How to modify block definition?
Viewed 20391 times since Sat, Apr 2, 2016
3 ways to modify block definition Block is very useful as reusable contents. And when you need to create similar objects in your drawing. One of the most popular benefits is when you need to modify all instances; you only need to modify one. All... Read More
How to draw an arc with a specific arc length?
Viewed 16784 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
There are some methods that seem to allow you define length. For example start, center, length. But this is defining the chord length, not the arch length. Calculating the angle using simple mathematic calculation, comparing the arch radius and arch... Read More
How to create Chain Action Dynamic Block Creation?
Viewed 8597 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
If you want to realize symmetric stretch keeping keyway center no change and the length of smaller diameter shaft changes with stretch at same time, how will realize that? 1. Add Stretch for Step Shaft: Add stretch parameter and action for step shaft... Read More
How to convert a dwg file to pdf with added layer information?
Viewed 6137 times since Tue, Apr 12, 2016
At plot model dialog box choose DWG to PDF.pc3 as the printer/plotter name. Configure your desired options, such as Paper size, Plot area, and Plot scale. Click Properties > Custom Properties, in the Additional Output Settings category choose... Read More
How to create Distance Multiplier Dynamic Block?
Viewed 5102 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Take step shaft as an example, if we stretch the left part of the step shaft and the keyway still is at the center point of smaller diameter shaft after stretching. As the following picture shows: Then, we use “Distance Multiplier” property of... Read More
How do I create my own linetype?
Viewed 4578 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
GstarCAD default linetypes are usually enough for common purposes. But sometimes it‟s just not enough sometimes we need to have our own. The problem is creating custom linetype can be difficult to do. But if you have express tools, creating custom... Read More
Dynamic Block Editor - Parameters
Viewed 4365 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Parameters have an appearance similar to dimensions. Parameters also specify positions, distances, and angles for geometry in block reference. When you add a parameter to a dynamic block definition, the parameter defines one or more custom properties... Read More
How can I create a circular wipeout?
Viewed 4337 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Many CAD users want to create a circular wipeout, as you may or may not know, you cannot create a wipeout using a circle, only a closed pline without any arcs. Instead, use the POLYGON command. 1. Enter the command POLYGON, 2. When prompted to enter... Read More
How do I customize command shortcuts easily and faster?
Viewed 4316 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
A faster way to invoke a command is customize its shortcut. The CUSTACC command allows you to customize, delete or modify existing command shortcuts. To access this command go through the menu bar, under tools, select customize and choose Shortcuts... Read More
How to use GstarCAD Layer walk?
Viewed 3973 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Have you ever get confused which created objects are on which layer? When you work with layer standard, you may have dozens or even hundreds of layers in your drawing. Finding which one sets to wrong layer can be a tedious work. Here is a tip: Type... Read More
How to create Symmetrical Stretch Dynamic Block Creation?
Viewed 3569 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
There is an easy way to realize the two-way stretch which is adding two stretch actions. Though it can realize two-way stretch, the action of stretch is independent. The parameter needs some additional setup to realize the two-way symmetrical... Read More
Where can I see the command alias list?
Viewed 3277 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
When you use GstarCAD, you‟ll want to use it optimally right? You can see the command alias list and customize your own shortcuts by accessing edit aliases in ribbon> Manage tab> Customizes Settings panel> Edit Aliases. Or you can access... Read More
How to annotate isometric drawings?
Viewed 3254 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Have you tried to annotate your isometric drawings? How about dimensions and text, is it appear properly? No it‟s not. The drawing looks isometric, but not the annotations. So how can you create isometric annotations? Isometric Text First, create... Read More
How do I purge layers that don’t want to be purged?
Viewed 3063 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Want to clean up you drawings from extra or garbage layers? The obvious way to purge layers is to use the PURGE command but sometimes it‟s not enough. Purge might need to be run several times. Make sure to select purge nested items. Notice that in... Read More
How to get high resolution Image from GstarCAD?
