Layer Settings (Layer Manager: Save and restore

  Complex Layer Settings) dialog box.Using this dialog box, you can save, edit and restore layer.Layers can also be output to a file L AY, or

  L AY from a document input.


  The command to change the selected object layer is the current layer.Its sequence of prompts is:

  Command: LAYCUR

  Select objects to be changed to the current layer

  Select objects: Select an object and change the layer

  Select objects: Press Enter

  1 object (s) changed to layer LAYER1 (the current layer).


  The command to freeze the selected object''s layer, which prompts the following sequence:

  Command: LAYFRZ

  Select an object on the layer to be frozen or [Options / Undo]: Select the layers you want to freeze objects or as an option key

  The O

  If you enter 0 will display the following prompt:

  [No nesting / Entity level nesting /]: Select an option

  No nesting option to freeze the selected object''s layer.If one block or an external reference, then they are frozen are also inserted layer

  Knot.Entity level nesting option to freeze the layers in the selected object is located, even if the selected object is embedded in an external reference

  Block level nesting, if a block is selected, it is inserted layer is frozen.However, if you choose an external

  Reference, the layer where the object is frozen, and the external reference does not freeze.


  With this command, all other layers by the method are closed, the object can be selected layers separated.Its command prompt is:

  Command: LAYISO

  Select object (s) on the layer (s) to be isolated.

  Select objects: Select the object to be isolated in its layer


  With this command, the selected object can be locked layer.Its command prompt is:

  Command: LAYLCK

  Select an object on the layer to be locked: Select objects whose layers need to be locked


  With this command, you can change the selected object''s layer, the layer to make it fit the selected target object is located.Its command prompt is:

  Command: LAYMCH

  Select objects to be changed.

  Select objects: Select objects whose layers to be changed

  Select object on destination layer or [Type-it]:


  The option to turn off the layer where the selected object.Its sequence of prompts is:

  Command: LAYOFF

  Select an object on the layer to be turned off or [Options / Undo]: select or specify an option

  If you enter O for Options the next prompt issued is: [No nesting / Entity

  level nesting /]:

  If you select the current layer, you can get the following tips:

  Really want layer (the CURRENT layer) off? :

  Block Tools

  1. NCOPY

  This command is used to copy a block or nested object in the external reference, which is a sequence of prompts:

  Command: NCOPY

  Select nested objects to copy: Select nested objects to be copied

  Specify base point or displacement, or [Multiple]: select point or reference input M is performed multiple copies

  Second point of displacement: selecting a second point

  2. BTRIM

  With this command, the clip boundary can be selected for the selected object pruning.The frame can be cut a piece or xref.Its command prompt


  Command: BTRIM

  Select cutting edges: select the object as the clipping boundary

  Select object to trim or [Project / Edge / Undo]: Select the objects to be trimmed, or select an option


  With this command, the selected object can be extended to a specified boundary, the boundary may be a block or xref.Its command prompt is:

  Command: BEXTEND

  Select edges for extend: Select the object as a boundary

  Select object to extend or [Project / Edge / Undo]: select the desired extended objects, or select an option

  4. XLIST

  The command lists nested objects in a different block properties, such as object, block name, layer, color and line.

  Command: XLIST

  Select nested xref or block object to list: Select an object

  After this operation, there may be a Xref / Block Nested Object List (xref / block list nested object) dialog from

  Can be displayed in all the information about the selected object.


  The command separation block, the outer parts of the drawing or refer to images, which method is to use more than one line segment, a circle or arc to remove the remaining

  The image display section.Its command prompt is:

  Command: CLIPIT

  Pick a POLYLINE, CIRCLE, ARC, ELLIPSE, or TEXT object for clipping edge.

  Select objects: Select a cutting edge

  Pick an IMAGE, a WIPEOUT, or an XREF / BLOCK to clip: Select the object

  Enter max error distance for resolution of arcs <0.0200>: Enter a resolution value

  Boundary curve fitting shape by a series of short line segments and arcs to the resolution of the distance between the midpoint of the circular arc segment.Thus, the error value

  Large, the less the required number of segments of the fitting, the fitting faster, but it also becomes not smooth arc.

