Express Pattern Find/Replace

Express Pattern Find/Replace

Win32 and 64, English

A utility that allows the user to select a block or object, find all similar patterns in a 2D drawing, and convert the result to a block or group object.

General Usage Instructions

A. BF_SSP (Pattern QSel): It is a function to find and select a pattern like a specific object from the 2D drawing you are working on.

  • Select pattern entities: Select multiple objects to use as patterns.
  • Finds similar patterns in the current drawing and displays them in the selected state.
  • (You can check the number detected in the command window) 


B. BF_E2P (Entities Pattern): Command to search by pattern of selected objects and convert to block or group

  • Select pattern entities: Select a pattern to search.
  • Select target entities: Select all objects to search in the drawing.
  • The results found are displayed in a dialog box.
  • Check the cloud markings by adjusting the rotation angle when converting to blocks.
  • Click the Run button to convert it into a block and check the cloud mark. 


C. BF_B2P (Block Pattern): It is a function to select a block and convert the visited pattern into a block or a group.

  • Select insert entity: Select the block to search.
  • Select target entities: Select the objects to search in the drawing.
  • Confirm the resulting pattern in the dialog box.
  • Adjust the rotation angle when converting to Block and check the cloud mark.
  • Click the Run button to convert to Block and check the cloud mark. 


D. Change dialog: This is a dialog box for setting the conversion of patterns found by the 'BF_E2P' and 'BF_B2P' commands.

  • (1) Selected Patterns: Pattern or block information of the object selected by the user (In case of block, block name is displayed)
  • (2) Create New block: Creates a new block with the pattern of the user-selected object.
  • (2) Find Patterns: Shows a list of similar patterns found in the drawing.
  • (3) List item icon: The preview of the pattern is displayed.
  • (4) Displays Cloud Mark on drawings: Display the boundary area of the list item in Cloud Mark.
  • (5) Layer name: Specify the layer name of Cloud Mark.
  • (6) Arc Radius: Specifies the Arc radius of Cloud Mark.
  • (7) Replace Pattern: The block to be changed (No. 15) is displayed in the block.(Left mouse button: rotate, mouse wheel: middle in / out, mouse wheel click: pan)
  • (8) Rotate: Enter the rotation value of the block specified by the user directly.
  • (9) X Mirror: Set the X-axis mirror of the block directly.
  • (10) Y Mirror: Set the Y-axis mirror of the block directly.
  • (11) Redraw: Display the block by changing the rotation value, X and Y-axis mirror value.
  • (12) Apply current block transform: Applies the changed settings of the block to the item selected in the list box.
  • (13) Do not replace: Does not convert to blocks or groups (default selection)
  • (14) Replace with selected block: Convert list items to blocks.(In the case of "BF_B2P" command, the rare of the selected block and inserted object is initialized)
  • (15) Delete patterns: Delete Entities of the target pattern.
  • (16) Block name: The block of the current drawing is displayed in the combo box and you can select the item to see the preview.
  • (17) Layer name: Set the layer of the Insert object when changing the pattern to Block.
  • (18) Replace with group: List items consist of groups.(If you do not select Anonymous, the names of the items in the list are automatically given)
  • (19) Anonymous group: Set the name of the group to anonymous.
  • (20) Zoom Extend: Enlarges and displays the selected list item in the drawing.
  • (21) Selected all similar patterns: Selects the same items as the selected items all at once from the list.
  • (22) Remove: Delete the selected item.
  • Execute: Start the conversion and exit the dialog box.


E. BF_CFG : Preferences dialog

  • (1) Tolerances: Sets the tolerance used when comparing objects in patterns.
  • (2) Match number of patterns: Sets whether the number of objects that make up the found pattern must match.
  • (3) Match percent: If the objects of the pattern match, it is 100%, at this time, set the percentage allowed by the user.
  • (4) Match layer name: Sets whether the layers of the objects of the patterns to compare have the same name.
  • (5) Match color: Set whether the objects of the patterns to compare have the same color
  • (6) Match text string: For TEXT and MTEXT, set whether the string values are not the same.
  • (7) Match block name: For block, set whether the names should be the same.
  • (8) Displays Cloud Mark on drawings: Set whether to display Cloud Mark of the pattern.
  • (9,10) Layer name, Arc radius: Set the layer name and arc radius of the Cloud Mark object.
  • Save: Save the settings and exit the dialog box.


F. BF_REG : Enter license key for product activation.

  • Send Product ID by e-mail
  • Make a payment with PayPal.
  • Enter your License Key in the registration dialog box for the authentication.


[Supported pattern elements]

The user-selectable elements of the pattern are:

  1. Line
  2. Arc
  3. Circle
  4. Text, MText
  5. Polyline(LWPolyline)
  6. Insert
  7. Ellipse
  8. Solid
  9. Trace
  10. Hatch
  11. Insert



Ribbon/Toolbar Icon Command Command Description


Command for quick selection in drawing with pattern of selected


Command to convert block or group to selected pattern


Command to convert the entities found in the selected block to a block or group


Commands for setting the Express Pattern Find / Replace environment.


Product activation command


The installer that ran when you downloaded this app/plug-in from Autodesk App Store will start installing the app/plug-in. OR, simply double-click the downloaded installer to install the app/plugin. You may need to restart the Autodesk product to activate the app/plug-in. To uninstall this plug-in, exit the Autodesk product if you are currently running it, simply rerun the installer, and select the "Uninstall" button. OR, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features (Windows 7/8.1/10/11) and uninstall as you would any other application from your system.

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Version History

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Support for AutoCAD 2024. No change in version number
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