I’ve written three white papers for Autodesk on Dynamic Blocks. Together, these three white papers provide a thorough overview of the dynamic block feature.
Part 1: Dynamic Block Overview and Quick-Start Tutorial. In this white paper I explain the concepts behind dynamic blocks and suggest some scenarios for their use. I display some sample dynamic blocks and explain the steps for creating one. I define the components of dynamic blocks, parameters and actions. I end the paper with a short tutorial to run you through the process of creating, inserting, and editing your first dynamic block. Download Part 1(PDF, 10 pp.)
Part 2: Inventory of Block Editor, Commands, Parameters, Actions, and Parameter Sets. In this white paper I document dynamic block properties and characteristics. I list dynamic block capabilities and provide a thorough review of the Block Editor, which is the interface for creating dynamic blocks. Then I list and describe all the parameters, which are the building blocks of dynamic blocks. I explain how to attach actions to parameters. Actions are like editing commands, which control how you can edit a dynamic block. I end the paper with a table of parameter sets, which are parameter-action combos that you can quickly apply to a block. Download Part 2 (PDF, 12 pp.)
Part 3: Advanced Features of Dynamic Blocks. In the final white paper, I explain some of the advanced features, best practices, and capabilities of dynamic blocks. Here are the topics:
- Naming parameters and actions
- Selecting objects for actions
- Specifying stretch frames
- Cycling through insertions points
- Changing the direction of an action
- Keeping objects centered
- Stretching a block equally in opposite directions
- Chaining parameters
- Using visibility states
- Using lookup parameters and tables
Download Part 3 (PDF, 15 pp.)
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