This toolbar may be used instead of the
standard AutoCAD Properties toolbar. It provides the Color and Linetype
controls, while eliminating the Lineweight and Plot Style controls. Saves
space if you never use those two controls.
Add Ceiling Grid and Space
This command creates the same kind of AEC
ceiling grid object as the standard ACA commands, but much more easily. The
resulting grid is automatically centered in the room in a "balanced"
condition, that is with at least a half-tile at each edge. Options are
provided to shift the grid by a half-tile in either direction, or pick a new
alignment point at any location, or re-balance it.
Note that you must be in an RCP (Reflected
Ceiling Plan) display configuration for this command to work properly. One
reason is that AEC ceiling grid objects do not display in a normal plan view.
Another reason is that the boundary of a room cannot be found if there is a
door opening; an RCP display shows the walls as continuous, which avoids this
problem. If a Reflected display is not available, we suggest creating new
drawings with one of the AEC templates provided, which includes a
Reflected display configuration.
Placement Methods include:
|Find boundary (walls) – may be
used for any shape room. Column grids and any other non-wall objects are
ignored. Columns or pilasters protruding from the walls are recognized if
they are incorporated into the wall as an interference condition.
Because boundary finding requires an initial drawing analysis, which takes
some time, you may find the boundaries of several rooms at the same time.
When done, a ceiling grid will be created for each boundary individually,
in the order selected. Note: this option cannot be used if the floor plan
is XRef'ed into the current drawing. For this situation, the Find
boundary (xref) option may be used instead.|
|Find boundary (xref) – similar to
Find boundary (walls), except
does not ignore non-wall objects. This option is intended primarily for
xrefs, but can also be used where columns or pilasters have not been
correctly incorporated as an interference condition. Note that you must
manually turn off or freeze any layers, such as column grids, that would
create a bogus boundary. Also note that the option to detect columns in
room (see below) will not work with xrefs.|
|Rectangle – may be used for plain
rectangular rooms, by specifying the two corners.|
|Trace perimeter – may be required
in an unusual situation if the Find boundary methods should fail.
An additional feature of this option is that the grid will automatically
be aligned with the first two points selected|
|Existing Space object – may be
used if the drawing already contains AEC space objects. The ceiling grid
will be placed at the height dimension of the space object.|
|Create Space object – Optional.
Included here for convenience, and because a ceiling grid may be attached
to a space object to define the clipping boundary and height.|
|Retain polyline boundary (on ceiling
layer) – The AEC ceiling grid does not display a line where it meets
the wall, so you may want to retain the polyline boundary (for 3D views).
If the grid is attached to an AEC space object, retaining this outline is
optional. But if not attached to a space object, the polyline must be
retained as the clipping boundary of the grid. Note that this polyline
does not become part of the AEC ceiling object and is not controlled by
display properties. This means you will need to freeze the ceiling layer
in all non-RCP viewports to prevent it from displaying.|
|Ceiling height – Height is
specified here when not using an AEC space object. If a space object is
used, ceiling height is taken from its height dimension.|
|Detect columns in room – This
option will find columns (AEC mass elements) within the area and interrupt
the grid (attach a hole) wherever required.|
Before a grid is created, you will be
Specify angle for
X direction, relative to area (green arrow) <0.00>
The program has determined an orientation
of the area, using the first two points of the polyline selected or created by
finding a boundary. A green arrow is displayed to indicate that orientation,
and the angle you specify is relative to that orientation. So an angle of 0
would align the grid X direction with that arrow.
The following prompt will then appear:
New base point or
Xshift and Yshift shift the
grid by half a tile in their respective direction, changing whether it is
centered on the tile or the grid. Using either one repeatedly would simply
shift it back and forth between the two positions. You may also pick a point
to locate a grid intersection at that point, and possibly follow that with
Xshift and/or Yshift. The Re-balance option restores the initial
balanced condition (useful in case you inadvertently picked a bogus base
point). Press Enter when done.
Add Wall (w/ Z-Lock)
This command may be used in place of the
standard ACA WALLADD command. This custom version allows object
snapping to walls or other objects on another level without forcing the new
wall to the level of the existing object. Very handy for using a previously
drawn level to trace over to create another level. This command will lock the
new wall at 0, or whatever your Elevation is currently set to, and ignore the
Z value of the object snap.
This command adds a batt insulation pattern.
It may be used with AEC walls, line walls, or anywhere else - in plans,
details, or sections. Unlike other routines which use a polyline, the KCS
command uses a special hatch pattern. One advantage is that it can be chopped
off at an angle to allow the kind of partial hatching commonly seen in hand
drafting. Another advantage is that the hatching extents can be adjusted by
stretching or grip editing. Yet another advantage is that the
same hatch pattern can be used in a wall style, instead of applying it
separately with a command (see below).
