PxCad ToolBox - Productivity Tools for AutoCAD

PxCad ToolBox

These add on tools will make life easier for those who are regular uses of AutoCAD. They decrease the repetitiveness of entering commands and add 100+ commands to the available command set. These commands are quick to access by entering a 2 or 3 letter keyboard command or by selecting a command from the PxCad Toolbox pull down menu.

Main Features

 To review the full set of commands available in this version of PxCad ToolBox refer to the Online Help File.

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A brief description of a few of the commands featured in this version of PxCad ToolBox  
 

Enhanced Divide
To access this command enter DI at the keyboard or select it from the Tools section of the pull down menu.

  • With this command you can divide an object or selected pick points to define the distance to divide.

  • After you have made this selection you have the option to divide by a number or by a distance.

  • Once the number or distance is entered the result will be displayed on the command prompt and you are given the option to accept the result or repeat your entry to reevaluate the result.

  • After you accept the result, points are placed equally along the object or between the points selected.

The main difference between this enhanced divide command and the original is that you can evaluate the outcome before placing any points.

For example if you used the pick points option to select your length to divide and the resulting length is 18.4. Then you select the option to divide by number and then enter 5, this would be displayed on the command prompt as "5 spaces @ 3.7 = 18.4 ". You then have the option to accept this or repeat your entry.

You can find more information on this command in the online help.

 

Dimension a line
To access this command enter DML at the keyboard or select it from the Draw section of the pull down menu.

  • This command with put dimension text on a line or between 2 selected points.

  • There are 2 different selection options Line or Points.
    With the line selection option you can select multiple lines to dimension in one operation.
    When in point selection you can select 2 points to dimension between.

  • Text orientation.
    When using the line selection option the text is orientated on top of the line from the start to end point of the line.
    The selection option points aligns the text on top from the first to second selected points.

  • This command works in 2D & 3D. The text plane is aligned with the current UCS.

  • The current layer and dimstyle settings are used to draw the dimension text.

This command is useful for checking layout work in 2D & 3D. For example if you wanted to check the lengths of all the lines in a layout you would use the Line section option then select all the lines in the layout. This would put a dimension on every line that was selected in one operation. You can also select lines individually if required. The point selection option is useful for measuring object edges, distances between objects, distances between points. These are just a few examples of what this command could be used for.

You can find more information on this command in the online help.

 

Line Text - Small, Medium and Large Line Text
There are 3 commands here TL1, TL2 and TL3, to access them enter either TL1, TL2 or TL3 at the keyboard or select it from the Draw section of the pull down menu.

  • These commands will put text on a line or between 2 selected points. The current layer and text style is used to create the text in the following sizes.

  • The command TL1 has the text size set to 2.5 * the current dimscale.

  • The command TL2 has the text size set to 3.5 * the current dimscale.

  • The command TL3 has the text size set to 5 * the current dimscale.

  • There are 2 different selection options Line or Points.
    With the line selection option you can select multiple lines to add text to in one operation.
    When in point selection you can select 2 points to add text between.

  •  Text orientation.
    When using the line selection option the text is orientated on top of the line from the start to end point of the line.
    The selection option points aligns the text on top from the first to second selected points.

  • This command works in 2D & 3D. The text plane is aligned with the current UCS.

This command is useful for adding text notes, labels or a description to objects in your 2D drawing or 3D model.

You can find more information on this command in the online help.

 

Hide Object
This command can be accessed by entering HO via the keyboard or by selecting it from the Tools section of the pull down menu.

  • It will hide unnecessary objects from view making it easier to see what you are doing in a busy drawing or model.

  • It doesn't alter the layer state of the objects selected but removes them from the display so any other objects on the same layer remain visible.

  • It is easy to restore the hidden objects just enter the command UH via the keyboard or select it from the Tools section of the pull down menu. You can restore all hidden objects in one go or select what objects you would like to restore.

This tool is a great companion to your 3D tool set, objects can be hidden & restored quickly.

You can find more information on this command in the online help.

 

Align UCS
To access this command enter UA at the keyboard or select it from the Ucs + Zoom section of the pull down menu.

  • This command will align your UCS to 2 selected points in a wire frame model.

  • The X axis is aligned with the first & second pick points, the first pick point is set to the UCS origin.

  • The Y axis is positioned in the vertical plan perpendicular to world.

This command was designed originally to put the Ucs at the Top Dead Center of a CHS section in a 3D wire frame model by selecting 2 points on the center line. Once the UCS has been established at TDC the other UCS short cuts can be used to manipulate your UCS around the CHS section.

You can find more information on this command in the online help.

 

Modify Text Values
To access this command enter MTV at the keyboard or select it from the Modify section of the pull down menu.

  • With this command you can modify Text, Mtext and Attribute References.

  • The following operators can be used.
    Plus (+), Minus (-), Multiply (*), Divide (/), Raise to power (^), Square root (Sqrt).

  • The AutoCAD dimdec variable is used to control precision.

  • If the text selected contains any alpha characters it will be skipped.

This command is useful for changing the existing values of Text, Mtext and Attribute References. For example you can quickly add 1 to the quantities in a material list.

You can find more information on this command in the online help.

 

Extend line by pick and point
To access this command enter XX at the keyboard or select it from the Modify section of the pull down menu.

  • Pick the line end to extend and point to the new end point.

  • The new end point of the line will be drawn perpendicular to the picked point.

This is a simple command to use but very effective at quickly extending a line in 2D and 3D.

You can find more information on this command in the online help.

 

Iso views I1 to I4
These commands can be accessed via the keyboard or from the Views section of the pull down menu.

  • There are 4 main Iso views with each view having 2 additional views that are rotated another 5 degrees.

  • These commands use the previous views magnification and center point so if you are viewing an object in 3D and run one of these commands the object will remain in view.

  • Some times when in one of the main views I1, I2, I3 or I4 you will find that some parts are restricted from view. If you use a 5 or 10 degree rotation you should be able to see the obstructed parts.

    • I1 - South west iso view.
      I1a - Rotated +5 degrees.
      I1b - Rotated +10 degrees.

    • I2 - South east iso view.
      I2a - Rotated +5 degrees.
      I2b - Rotated +10 degrees.

    • I3 - North east iso view..
      I3a - Rotated +5 degrees.
      I3b - Rotated +10 degrees.

    • I4 - North west iso view.
      I4a - Rotated +5 degrees.
      I4b - Rotated +10 degrees.

Using these commands you can quickly view all the sides of a 3D object and not have to zoom in and out a  lot as the previous views magnification and center point are retained.

You can find more information on this command in the online help.