Sunday, July 5, 2015

Joining Lines and Polylines

I hope everyone had a happy and safe fourth of July. The fourth of July is synonymous with explosions. If you got a little carried away yesterday and exploded some polylines and want to put them back together, you are in the right place!

First, I want to mention something (rant) about the explode command.

A few years ago Autodesk changed the toolbar button icon from to

As a user, no big deal. I type the alias x to explode anyway. As an instructor I miss the old button! I could set someone down who has never seen AutoCAD before and say "Find the explode button" and they could easily find it. Now I have to explain that it looks like a box that is being exploded apart. The button looks more like a 3D command than a 2D command. I miss my stick of dynamite!

Back to joining objects.

In the following video I demonstrate two different methods for joining lines and arcs to create polylines.

One more comment on the Polyline Edit command. If you prefer to use this method for joining lines and arcs, here is a tip to shorten the process. It always bugged me that AutoCAD asks "Object selected is not a polyline, do you want to turn it into one?" Of course I want to turn it into one! I have literally never said no to that question. Okay, once to see what would happen; it just ends the command having done nothing. To bypass this question type in the variable PEDITACCEPT and set the value to 1. Essentially you are saying that you accept turning the object into a polyline. You will never be asked that silly question again!

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