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AutoCAD LT 2011 - Autodesk | 3D Design, Engineering

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  • AutoCAD LT 2011 - Autodesk | 3D Design, Engineering

    AutoCAD LT 2011


    Customization Guide


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    Chapter 1 Basic Customization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1


    Overview of Customization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1


    Organize Program and Support Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3


    Overview of File Organization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3


    Multiple Configurations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6


    Multiple Drawing Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7


    Locate Customized Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8


    Locate Plot Style Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9


    Locate Plotter Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10


    Locate the PMP File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10


    Locate Support Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11


    Locate Drawing Template Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14


    Customize a Publish to Web Template . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14


    Create Command Aliases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17


    Chapter 2 Custom Linetypes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19


    Overview of Linetype Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19


    Simple Custom Linetypes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20


    Text in Custom Linetypes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24


    Chapter 3 Custom Hatch Patterns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27


    Overview of Hatch Pattern Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27


    Hatch Patterns with Dashed Lines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30


    iii Hatch Patterns with Multiple Lines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34


    Chapter 4 User Interface Customization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39


    Understand User Interface Customization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39


    Overview of the Customization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39


    Use the Customization Environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41


    Overview of the Customize User Interface (CUI)


    Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42


    Work with the Customizations In Pane . . . . . . . . . . . 44


    Work with the Command List Pane . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45


    Work with the Dynamic Display Pane . . . . . . . . . . . . 46


    How Customization Has Changed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48


    Customization Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54


    Work with the Customize User Interface (CUI) Editor . . . . . . . . . . 58


    Create a Command . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58


    Create User Interface Elements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60


    Create a Quick Access Toolbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60


    Customize the Ribbon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61


    Create a Toolbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64


    Create a Pull-Down Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65


    Create a Shortcut Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67


    Customize Shortcut Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68


    Create a Double Click Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68


    Create a Mouse Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69


    Create and Modify Workspaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69


    Create a Workspace from the User Interface . . . . . . . . . 70


    Create a Workspace with the CUI Editor . . . . . . . . . . . 71


    Create and Manage Customization Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73


    Basics of Customization Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73


    Create and Load a Partial CUIx File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78


    Create an Enterprise CUIx File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82


    Find and Replace Commands and Text in a CUIx File . . . . . . . 86


    Customize Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92


    Overview of Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92


    Create, Edit, and Reuse Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94


    Create Macros . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101


    Overview of Macros . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101


    Use Special Control Characters in Macros . . . . . . . . . . 104


    Pause for User Input in Macros . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106


    Provide International Support in Macros . . . . . . . . . . 108


    Repeat Commands in Macros . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109


    Use Single Object Selection Mode in Macros . . . . . . . . 110


    Use Macros to Swap User Interface Elements . . . . . . . . 110


    Use Conditional Expressions in Macros . . . . . . . . . . . 111


    Control the Display of Command Items . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113


    Assign Search Tags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119


    iv | Contents Create Tooltips and Extended Help for Commands . . . . . . . . 122


    Create Status Line Help Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128


    Assign, Create, and Manage Images for Commands . . . . . . . 129


    Assign Images to a Command . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129


    Create and Edit Custom Images for Commands . . . . . . 132


    Manage, Import, and Export Custom Images . . . . . . . . 134


    Customize User Interface Elements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139


    Quick Access Toolbars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142


    Ribbon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148


    Ribbon Panels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149


    Ribbon Tabs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180


    Ribbon Contextual Tab States . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186


    Toolbars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190


    Create and Edit Toolbars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190


    Add Flyouts to a Toolbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202


    Add, Remove or Switch Toolbar Controls . . . . . . . . . . 207


    Pull-down and Shortcut Menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212


    Overview of Pull-Down and Shortcut Menus . . . . . . . . 212


    Create a Pull-Down Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213


    Create a Shortcut Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217


    Create Submenus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227


    Reference Pull-Down or Shortcut Menus . . . . . . . . . . 229


    Swap and Insert Pull-Down Menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230


    Quick Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233


    Rollover Tooltips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241


    Keyboard Shortcuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248


    Shortcut Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248


    Temporary Override Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255


    Double Click Actions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262


    Overview of Double Click Actions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262


    Double Click Action Object Names . . . . . . . . . . . . . 266


    Examples of Double Click Actions . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269


    Mouse Buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 270


    Overview of Mouse Buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 270


    Accept Coordinate Entry in Button Menus . . . . . . . . . 271


    Legacy Interface Elements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 272


