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For the Map digitizing processes:

Raster to Vector – Line work

GT_AUTOPAN (Heads-up digitizing - Draw 2d/3d polylines with auto-edge panning). Digitize without pan interruptions across the extent of your image or tablet. Additionally, if you need geographic data entry, this is a must-use command.

Raster to Vector – Text work

GT_ASN_PROP (Inherit and assign properties): You have existing text or attribute data that need to be transferred to the point or line nearby. Help is at hand. You don’t have to re-enter the data. Just inherit them. Ideal tool for situations where vector text data needs automatic transferring based on vicinity search rules.

GT_SPLITTEXT (Split long text into smaller ones – delimiter based): How often do you have incoming legacy data as a long string of text containing multiple fields of data? Need help splitting them into individual fields – Use GT_SPLITTEXT. One small step forward towards being able to segregate field data to further transfer into object data / attribute / xdata or whatever.

And now, time for some consolidation: GT_CONS_TXT (Consolidate Text into MText): Pick multiple text strings in sequence and create one MText out of it – in the same sequence.

And, now, here is some help with handling a gibberish, overlapping text in drawing. See things clearly with CADPower – Use GT_UNCLUTTER to re-arrange overlapping text so that they do not overlap. Multiple ways to un-clutter and re-arrange text objects.
And the all-time favorite – GT_TC & GT_AUTOINCROD (Create auto-incrementing text and auto-incrementing object data – numbers or alphabets, with or without prefixes/suffixes, versatile enough to morph into attributes as well). A map digitizer’s favorite tool.

Raster to Vector – Point work

 

For the Map digitizing processes:


 

Line work

GT_PLARC2PL (Convert arced polylines to linear approximated polylines): You have plenty of arcs in your polylines created by your architects and landscape planners, but that is not the way you need it for GIS and engineering. Solution: Generalize the arcs with linear segments. Use CADPower.

Text work

GT_TXT2OD, GT_TXT2ATT : Attribute and object data building – two common tasks in map data editing. These two commands help transfer text strings into either attributes or object data or both.

Point work

For the Data Import (from other platforms) process:

Line work

For our friends in the mining industry, GT_MINEX2DWG brings in your coal bed data directly into AutoCAD.

And, for the hydraulics industry, we have GT_IMPORT2DM command to bring in 2DM files from

SMS software and create them as 3dfaces within AutoCAD.

Text work
Point work

 

For re-formatting vector data (from other s/w) process:

Line work

GT_3DJ (Join 3d polylines) - Incoming data has lots of individual 3d lines. A big mess (spaghetti) of lines. Need to join them all into one single 3d polyline. This command does the trick.

GT_PLJOIN (Mass join 2d polylines) : More spaghetti spilt on your drawing table. Your CAD operator (or the R2V automatic processor) created all your line-work as individual lines. CADPower solution: Use GT_PLJOIN.

Text work

Point work

GT_0LEN2PNT (Convert 0-length lines to points): Lots of zero-length lines in my drawing after this import. I need them as points. CADPower solution: Use GT_0LEN2PNT

  

For the Civil engineering fraternity:

Linear data management
GT_CH3D2D (Change from 3d to 2d polylines):
GT_CH2D3D (Change from 2d to 3d polylines):

We know this. You cannot always work with 3d polylines as much as you cannot always work with 2d polylines. Each one has its own place and use – for analysis, design, plotting etc. but you need to convert between them quite often. That is when the above two duo come in handy.
And specifically for the roadway designers:

GT_CHAINAGE: Create chainages along a survey route (polyline)

GT_PROFILE: Create a cross-sectional profile along a survey route (polyline).

GT_DRAWGRADE: Create graded 3d polyline based on specification of slope per segment.

You just cannot do without the above trio.

Text work
No annotation in an engineering drawing is aesthetic without the ability to write along a curve – with complete text control. The GT_CURVETEXT does exactly that and allows you full control of spacing, character height and the like. And, to write multiple text aligned with multiple polyline segments, use the GT_EASYTEXT command.

