Autocad block attributes not updating

Whilst it isn’t too difficult to update a couple of Block Attributes, when the blocks to update ventures beyond that – the task quickly becomes as tedious as it is time-consuming.I’ve long wished Auto CAD had a command that would let you link a block to something like an Excel spreadsheet.One of the easiest ways of adding non-graphical information is to use attributes.

Once you have drawn the floor plan, you could insert blocks of furniture that have information about the manufacturer, price, weight, and any other information you may need.

Put simply, the commands will export Block Attribute values to a Tab-Delimited text file (ATTOUT), and update Block Attribute values from a Tab-Delimited text file (ATTIN).

In the video above I demonstrate how to use these commands in tandem with Microsoft Excel to quickly renumber the room tags in a floor plan.

This information can then be extracted out of Auto CAD and then used in a spreadsheet or other program which could generate a Bill of Materials (BOM) or a Request for Quote (RFQ).

Although you might not normally use the more advanced features of Attributes in your daily work, it's good to know how they work.

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In this lesson you will be creating attributes and attaching them to the computer block that you made previously.

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