By Lee Ambrosius

Take regulate of AutoCAD for a extra effective, streamlined workflow

AutoCAD Platform Customization is the main entire advisor to streamlining and personalizing the AutoCAD platform. The AutoLISP and VBA programming languages open up a myriad of customization ideas, and this publication offers professional tips towards utilising them to AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Plant 3D, and different courses in accordance with the Autodesk AutoCAD platform. targeted discussions subsidized via real-world examples and step by step tutorials offer effortless guideline, and downloadable datasets let for hands-on studying. via customization you could bring up display actual property, streamline workflows, and create extra actual drawings via unleashing strong programming languages that permit the person to command the software program the right way to paintings, rather than the wrong way around.

AutoCAD customization is often played via procedure directors and CAD managers, yet senior drafters and savvy clients are more and more taking customization into their very own fingers. AutoLISP and VBA are well known and flexible instruments that permit for going past the bounds of ordinary consumer interface customization ideas, permitting clients to:

  • Enforce drawing and CAD criteria, and automate repetitive tasks
  • Customize the workspace, together with device units, ribbon tabs and panels, and palettes
  • Modify graphical items, set method variables, combine with exterior software program, and more
  • Manage blocks, swap the interface, create conversation packing containers, and speak with Microsoft workplace applications

The perfect layout atmosphere places the instruments you would like correct at your fingertips, gets rid of pointless steps, and fosters precision via solid communique. Customizing, together with using AutoLISP and VBA to AutoCAD, permits all of this and masses extra. For the clothier who must paintings smarter simply because it really is most unlikely to paintings any tougher, AutoCAD Platform Customization offers the major info, perception, and methods that may support to extend your productiveness with AutoCAD.

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I discuss how to add a folder to the AutoCAD support file search and trusted paths in Chapter 13. Saving a VBA Project New VBA projects can be saved to disc using the Save As option in the VBA Manager or Save in the VBA Editor. When an existing project is loaded in memory, the Save As option can be used to create a copy of the project on disc or to overwrite an existing VBA project file. Typically, changes made to an existing project file that already has been loaded in the VBA environment are saved to the project file using the Save option in the VBA Editor.

I discuss the Set statement in the “Working with Objects” section later in this chapter. The following demonstrates how to use the CreateLayer procedure: Dim newLayer as AcadLayer Set newLayer = CreateLayer("Object", acWhite) Another concept that can be used when defining an optional argument is setting a default value. A default value is assigned to an argument using the equal symbol ( = ). In the previous example, the default value of the lyrColor argument is assigned the value of acGreen, which is a constant in the AutoCAD COM library that represents the integer value of 3.

The following shows the syntax used to declare a variable: Dim VariableName As DataType The following declares a variable named strName as a string and iRow as an integer: Dim strName As String Dim iRow As Integer I discuss the general types of data that VBA supports in the “Exploring Data Types” section. NOTE The Dim keyword is used when defi ning a variable as part of a procedure, but in the General Declaration of a VBA code module you must use the Public, Global, and Private keywords. The General Declaration is located at the very top of a code module before the fi rst procedure definition.

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