End Condition: may be set to Angled or
Square, or set to prompt for which each time. You might like to use the angled
end for a partial indication on long walls, but use the square condition to
completely fill a shorter space.
Width: Auto will work for simple
two-line walls. You can choose to be prompted for complex walls.
the Pattern to a Wall Style
This is an alternative to adding the pattern with the command (described
above). The obvious advantage is that you do not need to apply the pattern
where you want it - it's part of the wall style. You can also add doors and
windows without worrying about the hatch pattern. But you cannot show partial
indications with this method. Also note that the hatch pattern file must be
available when the drawing regenerates, or the pattern does not appear. Keep
this in mind if you share drawings with consultants and want them to see the
To add the pattern to a wall style, edit the
wall style Display Props. In the Layer/Color/Linetype tab, turn on Hatch for
the desired component. In the Hatching tab, click on the pattern name for that
Hatch. In the Hatch Pattern dialog, set the pattern Type to Custom, then click
the Browse button. In the Hatch Pattern Palette dialog, go to the Custom tab.
Select KCS_BattInsul.pat and click OK. Back in the Hatch Pattern dialog, you
must enter the pattern name KCS_BattInsul in the Custom Pattern box, then
click OK. Back in the Hatch Pattern Palette dialog, set the hatch Scale to
match the width of the component to be hatched, set the angle at 0, and change
the orientation to Object.
The drawing may get quite sluggish if there
are many walls with this much hatching. There are a couple of ways to get
around that. One way is to off the hatch display in that wall
style until ready to plot. Or you can keep the -Patt layer frozen except for
NOTE: The DTI_BattInsul.pat file is also
included for backward compatibility with drawings that may have been set up
using the DTI_BattInsul pattern in wall styles. For any new settings, the KCS
version should be used.
Change selected objects to another layer.
Select object for layer name or [Nested/Type/Dialog/0] <Foo>:
Pick object on existing layer
Nested option to pick object in a block
Type option to use keyboard entry
Dialog option to select from list of existing layers
Layer 0 may be specified directly without using the Type option
[Enter] will change objects to the <current layer>
Copy selected objects to another layer.
Prompt and options are the same as Layer Change above. After objects are
copied, the new objects may be selected with "Previous".
Select all objects on picked layer. Objects
may then be selected with "Previous".
Freeze layers of selected objects. When used
inside a viewport, the layer is frozen in that viewport only. Otherwise it is
A Nesting level
option provides three nesting levels:
None: Freezes the layers of selected objects. If a block or an xref is
selected, the layer containing that block or xref is frozen.
Entity level: Freezes layers of selected objects even if they are
nested in an xref or a block.
Block level: Freezes layers of selected objects. If a selected object
is nested in a block, the layer containing that block is frozen (similar to
None). If a selected object is nested in an xref, the layer of the object is
frozen (similar to Entity Level).
Turn off layers of selected objects. Same
options as Layer Freeze except layer are turned off globally regardless of
whether used inside a viewport or elsewhere.
Make Layers Visible - from list of
non-visible layer. Layers will appear in the list if they are turned off,
frozen, frozen in the current viewport, or any combination of these. A layer
selected to be made visible will be turned on, thawed, and thawed in the
current viewport, as required. Multiple layers may be selected.
Lock layers by picking objects.
Lock layers by picking objects.
Display selected layers only (all other
layers are turned off globally). Nesting level
options same as Layer Freeze.
Reverse last Isolate in current drawing
Display selected layers in the current
viewport only. Selected layers are frozen in all other viewports either in the
current layout or all layouts, according to the Freeze level setting. Nesting
level options are also available for object selection.
List layer name of selected objects. When
object is part of a block or xref, both the insertion layer and the nested
layer are listed (with the nested layer in parentheses).
Set current layer by picking an object.
Select object for layer to set or [Nested/Type/Dialog/0]:
Pick object on existing layer
Nested option to pick object in
Type option to use keyboard
Layer 0 may be specified
directly without using the Type option
Dialog option to select from
list of layers. In this dialog there are two Source options:
Existing layer displays a list
of layers present in the drawing, along with the Visibility status of
each. If the layer is not not currently visible for any reason, whether
Off, Frozen globally, or Frozen in the current view port, Visibility is
listed as "No". A Display option allows you to exclude
ADT layers displays a list of
all layers in the current ACA layer standard. It shows both the
description and the current layer name for that description. Any layer
key overrides in effect will be reflected in the actual layer name. If
the layer does not already exist, it will be created with the color and
linetype specified in the layer standard. A Sort option allows you to
sort by either Description or current Layer Name.
