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Points Import for AutoCAD - A Point Text file Import plug-in for AutoCAD

Points Import for AutoCAD is a Point Text file import plug-in for AutoCAD®. This plug-in gives AutoCAD powered applications the ability to import point data from text files.

Point data is commonly stored in plain text file as a series of x, y and z coordinates, separated by a comma, space, tab, semicolon or a custom separator. These text files may also contain other information about the points such as point number and point descriptions. Moreover, points from a survey may be stored in the Northing, Easting, Elevation format. Points Import for AutoCAD extracts the point information from text files and creates point entities in the active drawing. Optionally it can also create text entities for point numbers, point descriptions and point coordinates. The points can also be joined by a chain of lines, a polyline or a spline.
This is helpful when the points in the point file are stored in a particular order such as a path of motion of an object, points on the boundary of an object or hole in an object, etc.

Points Import for AutoCAD supports the following point file formats:

    X, Y, Z
    Number, X, Y, Z
    X, Y, Z, Description
    Number, X, Y, Z, Description
    Northing, Easting, Elevation
    Number, Northing, Easting, Elevation
    Northing, Easting, Elevation,Description
    Number, Northing, Easting, Elevation, Description


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Points Import for AutoCAD is very easy to use as it adds a new command to the AutoCAD powered application called "PointsImport". Simply type "PointsImport" at the command prompt and the "Point File" dialog (shown below) will be displayed where you can select a Point file to import into the active drawing.

Points Import for AutoCAD is designed to work with the following versions of AutoCAD:

  • AutoCAD 2012 (32 & 64 Bit)

  • AutoCAD 2011 (32 & 64 Bit)

  • AutoCAD 2010 (32 & 64 Bit)

  • AutoCAD 2009 (32 & 64 Bit)

  • AutoCAD 2008 (32 & 64 Bit)

  • AutoCAD 2007 (32 Bit)


System Requirements

Below is the hardware, software and operating system requirements for AutoCAD plug-ins running on the Microsoft Windows platform.

  • AutoCAD (32 Bit and 64 Bit): 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

  • Operating System (32 Bit and 64 Bit): Windows XP SP2 or later, Windows Vista and Windows 7

  • RAM: 1 GB (Recommended 2 GB)

Download & Purchase

Please download a fully functional trial of Points Import for AutoCAD by clicking on the "Download Now" button below. To start using the software, you need a license key. A license key can be of two types: Trial or Permanent. A trial key is issued to you on the purchase of '7 day license' so that you may try the software before you purchase a permanent key. A permanent key is issued after you have purchased a license. We are confident that during the trial period (7 days with unlimited runs) you will find Points Import for AutoCAD extremely useful. Later when you decide to buy the software please return to this page and click the "Buy with/without Subscription" button to place your order. Upon verifying the order you will recieve an e-mail with instructions on how to obtain your permanent key. We will create and send you your Key by e-mail within one business day. To avoid disruption in your workflow we urge you to place your order before the trial period ends.

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$249


IMPORTANT! Purchasing a Subscription is highly recommended since it the most cost effective way of keeping your software up to date. Moreover, Subscription entitles you to get a second free perpetual license for your laptop, among many other benefits. For details please read the SYCODE License and Subscription Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Our licenses are single computer licenses and are locked to each computer they are installed on. Basically, the license key is specific to the computer's Host ID (the MAC address of the computer), and will not work on another computer. The installer picks up the physical MAC address of the network card connected to the computer which is basically “Ethernet adapter Network Connect Adapter”. So unless you change your network card, the key will always work even if you reinstall your operating system. If your internal network is periodically assigning a different Host ID to your computer, then please find a solution for this with your IT department.

Note: Downloading this software indicates your acceptance to the SYCODE Software License Agreement. The price mentioned above is for a single user license. For your bulk-licensing needs please contact us.

Installation & Usage

Since Points Import for AutoCAD is a plug-in for AutoCAD, it must be loaded into the AutoCAD environment before it can be used. Please follow the simple instructions in the Points Import for AutoCAD ReadMe document which is copied into the installation folder. After you have loaded the plug-in file into AutoCAD, simply click on the menu items in the "PointsImport" submenu or type "PointsImport" (without quotes) at the AutoCAD command prompt and press "Enter". This will bring about the "File Open" dialog box from where you can select the 3DM file you wish to import. Truly, software made simple!

The 'PointsImport' menu consists of the following commands:

  • PointsImport - Imports a Point file

  • PointsImportHelp - Displays the Points Import for AutoCAD help file

  • PointsImportRegister - Registers your copy of Points  Import for AutoCAD

  • PointsImportAbout - Displays the Points Import for AutoCAD About box

 


The PointsImport submenu

Points Import for AutoCAD comes with detailed documentation for each command as well as a tutorial to get you started in the shortest possible time. There is also a PDF version of the help file which you can download by clicking the link below.

Download Product Documentation (PDF)


The Point File Format

A Point file format is basically a text file containing the x, y and z coordinates of a point on each line. Usually the coordinates are stored in the XYZ order. However, points are sometimes stored in the YXZ order. This is common in survey data where the YXZ order is referred to Northing, Easting and Elevation. Sometimes each point in the point file has a point number and/or description. An example of a point file with points stored in the XYZ order and has point numbers and descriptions.

1,5.678232,3.282384,6.112837,First Point
2,7.802343,6.792039,2.489561,Second Point
3,2.454512,7.453219,3.454865,Third Point
... and so on


Customization

If you want Points Import for AutoCAD to work in a different way to suit your workflow, do let us know. We will customize the plug-in to suit your needs.

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