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Individual modification of elements in AutoCAD dynamic arrays.

A - answer AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT by default does not allow to manipulate individual elements of dynamic arrays and before modifying them it is necessary to explode the array (and thus lose its dynamic behavior).

But using add-on applications you can still perform some editing operations on elements of rectangular, polar and curve arrays in AutoCAD while not losing their dynamic functionality.

Examples are the utilities HideItem (hide selected elements), TrimArr (trim the array to the boundary), or Scatter (randomly recolor, nudge, rotate, or scale elements). In the case of Scatter, the individual modifications of nudge/move, rotate, or scale are lost when the span of the rows/columns of the array is subsequently changed. All newly added array elements (e.g. columns) will have the default properties.

To recolor elements in Scatter, it is important to set the default color of the source array element to ByBlock . Recoloring is typically used for tile patterns and layouts, pavings, facades, or other decorations. Both HideItem and Scatter can be used also in AutoCAD LT (2024 and above).

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See also:
Tip 13452:HideItem - hiding individual items in AutoCAD arrays
Tip 12966:TrimArr - trim a dynamic array to a boundary curve.
Tip 12609:Dynamo - how to convert a raster photo to 3D model in Revit?

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