  6. GATTE

  With this command, changes may be made globally for all attribute values specified block insertion point.Its command prompt is:

  Command: GATTE

  Select block or attribute [Block name]: block names can be entered using the selected block or B

  Known tag names for block: MDLN

  Select attribute or type attribute name: Select or enter the property name tag

  Number of inserts in drawing = 2 Process all of them ?[Yes / No]: Yes you can choose to modify all

  Properties, to modify only the selected attribute selected No

  7. BURST

  This command is used to decompose a block, so that the physical property values are converted to text.Its command prompt is:

  Command: BURST

  Select objects: Select the block containing the attribute

  Text tool


  The command text is placed along a circular arc.Its sequence of prompts is:

  Command: ARCTEXT

  Select an Arc or an Arc Aligned Text: Select an arc or arc-aligned text

  After the above operation, there may Arc Aligned Text Workshop - Create (Establishment and arc aligned text) Dialog.allowable

  Text input text edit box, you can select a text style or font for the text from the corresponding drop-down list in the dialog box''s.also

  You can edit a text alignment with the arc, the method is: first select the text, and then change the various properties dialog by.In the dialog box

  The Properties (characteristic) zone can change text height, width, and offset distance and arc.After completing the changes, click OK

  Push button.


  This command can be text or a paragraph of text decomposed geometry (linear or circular), and a thickness or height values can be assigned to them.Its prompt order

  Column is:

  Command: TEXTTEXP

  Select text to be EXPLODED: Use an object selection method to select text

  3. RTEXT

  Indirect text (RTEXT) objects as they appear with other text or paragraph text, but an indirect source of the text, is still an ASCII text file

  Or a DIESEL expression values.RTEDIT command can be used to edit text objects indirectly.

  RTEXT command prompt sequence is:

  Command: RTEXT

  Current text style: STANDARD Text height: 0.2000 Text rotation: 0

  Enter an option [Style / Height / Rotation / File / Diesel]: Select an option or source file


  The command to edit an existing text object indirectly.Its sequence of prompts is:

  Command: RTEDIT

  Select objects:

  Select Style: STANDARD Height: 0.10000, Rotation: 0

  Enter an option [Style / Height / Rotation / Edit]: Select an option

  Style option to define a new style for the indirect text.Height option allows you to change the text height indirect entity, and may be listed on the

  Like the current height.Use Rotation option, we can define a new rotation angle of indirect text.Using the Edit option, you can edit room

  Then text.


  This command may cause the text object tightening or stretching, so that they specify the distance between the start and end points to adapt.Its sequence of prompts is:

  Command: TEXTFIT

  Select text to stretch or shrink: Select the text

  Specify end point or [Start point]: Enter the starting point S may determine or select a new end point

  If you enter S as a new starting point, the next prompt is:

  Pick new starting point: determining a new starting point

  Ending point: determine the endpoint


  This command can hide objects after the selected text.TEXTMASK used with programs plus WIPEOUT.Lift it

  Sequence is shown:

  Command: TEXTMASK

  Current settings: Offset factor =, Mask type =

  Select text object to mask or [Masktype / Offset]: Select text or an option

  If the shield of the text object will need to delete TEXTMASK command shield, you can use TEXTUNMASK life

  make.Its command sequence is:

  Select text or MText object from which mask is to be removed.

  Select objects: Select the text object shielded


  The command to convert one or more lines of text is a paragraph of text.Its command prompt is:

  Command: TXT2MTXT

  Select text objects or press ENTER to set Options:

  Select objects: Select the text object to be converted

  Selection Tool


  This command is used to create a temporary selection set.

  Command: GETSEL

  Select an object on the Source layer<*>: Select an object or enter Enter to select all layers

  Select an object of the Type you want<*>: Select the entity type or press Enter to select all


  This command can establish a "reverse" or "exclude" selection set.EX mode having a negative prefix selection set, the execution result thereof

  In addition to all graphic objects located within a selection set of objects outside, are selected.For example, if the mode selected by W windowing,

  So, EXW is excluded window selection mode.

  Command: ''EXW,'' EXC, ''EXP,'' EXF, ''EXWP,'' EXCP

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