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- Working with attributes

Extract data from attributes

You can extract information from the blocks with attributes in the current drawing. The information is used to create a data extraction table saved in an external file

To extract data from attributes
  1. Do one of the following:
  2. Select Tools > Data Extraction...
  3. Type EATTEXT and then press Enter.
  4.  
  1. The data extraction process starts with the Drawing and template selection dialog box.
  2. Block selection: select Current drawing if you want to extract information from all the blocks in the current drawing or Select objects if you want to specify blocks to extract information from.
  3. Template selection: a template contains the block and attribute selection data saved in a file .blk.
    No Template: creates a new data extraction.
    Use Template: uses the settings previously saved in an attribute extraction template file (BLK). As you move through the command masks, each page is already filled in with the settings coming from the template file. You can change these settings.
  4. Press Next > to pass on to the Attribute Selection mask.
  5.  
  1. Select blocks and attributes that contain information you want to extract.
  2. Blocks: displays the list of blocks in the current drawing or those previously selected.
    Block name: check the box near the block name to display its attributes in the Attributes for block list. Block Alias Name You can provide an alias for the block name. Aliases are used to issue commands by entering one or two letters rather than the entire command name.
    Number: displays the number of instances of blocks in the current drawing.
  3. Attributes for block: displays the list of attributes for the selected blocks.
    Attribute: the box near the attribute name is checked to extract information from a selected block. If you don't want to extract information click on the box to remove the tick mark.
    Attribute Value: displays the value for each selected attribute.
    Alias: you can provide an alias for attributes.
  4. Check all: check all the blocks or attributes to extract information from.
  5. Uncheck all: Remove the check from all the blocks and attributes.
  6. Press Next > to pass on to the Output View mask that displays a preview of the attributes extracted. The list shows all the attributes selected for the data extraction.
  7.  
  • The Block name column displays all the selected block names. The Count column shows the number of instances of each block with the same values. The following columns display names of attributes, rows display values.
  • Copy Data To Clipboard: copies into the clipboard all the information or only selected one.
  • Press Next > to pass on to Export final mask.
  • Output file: In Select output file type specifies a file format for the data extraction. The available file formats are a comma-separated file format (CSV) and a tab-separated file format (TXT). In Enter a valid file name choose a file name to save the information from the data extraction. Press Browse to select a folder.
  • Template file: a data extraction file can be also used as a template to perform the same type of extraction in a different drawing. Press Save Template to store the current settings in a template file. The data extraction file is created when you press Finish in the Export Dialog Window