The Drawing Tree program creates a new tool palette in Autodesk® AutoCAD® in which you will see all drawing objects in a tree view. Objects are grouped by type, by layer, by material. The lists are sorted by object name. Inside the blocks, you will see the same lists of objects, including nested blocks, and in them, there are more objects and more blocks. Thus, a tree can be very branched. The program is designed to work in conjunction with the A>V>C> Properties Palette and together they allow you to edit the properties of all objects in the DWG file, even those that are not visible or not yet involved in the drawing. Another important purpose of the Drawing Tree is to conveniently search for objects in large drawings.
- Shows all open dwg files and allows you to switch between them.
- Shows all sheets (Layout) of the drawing and allows you to switch between them.
- Shows the Blocks, Materials, and Layers that are all in the DWG file, even if they have not yet been used in the drawing. In this case, you can select unused blocks and materials, and change their properties in the A>V>C> Properties Palette.
- Inside the blocks, all objects that make up the block are displayed. You can change object properties without even opening the block editor. For example, you can assign materials and edge bandings to parts within an assembly block.
- All used blocks also have a list of links to this block, even if the link is inserted in another block.
- In dynamic blocks, a list of its unnamed instances (block variants with a different set of parameters) is shown.
- You can see and select all objects of one layer or one material.
- Objects can be divided by type into 3D, Curves, Annotations, and more. Solids can be distinguished into a separate group Details.
- Blocks will be divided into Blocks-Assemblies, Blocks-Products and Annotations.
- Materials can be divided into subgroups according to the type of use: Sheet, Molded, Edge Bandings and so on.
- Objects with the same name can be combined into subgroups. In this case, the program will show the number of objects in the subgroup. You will immediately see how many identical parts you have.
- The same object can be found in different lists: in its block, in materials, in layers. Use any of the lists as you see fit.
- You can color list items by the color of objects, materials and layers. The program prefers the color of the material, not the layer.
- The icon of a solid changes if it is marked as a mirror or as a sweep.
- Selecting objects in the drawing results in the appearance of check marks on the corresponding items in the tree. And vice versa - you can select objects with checkmarks.
- Moving the mouse cursor over the tree highlights objects in the model. You will immediately see which object corresponds to the list item, you don't even need to click. This even works with objects inside blocks!
- Clicking on an object in the tree starts searching for the object in the drawing and the program will show it in full screen. Flat objects will also be rotated to face the screen.
- The program reads the entire drawing immediately after opening, in small portions, trying not to interfere with your work. Therefore, the lists are not filled instantly. While it read a progress bar appears at the bottom of the palette. Until the bar disappears, the palette does not display a complete list of objects. As soon as you start working with a drawing, the program immediately pauses and waits for a second.
- With any changes in the drawing, the program starts the process of updating the data. Changes in the tree will not be displayed instantly, but after a couple of seconds when the CAD is idle.
- The program can immediately re-measure all metrics of solids and create new metrics when opening a drawing. This ensures that all metrics are up to date. And in the lists, you will see the sizes of all solids. However, the measurement process can seriously slow down the work and even cause AutoCAD fatalities. Use this option with caution.
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