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Customizing AutoCAD 2004

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ISBN-10: 1401851355

ISBN-13: 9781401851354

Edition: 2004

Authors: Sham Tickoo

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Written in accordance with the design capabilities of AutoCAD 2004, this updated edition offers detailed explanations of customizing techniques for advanced users of AutoCAD. All the various levels of customization in AutoCAD are examined in one comprehensive volume, from the basic topics of creating template drawings and customizing menus, to the more advanced features, such as modifying the AutoCAD environment in ways that help industry professionals meet the needs of their organization. Thorough explanations are enhanced by live projects and examples that make it easy to comprehend and master the customizing concepts of AutoCAD 2004.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning
Publication date: 8/28/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.244
Language: English

Prefacep. xi
Dedicationp. xv
Template Drawings
Creating Template Drawingsp. 2
The Standard Template Drawingsp. 2
Loading a Template Drawingp. 8
Customizing Drawings with Layers and Dimensioning Specificationsp. 10
Customizing a Drawing with Layoutp. 15
Customizing Drawings with Viewportsp. 18
Customizing Drawings According to Plot Size and Drawing Scalep. 21
Script Files and Slide Shows
What are Script Files?p. 2
Running Script Filesp. 4
Repeating Script Filesp. 10
Introducing Time Delay in the Script Filesp. 11
Resuming the Script Filesp. 12
Command Line Switchesp. 12
Invoking a Script File While Loading AutoCADp. 12
What Is a Slide Show?p. 22
What are Slides?p. 22
Creating Slidesp. 22
Viewing Slidesp. 24
Preloading Slidesp. 26
Slide Librariesp. 28
Slide Shows with Rendered Imagesp. 32
Creating Linetypes and Hatch Patterns
Standard Linetypesp. 2
Linetype Definitionp. 2
Elements of Linetype Specificationp. 3
Creating Linetypesp. 3
Alignment Specificationp. 9
LTSCALE Commandp. 10
LTSCALE Factor for Plottingp. 12
Current Linetype Scaling (CELTSCALE)p. 13
Alternate Linetypesp. 14
Modifying Linetypesp. 15
Complex Linetypesp. 18
Creating a String Complex Linetypep. 18
Hatch Pattern Definitionp. 26
How Hatch Worksp. 29
Simple Hatch Patternp. 29
Effect of Angle and Scale Factor on Hatchp. 30
Hatch Pattern with Dashes and Dotsp. 31
Hatch with Multiple Descriptorsp. 34
Saving Hatch Patterns in a Separate Filep. 39
Custom Hatch Pattern Filep. 39
Customizing the ACAD.PGP File
What is the ACAD.PGP File?p. 2
Sections of the ACAD.PGP Filep. 8
Reinitializing ACAD.PGP Filep. 11
Pull-down, Shortcut, and Partial Menus and Customizing Toolbars
AutoCAD Menup. 2
Standard Menusp. 3
Writing a Menup. 3
Loading Menusp. 10
Restrictionsp. 12
Cascading Submenus in Menusp. 13
Shortcut and Context Menusp. 19
Submenusp. 23
Loading Screen and Image Tile Menusp. 24
Partial Menusp. 28
Accelerator Keysp. 33
Toolbarsp. 35
Menu-Specific Helpp. 40
Customizing the Toolbarsp. 40
Image Tile Menus
Image Tile Menusp. 2
Submenusp. 3
Writing an Image Tile Menup. 4
Slides for Image Tile Menusp. 4
Loading Menusp. 10
Restrictionsp. 11
Image Tile Menu Item Labelsp. 12
Button and Auxiliary Menus
Button Menusp. 2
Writing Button Menusp. 2
Special Handling for Button Menusp. 6
Submenusp. 9
Loading Menusp. 10
Auxiliary Menusp. 13
Tablet Menus
Standard Tablet Menup. 2
Features of a Tablet Menup. 3
Customizing a Tablet Menup. 3
Writing a Tablet Menup. 4
Tablet Configurationp. 7
Loading Menusp. 8
Tablet Menus with Different Block Sizesp. 10
Assigning Commands to a Tabletp. 13
Automatic Menu Swappingp. 14
Screen Menus
Screen Menup. 2
Loading Menusp. 6
Submenusp. 8
Multiple Submenusp. 16
Long Menu Definitionsp. 31
Menu Command Repetitionp. 33
Automatic Menu Swappingp. 34
Menuecho System Variablep. 34
Menus for Foreign Languagesp. 35
Use of Control Characters in Menu Itemsp. 35
Special Charactersp. 36
Command Definition Without Enter and Spacep. 38
Menu Items with Single Object Selection Modep. 39
Use of AutoLISP in Menusp. 40
DIESEL Expressions in Menusp. 41
Customizing the Standard AutoCAD Menu
The Standard AutoCAD Menup. 2
Submenusp. 21
Customizing Tablet Area-1p. 23
Submenusp. 29
Customizing Tablet Area-2p. 33
Customizing Tablet Area-3p. 34
Customizing Tablet Area-4p. 36
Customizing Buttons and Auxiliary Menusp. 38
Customizing Pull-Down and Shortcut Menusp. 44
Cascading Submenus in Menusp. 44
Shortcut Menusp. 48
Submenusp. 49
