Excellink 2009 is a useful utility application for AutoCAD users. It is an ARX application which allows bi-directional hot linking attributes and block data between the AutoCAD drawing and the Excel sheet.
Pros: Excellink 2009 allows rearranging all the attributes of an existing AutoCAD drawing into an Excel sheet, quite conveniently. It has got good filtering options to select the blocks by name(s) or by the layer(s), while exporting the data. The export feature comes with a lot of options, wherein you can decide the factors like X, Y, Z coordinates, Scale, Rotating angle, Layer names, Block name and Layout name. The "Allow to select blocks" prompts the user to export only the selected block references. The applications comes with unique linking feature, wherein if linked and any changes are made in the Excel sheet, the same changes will automatically reflect in the AutoCAD drawing. This feature comes in very handy, as making changes in an Excel sheet is much easier than making changes in the drawing and mapping all the related parameters. The Excellink Helper Macros is a good feature to perform ZoomTo and Import functions or to count block occurrences in the exported table. The application works with either modelspace or paperspace objects. You can also create an AutoCAD drawing from en Excel sheet entry. The application also supports the surveying coordinates used in Czech Republic known as JTSK coordinates. You can even limit the number of decimal places imported to AutoCAD from an Excel sheet.
Cons: The layer property cannot be modified from Excel and creating of new AutoCAD block entries from Excel is also not possible. The help option does not function till a newer HTML Help component from Microsoft like MSIE is installed on the system.
Overall: The tool comes with some outstanding usability features and the application saves a lot of valuable time. A good utility application to easily handle complex and time consuming operations, deserves a 4 star rating.