AutoCAD Platform Customization User Interface and Beyond by Lee Ambrosius.
Chapter 1 • Establishing the Foundation for Drawing Standards
Chapter 2 • Working with Nongraphical Objects
Chapter 3 • Building the Real World One Block at a Time
Chapter 4 • Manipulating the Drawing Environment
Chapter 5 • Customizing the AutoCAD User Interface for Windows
Chapter 6 • Customizing the AutoCAD User Interface for Mac
Chapter 7 • Creating Tools and Tool Palettes
Chapter 8 • Automating Repetitive Tasks
Chapter 9 • Defi ning Shapes, Linetypes, and Hatch Patterns
Chapter 10 • Using, Loading, and Managing Custom Files
About This Book:
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.
Is Th is Book for You?
AutoCAD Platform Customization: User Interface and Beyond covers many of the customization features that can be found in AutoCAD on Windows and Mac. If any of the following are true, this book will be useful to you:
◆ You want to learn about which customization options are available in AutoCAD.
◆ You want to customize the user interface or support fi les, such as the linetypes and hatch
patterns that AutoCAD utilizes.
◆ You want to automate repetitive tasks.
◆ You want to create and manage CAD standards for your company.
This book is organized to help you learn the fundamentals of establishing CAD standards and then how to manage and implement those standards by customizing the AutoCAD program. Additional resources and fi les containing the samples found throughout this book are available on the companion web page, www.sybex.com/go/autocadcustomization.
Chapter 1: Establishing the Foundation for Drawing Standards In this chapter, you’ll learn how to establish drawing standards. Drawing standards allow you to enforce consistency across multiple drawings. By enforcing a set of standards, you can easily share your drawings and make them look the same when plotting them.
Chapter 2: Working with Nongraphical Objects In this chapter, you’ll learn how nongraphical objects affect display and output of objects in a drawing. Nongraphical objects such as layers and text styles make it easy to update the look of all the objects that reference them.
Chapter 3: Building the Real World One Block at a Time In this chapter, you’ll learn how to create and manage blocks. Blocks allow you to create logical object groupings that can be used several times in the same drawing. For example, you could create a small assembly of parts and insert it more than once in a drawing. If the assembly changes, you just need to update the block, and all instances of that block are changed.
Chapter 4: Manipulating the Drawing Environment In this chapter, you’ll learn how to change the AutoCAD drawing environment. During startup, you can control several of the settings that affect the AutoCAD program. These settings can affect the display of the user interface, behavior of tools in the drawing environment, and where AutoCAD looks for support fi les.
Chapter 5: Customizing the AutoCAD User Interface for Windows In this chapter, you’ll learn how to customize the elements and display of the AutoCAD user interface on Windows. The Customize User Interface (CUI) Editor allows you to create and manage the tools that are displayed by the AutoCAD user interface.
Chapter 6: Customizing the AutoCAD User Interface for Mac In this chapter, you’ll learn how to customize the elements and display of the AutoCAD user interface on Mac OS. The Customize dialog box allows you to create and manage the tools displayed by the AutoCAD user interface.
Chapter 7: Creating Tools and Tool Palettes In this chapter, you’ll learn how to create and customize tool palettes in AutoCAD on Windows. Tool palettes allow you to create a visual set of tools that can be used to insert blocks, start commands, or even hatch a closed area. Tool palettes are available on Windows only.
Chapter 8: Automating Repetitive Tasks In this chapter, you will learn how to create scripts and action macros to automate repetitive tasks. Script fi les and action macros allow you to combine multiple commands into simple logical sequences without needing to know a programming language. Action macros are supported on Windows only.
Chapter 9: Defi ning Shapes, Linetypes, and Hatch Patterns In this chapter, you will learn how to create custom shapes, linetypes, and hatch patterns that you can use to control the way line work appears in a drawing. The AutoCAD install provides a limited number of standard shapes, linetypes, and hatch patterns. You can extend the standard defi nitions by creating your own shapes, linetypes, and hatch patterns for use in your drawings.
Chapter 10: Using, Loading, and Managing Custom Files In this chapter, you will learn how to use, manage, and migrate custom fi les. After you have spent the time customizing AutoCAD, all you have left to do is deploy and manage your fi les.
AutoCAD Platform Customization User Interface and Beyond Lee Ambrosius.
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⏩Puplication Date: January 2014
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