Create Plan View Block from Entities

The Create Plan View Block from Entities command is used to create a 2D block that can be used in your plans to represent a device. You use specific entities on the current drawing to create the block.

To create the block, go to

DM Electrical->Customization->Block Creation->Create Plan View Block from Entities

Create Plan View Block from Entities Dialog Box

Customization--Block Creation.Create Plan View Block dialog box

Block Name: The name of the block. This will be the name of the block in the drawing and the name of the drawing file saved to your computer.

Folder: The folder where the block will be saved. The default location is your customization folder.

Set Folder: Press this button to change the folder where the block will be saved.

Block Settings

Move entities to layer 0: Whether or not the entities you select for the block are moved to layer 0 or left on the layer they are currently on. If you are not sure what this means, leave this box checked.

See the AutoCAD help for more information on setting layers in blocks.

Block has a highlight: Whether or not the block has a highlight associated with it. Highlights are used to include a second layer and color in blocks. The highlight block is inserted on a separate layer from the main device block. The two layers can have different colors and other properties set on them.

Block can rotate: Whether or not the block can be rotated. See the Can Rotate section for more information.

Block is "To Scale": Whether or not the block is to scale. See the To Scale section for more information

Connect loops and leaders to: Where loops and leaders are connected to the device.

Specific points: The loops and leaders are connected to specific points on the device. Choose this option for blocks that are not circles or rectangles.
Edge of a circle: The loops and leaders are connected to the edge of a circle. Choose this option if the block has a circle in it that you want the loops and leaders to connect to.
Edge of a rectangle: The loops and leaders are connected to the edge of a rectangle. Choose this option if the block has a rectangle in it that you want the loops and leaders to connect to.

Slide Settings

Create slide: Whether or not a slide for the block should be automatically created. The slide is used in the device dialog boxes to display the graphics.

If you do not create a slide for a block, an "X" will be shown in the dialog boxes. The block will still display properly on the drawing.

You can manually create the slide later using the Create Slide command. See the Create Slide section for more information.

Block Color: The color to use for the block in the slide.

Select Block Color: Press this button to set Block Color using the standard AutoCAD Select Color dialog box.

Highlight Color: The color to use for the highlight block in the slide.

Select Highlight Color: Press this button to set Highlight Color using the standard AutoCAD Select Color dialog box.

Database Settings

Create records in database: Whether or not records will be created in the master or project databases.

Block Type: The type of device that the plan view block is used to represent.

Master Schedule Records

Create record in master block list: Whether or not the block is added to the master block list. If this box is checked, you can specify a label for the block in the master list. If you leave the label field blank, the block name is used as the label in the master list.

Create record in master schedule: Whether or not a record in the master schedule is created using the block. If this box is checked, you can specify a name for the entry in the master schedule. If you leave the name field blank, the block name is used as the name of the entry in the master schedule.

Master Schedule Group: The group in the master schedule to put the entry in.

Project Schedule Records

Create record in project block list: Whether or not the block is added to the project block list. If this box is checked, you can specify a label for the block in the project list. If you leave the label field blank, the block name is used as the label in the project list.

Create record in project schedule: Whether or not a entry in the project schedule is created using the block. If this box is checked, you can specify a name for the entry in the project schedule. If you leave the name field blank, the block name is used as the name of the entry in the project schedule.

Project Schedule Group: The group in the project schedule to put the entry in. This field is enabled when the Block Type is set to Low Voltage Device.

Enter the information needed to create the plan view block and press OK.

You will be prompted to select the entities to include in the block.

Select entities to use in the block.
Select objects:

If the block has a highlight, you will then be prompted to enter the highlight block.

Select entities to use in the highlight block.
Select objects:

Next, you are prompted to specify the insertion point for the block.

Specify insertion base point:

Finally, you are prompted to specify where loops and leaders will connect to the block. The prompts depends upon the option you chose in the dialog box

Specific points: You are prompted to specify the points where loops and leaders can connect to the block. You may specify as many points as you need.
 
Specify connection point:
 
Edge of a circle: You are prompted to specify two points on opposite sides of the circle to connect the loops and leaders to.
 
Specify point on one side of circle:
Specify point on opposite side of circle:
 
Edge of a rectangle: You are prompted to specify two corners of the rectangle to connect the loops and leaders to.
 
Specify first corner of rectangle:
Specify opposite corner of rectangle:

The block, slide, and database records will be created for you.

If a slide is created, the screen will flash during the creation process. When it is finished, you should be back at your original view of the drawing.


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