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The Miscellaneous  perform a wide variety of miscellaneous AutoCAD / BricsCAD tasks.



Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous Insert GEO-Referenced images
Command line : GT_GEO_INS 
The GT_GEO_INS command can be used to insert geo-referenced image files. These image files can be either in the TIF, BMP or JPG format and they MUST be accompanied by their world files as well. The World files have an extension of TFW, BPW or JGW respectively. This command DOES NOT import GeoTIFF files in which the geo-referencing information is stored in the file header.

Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Create drawings for every layers.
Command line : GT_LYRS2DWG 

This program exports the contents of each layer into a drawing by WBLOCKing them into their own DWG file and whose filename is the same as the layer name. 

Layers to Drawing dialog box

 

 

 

 

Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Match object properties 
Command line : GT_MATCH

The GT_MATCH command matches properties of source and target objects. You can select the properties you want copied (or set) from the source to target object(s). Target object selection can be a single or multiple objects as specified in the dialog box

Match Properties dialog box

AutoCAD command: MATCH (for setting properties), MA (to start the command) 

GT_MATCH Tutorial

 

 

 

Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Roughen a linear object
Command line :
GT_ROUGHEN
Pick a linear object (line or polyline) and roughen it. The roughened line contains randomly created zig-zags on either side of the center line


 

 

Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Compute surface area of 3DFaces
Command line : GT_SURFAREA 

Computes the surface area as well as horizontally projected area of selected 3DFACE objects. In addition, you have the option to create the 'projected' 3DFACE objects on the XY plane. 

 

 

 

 

Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Align objects to a justification 
Command line : GT_OBJALIGN

The GT_OBJALIGN command helps to align a selection of objects to a justification. GeoTools applies an "extents" computation of the objects and based on these extents, the objects are moved (aligned) to share a common datum. The justifications that can be applied are the nine positions of text alignment viz, Top Left/Center/Right, Middle Left/Center/Right and Bottom Left/Center/Right.

The alignment operation can be applied on the whole selection as a single unit or on each object in the selection set individually.

 

 

 

Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Scale objects (unequally) in X, Y and Z directions 
Command line :
GT_XYZSCL  
The GT_XYZSCL command performs non-uniform scaling of objects with specified X, Y and Z scale factors and a user-specified base point. This is similar to the SCALE command except that you can specify unequal scale factors in X, Y and Z directions.

Tech Info: The command does not work with blocks containing 3DSOLID objects because of an AutoCAD / BricsCAD limitation.

 

 

Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Create a mean (averaged) point from cluster of points. 
Command line : GT_MEANPOINT
The GT_MEANPOINT command creates a mean point from selected multiple points and provides an option of connecting each point with the mean point by a line

 

 

 

 

Toolbar : Miscellaneous 
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Flip (reverse) elevations (z) from selected objects. 
Command line : GT_FLIPZ
The GT_FLIPZ command will reverse the z value sign of selected lines, polylines, point, text, 3dfaces, solids etc. So, an elevation of +2 would become -2 and vice-versa

 

 

 

 

Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Round off values from object co-ordinates 
Command line : GT_ROUNDOFF

The GT_ROUNDOFF command allows points, lines, polylines, blocks, text and shape objects to have their co-ordinates rounded off to the desired number of decimal places.

RoundOff object coordinates to the desired number of decimal places

See Also: GT_SCALE_Z under Conversion Tools

 

 

 

 

Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Split a drawing into smaller parts
Command line : GT_DWGSPLIT

The GT_DWGSPLIT command uses the WBLOCK command to split a given selection of objects into smaller drawing units. The drawing can be split either into a number of equal parts or containing a specified number of objects.


 

 

Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Re-Create hatch boundaries from HATCH object.
  Command line : GT_HATCHBOUND

The GT_HATCHBOUND re-creates the boundaries from a HATCH object. This can be used as a handy tool to modify the hatch when the comprising boundary objects are not available.