Viewed 2827 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Do you need to create a high resolution image from lines, arcs and other objects in your drawing? No, this is not about rendering. Just you can just plot your model/layout. Try to open your plot dialog box. You can see a plotter namedPublishToWebJPG... Read More
How do I save time converting files layers with Layer translator?
Viewed 2777 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
If you ever have received a set of DWG files from a client and want to clean up the layers according to my drawing standards, how do I do it and not take days or having to write code? The solution is quite simple, and powerful. Using Layer Translator... Read More
GstarCAD match properties settings
Viewed 2736 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Many users already know that we can match object properties using MATCHPROP (or MA for short key in). This tool is very handy for you who want to change an object‟s properties to copy other objects. But many of us don‟t realize that there are... Read More
How to create Parameter Value Set Dynamic Block?
Viewed 2674 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
For mechanical design, we often need stretch the keyway to a certain length. Now, let us see how to realize the accurate stretch. 1. Pick Linear Parameter: In block editor, pick the linear parameter, then click entry frame which is in the right... Read More
How to make a multicolored line entity or with embedded text in GstarCAD?
Viewed 2501 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Although it may sound impossible, you can draw multicolored lines / polylines in GstarCAD. MLINE functionality can be used for this. Use the MLSTYLE command to define a new multiline style and define (element properties) two line elements, both with... Read More
4 SHIFT key combination you might not know
Viewed 2480 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
It is great to know that GstarCAD offers a keys combination that helps modify basic objects quickly. Many people don‟t realize that using shift combinations can increase their productivity. Here is a little list that might interest you: 1. Hold ... Read More
A sample of GstarCAD’s geometry calculator
Viewed 2453 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
People often don't know about GstarCAD's built in geometry calculator. While it lacks in interface appeal it more than makes up for it in capability. Take the ability to snap to a point between to endpoints. Consider this example where a... Read More
How To Create Visibility Dynamic Block
Viewed 2422 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Using the Visibility Parameter function, you can control the display and hide a certain view in Dynamic Block. 1. Prepare view: Draw three cars as below and define all of them as block. 2. Add Parameter of Visibility: Enter into Block... Read More
Dynamic Block Editor User Interface
Viewed 2420 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
You use the Block Editor to define and modify the objects and behavior in a block definition. In the Block Editor, you add parameters and actions, which define custom properties and dynamic behavior. You can access the Block Editor by typing BEDIT... Read More
How to copy relevant features from another drawing?
Viewed 2398 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Users will have the ability to copy relevant drawing features like dimension and text styles, blocks, layers, linetypes and xrefs from Drawing A and add it to Drawing B using DESIGNCENTER tool in GstarCAD. 1. To open DesignCenter, you can either use... Read More
Move objects together or edit them individually by group tool
Viewed 2390 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Do you ever need to move or edit objects together but still have the need to edit those same objects individually? GstarCAD can do that with GROUPS. Groups are different from blocks. With blocks, you can manipulate the block as a whole, and that‟s... Read More
How to create tool palettes from block libraries?
Viewed 2268 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
If you already have a drawing that you consider as a standard, you may want to use the blocks from that drawing. The easiest way to manage the blocks is using tool palette. So do we need to open the drawings, drag and drop each block to the palette?... Read More
How to force delete any unwanted layers ?
Viewed 2253 times since Thu, May 5, 2016
When PURGE command failed to remove any unreferenced layers. When deleting any unused Layers in Layers Properties manager, this message will prompt out; The solution is by using LAYDEL command, 1 : Type LAYDEL > ENTER 2 : Select the entity on... Read More
How to create 2D isometric drawing?
Viewed 2191 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
If you work in plant industry, then you might need to draw isometric drawings. If you use GstarCAD, you may wish you can do it easily. It‟s not a 3D drawing, but 2D drawing by simply change your drawing orientation. You can do it by using snap,... Read More
How to enable object snap to hatch?
Viewed 2098 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
There are several users asking, why they can‟t snap to hatch object, the answer is simple, because they did not enable a drafting option to snap to hatch object. To activate it, simply issue OPTION command. In option dialog box, drafting tab, in... Read More
How to select all horizontal or vertical lines in a drawing?
