AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: How To Add Cadfile Plot Date And Plot Time As Attribute
Aug 30, 2012
I am aware of the plot stamp available in the Plot Dialog box, however, we are looking at ways to imbed this info in the dwg. I currently have the WD_TB with an attribute for FULLFILENAME, an attribute for PLOT DATE, and an attribute for PLOT TIME12. So I get the information on the dwg. I would like to be able to run all these attributes as a string. I have tried FULLFILENAME|PLOT DATE|PLOT TIME12 with spaces, commas, ( ), " ", etc. and I do not know the proper syntax to get this to work. I have also tried (getenv "FULLFILENAME") or the getvar, in the title descriptions box.
Where else do they keep this setting? I only have found it in Active Layout in extended dada
(entget (vlax-vla-object->ename(vla-get-activelayout (vla-get-activedocument(vlax-get-acad-object)))) '("*")) The last pice of extended data is: ("PLOTTRANSPARENCY" (1071 . 0)) When i change it to 1 (setq layout(vla-get-activelayout (vla-get-activedocument(vlax-get-acad-object)))) (vla-getXdata layout "PLOTTRANSPARENCY" 'type 'data) (vlax-safearray-fill data '("PLOTTRANSPARENCY" 1)) (vla-setXdata layout type data)
it stays there (extended data), but the setting in Plot dialog box doesn't change!!! And it still prints no transparency.
It takes to save the drawing and reopen it again to see the change.
The command -PLOT does not have this setting as well, so my options back to VBA or Lisp, but HOW?
I have a attributed titleblock. Sometime in the future I will need to change the date attribute to another value, i.e.. 7-11 to 9-11.
I can't place a text string in the title block because this title block is used for multiple drawings and the date will be different for different sets. I can't have numerous title blocks because of the client's requirements.
Is there a way to write a script to open a drawing, look for the specific attribute, change the date value, save and close the drawing - across multiple sheets? Would a lisp routine called by the script be able to do this? Or a script file called by the original script file? CAn you even use a script file in this manner?
Is it possible to open a dwg, change something and then plot a layout with visual lisp. This is my start. Opening is working, but plotting not. I have to switch between drawings before the function is going on. Sometimes it's plotting an empty sheet and otherwise an error: ERROR: Automation Error. Description was not provided.
Is it possible to create a lisp that would change the plot style table? I don't know of any variable to type to change that. We convert drawings from Solid works to AutoCad and use the basic monochrome plot style. I'd like to easily change that since the act of doing that is repeated many times.
Goal: using the native windows explorer, Open the folder containing the the multitude of drawings from different vendors and customers, usually 30 -40 .dwg files.
Highlight all the files, Right click print.behind the scenes without any further clicking or involvement from the user autocad plots the extents of model space of all the drawings to a designated plotter fit to 11x17 sheets.
I only do programming when absolutely needed so it usually only happens every couple years. I wrote this routine to count nested blocks inside of dynamic blocks to count parking spaces. The routine worked fine but was relying on the ltscale to scale a block containing an attribute for the total number of spaces. I want to update the routine to use an annotative block so the scale doesn't have to be set. I changed my block containing the attribute but now when I run my routine, the attribute height gets changed each time the routine is run. The text just gets larger and larger. Here is the portion of the routine where the attribute info is gathered and updated with the new value for that attribute. If you need the entire routine, I can post it with a slight modification so it will work outside our network.
(defun updateattrib () (setq CNT 0) ; sets count to 0 (while (< CNT (sslength ss)) ; starts loop while CNT is less than the number of objects in the group
I am running this in Civil 3D 2010 but will want it to work in 2013 so if the solution will only work in 2013, that is fine with me.
Is there a way to get model space to "display plot styles" through a lisp routine or a script?
i'm currently setting up a whole bunch of custom tool palettes for the company I work for and instead of the icons displaying in their actual colour (at the moment they're green, which doesn't show up very well on the light grey background), I'd rather they show in the plotstyle assigned to the individual dwg's.
call up the page setup manager (while in model space) and click modify, you can then check the radio button to "display plot styles" in the top-right corner. But when you have around 100 - 200 blocks to change, that process can be rather time consuming and cumbersome!
We used a block which contains deisel expressions for our plot stamp. When we publish through the sheet set manager it shows a temp folder where the drawings are spooled to instead of the actual drawing saved path. We can fix this buy turning off background plotting when we publish, but I was wondering if there is a way to show the saved path instead of the spoolled path when publishing in the background.
Below is the expression found in our plot stamp block.
Background: Someone exploded an attribute block and copied it hundreds of times throughout a project, each time changing the Attribute Tag to match the Value they expected to appear in their drawing. The drawing must be xrefed, so the attribute definitions do not appear.
(There is only 1 attribute in the block.)
1:AutoLISP routine which copies Tag data from Attribute Definition into Value of Attribute Block:
Prompt-Select Attribute Definition
Copy Tag data
Prompt-Select Attribute Block
Paste data into Value
(Allow repeat to speed workflow)(*PREFERRED*)
2:AutoLISP routine which copies Tag data from Attribute Definition into Default Value and creates a new Block:
Prompt-Select Attribute Definition
Copy Tag data
Paste data into Default Value
Create New Block
(Select Multiple Objects)(Creates tons of new blocks which are messy)
I am trying to find a lisp that would get an attribute value (tag name = NBR_5) . I'm trying to run a simple routine that would let the user place the value from the titleblock attribute as text on a drawing. I see a ton of articles regarding getting attributes but I am not well versed in programming.
I posted a version of the Offset command that lets you Undo individual Offsets and change the offset distance/Through option, without getting out of the command, at Cadalyst CAD Tips: URL....
It's an upgraded version of an earlier concept by Gopal Ramesh. It's been downloaded almost three times every day since it went up, so I guess people expect it will be useful.
But the website's description includes: "this routine does not provide access to the Layer or Erase options of the built-in Offset command." The reason for that is that I'm working back in 2004, so those options are not present for me to emulate. [The Undo option in the routine is one that was added in some later version, but is a very useful enhancement for people using older versions, like me.]
I do also have an Offset-to-any-Layer [not just the source's or the current Layer] routine posted there: URL....
And I have a simple little routine to Offset something and Erase the source object. So I think I have all the "pieces" to include those options that newer versions have, but that I don't. I would like to combine the functionalities into the Offset-with-running-options routine. That way, if people want to use it to redefine the Offset command as I have done, in order to get the while-running distance change option, those working in newer versions won't be losing the Erase and Layer options in the process, and those in older versions will be gaining yet more options.
Say I have a block that contains two attributes, one contains a value that is a number and another contains a value that is letters. I have many of these blocks placed in a drawing, could you create a lisp that would return the sum of the number value and return it to the command line along with the letter value. Something like this: