Is technical support available for AutoCAD Express Tools?

No. The Express Tools are not supported. In general, these utilities are provided as a courtesy to you by Autodesk and Autodesk does not assume any responsibility for their successful operation.

Is there a discussion group for the AutoCAD Express Tools?

Yes. You can visit the Express Tools newsgroup at news:// The Express Tools team monitors this newsgroup on a regular basis to answer questions and look for suggestions.

I tried using an AutoCAD Express Tool, but I get an Unknown Command error. How can I make sure the tools are loaded?

To enable the tools, use the EXPRESSTOOLS command.

You can install the AutoCAD Express Tools as part of the AutoCAD installation, or you can add them later using Add or Remove Programs on the Control Panel.

I have the AutoCAD Express Tools installed, but I cannot see the Express menu. How can I display this menu?

Use the EXPRESSMENU command.

I can see the Express menu, but I do not see any AutoCAD Express Tools toolbars. How can I display the toolbars?

Right-click next to any docked toolbar. On the shortcut menu, click EXPRESS, and click an Express toolbar. Repeat these steps until all of the Express toolbars you want are displayed. With the Express toolbars displayed, select a workspace and save it. The Express Tools toolbars will then always be included with that workspace.

Where is the Layers Express Tools toolbar and menu?

The Layer tools are now part of AutoCAD. To access the tools in AutoCAD, use the Layers or Layers II toolbar or the Format > Layer Tools menu, or enter the command on the command line. For help with Layers tools, use the AutoCAD help system.

The following Layer Express Tools commands have been integrated into AutoCAD:

What happened to the CHSPACE Express Tool?

The CHSPACE tool has been integrated into AutoCAD. CHSPACE allows you to move objects from paper space to model space, or vice versa, while maintaining the appearance of the original objects.

What is a Wipeout, and how does it work?

A Wipeout object is basically the same as an Image object, except that a Wipeout object takes on the color of your drawing area background and is only 1 pixel by 1 pixel in size. The WIPEOUT command clips the Wipeout object to the polyline or the selected points that created it. Because the Wipeout object is the same color as the background, it appears to hide anything that is "behind" it. To control what is "behind" the Wipeout, use the DRAWORDER command.

Like Image objects, Wipeout objects have frames that can be turned on and off. You cannot select a Wipeout object on screen, unless the Wipeout frames are turned on. Use the Frames option in the WIPEOUT command to control the Wipeout frame visibility in your drawing. This setting is global and controls the visibility of all Wipeouts in your drawing. The Image frame's visibility has no effect on the Wipeout frame's visibility. To switch the frames for both Images and Wipeouts, use the TFRAMES command.

I have used TEXTMASK to mask some text, but I have changed my mind. How can I get rid of the mask?

Use the TEXTUNMASK command.

When I use WIPEOUT or TEXTMASK with the Wipeout option, it displays on the screen, but it does not plot correctly. How can I fix this?

A Wipeout object is like an Image object and has the same requirements when it comes to plotting. If you are having trouble plotting a Wipeout, make sure that your plotter is capable of printing raster images, and that you are using a raster-capable driver or the system printer driver.

I have used TEXTMASK or WIPEOUT in paper space to hide objects in model space, but the plot does not show this. What can I do?

Before plotting, make sure that the Plot Paper Space Last option is cleared on the Plot Settings tab of the Plot dialog box.

I have masked my text with TEXTMASK, but when I move the text, the mask stays behind. How can I fix this?

TEXTMASK uses a group to keep the mask object and the text together. This group is made selectable so that the objects in the group behave as one when they are moved or copied. The following situations can affect a group's selectability