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Features

  • AutoLINE allows blocks in linetypes instead of shapes. Blocks are easier to create and have a big added advantage: they can be on different layers. This means your lines can be on one layer and your blocks on another. Of course your blocks can include multiple layers themselves.  Blocks can also have solid fills while shapes cannot.  This is a huge advantage.

  • AutoLINE makes it easy to create and modify new linetypes. With dialog box functionality all you do is point and click. Creating shapes is easy too because AutoLINE will convert all your blocks into shapes for inclusion in AutoCAD-style linetypes.

  • AutoLINE allows you to specify polyline width (PLINEWID) and polyline linetype generation (PLINEGEN) as part of the linetype definition. As long as you use AutoLINE to draw your linetypes it will make sure they are drawn correctly. With AutoCAD or IntelliCAD alone you must manage this separately and it is easy to make mistakes.

  • AutoLINE allows any number of parallel lines in linetypes making possible a whole range of lines such as roads, walls, and barriers. With AutoCAD you must use a separate command, MLINE, that won't draw curves.

  • AutoLINE has been around for over 15 years and has the bugs worked out of it. With AutoCAD-style  linetypes that include shapes, if you draw a polyline that includes curve segments the shapes will switch rotation 180 degrees on the segments that are drawn counter-clockwise. This results in silly looking lines that are unuseable. For example our tree line linetype 'TREE-CLOCK' would be impossible with an AutoCAD-style linetype.

  • AutoLINE allows you to have a block, text, or negative dash first in the linetype definition. AutoCAD-style linetypes must include a positive, non-zero dash first. This limits flexibility and makes it very difficult to produce many of the linetypes that are so easy with AutoLINE. For example, with an AutoCAD -style linetype it is impossible to make a linetypes such as our 'DOTS', 'STONE', or 'CONDUIT' linetypes because the blocks won't be placed on the end of the line. With AutoLINE, if a block is first in the linetype definition it will be placed exactly on the vertice.

  • AutoLINE has better options for rotating text and blocks. With AutoCAD linetypes that include text, if a line is drawn from right to left the text will be upside down. With AutoLINE there is an option so that the text will be drawn right side up. Many people buy our software just for this purpose.

  • AutoLINE allows you to include AutoLISP expressions in the linetype definition for greater flexibility. We use this feature with our 'CONTOUR' linetype to prompt for the text to place in the line, with our 'ELEVATION' linetype to automatically assign the elevation of the line as the text in the linetype, and with our '1HOURSMOKE', 'CONVEYOR', 'STONE' and other linetypes to prompt for the width. You may also customize the included linestyles for even greater flexibility. We did this for a customer of ours to create a linetype that draws complete conveyor systems with tracks, belts, chains, wheel plates, drive ends, and even calculates hole spacing.

  • AutoLINE includes a Toolbar that gives easy access to all AutoLINE functions.

  • AutoLINE includes over 100 custom linetypes which can be modified or used as-is. Many of them would be impossible with AutoCAD or IntelliCAD alone.

  • AutoLINE creates two kinds of linetypes: AutoCAD-style linetypes and its own special format AutoLINE linetypes. AutoLINEs own linetypes are much more flexible than AutoCADs and allow for an almost unlimited range of possibilities.  Whichever kind you use (and you CAN use both), AutoLINE gives you a simple, elegant, user interface for creating, modifying, and using linetypes.

 


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