Brandon here and I’m back with another super helpful 2 Minute Tip!
This week I wanted to share a really cool tool in Autocad, the Export, and Import Attribute tools. By using these commands we can quickly and easily export any or all of the block attributes in a drawing, saving them out to a .txt file that can easily be edited in programs like Excel.
The greatest part is that once all of the changes have been made in the excel file, simply saving it and then using the Import Attributes tool will automatically update the attribute of any block that has changed! This can be a huge time saver, especially when working with drawings that have a large number of blocks in them.
Another great use for the exported .txt file is to use the data for material take-offs, quantity checks or simply record keeping. Having an itemized spreadsheet of every block in the drawing is invaluable and certain to save you time.
Check out the video below for a complete walkthrough:
That’s all for today’s quick Autocad Tip, I hope you all were able to take something away from it and able to add a new tool to your CAD toolbox!
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