Customizing Image Tile Menusp. 49
Submenusp. 50
Image Tile Menu Item Labelsp. 51
Customizing the Screen Menup. 54
Submenusp. 54
Shapes and Text Fonts
Shape Filesp. 2
Shape Descriptionp. 2
Vector Length and Direction Encodingp. 3
Special Codesp. 6
Standard Codesp. 6
End of Shape Definitionp. 7
Activate Draw Modep. 7
Deactivate Draw Modep. 7
Divide Vector Lengths by Next Bytep. 10
Multiply Vector Lengths by Next Bytep. 10
Location Save/Restorep. 10
Subshapep. 12
X-Y Displacementp. 12
Multiple X-Y Displacementsp. 12
Octant Arcp. 12
Fractional Arcp. 13
Arc Definition by Displacement and Bulgep. 15
Multiple Bulge-Specified Arcp. 16
Flag Vertical Textp. 16
Text Font Filesp. 20
Working with AutoLISP
About AutoLISPp. 2
Mathematical Operationsp. 2
Incremented, Decremented, and Absolute Numbersp. 4
Trigonometric Functionsp. 5
Relational Statementsp. 7
defun, setq, getpoint, and Command Functionsp. 9
Loading an AutoLISP Programp. 14
getcorner, getdist, and setvar Functionsp. 17
list Functionp. 21
car, cdr, and cadr Functionsp. 21
graphscr, textscr, princ, and terpri Functionsp. 23
getangle and getorient Functionsp. 27
getint, getreal, getstring, and getvar Functionsp. 30
polar and sqrt Functionsp. 31
itoa, rtos, strcase, and prompt Functionsp. 35
Flowchartsp. 40
Conditional Functionsp. 40
Working with Visual LISP
Visual LISPp. 2
Overview of Visual LISPp. 2
Starting Visual LISPp. 2
Using the Visual LISP Text Editorp. 3
Visual LISP Consolep. 7
Using the Visual LISP Text Editorp. 11
Visual LISP Formatterp. 13
Debugging the Programp. 17
General Recommendations for Writing the LISP Filep. 19
Tracing Variablesp. 31
Visual LISP Error Codes and Messagesp. 32
Visual LISP: Editing the Drawing Database
Editing the Drawing Databasep. 2
ssgetp. 2
ssget "X"p. 4
Group Codes for ssget "X"p. 5
sslengthp. 6
ssnamep. 6
ssaddp. 7
ssdelp. 7
entgetp. 8
assocp. 8
consp. 9
substp. 9
entmodp. 9
Retrieving and Editing the Databasep. 11
Some More Functions to Retrieve Entity Datap. 13
Programmable Dialog Boxes Using the Dialog Control Language
Dialog Control Languagep. 2
Dialog Boxp. 2
Dialog Box Componentsp. 3
Button and Text Tilesp. 5
Tile Attributesp. 5
Predefined Attributesp. 6
key, label, and is_default Attributesp. 7
fixed_width and alignment Attributesp. 9
Loading a DCL Filep. 10
Displaying a New Dialog Boxp. 11
Use of Standard Button Subassembliesp. 13
AutoLISP Functionsp. 14
Managing Dialog Boxes with AutoLISPp. 15
Row and Boxed Row Tilesp. 18
Column, Boxed Column, and Toggle Tilesp. 18
Mnemonic Attributep. 19
AutoLISP Functionsp. 22
Predefined Radio Button, Radio Column, Boxed Radio Column, and Radio Row Tilesp. 27
Edit Box Tilep. 34
width and edit_width Attributesp. 34
Slider and Image Tilesp. 38
AutoLISP Functionsp. 42
DIESEL: A String Expression Language
Status Linep. 3
MODEMACRO System Variablep. 3
Customizing the Status Linep. 4
Macro Expressions Using DIESELp. 4
Using AutoLISP with MODEMACROp. 7
Diesel Expressions in Menusp. 8
MACROTRACE System Variablep. 10
Diesel String Functionsp. 11
Visual Basic for Application
About Visual Basicp. 2
Visual Basic for Applicationp. 2
Using VBA in AutoCADp. 2
Objects in VBAp. 7
Add Methodsp. 9
Using the AddCircle Method to Draw a Circlep. 9
Using the AddLine Method to Draw a Linep. 10
Using the AddArc Method to Draw an Arcp. 10
Using the AddText Method to Write Textp. 11
Finding Help on Methods and Propertiesp. 11
Loading and Saving VBA Projectsp. 13
Getting User Inputp. 17
GetPoint Methodp. 17
GetDistance Methodp. 17
GetAngle Methodp. 18
PolarPoint and AngleFromXAxis Methodsp. 22
PolarPoint Methodp. 22
AngleFromXAxisp. 23
Additional VBA Examplesp. 28
Accessing External Database
Understanding Databasep. 2
AutoCAD Database Connectivityp. 3
Database Configurationp. 4
Viewing and Editing Table Data from AutoCADp. 6
Creating Links with Graphical Objectsp. 9
Creting Labelsp. 13
AutoCAD SQL Environment (ASE)p. 18
AutoCAD Query Editorp. 19
Forming Selection Sets Using the Link Selectp. 24
Conversion of ASE Links to AutoCAD 2004 Formatp. 26
Geometry Calculator
Geometry Calculatorp. 2
Real, Integer, and Vector Expressionsp. 2
Numeric Functionsp. 3
Using Snap Modesp. 4
Obtaining the Radius of an Objectp. 5
Locating a Point on a Linep. 6
Obtaining an Anglep. 7
Locating the Intersection Pointp. 9
Applications of the Geometry Calculatorp. 10
Using AutoLISP Variablesp. 12
Filtering X, Y, and Z Coordinatesp. 14
Converting Unitsp. 15
Additional Functionsp. 15
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