dynamic blocks

the "mini" e-book for all AutoCAD users


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Table of Contents
-Tailoring Dynamic Blocks

About the Author
Ralph Grabowski

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about the author

Ralph Grabowski has authored and co-authored 70+ books on CAD management, ArchiCAD, AutoCAD, Generic CADD, IntelliCAD, MicroStation, TurboCAD, VDraft, Visio, HTML, and VRML. He is the editor of two e-newsletters, upFront.eZine and iCommunique .

Mr Grabowski received his B.A.Sc ('80) degree in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia. He currently works and lives in the beautiful Central Fraser Valley region of British Columbia, Canada.

You can visit his Web site at upfrontezine.com



Tailoring Dynamic Blocks is the first is a new series of "mini" e-books. 

The 66-page e-book is contains tutorials for learning about dynamic blocks and the Block Editor environment in AutoCAD 2006 and up. The e-book features:

  • Guided tour of Block Editor.
  • Commands specific to Block Editor.
  • Comprehensive parameter reference.
  • Catalog of dynamic blocks.
  • History of dynamic blocks.
  • Tutorials on creating dynamic blocks.
  • Dozens of tips.
  • Extensive documentation on related system variables.
  • Download tutorial drawing files by clicking here. (11 .dwg files stored in a 112KB ZIP file.)
  • Now updated for AutoCAD 2008.

As with all of our e-books:

  • All illustrations in full color.
  • Formatted for printing on standard 8.5x11 paper.
  • Margins designed for three-hole punching. 

also available as mini-eBooks:

(Fewer pages = lower price.)

Tailoring Quick Calc mini-eBook US$5.40
Tailoring AutoCAD CUI mini-eBook US$9.60

ordering the book

To order the 66-page Tailoring Dynamic Blocks mini e-book:

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table of contents

chapter 1: introduction to dynamic blocks

History of Dynamic Blocks. Trying Out Dynamic Blocks. Actions of Dynamic Blocks

chapter 2: the block editor

Guided Tour of Block Editor. Block Editor Toolbar.
Commands Specific to Block Editor. Utility Commands. Parameter and Action Commands. Grips Commands. Visibility Commands. Attribute Commands.

Relationship Between Parameters and Actions. Block Editor Authoring Palette. Summary of Actions.
Disabled Commands

chapter 3: comprehensive parameter reference

The BParameter and BAction Commands. Common Parameter Options. Further Options.
Point Parameter. Point-Move Action. Point-Stretch Action.
Linear Parameter. Unique Options. Linear-Array Action. Linear-Move Action. Linear-Scale Action. Linear Stretch Action.
Polar Parameter. Unique Prompts. Polar-Array Action . Polar-Move Action . Polar-Polar Stretch Action. Polar-Scale Action. Polar-Stretch Action.
XY Parameter. Unique Prompts. XY-Array Action. XY-Move Action. XY-Scale Action. XY-Stretch Action.
Rotation Parameter. Unique Prompts. Rotation-Rotate Action.

Alignment Parameter. Unique Prompts.
Flip Parameter. Unique Prompts. Flip-Flip Action.

Visibility Parameter.
Lookup Parameter.

Base Parameter.

chapter 4: beditor tutorials

Tips on Creating Dynamic Blocks. Block Authoring Palette. Placing Parameters. Placing Actions. Viewing Relationships. How Parameter Sets Work. Debugging Dynamic Blocks.
Move-Point Tutorial. Starting AutoCAD and Entering Block Editor. Assigning the Point Parameter. Assigning the Move Action. Testing the Dynamic Block.
Stretch-Linear Tutorial. Changing the Parameter Label. Using Ortho Mode. Double-click to Apply the Stretch Action.
Rotate-Rotation Tutorial. Using Parameter Sets. Double-clicking to Activate Rotation. Editing Parameters with Properties & Restricting Movement.
Alignment Tutorial. Add the Alignment Action. Aligning Blocks to Objects.
Flip-Flip Tutorial. Entering Commands at the Keyboard. Adding the Flip Action.
Visibility Tutorial. Opening Drawings in Block Editor. Placing the Visibility States Parameter. The Visibility States Dialog Box.


a Catalog of dynamic blocks
b System variable reference

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