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Working with Lineweights

AutoCAD 2000 introduces a new feature called lineweights, which allows you to affect the appearance of objects. Just as linetypes make similar objects, such as lines and polylines, stand apart from each other, so, too, lineweights can make individual objects more easily identifiable.

In previous releases of AutoCAD, you could assign widths to polylines, which perform a function similar function to that of lineweights. The problem was that you could assign widths only to polylines—not lines, not circles, and certainly not text. Another problem with assigning widths to polylines was its unfriendliness. If a polyline was already created with the wrong width, you had to edit it to change the width. More importantly, unless you had access to specialized AutoLISP routines, you could edit the width of polylines only one at a time. In contrast, lineweights allow you to assign widths to a wide range of objects, including text, and assign the widths individually, globally, and even by layer using AutoCAD’s Layer Properties Manager.


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