Editing Blocks and Drawing Validator

General support questions regarding the use of DraftLogic Electrical that don't fit into any of the more specific forums.

Editing Blocks and Drawing Validator

Postby forumadmin » Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:44 pm

The new DraftLogic Electrical Automated Drawing Validator checks, repairs, and notifies you about a wide variety of issues and potential issues with your project. See the forums entry about the Drawing Validator for details about what is checked.

One of the things that the Drawing Validator does is to automatically delete nuisance zero-length and near zero-length lines/polylines. For your production projects, this is fine as you don't have any need for these entities in an production project. Where automatic deletion is not fine, however, is when you are editing DraftLogic Electrical blocks, including block clusters. This is because most DraftLogic Electrical blocks use near-zero length polyline 'donuts' to serve as snap points for Branch Circuit Wiring connections. We want the snap points to stay on the blocks where they belong, not be transported to oblivion by the Automated Drawing Validator!

So if you ever need to edit any DraftLogic Electrical blocks, including block clusters, just go to your profile list (OPTIONS command in AutoCAD, profile selection is on last tab) and select any profile that doesn't have DraftLogic Electrical installed in it to be the 'current profile'. Usually the base AutoCAD profile is the first on the list and won't have DraftLogic Electrical in it. Once you are running AutoCAD without DraftLogic Electrical, edit the blocks as you need and save them. Once block editing is complete, make a profile with DraftLogic Electrical current and continue working on your projects.

Block editing can be tricky business regardless of the Drawing Validator eating snap points...call DraftLogic Electrical technical support before performing any changes so we can discuss what you want to achieve and plan how best to get you there with the lowest time and risk.
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Re: Editing Blocks and Drawing Validator

Postby forumadmin » Fri Oct 19, 2012 2:25 pm

Please be advised that as of build 644 (mid October 2012 release), the Drawing Validator will not automatically run on drawing load if there are not any DraftLogic Electrical symbols in the drawing being loaded. Since a block definition is some geometry and attributes, it does not quality as having any 'DraftLogic Electrical symbols in the drawing'. Thus you no longer have to worry about your snap points being arbitrarily eaten when you open a DraftLogic Electrical symbol (aka block) to edit it!

When the Drawing Validator decides to not automatically run on drawing load, you will be advised of this with a dialog box.

Note that there are some circumstances when you will want to manually trigger the Drawing Validator if it doesn't automatically run--when loading an architect drawing for the first time, for example. Running the Drawing Validator in this case will clean up any stray zero length polylines, heal some kinds of broken polylines, and perform some other 'clean and fix' operations that will assist you in preparing the architect source for use in DraftLogic Electrical.

The Drawing Validator is triggered by any major automation process being executed & you can always manually trigger it with the Command tool palette > Drawing Discovery tool group > Check Blocks & Polys tool.
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