Welcome to AutoCAD Platform Customization! Have you ever thought about customizing the Autodesk® AutoCAD® program only to think it is not for you because you’re not a programmer? If so, you are not alone—many people connect customization with programming. However, customization is not the same as programming, although programming can be considered a form of customization. While using one of the supported programming languages can be useful in implementing custom workflows and new commands, simpler ways exist to increase your drafting efficiency in a shorter period of time.
AutoCAD supports a wide range of customization features that you can learn and begin to leverage in minutes, which can lead to improved CAD standards and a decrease in the amount of time it takes to complete a task. I, like many others—even you, most likely—have customized AutoCAD without even realizing it. Have you ever created a new layer, text style, or block? Chances are pretty good that you have created one or more of those items before.
You might have even stored those items in a drawing template (DWT) file so they would be available each time a new drawing was created. While you might not have thought about these as forms of customization, they are indeed a few of the basic drawing customization features that can be used to enhance the out-of-the-box AutoCAD experience. Drawing customization affects the appearance of and settings in a drawing file or drawing template file, and should form the cornerstone of your company’s CAD standards.
Often when people think of customization, they think of application customization, which includes the support files that AutoCAD uses, as well as the tools in the application’s user interface. Application customization is not dependent on which drawing is currently open, but on which user profile or workspace is current. AutoCAD Platform Customization: User Interface and Beyond provides you with an understanding of all the customization features to improve your productivity.
This book is designed to introduce you not only to concepts related to defi ning CAD standards and customizing AutoCAD, but also to key customization concepts through procedural-based exercises. This book is the fi rst book in a series of three that focuses on customizing and programming AutoCAD. The three-book series as a whole is known as AutoCAD Platform Customization: User Interface, AutoLISP, VBA, and Beyond, and will be available as a printed book in late 2014. Book 2 in the series, AutoCAD Platform Customization: AutoLISP, will be available in spring 2014; Book 3, AutoCAD Platform Customization: VBA, will be available in late 2014.
These two books focus on the AutoLISP® and VBA programming languages, starting with the basics and working you toward advanced concepts. Customization is one of the feature areas that sets AutoCAD apart from many other CAD programs. Even though the product can be used out of the box, configuring the user interface and modifying the support files that come with the product can greatly improve your productivity. By customizing AutoCAD, you can streamline product workflows and create new ones that are a better fit with the way your company works. These workflows might range from importing layers and styles into a drawing to the extraction of drawing-based information into a spreadsheet or database.
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