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Inserting Groups and Symbols

The Insert group tool is used to insert groups and symbols into your drawing. Groups are created using the Select objects tool. Symbols are created by saving a group as a symbol in the Edit object tool, or by adding a group to the symbol library in the Symbols and groups settings panel. For the rest of this section, the term "group" is used to describe both symbols and groups.

When inserting groups, you first select the group you want to insert (the "active group") and then specify the location of each instance (copy of the active group). Groups can be selected from your drawing by picking them with the cursor. Symbols can be selected from the Symbol library or retrieved from disk or the cloud.

Groups can also be inserted as a linear array or as a radial array.

When a group is inserted into a drawing, the resulting object is called an "instance" of that group. Each instance of a given group shares the same set of members, however each instance has its own layer property, color property, transformation matrix, and text attribute values.

Group members that are on the "unassigned" layer will be placed on the active layer the group is inserted. Group members that already have layer assignments will retain those assignments when inserted.

The options described below can be found in the bottom app bar or in the control panel.

The Layer option selects the layer that will be assigned to the group instance. Group members on the unassigned layer will inherit the layer of the instance; members that have explicit layer assignments will keep those assignments.
The Library option displays the Symbol library view. This view shows all of the symbols that are present in the drawing's Symbol Library. Each symbol's name is shown along with a thumbnail image of the symbol. Selecting a symbol from the symbol library menu makes that symbol the active group. This option is disabled if the drawing's symbol library is empty.
The Get symbol option retrieves previously saved symbols from your disk or the cloud. When you select Get symbol, the standard Windows file picker is shown. From the picker you can select a single symbol or multiple symbols. If your symbols are arranged in folders, you can select all of the symbols in the folder by using the control-A keyboard shortcut. By default, all of the symbols you retrieve using Get symbol are added to your drawing's symbol library. The last symbol added becomes the active symbol for the insert function.
The Pick option allows you to "pick" an object from your drawing to insert rather than going through the Symbol library or the file picker. When inserting groups with the Pick option, the resulting action is similar to using the "Copy" option in the Select objects tool, however there are some important differences:
  • Individual objects will be converted to anonymous groups; the copies will be instances of that group.
  • Objects on unassigned layers will be moved to the active layer.
  • You will be prompted to fill in any text attributes present in the group.
  • Groups can be inserted into lines or doublelines if their Insert vector is set.
The Done option stops adding groups to your drawing.

Filling in text attributes

When inserting a group that contains text attributes, a dialog will appear propmting you to enter values for each of the attributes. After entering a value for the attribute, tapping the Next button will save that value to the group and move to the next attribute. When the last attribute value has been entered, tapping the Done button will dismiss the dialog.

If a text attribute has a default value, that value will be pre-populated in the attribute value box. If you do not change this value, tapping the Next (or Done) button will save the default value as the value of the attribute.

Text attributes can be single line or multi-line. When entering values for multi-line attributes, pressing the Enter key will move to the next line. Once the last line has been entered, pressing the Enter key will move to the next attribute. If you don't need to enter additional lines, you can tap the Next button to move to the next attribute.

If at any time you press the Enter key in an empty text box, the dialog will be dismissed and the default values will appear for the remaining attributes.

You can change the values of the text attributes at any time by using the Edit object tool.