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    By Martin Phelps

    Once a “Block” has been added to a “Pallet” its insertion properties can be changed depending on user preferences.

    These include “Scale”, “Rotation” which will set a specific rotation value, or “Prompt for Rotation” which allows the user to specify the angle after placement.

    General Properties including Colour, Layer, Linetype, Plot Style Lineweight and Transparency can also be set via the “Tool Properties” dialogue box for that “Block”. Although the above can be set independently, it’s normally better to set “Bylayer”, particularly if the Block has been created on Layer “0”, and therefore taking on the “Bylayer” properties.

    To access the above options, right mouse click on the “Block” in the “Pallet” to display the menu, then select “Properties” as shown in Figure 1.


    Figure 1.


    The “Tool Properties” for the selected “Block” are now displayed, as shown in Figure 2.


    Figure 2.


    If this particular “block” was to be place on a Layer “New Components” which had the colour “Green” set “Bylayer” the setting would be as in Figure 3.


    Figure 3.

    The above settings will add the selected “Block” to the specified layer taking on the properties of that “Layer”, regardless of which layer is current.

    It will also add the “Layer” and its properties to a drawing file if the layer doesn’t currently exist.

    The same “Block” may be duplicated may times in one pallet, and therefore assigning different “Properties” to each “Block”.

    To identify the variations, each “Block” could have a different “Name” and “Description” within the “Pallet”.