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Animated drawing of a curve shape in AutoCAD.

A - answer For presentation and education purposes you may need to slowly draw (paint) a shape of a certain curve in AutoCAD - as if you redraw an existing curve with a crayon. So you can e.g. illustrate the shape of a mathematical curve - e.g. from the function 2DPlot.

For this purpose your can use the freeware application DrawPoly. Download this tool from, load it to AutoCAD with the command APPLOAD and run it by typing the command DRAWPOLY.

The command will prompt to select an existing curve/polyline. It will hide it temporarily and in its place, it will sequentially draw its shape step by step, using a specified segment length a specified color. The segment length is autocorrected so that the sequential drawing always includes also the existing vertices of the polyline. You cen choose between automatic re-drawing with a given speed, or interactive re-drawing controlled by hitting the Enter key. After you the "re-painting" is finished, the original curve is restored and shown again.

With some graphics cards (hw acceleration) the re-drawn segments may be grouped into one step.

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See also:
Tip 11354:Animate dyn.block parameters and dim.constraints in AutoCAD DWGs.
Tip 11295:Iterative Move, Scale and Rotate - till boundary touch.
Tip 8361:Automatic vertex labels with autonumbering and coordinates.
Tip 6724:Automatically generated picture-legend of drawing blocks.
Tip 2280:How to translate drawing texts to another language? (DWG translation)

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