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The JTB OffsetInXref app can be used with Autodesk® AutoCAD® to enable the OFFSET command to work with line contents of blocks and externally referenced drawings, associated arrays, dimensions, and tables.
Once loaded, the standard OFFSET command will work with blocks and externally referenced content: instead of responding "Cannot offset that object", the app will automatically copy the selected object into the current drawing, allowing it to participate with the OFFSET command. The lowest-level object will be selected, if part of a nested Xref or block, but some objects - such as Hatches - will still cause the "Cannot offset that object" prompt to be displayed. All objects copied temporarily into the drawing will be erased automatically at the end of the OFFSET command. The app can either have the OFFSET command create geometry on the current layer (the default) or the source layer. The XOFFSETLAYER command allows the configuration of this option.
A trial of this product is available at OffsetInXref Trial. Visit our app page at https://jtbworld.com/offsetinxref
Note: This app uses a custom installer (and not the standard App Store installer).
Using C3D on a daily basis since 2018, this tool is an absolute must for the simplictiy of it, where you don't need to use custom commands to use it, no delay or lag time when using the offset comamnd. it's an feature that should have been included in the first place.
After a fresh install of 2020, no issues with 2.1.0.
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Been using since 2015, installed on every workstation at my firm, essential for workflow if you use external references. Version 2.1.0 works flawlessly.
Excellent Add-in, especially working in many XREFs. This feature should come with AutoCAD!
If you don't have this app then you're doing things the hard way. So simple, so unique and so very much appreciated!