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BricsCAD Journey – Part 10: Drawing with Styles!

Welcome back to my BricsCAD Journey! Today, we explore drawing entities that depend on styles including: Multilines, Text, Mtext, Dimensions, Multileader, and Tables. The tools to draw most of these entities are available on the Quad. You can, of course, access them from other locations including the Command line.

Quad Drawing tools

Draw Multilines

The default behavior to draw a multiline is just as you expect. In addition to the familiar command options, BricsCAD offers a Follow option. Follow enables you to create a new multiline that’s adjacent and colinear to the last mline you created.

Drawing Multilines

Draw Single-line Text

Like AutoCAD®, BricsCAD includes two text tools: Single- and Multi-line. The default process to create single line text is just as you would expect. BricsCAD, however, displays all the available options on the Command line so you can view and specify options with minimal effort.

Drawing Text

Draw Multiline Text

You create mtext (multiline text) in BricsCAD much like in AutoCAD. However, after you pick the first corner to place the text box, you have the option to enter specific values for the width and height of the text box.

Drawing Multiline Text

And, instead of displaying the text editing tools on the ribbon, BricsCAD displays a Text Formatting toolbar right above the mtext box. It includes familiar text formatting controls such as line spacing, columns, and numbering.

Text Formatting Toolbar

Draw Dimensions

BricsCAD includes the most common dimensioning tools, Linear and Aligned, in the Quad. You can access the entire set of familiar dimensions from other locations including the Command line. And, of course, you can add them to the Quad.

Dimensions Menu

Draw Multileaders

You draw a multileader in BricsCAD very much like you draw one in AutoCAD. First you place the leader lines. And then you enter the text. However, after you pick points to place the leader, BricsCAD displays the Text Formatting tools near the leader rather than on the ribbon. The Text Formatting toolbar includes all the tools you need to format multiline text as part of your leader.

Drawing Multileaders

Draw Tables

The process to create a table in BricsCAD is similar to AutoCAD LT. The Insert Table dialog box offers the most popular table creation options. It includes the ability to import data from CSV and XML files.

Note: BricsCAD does not support data linking directly from Excel spreadsheets.

Drawing Tables

Defining Styles in the Drawing Explorer

All the drawing tools I covered in this post are dependent on style definitions. They work as you expect from your AutoCAD experience. However, the way you define styles is different. At first glance it may seem overwhelmingly different. But, if you take just a few minutes to explore the style definitions in BricsCAD I think you’ll appreciate the differences!

In BricsCAD all style definitions are managed from a central location, the Drawing Explorer. You can access the Drawing Explorer from the General menu on the Quad. It’s also accessible via other methods including the Command line (EXPLORER).

The Quad Drawing Explorer tool

If you use familiar methods such as the MLSYTLE, STYLE, DDIM, MLEADERSTYLE, and TABLESTYLE commands, BricsCAD automatically expands the relevant style information in the Drawing Explorer. In the image below, Text Styles is expanded. Select any of the other styles to view and modify those definitions.

Styles in Drawing Explorer

This was just a quick introduction to the Drawing Explorer to get you started. We’ll examine the Drawing Explorer more in future posts.

What next?

Join me at the next stop on our BricsCAD Journey as we explore tools to define, insert, and manage blocks.


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A quick overview of Heidi’s Journey

Here is an overview of all the articles of Heidi’s journey:

1) First impressions
2) Download and install
3) Welcome to BricsCAD
4) Exploring the interface
5) Command access
6) Exploring trial levels
7) Exploring each workspace
8) Drawing Entities
9) Settings for Drawing Entities
10) Drawing with Styles (Current article)
11) License options
12) Working with blocks
13) Working with references
14) Working with Layers and Linetypes
15) Editing Entities
16) Entity Manipulation
17) Selection Methods
18) Drawing Explorer
19) Settings
20) Classic Edition

Heidi Hewett

As User Success Manager, Heidi brings her passion for learning to Bricsys, where she will work to help our customers understand the fastest path to success with BricsCAD products. During her 26-year tenure at Autodesk, Heidi worked as a Training Specialist, a Senior Applications Engineer and as a Technical Marketing Manager.

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