 

 

 

 

Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Extract from Xrefs and Blocks
Command line :
GT_XTRACT

The GT_XTRACT command is used to extract entities from within a block or an XREF object. This command has been enhanced and improved significantly in V 18.02. You can now extract from XREF/blocks which have been scaled and rotated as well. The only limitation is that you cannot extract from non-uniform scaled blocks. It is also possible to place the extracted object either at the original location or move it interactively to a new location. This behavior is controlled by a new command called GT_XTRACT_SETTINGS, which is available only on the command line and not in the menus.

Upon running GT_XTRACT command, the availability of the GT_XTRACT_SETTINGS command is mentioned through a command line message. While using CADPower-GeoTtools, it always helps to keep an eye on the command line for important informative messages.

The GT_XTRACT command allows extraction of LINE, POINT, ARC, SHAPE, POLYLINE, SPLINE, TEXT, LWPOLYLINE and ATTRIBUTE objects.

Toolbar : Miscellaneous 
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Sort ASCII text files
Command line : GT_FILESORT

 


The GT_FILESORT command allows an ASCII file to be sorted based on data that can be defined either as a field number (separated by a delimiter) or based on start and end column numbers. The sort type can numeric or character.

Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Layer names editor 
Command line :
GT_LAYERMAN

The GT_LAYERMAN command is used to globally edit layer names in the current drawing.


Merge into existing layers: If the new resulting layer name already exists in the drawing, the program can either copy all objects from source layer and merge to destination layer or just abort the operation and do nothing. This behavior is controlled by checking this option.

 

 

 

 

Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Export 3DFace objects as SMS 2DM files 
Command line :
GT_3DF2DM

The Surface Water Modeling System (SMS) is a comprehensive environment for one-, two-, and three-dimensional hydrodynamic modeling. See http://www.ems-i.com for more info on this product. The 2DM file format is used by this software 

GeoTools provides the GT_3DF2DM command as a tool to quickly export 3dfaces from AutoCAD / BricsCAD into the SMS 2DM file, which can then be imported into SMS.

 

 

 

 

Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Import a 2DM files as 3DFaces 
Command line :
GT_IMPORT2DM

The GT_IMPORT2DM command is used to import an Surface Water Modeling System (SMS) 2DM file into AutoCAD / BricsCAD and create 3dfaces out of them.

 

 

 


Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Explode objects - Retain object table and extended entity data 
Command line : GT_XP_RETDAT

Explode objects - retail extended entity data and object data

The GT_XP_RETDAT command is used to explode polylines, blocks, hatches, regions and mulitple polygon and retain the extended entity and object table data. contained in them 

 

 

 

 


Toolbar : Miscellaneous  
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Report areas covered by HATCH objects 
Command line : GT_HATCHAREA
The GT_HATCHAREA command produces a report of selected hatch objects. It shows the area covered by each class of hatch pattern as well as number of hatch objects in each pattern, and additional information about solid/gradient hatches, color tones etc. 

 

 

 

 


Toolbar : Miscellaneous
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  File Manager
Command line : GT_FILEMAN

 

 

 

 

 

 


Toolbar : Miscellaneous
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Flip ECS of arc with negative normals
Command line : GT_FLIPARCS

The GT_FLIPARCS command will reverse the direction of all normals of selected ARCs which are pointing in the negetive WCS direction. Running this command will make the normals positive (in the direction of positive Z axis of WCS).

 

 

 

 


Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous Scan selected image files and build image boundary list 
Command line : GT_IMAGESCAN
The GT_IMAGESCAN command is a pre-processor command which scans multiple image files and their corresponding world files and builds an in-memory list of image-name and their positioning information (insertion point, extents etc) which will be used by the next command, GT_IMAGESEARCH.


The following image formats are supported: tif, jpg, bmp and png. Their corresponding world files must have the extension tfw, jpw, bmw and pgw respectively.