Viewed 2098 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
If you need to select all horizontal or vertical lines within a drawing, this could be a tedious work. It is not easy to select them in quite a complex drawing. But you can do it easily if you use QSELECT tool. So how to use it to select all... Read More
How to change plotter when publishing?
Viewed 2090 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Let‟s say one day your plotter is broken and you need to publish to new plotter. Or you need to plot it on other office that has different type of plotter. Your previous setup will not work. Do you have to modify page setup for all files all over... Read More
How do I do object copies along uniform/non-uniform path?
Viewed 1964 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Users know that array command cannot make object copies along non-uniform path. In GstarCAD, unlike array capabilities, LAYOUTBYPATH tool, distributes object copies along a path (uniform/non- uniform) with a variety of array options like: random,... Read More
How to edit block attributes in Microsoft Excel?
Viewed 1944 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Block attributes is a great way to store information but if you already have many blocks in your drawing, editing the attributes can be tedious and prone to error. It would be easier to edit the attributes in table, isn‟t it? Export the attributes... Read More
How do I move, rotate, and scale an object at once?
Viewed 1941 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
ALIGN command is often overlooked by many CAD users. Instead of using move, rotate, and scale commands separately, you can do it at once using this tool. With ALIGN you can move, rotate and scale an object while aligning it with existing geometry or... Read More
How do I pack my files with eTransmit?
Viewed 1891 times since Sat, Apr 2, 2016
Do you often need to send your drawing files to your customers? But quite often they have troubles to see all drawing resource attached like reference paths broken, or don‟t include the plot style table, custom fonts, etc. There is a tool that can... Read More
How to cycle commands?
Viewed 1873 times since Sat, Apr 2, 2016
As a new or experience CAD user, you might found that GstarCAD has a lot of commands. Not to mention changing the system variables. Some (well, many...) of them have to be activated from command line. It is very difficult to remember all of them.... Read More
How to change referenced file layer properties in master file?
Viewed 1779 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
When you work with engineers and architects, they might use your structure drawings as reference in their drawings. The problem is each engineer probably has their own standard. You might need to change layer properties for their drawings so it can... Read More
Dynamic Block Editor - Actions
Viewed 1776 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Actions define how the geometry of a dynamic block reference will move or change when the custom properties of the block reference are manipulated in a drawing. Move: Move action causes objects to move a specified distance and angle such as a point,... Read More
How to rotate multiple texts at once to readable orientation?
Viewed 1762 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
If you have many texts, mtexts or block attributes in your drawing. And you want see them rotated to different angles. They can be very hard to read! To fix text orientation you can use: Rotate text tool. Accessing Rotate text tool (TORIENT) You can... Read More
Understanding Layer 0, ByLayer and ByBlock
Viewed 1743 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Every time you create a new drawing, you will see a default layer: Layer0. You can‟t delete it. Then when you define their properties such as color, line weight, etc, you will see ByLayer and ByBlock properties. Most of you might already know what... Read More
How to reference objects to file/URL in GstarCAD?
Viewed 1703 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
In GstarCAD is possible to link an object to another file. So if you needed to see the components specifications or 3D model of a certain component from a drawing, you can add hyperlinks to an object. The hyperlinks can be pointed directly to a... Read More
How to Insert a Block Reference in a Cell of a Table?
Viewed 1671 times since Thu, Oct 13, 2016
Select and Right-Click a cell. On Table window select the icon Insert Block. Then select a block from the list of blocks, or click Browse to find a block in another drawing. You can specify the scale, rotation angle, cell alignment or auto fit the... Read More
How to modify objects with non-uniform scale?
Viewed 1659 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Just using a simple tool. In the drawing below, if you notice blue cloud area, you can see that the columns or pillars do not fit in width with the long narrow balcony. By the way the columns are block objects. Do not worry; there is an effective... Read More
How to change zoom speed?
