### Author Topic: Curly Bracket  (Read 18515 times)

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#### jnieman

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« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2008, 03:59:48 PM »
ohhhhhhhhhhh

gimme a sec

#### jnieman

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« Reply #16 on: September 18, 2008, 04:05:47 PM »
I did not enter a "minimum" value to the distance of the stretch, so there's a possibility of making the bracket invert a bit.

2 blocks.

1 has a grip at each end so you can stretch them independently

Other has one grip and it stretches both ends equally based on center point.

#### M-dub

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« Reply #17 on: September 18, 2008, 04:08:16 PM »
I did not enter a "minimum" value to the distance of the stretch, so there's a possibility of making the bracket invert a bit.

2 blocks.

1 has a grip at each end so you can stretch them independently

Other has one grip and it stretches both ends equally based on center point.

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Thanks Josh!  That's pretty well Exactly what I was after!

Now, I'm going to take it apart to see how it was made, to compare it to what I had.

#### M-dub

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« Reply #18 on: September 18, 2008, 04:09:48 PM »
Now, I'm going to take it apart to see how it was made, to compare it to what I had.

Ooooooohhhh......

I was putting the parameter on both sides.  That makes sense now.

Thanks again, Josh!

#### jnieman

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« Reply #19 on: September 18, 2008, 04:24:45 PM »
use the pre-set parameter sets, dood.  This case was a perfect application of that... there's a "linear stretch pair" that works for the symmetric one.  I set it to "chained" but in hindsight, that isn't necessary, but affects something else that doesn't apply here, so don't get hung up if you notice that difference.

I haven't messed with dynamic blocks in many months, so I was feeling my way around, a bit.

#### Greg B

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« Reply #20 on: September 18, 2008, 05:37:02 PM »
Let me explain what I'm trying to do.

I want to stretch both 'wings' of the bracket equally.  I think I'm getting close with the block editor, but as I mentioned above, I'm just NOW getting into dynamic blocks and the block editor.  Getting there, I think... er hope.

Why did you draw in all those dots?

#### M-dub

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« Reply #21 on: September 18, 2008, 07:26:39 PM »
Let me explain what I'm trying to do.

I want to stretch both 'wings' of the bracket equally.  I think I'm getting close with the block editor, but as I mentioned above, I'm just NOW getting into dynamic blocks and the block editor.  Getting there, I think... er hope.

Why did you draw in all those dots?

Had to spend the rest of the budget.

#### M-dub

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« Reply #22 on: September 19, 2008, 09:27:05 AM »
Got it figured out this morning.  Created a new one from scratch and added the minimum stretch distance.

Yes, it IS a very simple block, but I wanted to ease myself into dynamic blocks.  I think I'm going to like them.

*aside*
I wonder what will happen if I save this drawing back to an older version of AutoCAD... will the dynamics of the block come back when I open it in 2009?

#### jnieman

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« Reply #23 on: September 19, 2008, 09:58:58 AM »
The mistake I made was over-complicating things or thinking it was harder than it was, when I first started.  That's the only reason I was restating that it was a simple block... K.I.S.S. is a good thing to keep in mind for dyn blocks for me.

I do believe a dynamic block, when saved down, then brought back up, will be dynamic still.  Can't be for certain though.  Been a while since I tried it.

Glad you got it to work out.

I didn't leave you too much guidance or "how I did it" because you seem like pretty motivated person, and I figured you'd know it's ok to ask if you ran into a road block.

Dynamic blocks can be real fun... and can apply to a heap load of situations.  Especially for risers and electrical type stuff... I helped the guys in the other office (elec engineering) learn dynamic blocks and made a few examples for them to go by for their power, grounding, and lighting plans.

#### Matt__W

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« Reply #24 on: September 19, 2008, 10:01:48 AM »
Using it for One-Line's? That's what I created it for.

Not right now, but yes, we use them for that as well.
Not being a one-line kind of guy, how would that be used for one-lines?
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#### M-dub

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« Reply #25 on: September 19, 2008, 10:10:03 AM »
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I didn't leave you too much guidance or "how I did it" because you seem like pretty motivated person, and I figured you'd know it's ok to ask if you ran into a road block.

Funny you say that because I almost had to ask how to get the blocks out of the block editor and into a dwg of its own, so I could insert it into other drawings.  Never used the block editor before.  I've only ever used wblock or created the blocks from scratch.  Shame on me, I guess.

The one thing I would be concerned with would be ... electrical switches, for example.  A drawings gets created, showing switches, etc. in various states, is approved, then changes are applied in the field as per the drawing.  What are the odds of the dynamic blocks somehow changing states by mistake / bug in the system, etc?  Like, a visibility action dependant an on / off status.
Up until now, we've used one of two separate blocks depending on whether the switch was open or closed.  Now, it would be one Dynamic block, with two different states...

Just thinking out loud

#### Matt__W

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« Reply #26 on: September 19, 2008, 10:13:18 AM »
What are the odds of the dynamic blocks somehow changing states by mistake / bug in the system, etc?  Like, a visibility action dependant an on / off status.

I/we have never had any issues with anything like that.
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#### jnieman

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« Reply #27 on: September 19, 2008, 10:15:42 AM »
I've -never- had a Visibility State of a dynamic block change without intentionally doing it myself, or resetting the block or something... never 'accidentally' or because of a bug.

That's all I know.  I don't recall seeing reports of misbehavior either.  Not claiming that I have a good knowledge of that topic though... just that I hadn't come across a problem.

#### M-dub

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« Reply #28 on: September 19, 2008, 10:17:38 AM »
Using it for One-Line's? That's what I created it for.

Not right now, but yes, we use them for that as well.
Not being a one-line kind of guy, how would that be used for one-lines?

I had to look for a while, but I found one.  It's an UGLY one, but there's an example of use in a single line diagram.

#### M-dub

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« Reply #29 on: September 19, 2008, 10:19:14 AM »
What are the odds of the dynamic blocks somehow changing states by mistake / bug in the system, etc?  Like, a visibility action dependant an on / off status.

I/we have never had any issues with anything like that.

Thanks guys... I was just curious.  Never know what might happen if the drawing gets compressed / zipped, emailed, saved as different versions, etc.  Not that I thought it would be a major issue, but it's definitely something to think about, anyway.