 



Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Insert geo-referenced image corresponding to selected AOI
Command line : GT_IMAGESEARCH
GT_IMAGESEARCH asks the user to specify an area of interest (rectangular boundary) and will search the scanned images in memory (created using the GT_IMAGESCAN command) and attach the image corresponding to the specified Area of interest.

 

 

 

Toolbar : Miscellaneous
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  DWG browser, with thumbnail preview
Command line : GT_DWGBROWSER
The GT_DWGBROWSER command is used to browse DWG files from multiple folders with an option to view a thumbnail image of each file inside a preview window. The selected file can then be inserted into the current drawing. You can specify a set of your favourite folders, give them a description each and store the settings in an ASCII INI file for subsequent retreival. By default, the file will be called DWGBROWSER.INI and will reside (or be created) in your current drawing folder. Additional block insert parameters like x, y scale factors and rotation angles can be pre-set or specified on-screen as desired.



Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Chop objects into equal linear divisions or segments 
Command line : GT_CHOP

The CHOP command chops lines and polylines into a specified number of divisions or creates chops of a specified lengths 



Tech Info: CHOP only works with line and polylines objects. They must be de-curved (not fitted or splined) and must not have any arc segments in them. 




Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Automatic Dimensions 
Command line :
GT_AUTODIM
This command automatically creates inclined dimensions between the intersections points of a line joining two picked points and all other lines crossing this line.




 

Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Control direction of 3DFace normals
Command line : GT_FACENORMAL

Control & Draw direction of face normals

The GT_FACENORMAL command allows control of direction of 3dface normals. If the vertices of the 3dface are in clockwise direction, then the normal is pointing downwards from the plane of the 3dface else if they are in counter-clockwise direction, the normal is pointing upwards from the plane of the 3dface. This command helps to control the normal direction in three ways:

Flip: Flips (reverses) the direction of the face normal

Align to an elevation: Aligns the face normals so as to point in the direction of a specified Z value. What this means is that if the target Z value specified is greater than the maximum Z of all 3dface vertices, the normal will be flipped if necessary so as to point towards the target elevation. This option can be used to make all normals of selected 3dfaces point to a common high or low elevation so that all faces can be made to point inwards or outwards.

Draw: Draws the face normal as it is. No flipping or checking is done. The face normal starts from a point in the plane of the 3dface at the centroid position and is drawn to the specified length in the direction of the normal.

 

 

 

 

Toolbar : Miscellaneous     
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Batch process multiple drawings with scripts
  Command line :
GT_BATCHPROCESS

The GT_BATCHPROCESS command is used to select multiple DWG files and create a BATch file to load each one into AutoCAD / BricsCAD and optionally perform automated script processing with as SCR file. The script file must already exist (if checked) while the batch file is created by this command based on the selected DWG files. The AutoCAD / BricsCAD profile and the script file. 

If you check the box Process all DWGs. recurse into sub-folders also GT_BatchProcess command can do a recursive search starting from the selected folder and all folders below it and will create a BATch file to process all the files in one go. 

 

 

 

 

Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Contour spacing distance tool 
Command line : GT_CONTDIST

The GT_CONTDIST command is an intra-contour spacing checker and contour breaking tool. Often, when the distance or spacing between two adjacent contours is too small, it is difficult to either view the contours clearly or to create un-cluttered labels to depict the contours. In such situations, it is useful to break the contours at locations where the distance between the contour and the adjacent contours on either side is less than a specified Distance Tolerance.

The GT_CONTDIST command measures from each vertex of the contour polyline, the distance on either sides of the contour being processed, and if the distance is less then the specified Distance Tolerance then that point is marked in memory for breaking. In this manner, the whole contour polyline is checked and the segments that are within the Tolerance distance from the adjacent contours are broken.

 

The contours can be checked for proximity at each vertex or at a fixed regular interval along its length.

Exclude major / special contours from breaking: Checking this box allows to exclude major contours and specified exclusion contour elevations from breaking.

