Points from a text file.

One of the tasks a Map user has to do is bring in points from a text file or a database. With the civil 3D tools in Map R2005 & 2006 you could use the civil points tools to do this but it required the point file to be in a certain format and we end up having to work on getting it to work correctly a few times when we don’t use it all the time. But thanks to a reminder from a poster on the AutoDesk discussion groups for reminding me of an old forgotten AutoCAD command, the “Multiple” command. What this command does is repeats a command that you provide in the command line until you press the escape button.
The thing you need too do is make sure the text file contains nothing but the coordinates for the points, if you have attributes or a point number mixed in with the coordinates you need to delete them from the file. So your text file is something like this:


Now with the file open select all the points and use ctrl+C to copy the lines to the windows clipboard. Back in your drawing give the MULTIPLE command, then the POINT command then paste the text from the clipboard by using ctrl+v when it asks “Specify a point”. The points should be created based on the text file. You then have to press the escape key to end the MULTIPLE command.

Command: multiple
Enter command name to repeat: point
Current point modes: PDMODE=35 PDSIZE=0.0000
Specify a point: “ctrl&v to paste the text file here”.

A simple way to add points, keep in mind your point mode settings so you can see the points but this is a quick way to bring simple points into your map.


5 Responses to “Points from a text file.”

  1. 1 oompapa 05/08/2008 at 11:58 PM

    this is incredibly helpful, thanks.

    thing is, and I am working in vanilla autocad 2008, I am getting something strange – even though all my X values are “0” I am getting the Y values plotted along a diagonal line. It turns out that the ditance between one point and the next is each consecutive Y value. How is that?

    I have tried different X values and I keep getting the diagonal..HELP!

  2. 2 albionpjl 04/30/2007 at 6:14 AM

    It’s also useful for getting grid references out quickly to send to a surveyor.
    then click on all the things you need the surveyor to locate on the ground.
    press F2 to get the recent commands in a box then hightlight all the lines of grid references and copy. open word and paste.


  3. 3 Anonymous 08/08/2006 at 4:15 AM

    Thanks for remainding the “multiple” command

  4. 4 Ron Auble 07/06/2006 at 2:04 PM

    I had forgotten about that command as well, thanks for reminding us about it.
    One note, multiple only works for non-dialog commands so if you wanted to do something similar to your point example using a block you would need to the “-Insert” command instead of “Insert”.


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