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Polyline Types

In AutoCAD Release 13 and earlier, polylines were generated and stored in AutoCAD’s database differently. The current PLINE command produces a “leaner,” optimized polyline, sometimes referred to as a “Lightweight Polyline.” Some of the functionality and control available in the older 2D polyline objects (such as arc fit curve data, spline fit data, and curve fit tangent direction data) are not available in the current 2D optimized polyline.

To provide compatibility with the 2D polyline objects AutoCAD pre-Release 14, the system variable PLINETYPE is provided. PLINETYPE specifies whether AutoCAD uses the newer optimized 2D polylines. It controls both the creation of new polylines with the PLINE command and the conversion of existing polylines in drawings from previous releases. PLINETYPE can have one of three settings:


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