This option is used when you want to insert a whole drawing into an existing gCADPlus drawing. For example, you may well have chosen to start with the default template (essentially empty) , drawn the site boundaries and then be looking to insert a previous design into this new job. If you are highly organized and have a store of  designes in a designs folder, its easy, but you may want to browse to find a past design.

Insert drawing

Two choices are offered - the first - insert block - allows keeps the incoming information as a block and so enables control over the position and scale of the inserted drawing. The figure below shows that if this first option is selected, you get the opportunity to place an existing block into the drawing or (more usually) choose the 'add from other file' option and browse to a new design.


Typing INSERT in the command area and clicking on the Blocks option brings up the very same dialog box.

The final option (insert *.lcd) inserts a drawing at the base point of the incoming gCADPlus drawing and explode the incoming drawing as it does so. There is no opportunity to scale or change the rotation angle of the entities being imported. 

Tip: Be careful using this option as entities may be placed on top of existing entities. This makes subsequent editing difficult. It is a good idea to create a new layer with a unique name ready for the imported information. It's then possible using the  ISOLATE layer option, to work on the incoming information separately.

The figure below shows the Insert option being used from an empty template. We have navigated to a store of existing designs and about to insert a design for an outdoor classroom space into a larger site drawing. Note that a reasonably sized preview of the drawing to be inserted, shows in the gCADPlus Preview Pane at the right.