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How to update a block while keeping its attribute position and rotation?

A - answer If you have block references in your drawing, with manually adjusted positions and rotations of their block attributes, and you then update such blocks, after the synchronization will the attribute properties revert back (reset) to the positions given by the block definition. So their individually adjusted position or rotation may change.

So if you want to keep not only the attribute values but also the currently set position of the individually repositioned attributes in the newly updated blocks, use the French LISP utility SYN (by Patrick) instead of the standard attribute synchronization commands (ATTSYNC, BATTMAN). Download the SYN add-on utility from, load it into your AutoCAD session with APPLOAD and type the command SYN.

Select the block to update and check those parameters you want to keep from the existing inserts (references) - e.g. Positions+Angles. The command will change all other geometrical parameters of the block, resp. its attributes.
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See also:
Tip 11398:Editing block attributes in AutoCAD mobile.
Tip 7595:Block changes are not reflected in the drawing.
Tip 7214:Batch replace different blocks with a single block.
Tip 4574:How to add an attribute to a block used in a drawing?

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