KCS Layer Snapshot
Create a snapshot, you may do so
either in model space or in a viewport that has the layer settings
desired. Xref layers may be captured in three
different ways when creating a snapshot:
- Localized: This method is
probably the most useful in most cases. Use this method when
MyLayer should always be displayed the same way in an xref as in the
current drawing. When captured, layer Xref|MyLayer is regarded as
MyLayer. When applied, all instances of MyLayer will be restored the
same way, whether in the current drawing or in any
- Generic: This method is
useful for situations where you want to display layers in all
xrefs differently than the current drawing - for instance, if you
want to use xrefs as a "background", where MyLayer in
the xrefs is a different color than MyLayer in the current
drawing. In this method, layer Xref|MyLayer is captured as *|MyLayer,
and all instances of MyLayer for any xref name will be restored
the same way.
- Explicit: This is the same as
used by Express Tools and AutoCAD's own Layer State. Layer
Xref1|MyLayer is captured with that name. If you later
attach another xref that contains layer Xref2|MyLayer, this
layer will be unknown to the snapshot. We recommend this method
only when you use consistent xref names, and want to control the
display of MyLayer differently for each xref.
The snapshot will capture TrueColors as
well as standard colors, along with current linetypes and lineweights of
layers wherever the snapshot was created.
Apply a snapshot: when in a paper space layout, you have several
options providing maximum flexibility. With all default choices (as
shown here), the chosen snapshot will be applied to Model space layers
and layers in all viewports in the current layout, for consistent
On the other hand, you may have already
applied one snapshot to your model layers, and now wish to set up one or
more viewports to another snapshot. Simply uncheck Apply to Model
There may be times when you want to
apply layer properities (color, linetype, linewt) from a snapshot to the
viewport(s) without altering the VP Freeze status of any layers. To do
so, simply uncheck this option. Note that for best results, your Model
space layers should be set as desired before applying a snap to your
Similarly, you can control just the
Freeze/Thaw status without applying the properties.
These options do not apply when in
Model space - all layer properties are applied to all existing layers.
The Paper Space section of the dialog is disabled when in Model space,
and is not present if using an AutoCAD version prior to R2008 (when VP
layer properties were introduced). For older versions, a snapshot may be
applied to viewports, but only the VP Freeze status is affected.
|| Ref Point
This tool is used to locate a point a
specified distance and angle from a base point. Unlike standard AutoCAD
tracking and From tools, this Ref Point tool will keep prompting for another
point until you press Enter. This allows going in more than one direction to
arrive at the desired location.
This tool is used to locate a point midway
between two specified points. It may be used whenever you are being prompted
for a point. An example of this would be to locate the middle of a corridor,
or any other situation where there is no object to use a midpoint osnap on.
of 2 Points
This tool is used to locate a point at any
fractional distance between two specified points. It may be used whenever you
are being prompted for a point. This button is a flyout from the Mid of 2
Points toolbar button.
This command allows you to set the snap angle
by picking a line or ACA wall. You can also hit Enter to use keyboard entry or
pick two points. A macro SA is also provided for this command. The macro may
be used transparently during another command by preceding it with an
apostrophe ('SA). A quick way to restore to 0 angle is by the SA0 macro.
Get XY (specify Z)
Click this to get the X,Y location of a point
but input some other Z value. This is needed for the first point - after that
the Hold Z filter may be used to maintain the same Z value.
Z-Lock (at current elevation)
Pick X,Y on screen, with Z preset to current
elevation. Start command, then click this button when prompted for point.
Hold X, Hold Y,
When specifying a point these commands may be
used to retain the x, y or z value of the previous point.
KCS Leader and
command creates a leader with text in a different manner than the standard
AutoCAD QLeader command. One difference is that text is created on screen,
like dtext, then (optionally) converted to mtext.
This leader command also has the unique
ability to create a series of notes on the left side of a detail using left
justified text with a uniform left margin. When the second segment points to
the left, the cursor changes to an I-beam, to indicate that this will be the
text starting point. If a point is picked at existing text, the command will
automatically osnap to its insertion point, resulting in perfect alignment.
While inputting the text on screen (on the
left side), additional lines of text will be created under the first, but when
done they will be shifted upwards to place the last line at the point
selected. (This is similar to the way AutoCAD displays right justified dtext
as left justified until done.) When done, the leader tail is adjusted
appropriately for the length of the last line.
When drawing a leader from left to right, you
may pick a point near the end of an existing leader tail to make the new
leader end in alignment. Note that no AutoSnap box will appear, but an osnap
will happen automatically none the less.
