Dynamic Blocks vs. Custom Blocks

Dynamic Blocks, Custom Blocks, Block, Support, Functionality

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Written by Levi Miguel
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AutoCAD creates and uses dynamic blocks. ARES Commander creates interactive blocks that operate similarly, which are called “custom blocks.”

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Using AUTOCAD’S Dymamic Blocks in ARES
ARES Commander reads and uses AutoCAD’s dynamic blocks just like AutoCAD does. When someone shares with you dynamic blocks created in AutoCAD, they can be used inside ARES Commander with the same set of interactivity functions, including modifying their shape, size, and configuration. After making interactivity changes to them and saving the drawing with ARES Commander, the blocks are still seen as dynamic blocks back in AutoCAD. When, however, you want to edit an AutoCAD dynamic block with ARES’ Block Editor, you will be required to redefine grips and actions from scratch.

Using ARES Custom Blocks in other CAD Programs
Custom blocks created with ARES Commander can be read and displayed by other CAD programs, such as AutoCAD, but only as simple blocks. When one of ARES’ custom blocks is modified in the other program, it loses the interactivity that was specified with ARES. Fortunately, you may modify all the rest of the drawing with the other program without breaking the interactivity of custom blocks, as long as you don’t touch the custom blocks.When you want to edit an ARES custom block with AutoCAD’s Block Editor, you are also required to redefine grips and actions from scratch. 

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