Point work
GT_IDXYZ (Label points – XYZ and more): Often, surveying applications require points to be labeled. This command goes much beyond just the XYZ coordinates label, complete with Eastings, Northings, prefixes, suffixes, running umbers etc. A HandyMan for your drawing fixes. And soon, it can get a little more demanding. You will need automated labeling of points based on layer names and descriptions. For such an occasion, here is the tool – GT_ANNOTPOINTS – Complete layer-based annotation tool for point features.

  

For the Drawing Detective:

Find out mistakes in the drawings – Perform quality checks

GT_KINK: Detect self-intersection polylines: It could be a GPS data quirk or operator error, but you can detect them all here.

GT_VXDROP: Identify polylines whose vertices vary in elevation more than a certain value: Certain design criteria have to be met. What should not happen can be told to CADPower.

GT_0LEN2PNT: An amateurish conversion, program or third-party software can often leave a trail of mess in your drawing. Zero-length lines is one common result. You don’t want them neither do you want to lose that information. The best option is to convert them into a POINT object. This is the tool to use.

And the most popular ones… under-shoots, overshoots, and points and lines need snapping and many more – we have a full range of 2D and 3D point/line snap management tools. Check out GT_NODELINESNAP (complements and sometimes surpasses AutoCAD map cleanup tools)

  

For the Cartographer:

Map Making and presentation is easy with CADPower

GT_SHEETINS (Create and place sheet index block): Play around and place a rectangular sheet index block to cover your map data at any angle and location.

GT_ANNOGRID (Create a fully annotated, customizable map grid): And then, fill it up with a map grid annotation – user defined spacing, orientation in Easting / Northing, ticks, styles, sizes etc.

  

For those who want to have their cake and eat it too:

GT_XP_RETDAT (Explode objects – retain object data and extended entity data): Yes, you can do this in CADPower. All your tagged data will be intact even after the object is exploded. Any and all data in source objects get copied into the exploded objects. After all, children should inherit their parent’s characteristics.

GT_XP_ATT (Explode blocks – recreate attributes as text) : Why should exploded block attributes be reduced to their attribute tags? This is no longer so if you have CADPower. Use GT_XP_ATT and you will see why.

GT_BREAKX (Break polyline but retain object data and extended data in both the parts): Yes, the GT_BREAKX command has been doing it in CADPower what AutoCAD has still not done. I am sure Autodesk is listening.

    

Plain drafting should get easier as well – How does CADPower help?

Can you apply the move, copy, rotate, mirror and stretch command on only a few selected segments of a polyline? The answer is NO and the solution is to explode, do the needful and join them back. But, in CADPower, we have the GT_PARTCOPY, GT_PARTROTATE, GT_PARTMIRROR and GT_PARTSTRETCH command that allows you to do just that in one single operation.

GT_EASY3DPOLY , GT_EASY3DFACE (Easy 3DFACE and 3DPOLY) : You run into a situation where-in you have to manual enter Z coordinates for 3d polylines or 3dfaces. How do you do it in AutoCAD? Using the .Z filter snap. Not any-more. The above two commands allow XY pointing with mouse and Z value entered directly on keyboard. You save a few mouse-clicks and keystrokes for each vertex. And that adds up significantly.

    

For those of you using geo-referenced images - How does CADPower add value?

GT_GEO_INS (Insert geo-referenced images): You don’t need a higher add-on to do this anymore. CADPower does the needful – Supports TIFF, JPG, BMP, PNG

GT_IMAGESCAN & GT_IMAGESEARCH ( Search, scan and attach geo-referenced images corresponding to your Area Of Interest): This is the youngest tool in CADPower. Any big imagery department has tons of images. Use CADPower to scan them all, prepare a catalog of images and their extents, and insert only relevant images for your AOI. A very basic Image Server program but good enough for many though.