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Clip2Text

At a Glance

 

¨ The easiest, fastest and most accurate way to add text or annotations to your drawings from anywhere.

¨ A ‘must have’ if you use text or annotations on your drawing.

¨ Your choice; new single or multiline text or existing text, block attributes, table cells, dimensions and so on. Also includes clip any annotation from your drawing to another drawing or your favourite application

¨ For use with all disciplines; Architecture, Infrastructure, Electrical, Civil, Mechanical – anywhere you want text or annotation on your drawings.

App Description

 

¨ This handy app can be used when you have to add or replace existing text or annotation in your AutoCAD drawings from anywhere. Simply clip all the text you need from your favourite applications (such as spreadsheet or browser) and put it in your AutoCAD drawing one line at a time quickly and error-free with ‘point and click’.

¨ Completely flexible and full featured with undo, view and even clipping from your AutoCAD drawing back to your favourite application.

¨ Supports single or multiline text, block attributes, leaders, multi-leaders, dimensions and tables.

 

Features

 

¨ Use for serial numbers, product codes, people names, specification text, phone numbers, foreign language or even standard notes.

¨ Clip text from any Windows application such as:

· Web pages (e.g. Internet Explorer)

· Spreadsheets (e.g. Excel)

· Word processor (e.g. Word)

· Portable documents (e.g. PDF)

· Text editor (e.g. Notepad)

· Database (e.g. Access)

· Screen Capture (e.g. Snag-it)

· AutoCAD drawing (e.g. dwg)

· or any other Windows application.

¨ No setup or finicky control documents.

¨ Be up and running in full production in minutes.

¨ Looks and feels like a regular AutoCAD command with intuitive command line prompts.

¨ Only four commands; fast learning curve and no training required.

¨ Pays for itself in the first five minutes.

¨ Will completely change how you put multiple text and annotation on your drawings.

¨ Control over style, height, rotation including annotative text.

¨ ‘Point and Click’ for annotation; no typing.

¨ Significantly increase productivity.

 

Capabilities

 

¨ Create single or multiline text entities;

¨ Replace existing text, attributes, leaders, dimensions and table cells.

¨ Full control with Styles, Justification, Heights, Rotation, Width, Undo and so on.

¨ Also copies annotation from your AutoCAD drawing to favourite Windows application.

¨ Works with the following entity types; TEXT, MTEXT, ATTRIB (in blocks), ATTDEF, DIMENSION, LEADER and MLEADER (TOLERANCES, RTEXT or ARCALIGNEDTEXT are not supported.)

 

Screen Shots

For example screen shots, click here.

Videos

For training video gallery, click here.

Command Summary:

¨ Clip2SText – creates single line text (labels).

¨ Clip2MText – creates multiline text (paragraphs).

¨ Clip2Anno – replaces existing entity annotation such as text, block attributes, leaders, multi-leaders and tables.

¨ Anno2Clip – puts selected text on the clipboard.

 

Command Line Options:

The command line options for each of the commands are as follows:

¨ Justify: Controls justification of the text.

¨ Style: Specifies the text style, which determines the appearance of the text characters. Text you create uses the current text style. Entering ? lists the available text styles.

¨ Height: The last used text height is used unless the style has a specified height or the style is annotative. The Specify Paper Height prompt is displayed if the style is annotative.

¨ Rotation: Controls the rotation of the text.

¨ notrIm: Does not trim leading or trailing spaces.

¨ nocLean: Does not trim remove control characters and formatting. By default,  control characters, formatting and blank lines are removed. See FAQ.

¨ TrIm: Trim leading or trailing spaces (default).

¨ Width: Width of MText paragraph text.

¨ Next: Skips to the next line.

¨ Previous: Skips to the previous line.

¨ Undo: Undoes the previous text change.

¨ View: Shows all the lines of clipped text in a user form.

¨ Copytoclipboard: Copies the picked text to the Windows clipboard.

¨ eXit: Ends the command. You can hit ESC anytime too.

 

Getting Started

In your favourite Windows program, put some text on the clipboard by cutting or copying from any program. In AutoCAD, use one of the commands to add new text or replace existing text. You’ll get the gist of it in a couple of minutes!

Helpful ‘Tips and Tricks’

¨ For multiline text, add a ‘\P’ in the text string to move to the next line.

¨ Cannot pick text in tables. See Known Issues for resolution.

 

Known Issues

¨ Table text can’t be picked when font is a TrueType font such as Arial. This is a known AutoCAD limitation.

There are three solutions:

· Use the Clip2Mtext option and overwrite the table cell which will have the same outcome as modifying an existing cell annotation;

· Temporarily change the visual style to ‘Realistic’;

· Temporarily change the text style to an AutoCAD font (*.shx) such as RomanC. Then simply change the font back afterwards.

 

Compatibility

¨ AutoCAD 2012, 2013 and verticals (AA, Map 3D, Mechanical, etc.)

¨ Windows - 32 bit or 64 bit

 

Version History

 

Version 2.0 — Updated to floating user interface, minor bug fix and a few finesse items.

Version 1.6 — Minor undo update and cosmetics.

Version 1.5 — Added dimensions, leaders, mleaders and tables.

Version 1.0 — Initial Release.

 

FAQ

For Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

 

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