Plugin of inserting products from the ModPlus database as blocks containing extended data
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- ModPlus menu
- ModPlus palette
- AutoCAD ribbon
- Command line: _mpProductInsert
DESCRIPTIONPlugin creates AutoCAD blocks based on data from the database. Extended data is added to the blocks, which allows processing these blocks with other plugins and creating a specification based on them
Plugin also allows you to add extended data to ordinary AutoCAD entities
Important! Blocks must be inserted with this plugin or copy already inserted, otherwise (when inserted by normal means AutoCAD), extended data will not be added!
There are two additional buttons in the window title bar:
- opens the search panel for documents in the database: - opens a window for editing the list of documents used by the plugin. If you do not want to use any document from the database, then simply disable it:
The main window of the plugin contains the following parts (top to bottom):
Choose a section – drop-down list to select the database section (Reinforced concrete, Metal, Wood/Plastic, Materials, Other)
Filter by groups – allows you to filter the displayed documents into groups. For example, blocks, rolled products, etc.
Select a document – drop-down list of documents in the selected section.
- Open image for this document, if available in the database
Below is the name of the selected document and a table for selecting products with their characteristics. The status of the document is displayed to the right of the name of the document: Acting, Inactive, No information or legislation.
Under the table are the properties of the products that must be specified. Properties change depending on the selected document.
Product position – indication of the position of the product. Optional parameter required for filling specifications later.
Side view, Front view (section), Top view – option to display the product when inserting it as a block
Masking – when you select an option, a masking AutoCAD element will be added to the block, to hide objects behind the block
Insert – go to AutoCAD to indicate a point (if the selected document does not support product rendering, the button becomes inactive)
Specifies the point to insert the block. A block with a simple product geometry, drawn by the values of the specified element in the table (or by the values selected in the drop-down lists of properties) will be inserted at the specified point
Attention! When a plugin inserts a block into a block, extended data is written with all the properties of the product. This advanced data will be used in processing by other plugins. During normal block copying, extended data is saved. However, if this block is reinserted using standard AutoCAD tools (Insert -> Block), the block will NOT have extended data and, accordingly, will not be processed by other plugins!
Replace block - go to AutoCAD to select a block
Choose a block to replace:
Block selection in the drawing. The selected block will be deleted, and a new block with advanced data will be inserted in its place (see the work by pressing the button Insert)
Add to entity - go to AutoCAD to select a entity
Select the objects to which you want to add data for the product:
The choice of any entity. Advanced data with information about the specified product/material will be added to the selected entity.
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