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Create AutoCAD complex linetypes on the fly.

A - answer With the CADstudio LTFly LISP utility you can generate AutoCAD linetypes with embedded text on the fly, in a single prompt. Make linetypes like "WATER", "OPTICAL", "ADSL", etc.

Just start LTFly with the LTFLY command and type the desired text or special character(s). The new linetype containing your text string will be created automatically and you can immediately use it in the current drawing.

The embedded text will use the current text style so make sure the same text style is available in other drawings if you want to use this linetype definition there. You can export the .LIN definition (file) using the LinOut utility.

The newly created linetype is named accordingly to the embedded string. If this name cannot be used (special characters), a random name combined with your username will be applied.

Since version 1.3 you can also create linetypes with multiple texts (individual words) - just enter dot "." on the first prompt.

Video - using LTFly:

You can download the free LTfly utility from

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See also:
Tip 11386:Hatches in AutoCAD 2015 (and higher) do not display linetypes.
Tip 11160:Dynamic display of layer/block/text style/linetype properties.
Tip 11146:Metric linetypes by ISO and complex linetypes for utilities.
Tip 10945:DWG text in dashed or dotted linetype.
Tip 10855:Dynamic linetype scaling by mouse dragging.

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