is an add-on program to help you boost your productivity with AutoCAD and BricsCAD. It helps you work smarter, faster and eliminates
various bottlenecks you face using plain AutoCAD / BricsCAD.
CADPower was written with mapping, GIS and Civil/Survey users in mind
initially but now there are enough commands in this program for it to be
useful and relevant to just any AutoCAD user.
provides for the following essential categories of commands for specific
Conversion (of Data/Format) Tools
Extended Entity Data Tools
General Modes of operation
Using pull-down menus
Upon loading CADPower, the
pull-down menu is appended to the existing AutoCAD / BricsCAD menu at the extreme right hand side.
Using toolbar icons menus
When CADPower is first loaded, all toolbars open up automatically. You can manually
open or close the toolbars by clicking on CADPower -> Toolbar menus
command-line to key in the command name
Command-line names for each of the CADPower commands are shown in the status
bar at the bottom of your screen when you highlight a CADPower command in the
pull-down or toolbar menu. The command names are also shown in this manual in
front of the command description.
Compatibility with Scripts
CADPower is designed to function both with a dialog box interface (DBI) as
well as command line interface (CLI) for automated scripts processing. Dialog
box driven command display equivalent command line options when called
through a script. To find out how each command will operate in command-line,
you can turn on the command line mode in CADPower -> Settings
Results of command operations
CADPower commands which operate on a set of selected objects produce desired
results and these results are always placed in active selection set. The
active selection set can be accessed using the "previous" or
"p" option during any Select objects: prompt. The last
processed CADPower selection is preserved in memory until it is overwritten
by the next CADPower command or if other commands process the active
selection and modify/delete the objects contained in them
Object selection methods
Many of the CADPower commands require a user selection of objects to be made. CADPower
provides several methods by which this selection can be built. Each
time an object selection is required, CADPower displays a generic dialog box
(see below) labeled "Build Selection Set".
Objects can be filtered on the basis of their types or layer / block names or
a combination where applicable. Depending on which of these are checked, the
appropriate selection mode is applied. You can graphically indicate the object
property to be used by picking one "sample" object by clicking on
the Pick One button at the bottom of the Properties section.
[Current Selection Values] section
Once you have selected which property to use, you can specify the values for
these named objects in two ways - they can be manually typed into the edit
boxes under this section labeled Objects, Layers and Blocks or can be
selected from a list of available names in the current drawing document by
choosing the appropriate buttons in the Names in Drawing section.
If you have to manually type in more than one name, separate them with a
comma in between. Wildcards can be used to specify names.
You can choose to apply the current selection criteria (filters) to the
entire drawing or to selected objects only. Accordingly, the Scan entire
drawing or Scan selected objects
option must be used.
Exits the dialog box by placing the current selection in the active
[previous] selection set. If another CADPower command has invoked this dialog
box, then the command continues after the selection is made. If it is called
independently through the CADPower-->Selection-->Build Selection Set
(CP_ MAKESEL) command, the resulting selection set will be placed as active
[previous] selection and can be accessed by using the "p" option in
response to the Select Objects
Model Space and Paper Scale
CADPower commands are tested and designed to work with model space objects
only. Many of the CADPower commands may work correctly with paper space
objects also but this is not tested and not supported by the developers. If a CADPower
command is not working as stated, it could be because of some paper
space objects in the selection. If this is suspected, check the appropriate
boxes in the Search Options section to ensure that your selection
searches for objects from model space only.