The time has come for the 4G CAD Standards. After more than 3 decades of PC CAD, any CAD Manager knows that the big headache is about Standards Enforcement. As a PART TIME CAD MGR., I would opt for a CLEANSCREEN AutoCAD + A Series of tool palettes with no other access to Ribbons and Panels. Not only solving Screen Real Estate Issues, but offering a Framework driven environment that dictates the processes and workflows found as the Best of CAD Practices reflecting the company’s specifics. Can start with a Palette assigned to Sketching and Conceptual/Preliminary and then move on & on adding the respective tools to the right palettes…
4G CAD Standards – The Principle
In a DATA Management Context – a-priori – No doubt that Monitoring and Enforcements are Failing: Built upon the CAD User’s responsibility and mostly perceived as a burden as to everyday’s work. Some kind of an “extra-set-of-tasks demanded by technocrats“. Instead, 4G Cad Standards are a toolset to assist the CAD User working Better, Faster and Easier while the 4G CAD Standard takes care of itself! This is an Automated-Managed-AutoCAD-Vanilla environment that will create Standard Data by default, in the 1st place. Furthermore, it will easily migrate to the next version.
4G CAD Standards Criteria:
After a 3 decades relationship with AutoCAD, I differ between 2 kinds of AutoCAD: The Productive AutoCAD, in which we create Standard Data in Singular Steps that simulate domino effect and the Non-Productive – All the other: For Example if You Insert a Block and then place in the Standard Layer – 1 non-productive action was taken, not systematically and forgettable. Even more non productive? Create an Annotation: Select The LAYER & the STYLE, and then type… 2 non-productive actions: Layer & Style both not systematic and forgettable…not mentioning the text height…
So, after those clear examples I can stand that: ONLY Using Productive AutoCAD will get us Productive. All Actions like Visits to the LAYER PROPERTIES MANAGER, The EXTERNAL REFERENCE MANAGER, etc., are definitely Non-Productive since they create no data at all and no objects are being created.
The best thing to do is consider the Standard Environment as a Built-into AutoCAD CAD Standard Automation, The Sooner the Better.
If You’d like to get the notion, better Enroll/Engage/Register to The 4G CAD Standard Intro-Webinar HERE