Electrical Design Software | Elecdes Design Suite by Scada Systems Ltd

How to Modify Inserted Blocks

Fundamentals

This tool can modify properties of inserted blocks in selected drawings. It can also delete inserted blocks from drawings.

Procedure

  1. Choose the files to modify

  2. Use Change Block and Delete Block to change and delete blocks as required.

    • More than one task can be input.

    • Change an existing task if necessary by selecting the task and clicking the Edit Task or Delete Task.

    • You can save the current task list by clicking Save Task List and load them later for re-usage by clicking on the button Load Task List. Users can choose to delete or keep the current list items while loading another list.

  3. Click Start to begin batch processing the drawings.

  4. When the process is complete, you may click Read Log File to view the output of the process, which will include any errors encountered.

Change a Block

  1. Specify the name of the block to change. There are two ways to do this:

    • If you know the block name, enter it into the text box.

    • If you don't know the block name, select it from the list:

      1. Click Choose from drawing to list all inserted block names in a selected drawing. Or click Browse for symbol file to list the block name of the selected symbol.

      2. Browse to the required drawing/symbol, and click Open.

      3. Select the appropriate block name to change from the list.

  2. Use the check boxes to select the properties you wish to change. Use the corresponding combo boxes and text boxes to specify the new values for the properties.

    PropertyDescription
    ColorSets the colour for the selected block, either by layer, by block, or by selecting an AutoCAD colour index (1-255).
    Line TypeSets the line type for the selected block. choose one of the predefined values from the dropdown, or enter your own value.
    Plot StyleIf you have configured Plot Styles and wish to set one for the selected block, enter it here.
    Line WeightSets a line weight for the selected block.
    LayerSets the layer that the selected block will be on.
    Position X

    Sets the X, Y, and Z coordinates of the selected block.

    Prefixing the value with @ will treat the value as relative, and can be used to move multiple instances of the selected block by the same amount.

    Using an absolute value will move all of instances of the selected block to the specified position.

    Position Y
    Position Z
    RotationSets the rotation of the selected block.
    Scale

    Sets the scale the selected block.

    Prefixing the value with @ will treat the value as relative, and can be used to scale multiple instances of the selected block by the same factor.

    Using an absolute value will scale all of instances of the selected block to the specified factor.

  3. Click OK to add the Change action to the task list.

Delete a Block

  1. Specify the name of the block to delete. There are two ways to do this:

    • If you know the block name, enter it into the text box.

    • If you don't know the block name, select it from the list:

      1. Click Choose from drawing to list all inserted block names in a selected drawing. Or click Browse for symbol file to list the block name of the selected symbol.

      2. Browse to the required drawing/symbol, and click Open.

      3. Select the appropriate block name to delete from the list.

  2. Click OK to add the Delete action to the task list.