 

 

 

 

Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Break/Split objects along a polyline
Command line : GT_CONTBREAK

The GT_CONTBREAK command is a general purpose command to break a drawing along a boundary. The boundary can be open or closed and must be defined as a polyline.

 

In the above illustration, you see a screenshot of a very dense contour drawing. By setting up appropriate closed polyline cutting edges (blue lines in the figure above), it is possible to break the contours easily at the boundary of these polygons. Once broken, each part can be exported into it own DWG using the GeoTools GT_ESELECT and the WBLOCK command.

 

 

 

 

Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Zoom to extent of selected object(s) (with 5% margin)
  Command line :
GT_ZOOMENT
The GT_ZOOMENT command zooms to the extents of selected objects with a margin of 5% border on the sides of the current viewport.

 

 

  

Toolbar : Miscellaneous 
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Enter the co-ordinates of point in geographic format [Lat-Long]. 
Command line : (GEO)
(geo) is not a GeoTools command that can be run off the command line. Instead, it is a transparent function which can be called at any point when AutoCAD / BricsCAD is expecting a point input. The (geo) function helps to input coordinates in geographic coordinates (Latitudes and Longitudes) in degree-minute-second format (for example, 33 01' 53.8739",18 01' 11.2246",480.0 is a Latitude of 33 01' 53.8739" and a Longitude of 18 01' 11.2246" and a height of 480.0

Note: 1) You have to run (GEO) function by typing in PARENTHESES without which it will not run.
         2) The (geo) function can be called ONLY when an AutoCAD / BricsCAD command (and not a GeoTools command) is expecting for a point entry.

 

 

 

Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Classify elevation contours in different layers
Command line: GT_CONTCLASS 


This command places objects representing contours (polylines or LDDT contour objects) into different layers according to their contour interval.


Classify your contours into different layers and present your data better

You can select a maximum of five contour intervals and specify a layer name for each of these contour intervals. The selected contour objects are then placed in their allotted layers. You can select polyline objects or LDDT contour objects.

Tip: GT_CONTCLASS can be used as a terrain analysis tool or for creating map output showing contours of specific elevations only.

See Also: GT_CONTLABEL

 

 

 

Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Multiple DWG inserts 
Command line : GT_MULTINS

Multiple Drawing Inserts

The GT_MULTINS command is used to select at once multiple DWG files from one or more folders and insert them all into the current drawing.

The Remove All option clears the current selection of all drawings.
The Explode option allows each inserted drawing to be exploded upon insert into the current drawing.

 

 

 

 


Toolbar : Miscellaneous   
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Multiple drawings Xref
Command line : GT_MXREF

Attach multiple drawings at once as XREF

The GT_MXREF command is used to attach multiple DWG files at once as external reference (XREF)

 

 

 


Toolbar : Miscellaneous 
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Delete paper-space layouts
Command line: GT_DELETELAYOUTS

The GT_DELETELAYOUTS command will present you with a list of all paper space layouts and you can select multiple layouts and delete them in one go.

 

 

 

Toolbar : Miscellaneous  (BricsCAD only)
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous  Wblock and preserve AutoCAD Map objects
Command line: GT_WBLOCKBC

GT_WBLOCKBC is a command which should be used in BricsCAD when you want to do a WBLOCK (Save Block) on AutoCAD Map drawings containing object data. This is a workaround command to overcome a bug in BricsCAD and prevent losing object data when doing a WBLOCK from BricsCAD on drawings saved in AutoCAD Map.


Toolbar : Miscellaneous 
      Menu : GeoTools Miscellaneous 
CSV Editor
Command line:
GT_CSVEDITOR

GT_CSVEDITOR is used to edit comma delimited ASCII text files within the CAD editor. The current version allows to edit CSV files with a max. 8 columns of CSV data. The data is presented in a dialog box and each column can be edited by entering a new value in the edit box or choosing one from the pull-down menu. A pre-defined set of probable values can be defined and supplied to the command.

 

 

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