Category Archive for: Introduction to Customization

Getting the Latest Information from Online Services

There are many resources available for the AutoCAD user. Perhaps the most useful resources are today’s popular online services and in AutoCAD-related newsgroups. If you don’t already subscribe to one, you would do well to get a modem and explore the AutoCAD newsgroups, departments, or forums on online services. To start with, check out the two Internet newsgroups…

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Using Third-Party Software

One of the most significant reasons for AutoCAD’s popularity is its strong support for third-party software. AutoCAD is like a chameleon; it can change to suit its environment. Out of the box, AutoCAD may not fulfill the needs of some users. But by incorporating one of the over 300 third-party add-ons, you can tailor AutoCAD to suit your specific…

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Creating Keyboard Macros with AutoLISP

You can write some simple AutoLISP programs of your own that create what are called keyboard macros, Macros-like script files-are strings of predefined keyboard entries. They are invaluable for shortcuts to commands and options you use frequently.For example, you might find that, while editing a particular drawing, you often use the Break command to break an object at…

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Utilities Available from Other Sources

The utilities listed in the previous section are just a few samples of the many utilities available for AutoCAD. Other sources for AutoLISP utilities are the AutoCAD journals Cadence and Cadalyst. Both offer sections that list utilities written by readers and editorial staff. If you don’t already have a subscription to one of these publications and want to know…

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Tools in the Express Pull Down Menu

Most of the Express tools discussed so far are available as options in the Express pull-down menu. There are some additional options in the pull-down menu you won’t see in any of the toolbars. You won’t want to miss these additional tools. They can greatly enhance your productivity on any type of project. Controlling Shortcuts with the Command…

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Express Standard Tools

The Express Standard toolbar seems to be the answer to most AutoCAD users wish lists. As with many of the Express tools discussed so far, these tools have been floating around in the AutoCAD user community as AutoLISP utilities. However, some are completely new. This section starts with a look at one tool that has been on my wish…

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Tools for Managing Layers

In a survey of AutoCAD users, Autodesk discovered that one of the most frequently used features in AutoCAD was the Layer command. As a result, the layer controls in AutoCAD have been greatly improved. Still, there is room for some improvement.The Express Layer tools include some shortcuts to controlling layer settings as well as one major layer enhancement…

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Introduction to Customization

AutoCAD offers a wealth of features that you can use to improve your productivity. But even with these aids to efficiency, there are always situations that can use further automation. In this chapter, you’ll be introduced to the different ways AutoCAD can be customized and enhanced with add-on utilities. First, you’Il discover how the AutoCAD Express Tools…

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