Symbols in the gCADPlus library are known as blocks. The term block comes from the printing industry where a block contained type that was stamped on the page in a printing press. A gCADPlus block operates in much te same way. The BLOCKS command is used to call up a block and insert it into a design. In gCADPlus, the BLOCK command is used to create a block from any number of drawing primitives and after a group of entities is selected, the right mouse button menu can be used to call up the BLOCK command to create a block. Once a blck has been created, you may want to use it in other drawings. Some discussion on how to do that follows.

The gCADPlus block system

Although there are several hundred blocks in gCADPlus, but you can make your own. All you need do is store the block in the appropriate folder and it will become available as you browse through the library. These folders are found in the C: drive of your computer under The User folder, then under My Documents, then under a folder called gCADPlus3, then under a blocks Blocks folder, then under various other folders.

Save a block and make it available for other design sessions.

Select the block.

Right click and copy to the clipboard.

Start a new drawing (with no template).

Right click and paste from the clipboard.

Paste the block to coordinate 0,0

Select the block and explode it.

Move the entities such that a suitable base point is located at 0,0

Purge the pasted block using the BLOCKS command, delete any unwanted blocks.

Check layer settings. Use the distance command to check that size is correct.

Save the block and test it in a new drawing.

Purge blocks

Purge blocks This movie shows how to remove unwanted blocks from a gCADPlus drawing.

Save blocks