Viewed 1656 times since Sat, Apr 2, 2016
Have you ever felt like the middle mouse wheel zoom is too fast or too slow when drawing? It can depend on the scale of the drawing and objects you are working on, or perhaps even your mood. This speed of the zoom in and out is controlled by a system... Read More
How to Fill up an Inserted Table?
Viewed 1647 times since Thu, Oct 13, 2016
Once you inserted a blank table, click any edge of the table. You'll notice blue grips at the ends of the table and also around it. So you can resize (enlarge) width, height by holding and dragging the blue grips. Once you inserted a blank table... Read More
How to add descriptions to blocks?
Viewed 1594 times since Sat, Apr 2, 2016
GstarCAD has the ability to add descriptions to the block definitions in the drawing. Issue the BLOCK command. Select the block from the list at top. Click in the lower 'Description' section and enter the description. Choose... Read More
How do I use filter selection?
Viewed 1580 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
We have discussed about using Quick Select before. But there is one more utility that you can use, not as pretty as QSELECT. FILTER command offers a dialog box that might also scary when you first see it. But after you use it for a while, you may don... Read More
How to create Linear Stretch Dynamic Block
Viewed 1564 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
For example, during mechanical design, we often need change the position as well as the dimension of the keyway. In this section, we will add Linear stretch function for the keyway on the step shaft. 1. Add Linear Parameter: Add linear... Read More
How can I draw a tangent line off an arc within a polyline?
Viewed 1562 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
You may have noticed that when you go to the ARC mode within the PLINE command, the first and consecutive arcs are tangent to the previous segment. To create a tangent line off the last segment, first press L for Line mode, then press a second L for... Read More
How to Select a Group of Cells from an Inserted Table?
Viewed 1561 times since Thu, Oct 13, 2016
Once you inserted a blank table, position the mouse cursor in a cell, then by window selection method (from left to right movement) select all the cells you want to apply certain cell properties. Learn : Table Read More
How to change zoom direction?
Viewed 1552 times since Sat, Apr 2, 2016
Another related system variable is ZOOMWHEEL which can toggles the direction of transparent zoom operations when you scroll the middle mouse wheel. 0 :Moves wheel forward zooms in; moving wheel backwards zooms out 1 : Move wheel forward... Read More
With page setup win (save) money
Viewed 1549 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Setting up drawing to plot is like an artist making a reproduction of a painting; the two paintings will look very similar, but they‟ll never look exactly the same. This is much like plotting in GstarCAD; you‟ll probably find the right... Read More
How do I control the prompt order for attributes?
Viewed 1544 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
When building the block definition, the selection order is the key. If you simply window off the geometry there is a good possibility the prompt order will not be as desired. When selecting objects for a block definition, first individually pick the... Read More
How to backup your Tool pallets in GstarCAD ?
Viewed 1530 times since Tue, Apr 12, 2016
Right-click on tool pallets panel, choose Customize Pallets. Select the pallet that need to backup, right-click on it and select Export to save to any directory you prefer. Read More
Why 3 reasons to like dynamic input?
Viewed 1516 times since Sat, Apr 2, 2016
As you know, dynamic input provides a command interface near the cursor to help you keep your focus in the drafting area. When dynamic input is on, tooltips display information near the cursor that is dynamically updated as the cursor moves. When a... Read More
Determine AutoCAD DWG file version.
Viewed 1515 times since Tue, May 3, 2016
The first 6 bytes of a DWG file will indicate the version used. 1. Open the DWG file in Notepad or Notepad++ (Recommended)2. Compare the first 6 bytes against the following list to find out the version that last saved the file. Note: This may not be... Read More
Navigate between model and paper space with hyperlinks
Viewed 1506 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Below is a step-by-step process that helps you quickly navigate between Model space orientations and multiple Layout tabs using Saved Views and Hyperlinks (this tip is lengthy, but so worth the effort). 1.While in a Layout tab, use the VIEW command... Read More
How to create Alignment Dynamic Block
Viewed 1492 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Alignment Parameter can give dynamic blocks the function of alignment automatically, which can save the step of rotating the blocks. 1. Add an Alignment Parameter for a Roughness Symbol: Draw a roughness symbol in the Block Editor. Select... Read More
How to get area sum result from closed objects in few clicks?
