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Creating Symbols

This tech tip explains how to create a symbol.

Creating the Symbol
A symbol is created from a drawing, so the drawing will have to be complete before creating the symbol. To create a symbol select "Make Symbol":

Object Menu Make Symbol


Enter the name of the symbol and click on the or press enter on the keyboard.


The program prompts:


Each object has a hook point, which acts as a reference point. For example, if you import an object from one drawing into another as a symbol, the object will appear in the second drawing with its hook point at the cursor position.
Because of the way that AllyCAD can automatically rotate and snip around symbols when they are inserted into drawings, you should position the hook point on the left of the symbol.

The lower left corner is used as the hook point.


Enter the lower left corner of the snip box, by left clicking on the mouse.


Enter the upper right corner of the snip box, by left clicking on the mouse.


Using the polygon enclose all the drawing elements you want to include in the symbol and press the space bar to close.


You can have as many symbol attributes as you desire.
Type in the prompt for the symbol attribute, this will prompt for the attribute text when placing symbols.


The following is displayed.


Enter the attribute default text.


When placing the symbol this is the default attribute that will be displayed and can be altered or changed before placing.


Enter the attribute position. Left click with the mouse to indicate the attribute position. Once the position has been selected additional attributes can be added.


Clicking on the without any attributes stops the process. The symbol must then be saved.

File Menu Save As




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 Last Updated: April 22, 2008
Knowledge Base: Professional Civil Engineering & CAD Design Software

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