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AutoCAD Express Tools Tip Series—How to Batch Update a Bunch of Block Attributes

Leslie Feldman
May 12, 2016

When you’re facing a horde of block attribute values in need of updating, do you 1. Sigh deeply, briefly wonder if it’s too late to change careers, and then begin slogging through them? Or 2. Allow yourself a little smile as you fire up your Import Attributes and Export Attributes AutoCAD Express Tools?

These commands will import block attribute values from an external, tab-delimited ASCII file—such as Microsoft Excel file—making short work of what could otherwise be a huge drain on your day. Access them from the Express Tools tab on the ribbon.

AutoCAD Express Tools Import/Export Block Attributes ribbon

Express your productivity!

AutoCAD Express Tools: What are they?

AutoCAD Express Tools extend the power of AutoCAD software—with an emphasis on time-saving productivity.

Customers who know them love them; in fact, virtually all these tools were created or suggested by users. All have been vetted by Autodesk developers. Today they enjoy a near-cult following.

The caveat is, these tools are provided as a “courtesy.” Autodesk doesn’t support them. If you have an AutoCAD Express Tools question or problem, your best bet is to visit the Autodesk Community.

AutoCAD Express Tools: How did they get here?

Express Tools started (as “Bonus Tools”) in AutoCAD Release 14. Many were written by users. A couple of these users became full-time Autodesk programmers. Their mission: Listen to users and create more Express Tools.

Over the many releases and various incarnations—quite a few have been absorbed into AutoCAD as proper features—Express Tools remain as popular as ever—among those who know about them.

Your turn.

AutoCAD Express Tools: The Adventure Continues.…

This is the first in a series exploring AutoCAD Express Tools. Stay tuned!

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Leslie Feldman

Leslie is fanning the glowing embers of the AutoCAD Blog into a raging (yet carefully managed!) bonfire, bringing light and warmth to AutoCAD customers wherever they’re huddled. He has been writing, editing, helping design, and managing the production of high-tech marketing communications—everything from party invitations, web banners, and tweets to annual reports, white papers, and animated videos—for longer than he cares to admit. So don’t ask. Leslie is thrilled to be back in the Autodesk saddle after 14 years spent wandering the desolate, non-Autodesk high-tech landscape.

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