    Create Tablet Menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 272


    Customize Tablet Buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 274


    Create Image Tile Menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275


    Customize Workspaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280


    Overview of Workspace Customization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280


    Control User Interface Elements Outside the CUI Editor . . . . . 293


    Control User Interface Elements in the CUI Editor . . . . . . . . 296


    Control the Appearance of Palettes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312


    Transfer and Migrate Customization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 316


    Customize User Interface (CUI) Editor FAQs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 319


    Contents | v Chapter 5 DIESEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 325


    Customize the Status Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 325


    Overview of the MODEMACRO System Variable . . . . . . . . . 325


    Set MODEMACRO Values . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 326


    DIESEL Expressions in Macros . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 328


    Catalog of DIESEL Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331


    + (addition) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331


    - (subtraction) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331


    * (multiplication) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331


    / (division) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332


    = (equal to) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332


    < (less than) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333


    > (greater than) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333


    != (not equal to) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333


    <= (less than or equal to) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334


    >= (greater than or equal to) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334


    and . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335


    angtos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335


    edtime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 336


    eq . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337


    eval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338


    fix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338


    getenv . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338


    getvar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 339


    if . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 339


    index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 340


    nth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 340


    or . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 341


    rtos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 341


    strlen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 341


    substr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 342


    upper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 342


    xor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 343


    DIESEL Error Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 343


    Chapter 6 Slides and Command Scripts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345


    Create Slides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345


    Overview of Slides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345


    View Slides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 347


    Create and View Slide Libraries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 348


    Create Command Scripts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 350


    Overview of Command Scripts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 350


    Run Scripts at Startup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352


    Run Slide Shows from Scripts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 354


    vi | Contents Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 359


    Contents | vii viii 1


    Basic Customization


    Your dealer can offer you independently developed applications that can further tailor


    AutoCAD LT to your needs.


    Overview of Customization


    AutoCAD LT can be customized in simple ways. For example, you can change


    the directory structure or move a button from one toolbar to another. If you


    want to change the interface further, you can edit the CUIx file and use DIESEL


    code to create customizations with your own commands.


    The list that follows is arranged from least to most complex:


    ■ Organize files. You can organize program, support, and drawing files. For


    example, you can make a separate folder for each project that includes only


    the support files that project needs.


    ■ Customize Tool Palettes. You can create a tool by dragging objects from


    your drawing onto a tool palette. You can create a tool palette by


    right-clicking on the Tool Palettes title bar and selecting New Palette. For


    information about customizing tool palettes, see “Customize Tool Palettes”


    in the User's Guide.


    ■ Create custom templates. Use templates to define common parameters when


    you publish a drawing using the Publish to Web wizard.


    ■ Define command aliases. You can define simple abbreviations, or aliases,


    for frequently used commands from within AutoCAD LT by adding the


    command to the PGP file acadlt.pgp. For example, you might want to start


    the BLOCK command by entering b.


    1 ■ Create custom linetypes and hatch patterns. You can create linetypes and


    hatch patterns that conform to your company standards and working


    methods.


    ■ Customize the user interface. The CUIx file controls many aspects of the


    user interface, including the behavior of your pointing device buttons and


    the functionality and appearance of pull-down, tablet, and image tile


    menus, toolbars, and accelerator keys. You can edit or create a CUIx file


    to add commands or combine commands and assign them to a menu,


    toolbar, or other location.


    ■ Customize the status line. You can use the DIESEL string expression


    language and the MODEMACRO system variable to provide additional


    information at the status line, such as the date and time or system variable


    settings.


    ■ Automate repetitive tasks by writing scripts. A script is an ASCII text file


    containing commands that are processed like a batch file when you run


    the script. For example, if a set of drawings needs to be plotted a certain


    way, you can write a script that opens each drawing, hides and displays


    various layers, and issues PLOT commands. You can use scripts with slides


    to create automated presentations like those used at trade shows. A slide


    is a “snapshot” of the drawing area that cannot be edited. Slides can also


    be used in image tile menus and dialog boxes.


    See also:


    ■ “Organize Program and Support Files”


    ■ “Toolbars”


    ■ “Customize a Publish to Web Template”


    ■ “Create Command Aliases”


    ■ “Custom Linetypes”


    ■ “Custom Hatch Patterns”


    ■ “User Interface Customization”


    ■ “DIESEL”


    ■ “Customize the Status Line”


    ■ “Slides and Command Scripts”


    2 | Chapter 1 Basic Customization


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