PolyTools

PolyTools

Win32 and 64, English

OldBridge software
PolyTools provides some utilities to edit polylines.

General Usage Instructions

How to change the order of polyline vertices: 

  • Click the 2D Polyline Start Point icon or the  3D Polyline Start Point icon in the Plug-ins tab of the AutoCAD® ribbonbar. 
  • At the prompt "Select the polyline to change:" appears. Click the closed polyline you want to modify. 
  • The program highlights the first point of the selected polyline with a green circle. 
  • At the prompt "New start point:" appears. Click one of the polyline vertices. 
  • The program shows the vertices sequence by drawing a green arrow between the first two points of the polyline. 
  • At the prompt "Would you like to invert the vertices order?" appears. Select Yes or No if you want to invert or keep the original points sequence.

How to convert a 2D polyline into a lightweight one and vice versa:

  • Click the Convert 2D Polyline icon in the Plug-ins tab of the AutoCAD ribbonbar. 
  • At the prompt, "Select the polyline to convert:" appears. Click the polyline you want to convert. 
  • The program asks to confirm if you want to convert the 2DPolyline to a Polyline (or lightweight polyline) or vice versa depending to the selected entity.

How to convert a 2D polyline into a 3D polyline and vice versa:

  • Click the Polyline 2D to 3D icon or the  Polyline 3D to 2Dicon in the Plug-ins tab of the AutoCAD ribbonbar. 
  • At the prompt, "Select the polyline to convert:" appears. Click the polyline you want to convert.

How to break lines and 2D polylines to its intersections:

  • Click the Auto Break icon in the Plug-ins tab of the AutoCAD ribbonbar. 
  • At the prompt, "Select the entities to break:" appears. Click the polylines and lines you want to break.

How to export lines, 2D and 3D polylines vertices to an Excel file.

  • Click the Export Lines icon in the Plug-ins tab of the AutoCAD ribbonbar. 
  • At the prompt "Select the entities to export:" appears. Select the entities you want to export. 
  • Select the directory and the Excel file name to create from the Save file dialog and press the Save button.

Please go to www.oldbridgesoft.com/polytools.html for more information.

Screenshots

Commands

Ribbon/Toolbar Icon Command Command Description

Change3DPolyStartPoint

This command allows to change the initial vertex in a closed 3D polyline.

ExportLines

Export lines, 2D and 3D polylines vertices to an Excel file. The command exports the lines and the polyline's vertices coordinates to an Excel file.

Convert2DPoly

Convert a 2D polyline to a lightweight polyline and vice versa. The original 2D Polyline in AutoCAD while a vast improvement over having to use line segments and arcs was a resource hog. Each vertex and end were separate entities so a Polyline with two vertices was four entities. In AutoCAD R14 was introduced the LWPOLYLINE (lightweight polyline now called simply Polyline) which was a single entity. For drawing which included lots of contours or other complex polylines drawing sizes shrank considerably. Big difference in speed and stability as well. In conclusion both represent the same thing, but the newer Polyline is a major improvement. If you are encountering old "Heavy" polylines you may convert in the new kind of AutoCAD entities.

Poly2Dto3D

Convert a 2D polyline to a 3D polyline. This command converts a 2D Polyline or Polyline (lightweight polyline) into a 3D polyline.

Poly3Dto2D

Convert a 3D polyline to a polyline 2D. This command converts a 3D Polyline into a Polyline (lightweight polyline).

Change2DPolyStartPoint

This command allows to change the initial vertex in a closed polyline (or lightweight polyline).

AutoBreak

Break lines and 2D polylines to its intersections. This command breaks lines and polylines (lightweight) on its intersections adding new vertices to the existing polylines and breaking the existing lines in more parts.

Installation/Uninstallation

The installer that ran when you downloaded this plug-in from Autodesk Exchange Apps has already installed the plug-in. You may need to restart the Autodesk product to activate the plug-in. To uninstall this plug-in, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features (Windows 7/8/8.1) or Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP), and uninstall as you would any other application from your system.

Additional Information

PolyTools is an extension for AutoCAD software.

Developed since: October 2014.

Language: ObjectArx.Net.

Author: Giorgio Todeschini.

Suitable versions: AutoCAD® 2013 version or onwards.

Known Issues

Contact

Company Name: OldBridge software
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Support Contact: support@oldbridgesoft.com

Author/Company Information

OldBridge software

Support Information

Please contact us at support@oldbridgesoft.com

Version History

Version Number Version Description

1.1.0.3

Updated for AutoCAD® 2016.

1.0.0.3

First release for AutoCAD® 2013, 2014 and 2015 versions.

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