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© 2012 Autodesk AC2075-L - AutoCAD® Customization Boot Camp: No Experience Required Lee Ambrosius – Autodesk, Inc. Principal Content Developer – IPG- AutoCAD Products- User Assistance
© 2012 Autodesk Where Am I and Who Should Be Here You are in session: AC2075-L - AutoCAD® Customization Boot Camp: No Experience Required You should know: AutoCAD 2013 (or AutoCAD 2009 and later) You should want to know: How to get more out of AutoCAD What customization options are available and which are right for you
© 2012 Autodesk Overview NO prior customization experience is required for this lab. Customization is NOT programming, but it can be. In this lab, you will learn to: Create custom desktop icons Create and modify command aliases Record and playback action macros Define tools and tool palettes Modify the ribbon and Quick Access toolbar Create and modify a workspace
© 2012 Autodesk Who Am I? My name is Lee Ambrosius Principal Content Developer at Autodesk Work on the Customization, Developer, and CAD Administration Documentation AutoCAD user for over 18 years; started on R12 DOS Customizing and programming AutoCAD for 16 years AutoLISP/DCL, VBA, Managed.NET, and ObjectARX/MFC Contributing Author and Technical Editor on AutoCAD related books and articles AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Bible Series Autodesk White papers, and AUGI HotNews and AUGIWorld
© 2012 Autodesk Who Are the Lab Assistants? The lab assistants for this session are: John Jordan – Automation & Control Concepts Rebecca Afshar – ITT-Technical Institute Antonio Fontenele – Arqlogis Their role is to help you when you get stuck, and ensure no one gets left behind.
© 2012 Autodesk Session Rules A few rules for this session: Silent your mobile phone and any other device If you have to leave at anytime, please do so quietly Hold all questions the end If you get stuck, raise your hand and one of the lab assistants will help you out Thanks for Your Cooperation
© 2012 Autodesk What is Going to be Covered The handouts are broken into two parts: Supplemental content for you to read after you leave here Exercises, which you will be working on during this session By the end of this lab, you will learn how to: Create custom desktop icons Create and modify command aliases Record and playback action macros Define tools and tool palettes Modify the ribbon and Quick Access toolbar Create and modify a workspace
© 2012 Autodesk What You Need to Get Started For this lab, you will be using: AutoCAD 2013 AutoCAD-based utilities Action Recorder Customize User Interface Editor Notepad which is part of the Windows operating system
© 2012 Autodesk Desktop Shortcuts Used to launch and alter the startup behavior of AutoCAD. /t Specifies the drawing template to use for the default drawing. /t “mytemplate.dwt” /nologo Splash screen is disabled at startup. /nologo /p Sets a named user profile current that is defined in the product or loads a previously exported profile (ARG) file. /p “ >” /w Sets a named workspace current, must be in one of the loaded customization files. /w “2D Drafting”
© 2012 Autodesk Desktop Shortcuts An example, of a desktop shortcut with command line switches: "C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2013\acad.exe" /product ACAD /language "en-US" /nologo /t "C:\Datasets\Thursday\AC2075-L AutoCAD Customization Boot Camp No Experience Required\C-size.dwt" /w "3D Basics“
© 2012 Autodesk Creating a Desktop Shortcut To create a desktop shortcut, you need to: 1. Copy the existing AutoCAD 2013 desktop shortcut. 2. Evaluate which command line switches you want to use. 3. Modify the properties of the copied desktop shortcut. Do exercise “E1 - Create a Desktop Shortcut” on Page 18.
© 2012 Autodesk Command Aliases Used to make to entering and starting commands easier. Command aliases often remain consistent between releases. Stored in the acad.pgp (AutoCAD) or acadlt.pgp (AutoCAD LT) file. For example, entering L starts the LINE command. Command aliases cannot be defined with command options. For example, the Previous option cannot be specified with the ZOOM command.
© 2012 Autodesk Command Aliases Syntax: abbreviation, *command Examples: C, *CIRCLE L, *LINE M, *MOVE
© 2012 Autodesk Defining a Command Alias To create or modify a command alias, you need to: 1. Open the program’s PGP file. 2. Add or edit an existing command alias. 3. Save the changes to the PGP file. 4. Reload the changed PGP file in AutoCAD. Do exercise “E2 - Define Custom Command Aliases” on Page 20.
