How to Create Editable Attributes in AutoCAD 2007


Attributes are text information contained in Blocks within AutoCAD. Blocks are drawings or libraries of commonly used objects that can be reused, meaning you don't have to constantly redraw objects. Attributes can contain information on the object, such as its part number, weight or cost. Attribute information can then be extracted into a spreadsheet program, allowing calculations to be made as to quantities required to make the design drawn in AutoCAD. Editable Attributes allow you to change information as required, keeping the drawing accurate.

  • Open AutoCAD and draw the object you want to reuse. Attributes can be added only to Blocks.

  • On the menu bar, click "Draw," "Block" and then "Define Attributes." This will open the Define Attributes dialog box.

  • On the left side of the dialog box, ensure Verify is checked. In the Tag box, add the name of your attribute. There can be no spaces in the Tag name.

  • In the Prompt box, type the question that will appear when the completed Block is inserted. For instance, if the Tag is price, the question could be "What is the price?"

  • Choose your Text Style, height and justification. Make sure that Specify Onscreen is checked in the Insertion point area, and then click "OK." Place the Attribute on the drawing.

  • When you have added all of your Attributes, create the Block. When you insert it, you will be able to edit the Attributes as required, using the prompts. You can also edit them later if you need to.

Tips & Warnings

  • When Blocks are inserted, the Attributes that can be edited appear at the Command line with their prompts. This happens twice, once for the text to be added and then verified.
  • If you type "ATTDIA," "Enter," and then change the value from 0 to 1, then the Attribute will appear in a dialog box, which is easier to deal with.

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