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AutoCAD Platform Customization: VBA

AutoCAD Platform Customization: VBA

Lee Ambrosius

ISBN: 978-1-118-79893-5

May 2015

456 pages

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Boost productivity and streamline your workflow with expert AutoCAD: VBA programming instruction

AutoCAD Platform Customization: VBA is the definitive guide to personalizing AutoCAD and the various programs that run on the AutoCAD platform, including AutoCAD Architecture, Civil 3D, Plant 3D, and more. Written by an Autodesk insider with years of customization and programming experience, this book features detailed discussions backed by real-world examples and easy-to-follow tutorials that illustrate each step in the personalization process. Readers gain expert guidance toward managing layouts and external references, changing the menu and other interface items, creating forms, and communicating with Office applications—all designed to streamline the workspace and improve productivity. An additional resources appendix, downloadable datasets, and customization examples provide extra information and tools that allow users to implement the most advanced customizations.

Autodesk's AutoCAD platform is the basis for much of the software that is integral to the modern design and engineering processes. VBA allows users to customize the AutoCAD interface and other features to increase screen real estate, create macros, validate drawing information, and more, leaving less repetition, fewer distractions, and more time for design. AutoCAD Platform Customization: VBA walks readers through the many options available, teaching them to:

  • Create, modify, annotate, and view drawing objects
  • Interact comfortably with the application, open documents, and the user
  • Manage external data, communicate with other applications, and define user forms
  • Debug custom programs and handle errors

Customization allows users to keep their favorite tools at their fingertips, and put away the ones they don't need. For AutoCAD users looking to streamline their workflow, AutoCAD Platform Customization: VBA provides expert instruction and insider advice.

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Introduction xxi

Chapter 1 • Understanding the AutoCAD VBA Environment 1

Chapter 2 • Understanding Visual Basic for Applications 21

Chapter 3 • Interacting with the Application and Documents Objects 57

Chapter 4 • Creating and Modifying Drawing Objects 83

Chapter 5 • Interacting with the User and Controlling the Current View 113

Chapter 6 • Annotating Objects 151

Chapter 7 • Working with Blocks and External References 175

Chapter 8 • Outputting Drawings 221

Chapter 9 • Storing and Retrieving Custom Data 247

Chapter 10 • Modifying the Application and Working with Events 279

Chapter 11 • Creating and Displaying User Forms 309

Chapter 12 • Communicating with Other Applications 339

Chapter 13 • Handling Errors and Deploying VBA Projects 375

Index 409