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AutoCAD® 2012 & AutoCAD LT® 2012 Bible by Ellen Finkelstein

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Chapter 32: Creating Shapes and Fonts

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Working with shapes Working with fonts

Shapes are text files that define a shape, or figure, that you can insert into your drawing. Shapes are similar to blocks in that you create, store, and insert them. They are different from blocks in the following ways:

Shapes are much harder to create.

Shapes are compiled into a format that conserves storage space, memory, and regeneration time.

You can use shapes to create fonts, and you can insert them into a drawing or add them to linetypes.

Like fonts, shape files are support files. If you distribute a drawing, then be sure to include any font or shape files that the drawing uses.

You can use shapes for simple outlines that you need to insert quickly many times. Some examples are shapes that are inserted into complex linetypes and font characters.

AutoCAD Only

AutoCAD LT doesn't offer the ability to create or insert shapes, but you can include shapes in complex linetypes that you might create. You can't directly insert a shape into a drawing like you can in AutoCAD. For information on complex line types, see Chapter 31. Shapes display in an AutoCAD LT drawing if originally inserted with AutoCAD. This entire chapter applies to AutoCAD only.

The Express Tools (in AutoCAD only) contain a command, MKSHAPE, which makes shapes for you. Choose Express Tools tabTools panel (expanded)Make Shape. You simply draw the objects, and use the command to name the shape. You can then immediately ...

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