Thursday, September 24, 2009

Hide or isolate objects in AutoCAD freeware

I mentioned a few days ago that I wanted to release a freeware and here it is.

You can hide, isolate or unisolate selected objects with it.

It is free and without support and released as it is. It is a VBA program that you need to load with VBALOAD and then the form can be showed with VBARUN running IsolateHideObjects.dvb!Start.Isolate.
It can be called by AutoLISP like this:
(vl-vbarun "c:/temp/IsolateHideObjects.dvb!Start.Isolate")

Download here.
(notice the warning in the comments about the risk of saving a drawing without using UnIsolate so make sure to know about potential side effects)

For any questions please keep them as comment in this blog post.

4 comments:

  1. Hi!
    Unfortunately it just does not work. I got AutoCAD MEP 2008. The box comes up nicely and I can press buttons but nothing happens on the screen. The only button that works is the Exit-button ;)

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  2. Hi, Try to download it again. I made an update. Not sure why the first one did not work.

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  3. Ok, it works now, although the beginning of the zip-file is corrupted (according to IZarc).

    But besides that, if you allow me a critical comment: IMHO this tool is VERY dangerous. If somebody hides or isolates and then saves and closes a drawing without hitting the "unisolate"-button in your tool first then the drawing may as well be viewed as corrupted for anybody else. You should NEVER allow a normal user to "play around" with the visibility (GC 60) of entities. But as I said, that's just my point of view.

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  4. I re-zipped the file so it might be better now.
    Good point about the "warning".

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