Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Defining blocks containing attribute definitions

From: Data Management with AutoCAD 2013

Video: Defining blocks containing attribute definitions

In this lesson you will define blocks containing geometry and attribute definitions. The room tag block will display the visible attributes containing the room number and the last name of the employee that works in the room. The furniture blocks will each contain attributes describing the price, manufacturer name and model number. As the purpose of this lesson is to define blocks, which become permanently part of the drawing's database, you will delete the unneeded source geometry and attribute definitions as you define the blocks.

Defining blocks containing attribute definitions

In this lesson you will define blocks containing geometry and attribute definitions. The room tag block will display the visible attributes containing the room number and the last name of the employee that works in the room. The furniture blocks will each contain attributes describing the price, manufacturer name and model number. As the purpose of this lesson is to define blocks, which become permanently part of the drawing's database, you will delete the unneeded source geometry and attribute definitions as you define the blocks.

Let's first define the room tag as a block. So type the name Room, space, tag. Click Pick Point to specify the base point of this particular block. And snap to the mid point here. Then click Select Objects, select the rectangles, and the room text object and then you're going to go ahead and select the attribute definitions.

But the order that you select them in is significant. You'll be prompted to enter attribute values on the command line in the same order that you select the attribute definitions here in the block definition. So let's click room number first. And then L name. Press Enter, and then choose Delete. Set the block unit to inches, and make sure this is not selected. Click OK, and the source objects are deleted, but the block is now part of the drawing database.

Let's repeat this command by pressing Enter. And now, let's address this armchair. I'll type armchair as the block name. Click Pick Point, and click this midpoint on the front of the chair. Click select objects. And then select the geometry of the chair. And then select the attribute definitions in order from top to bottom. Press Enter and OK. Again, press Enter to repeat the block command.

Type desk. Pick a base point for the desk right here. Click Select Objects and select the geometry of the desk with a couple of crossing windows. Be careful not to select the wall. And then go ahead and select the attribute definitions in order. Press Enter and OK. Down here we don't want to define two identical chair blocks. Instead, we will define only one chair block.

We will ultimately insert two chair references of this block, so we'll have a pair of chairs in each office. Go ahead and erase, by typing E enter. All of this information. Then type b enter for the block command and type chair, select the base point right here and then select the objects of the geometry and then the attributes in order Enter and OK.

In this lesson you defined the room tag and three furniture block which each contain a number of attribute definitions. No values have yet been stored in these data structures that you have designed and implemented.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Data Management with AutoCAD 2013
Data Management with AutoCAD 2013

18 video lessons · 1126 viewers

Scott Onstott
Author

 

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now "Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Data Management with AutoCAD 2013.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.