© 2012 Autodesk Action Macros Made by recording actions performed in the application and drawing window with the Action Recorder. The actions that can be recorded are: Commands and user input Changes made with the Properties or Quick Properties palette Using a tool on a tool palette Layer creation and changes
© 2012 Autodesk Action Macros Action macros can be played back by: Entering its name at the Command prompt Selecting and playing it from the Action Recorder panel Things you should know: Avoid recording commands that display a dialog box You can change system variables while recording Action macros can be shared from a network location
© 2012 Autodesk Recording an Action Macro To record an action macro, you need to: 1. Start recoding on the Action Recorder. 2. Perform the actions in the application and drawing you want to record. 3. Stop recording and save the action macro. 4. Edit the actions that were recorded in the Action tree. 5. Playback and test the action macro. Do exercise “E3 - Creating a Custom Action Macro” on Page 21.
© 2012 Autodesk Tool Palettes Collection of tools that allow you to start commends and create geometry. Tools can be created from: Drawing objects in the current drawing Commands from the Customize User Interface (CUI) Editor Hatch patterns and blocks in DesignCenter Drawing and image files from Windows Explorer Saved visual styles and materials
© 2012 Autodesk Tool Palettes After a tool has been created, you can: Edit its properties Drag and drop a tool in the drawing Click a tool and start the associated command Organize it on a tool palette using text and separators Tool palettes can be grouped together.
© 2012 Autodesk Creating a Tool Palette and Adding Tools To create a tool palette and adding tools, you need to: 1. Create a new tool palette. 2. Add tools to the tool palette and edit their properties. 3. Test the tools you create. 4. Organize the tools on a tool palette and group related tool palettes. Do exercise “E4 - Create a Tool Palette and Tools” on Page 25.
© 2012 Autodesk Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) Contains drawing file management related tasks: Creating and opening Saving Plotting Access common tools across all ribbon panels. Displayed in the upper-left corner by default.
© 2012 Autodesk Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) Can be customized by: Clicking the Customize button on the right Right-clicking over the QAT Using the Customize User Interface (CUI) Editor
© 2012 Autodesk Creating a Quick Access Toolbar To create a Quick Access toolbar, you need to: 1. Start the Customize User Interface (CUI) Editor. 2. Create a new Quick Access toolbar. 3. Modify the Quick Access toolbar. 4. Assign the Quick Access toolbar to a workspace. 5. Set the workspace current. Do exercise “E5 - Create a Quick Access Toolbar” on Page 28.
© 2012 Autodesk Ribbon Contains tools organized by task: Creating and editing objects Blocks and references Annotation Output Provides access to most common commands. Displayed across the top of the application below the Quick Access toolbar.
© 2012 Autodesk Ribbon Can be customized by: Right-clicking over a ribbon tab or panel Dragging and dropping a panel into the drawing area Using the Customize User Interface (CUI) Editor Create and modify panels Add and remove commands and controls Create and modify tabs
© 2012 Autodesk Customizing the Ribbon To create ribbon panels and tabs, you need to: 1. Start the Customize User Interface (CUI) Editor. 2. Create a new ribbon panel and add commands/controls to it. 3. Create a new ribbon tab and add ribbon panels to it. 4. Assign the new ribbon tabs to a workspace. 5. Set the workspace current. Do exercise “E6 - Create a Ribbon Tab and Panel” on Page 32.
© 2012 Autodesk Workspaces Control the visibility and placement of user interface elements. Quick Access toolbar (QAT) Ribbon tabs Palettes Toolbars and pull-down menus Can be customized directly from the user interface using the CUI command
© 2012 Autodesk Creating Workspaces To create a workspace, you need to: 1. Start the Customize User Interface (CUI) Editor. 2. Create a new workspace. 3. Add or remove user interface elements to the workspace. 4. Set the workspace current.
© 2012 Autodesk User Profiles Profiles are used to control application settings and user preferences: search paths used to locate support files, colors and fonts used by grips, application, and Command window, plot and publish options, open and save file options, and many other settings. Profiles are: created using the Options dialog box, and set current using the Options dialog box or /p command line switch.
© 2012 Autodesk Creating User Profiles To create a user profile, you need to: 1. Display the Options dialog box. 2. Set the Profiles tab current. 3. Add a new profile and set it current. 4. Adjust the preferences and settings in the Options dialog box. Do exercise “E7 - Modify and Create a New Workspace” on Page 37. Do exercise “E8 - Modify and Create a New Profile” on Page 39.
© 2012 Autodesk Final Thoughts Customization is a gateway to new and enhanced productivity. The rabbit hole is quite deep and the benefits are virtually endless. The door has been shown to you, the rest is up to you.
© 2012 Autodesk Final Questions… ??? Going Once… Going Twice…
© 2012 Autodesk Closing Remarks Thanks for choosing this session and hope you got something out of it. Do not forget to complete the evaluation. If you have any further questions today, tomorrow, next week, or even a year from not, feel free to contact me using via: email: firstname.lastname@example.org twitter: http://twitter.com/leeambrosius Enjoy the rest of the conference.
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