Adding Blocks For Points

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If you know how to use AutoCAD and Windows you can insert your own point symbols into ShapeToDxf. If you're not sure about this, get a responsible adult to help you.

 

Step 1: Draw your symbol as a DXF file in the correct format.

Step 2: Put the symbol in the appropriate directory.

 

To save your sanity draw the DXF file of your symbol in a 1 x 1 unit square, centered on 0,0. That will mean that the block scale you set in the point dialog will reflect the size of your symbol in your output DXF file of points.

 

Blocks to be used as point symbols should not contain inserts or other nested blocks. You can use lines, polylines, circles, arcs, 3dfaces, and even points.

 

Also the block names should not contain spaces, dots, or other strange characters. For example, instead of

 

MY.STAR BLOCK.DXF

 

you should use:

 

MY_STAR_BLOCK.DXF

 

 

Again for your sanity, unless you're an AutoCAD expert, draw all the entities on layer 0.

 

Once the drawing is made you need to save (Save as R12 DXF is best) it in ShapeToDxf's data directory, which you'll find in a place like this:

 

Esri-Shape-Point-Block-Files

 

This is called the Windows ProgramData directory, and the DXF files are stored under Ransen Software\Pointor V10. It may be invisible if you are not running as the administrator. Again if you're not sure about this, get a responsible adult to help you.

 

If you save the DXF file in the correct format and in the right place the next time you run Pointor it will appear in the list of available point symbols.

 

It really is much better to save as R12 DXF, it is about 10 times smaller than the equivalent 2010 (and later) versions.