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AutoCAD Platform Customization: User Interface and Beyond

ISBN: 978-1-118-90695-8
288 pages
January 2014
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Make AutoCAD your own with powerful personalization options

Options for AutoCAD customization are typically the domain of administrators, but savvy users can perform their own customizations to personalize AutoCAD. Until recently, most users never thought to customize the AutoCAD platform to meet their specific needs, instead leaving it to administrators. If you are an AutoCAD user who wants to ramp up personalization options in your favorite software, AutoCAD Platform Customization: User Interface and Beyond is the perfect resource for you. Author Lee Ambrosius is recognized as a leader in AutoCAD platform customization and can help you get the most out of AutoCAD.

  • Establish and manage CAD standards for the drawings you create
  • Control the startup process and settings that define the drawing environment
  • Modify the user interface to display the commands you use most frequently and create new commands
  • Create macros to speed up frequently repeated tasks
  • Define custom shapes, linetypes, and hatch patters to control the linework in a drawing
  • Use real-world tips and tutorials to reinforce the author's topical discussions

A perfect resource for CAD administrators, students, senior drafters, and other CAD enthusiasts, AutoCAD Platform Customization: User Interface and Beyond features in-depth discussions of customization options as well as detailed examples and tutorials. As an eight-year customization and programming session leader with Autodesk University, Lee Ambrosius is uniquely qualified to help users get the most out of software based on the AutoCAD platform. His AutoCAD Platform Customization: User Interface and Beyond is the go-to resource for those who are ready to take their software customization to the next level.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1 Establishing the Foundation for Drawing Standards 1

Chapter 2 Working with Nongraphical Objects 33

Chapter 3 Building the Real World One Block at a Time 67

Chapter 4 Manipulating the Drawing Environment 97

Chapter 5 Customizing the AutoCAD User Interface for Windows 119

Chapter 6 Customizing the AutoCAD User Interface for Mac 165

Chapter 7 Creating Tools and Tool Palettes 181

Chapter 8 Automating Repetitive Tasks 199

Chapter 9 Defining Shapes, Linetypes, and Hatch Patterns 219

Chapter 10 Using, Loading, and Managing Custom Files 247

Index 259

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Author Information

Lee Ambrosius is a Principal Learning Content Developer at Autodesk for the AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT products and has worked on end-user and API documentation for eight releases. He has presented customization and programming sessions at Autodesk University for a decade, and has authored and edited several AutoCAD-related books. Follow him on twitter at @leeambrosius.

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