Viewed 1491 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Compared with AREA command, AREASUM tools is more flexible and powerful. When using the traditional area command, users usually need to redraw the boundary of the region, or convert the boundary into a single object, and then get the area of the... Read More
How to set a dimension style to content always blank?
Viewed 1486 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
If users do not want to show dimensions value for a particular reason, they can make the dimension contents permanently blank by following the steps below: 1. Create a new dimension style in the dimension style dialog box. 2. Go directly to primary... Read More
How to duplicate block definition?
Viewed 1485 times since Sat, Apr 2, 2016
When we want to create a similar block from existing block, how do you do it? Explode it and recreate block with different name? You will have a lot of problem when you have block with many dynamic block parameters and actions! In dynamic block... Read More
How to maintain the attributes value when exploding?
Viewed 1459 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Block attributes is a nice tool to have. We can use it to preserve text style and size as annotation block. Drawing title and title block is a good example. The problem is when we need it explode it somehow, we will lose any information we put in... Read More
How can I align objects horizontal or vertically?
Viewed 1455 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Align selected objects to a reference coordinate direction is time consuming if you use move command. In GstarCAD you can use ALIGNTOOL that allows align selected objects such as: rectangle, circle, line, spline, arc, pline, block and even 3D model... Read More
How do I change Mtext to lower case or upper case?
Viewed 1451 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
You might make a mistake and want to change the text case... either to lower case or upper case. Do you need to re-type it? No way! It is easy to do. Select the word you want to change for. Right click in the word, select the CHANGE CASE... Read More
How to create Flip Dynamic Block
Viewed 1450 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
When you use the "roughness symbol block" to label the spare parts, the symbol is sometimes already in the right position, however, the characters' direction is not right. We need to add the "character flip" function to receive the correct... Read More
How to Apply Cell Properties to a Group of Cells from an Inserted Table?
Viewed 1402 times since Thu, Oct 13, 2016
After selecting all the cells by window selection method, you can apply certain properties to those selected cells through Table window. This window offers a range of options for cell edition like adding rows, columns, blocks, field data, merge and... Read More
How to set a previous file version as default?
Viewed 1383 times since Sat, Apr 2, 2016
Do you have to work with different drawing versions? Or maybe you mostly have to send your DWG files in older file format? You can set to save the files to older file format version, by default. You can access it in option dialog box, in open... Read More
How can I arrange objects horizontal or vertically?
Viewed 1376 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Users are tired arranging a bunch of objects manually by using move command. In GstarCAD you can use ARRANGETOOL command to quickly adjust the arrangement (vertically or horizontally) of multiple selected objects such as rectangles, circles, splines,... Read More
How to perform transparent commands?
Viewed 1374 times since Sat, Apr 2, 2016
You can use many commands transparently like pan, zoom, setvar, about, help, OSNAP, CAL, color, etc. You can enter them on the command line while another command is active. To use a command transparently, enter an apostrophe (') before entering... Read More
General Steps of Creating a Dynamic Block Definition
Viewed 1371 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
General Steps of Creating a Dynamic Block Definition In order to get a Dynamic Block Definition, improve block editing efficiency and avoid repeating modifications, we can create Dynamic Block by the following steps. Step1: Planning: Before... Read More
Why specific objects in my drawing are shown as boxes?
Viewed 1321 times since Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Have you ever found that when you open a drawing, you see your texts are missing? You only see them as boxes like below. This is actually a setting to simplify the drawing appearance. By simplifying the text appearance, you can work with drawing... Read More
How to Adjust Size from an Inserted Table?
Viewed 1265 times since Thu, Oct 13, 2016
Once you inserted a blank table, click any edge of the table. You'll notice blue grips at the ends of the table and also around it. So you can resize (enlarge) width, height by holding and dragging the blue grips. Learn : Table Read More