AutoCAD 2004 Customization Tutorial: String Linetypes
June 18, 2003
String linetypes are complex linetypes that
consist of some text. Any string linetype may contain some
dashes, spaces, and/or dots. You should be familiar with
defining simple linetypes to be able to define String linetypes.
For more information read the following tutorial:
AutoCAD 2004 Customization
Tutorial: Simple Linetypes
Note: Linetypes are defined within
text files that hold the LIN extension. There are two default
LIN files "acad.lin" and "acadiso.lin". You may add the linetype
definition to one of these files or create your own LIN file.
The latter is safer as you are not changing the contents of
Note: If you are using an earlier release of AutoCAD
Open the file in AutoCAD.
command line type Notepad and then press Enter twice. The
Notepad window appears.
Notepad window type the proper text [Figure 1].
Figure 1 - Click on image to
The first line is called the linetype header.
The header starts with an asterisk (*). The asterisk is followed
by the linetype name. You may add a comma followed by some
descriptive text about the linetype.
"A" is the alignment character. It always
appears in the beginning of the definition line.
Positive numbers stand for dashes. Thus .75
means a dash which is 0.75 units long.
Negative numbers stand for spaces. Thus -1.5
means a blank space which is 1.5 units long.
You need to define one segment of the linetype
The text is defined within brackets. The general
"Standard" text style is the safest text style
as it is available in all drawing files.
If in text style definition height is set to 0.0
the scale means text height, otherwise it is used as a scale
factor [Figure 2].
Figure 2 - Click on image to
You may enter the rotation angle of the text as
a relative value. For example R=0.0 means the text is aligned
with the line or curve. If you type A=0.0 then the text will be
horizontal with respect to the current UCS.
X-offset and Y-offset values help us to place
the text properly.
Save the file as "string_lt.lin".
AutoCAD command line, type LT and then press Enter. The
Linetype Manager dialog box appears [Figure 3].
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Click Load. The Load or Reload Linetypes dialog box
appears [Figure 4].
Select Linetype File dialog box locate and then open "string_lt.lin"
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The DANGER linetype will be added to the Load or Reload
Linetype dialog box [Figure 6].
Select the linetype in the list and then click OK. The linetype
will be loaded [Figure 7].
Figure 7 - Click on image to
Select the objects on drawing environment.
From the Linetype Control drop down list select DANGER
Press Esc to deselect objects. The objects linetype is altered
to DANGER [Figure 9].
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