This command can use either the current text
style or a specified style. If a style is specified that does not exist, it
will be created using the specified font. Text size may use the ACA Annotation Plot size (as specified in Documentation à
Drawing Setup), or the current AutoCAD text size (same as standard Text
commands), or as specified in the settings for this command. Automatic layer
control is provided by the KCS Auto-Layer, if turned
on in KCS Options.
The KCS Leader uses your current AutoCAD
dimension style for leaders. If you are getting a "tick" instead of
an arrow, what you need to do is create a Leader sub-style and set the
arrowhead to Closed Filled. You can refer to dimension style Aec_Arch_I in the
"Aec arch(imperial)" template as an example.
This command converts one or more lines of
single-line text into an AutoCAD MTEXT object, maintaining the original text
style, height and layer. The lines of text are automatically sorted according
to their relative locations in the drawing. This allows multiple lines to be
selected with a window or in any order.
Special treatment is given to a first line
ending with a colon, such as "NOTE: ". This line will remain as is
and will not word-wrap with the rest of the text.
with Shadow Box
This tool creates Mtext with a shadow box.
The text and box are attached, so that any editing of the text will
automatically update the shadow box to match. The toolbar flyout also contains
a tool to attach a shadow box to existing Mtext, and another to add a
freestanding shadow box anywhere in your drawing.
Note that if the Mtext has the Annotative
property (new for AutoCAD 2008), the shadow box will also be Annotative and
will adjust to changes in scale along with the text. This does not apply to
the freestanding shadow box.
Dimension Offset and Split
This tool creates a copy of the selected
dimension, offset in the indicated direction. The offset distance is governed
by Baseline spacing (DIMDLI variable) in your dimension style settings. The
two origin points of the new dimension will be the same as the original. Next
you are prompted for a new origin point - the new dimension will be split in
two, with a new extension originating form this point.
This tool splits an existing dimension into
two dimensions, with a new origin point added somewhere between the two
original origins, as specified.
This tools joins two dimension together into
This tool allows you to easily add a note,
such as V.I.F. or CLEAR, to a dimension, as shown. The resulting text will be
part of the dimension object, with the same properties as the dimension text.
The same tool can also remove a previously placed note.
Dimension Dot Dimension Dot and Extension
With this tool you can change the pointer
a dimension extension line from your normal slash or arrow to a dot. This
provides the ability to implement the convention where a dot is used to
indicate a dimension to the center of some object. The same tool will also
restore a dot pointer to your normal pointer. Note that no additional
dimension styles are created, and no changes are made to your dimension style.
R2017 introduced the ability to change
the linetype of extension lines. However, doing so manually is quite
cumbersome, especially with stacked dimensions. Note in the sample capture
the extension line with the red dotted area. Here there are extension
lines from five dimensions. If they were all changed to a center linetype
manually, overlapping linetypes would appear as solid in this area. This
is because they are of different lengths, making them out of sync. This
tool automatically handles that.
Extension Visibility Toggle
This tool allows you to easily toggle a
dimension extension on/off. Simply select the dim line near the extension.
This command allows you to "clone",
or draw by example, almost any object already in your drawing just by picking
the existing object. For all objects, it will duplicate the layer of that
object. If a line is picked, it will draw a line on that layer. If text is
picked, it will create text with the same style and height. If a wall is
picked, it will draw a wall using the same wall style, width, height,
justification, and cleanup group. And so on, for most AutoCAD and ACA objects.
this command to align text and other objects vertically or horizontally on
screen. The first object picked establishes a point of alignment (or you may
pick a point instead). The default alignment is to a vertical line passing
through this point, as indicated by a dashed screen line. Horizontal alignment
may be chosen instead.
Each object picked will then be aligned to
that line, according to the designated alignment point. For objects with
multiple alignment points, the one closest to the point picked is used. This
provides a great deal of choice in how you want objects to line up. Alignment
points are at endpoints, midpoints, quadpoints, etc., depending on the type of
This command will replace selected block
insertions with a different block. Layer, scale, rotation, and attributes of
each original insertion are retained. Any number of insertions may be
selected, and they need not be the same block name. The block name to use as
replacement may be selected from a list of blocks in the drawing, or it may be
obtained by picking an existing block.
This command will convert existing conditions
to demolition. Many options are provided, with help buttons for
individual options. A special Cutting Window selection option will break walls
where it crosses them.
This command will label property lines (lines
or polylines) with the bearing (in surveyors units) and/or distance (in
decimal feet). It will give correct results whether the drawing is in foot
units or inch units, by specifying which.