BricsCAD Exploding Attributed Blocks with Express Tools

The first time I tried BricsCAD, I attempted to BURST a block. I don't use normally use attributes myself, and being a Facilities person who constantly receives outside files, BURST is my default and is in any cleanup commands that I run. No such command.

I did try EXPLODE after that, though, and saw my attribute values disappear and the definitions remained. 

Checking the online help confirms that is the behavior as designed. 

I did some searching and ended up on a site none other than CAD Panacea. R.K. pointed out that a developer (CAD4FM UG) has made an Express Tools plugin (which will work on BricsCAD Pro and BricsCAD Ultimate, but not BricsCAD Lite).

The installation was quick and simple. The .exe did flag for not having a known publisher name, but operated just fine. 

Upon reopening BricsCAD, I now see a ribbon tab, floating toolbars and a menubar menu, providing access to the commands. 

I turned off the toolbars and hid the menubar (menubar = 0) and called the command from the ribbon... okay, fine, I did it from the command line!

Click the "Explode Attributes" button, or type BURST, click to select your block, then right-click to complete the command. 

And there you have it, separate attribute values instead of the attribute definitions. 

(These steps also apply to AutoCAD, but Express Tools are installed and loaded by default in the last few releases.)

If you would like to see a short demonstration of exploding a block with attributes, without losing their current values, please feel free to check out this YouTube video.

If you want to try using BricsCAD, click here for more information. 


BricsCAD Interface and File Formats

I recently took BricsCAD v21 for a spin. If you're curious about the interface, please feel free to watch this five minute video where I walk through it. 

Items to note would include: 

  • Properties Panel / Side Panels
  • HotKey Assistant
  • Quad Display
  • Look From Widget
  • Drawing Explorer
CORRECTION: In the video, I stated that the Quad Display needed to be disabled to access the right-click menu, but that is not accurate. You can still access that out of the box with a long-right-click.

If you're curious about the file formats that BricsCAD v21 Ultimate will open, import, reference or export, feel free to reference the list below or watch this short video where I step through the dialog boxes.

Open or Import Filetypes

  • .dwg - Standard file format from programs such as AutoCAD
  • .dxf - Drawing Exchange Format, designed by Autodesk as a compatible vector format
  • .dwt - Drawing Template file
  • Windows Metafile Formats - Images
    • .wmf
    • .emf
    • .wmz
    • .emz

  • .dae - Collada is an interchange file format for interactive 3D applications, approved by ISO
  • .dgn - drawings created by programs such as MicroStation or Intergraph
  • .3dm - an open-source 3D model format and native file format for Rhino
  • .skp - files or components for SketchUp
  • .ifc - model file created in the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) format, which is an open file format used by Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • .rfa - Revit Family files
  • .rvt - Revit model files

Save As Filetypes and Versions

  • AutoCAD 2018 .dwg
  • AutoCAD 2018 ASCII .dxf
  • AutoCAD 2018 Binary .dxf
  • AutoCAD 2013 .dwg
  • AutoCAD 2013 ASCII .dxf
  • AutoCAD 2013 Binary .dxf
  • AutoCAD 2010 .dwg
  • AutoCAD 2010 ASCII .dxf
  • AutoCAD 2010 Binary .dxf
  • AutoCAD 2007 .dwg
  • AutoCAD 2007 ASCII .dxf
  • AutoCAD 2007 Binary .dxf
  • AutoCAD 2004 .dwg
  • AutoCAD 2004 ASCII .dxf
  • AutoCAD 2004 Binary .dxf
  • AutoCAD 2000 .dwg
  • AutoCAD 2000 ASCII .dxf
  • AutoCAD 2000 Binary .dxf
  • AutoCAD release 14 .dwg
  • AutoCAD release 14 ASCII .dxf
  • AutoCAD release 14 Binary .dxf
  • AutoCAD release 13 .dwg
  • AutoCAD release 13 ASCII .dxf
  • AutoCAD release 13 Binary .dxf
  • AutoCAD release 11/12 .dwg
  • AutoCAD release 11/12 ASCII .dxf
  • AutoCAD release 11/12 Binary .dxf
  • AutoCAD release 10 ASCII .dxf
  • AutoCAD release 10 Binary .dxf
  • AutoCAD release 9 ASCII .dxf
  • Drawing Template .dwt

Reference File formats

  • .dwg AutoCAD files
  • .pdf Portable Document Format
  • .bmp image
  • .jpg image
  • .jpeg image
  • .pcx image
  • .png image
  • .gif image
  • .tga image
  • .tif image
  • .tiff image
  • .jp2 image
  • .j2k image
  • .ecw image
  • .sid image
  • .mti image
  • .e57 point cloud
  • .las point cloud
  • .pts point cloud
  • .ptx point cloud
  • .rcp point cloud
  • .rcs point cloud
  • .bpt legacy point cloud

Export file formats

  • .fbx binary file
  • .fbx ASCII file
  • .dwg file
  • .dxf ASCII file
  • .dwt template file
  • .bmp image file
  • .wmf image file
  • .emf enhanced image file
  • .dwf 3D DWF v6.0
  • .dwf Zipped ASCII Encoded 2D Stream DWF v6.0
  • .dwf Compressed v5.5
  • .dwf Binary v5.5
  • .dwf ASCII v5.5
  • .dwfx XPS readable DWF
  • .svg Scalable Vector Graphics format
  • .stl Lithography
  • .dae Collada 3D interchange format
  • .dgn MicroStation file
  • .udatasmith Unreal Engine 4.25.3
  • .3dm Rhino file
  • .ifc IFC2X3 file
  • .ifc IFC4 file

If you want to try using BricsCAD, click here for more information.