Why should you forget about AutoCAD Commands? Well there are 2 answers to this question:
- The Short Answer: Most AutoCAD Commands (excluding Hatch and the NEW 2017 DIM Command) have no Built-In Layer functionality. That means that using a feature, the current status is going to be reflected in the data you create. The Current Layer, Style & Properties are going to be utilized.
- The Long (In-Depth) Answer is that being a multi-purpose platform, no standards are built-in into the AutoCAD Environment whatsoever, leaving everything to the CAD User. Depending on the CAD User’s character & personality is a great disadvantage, making CAD Standard Compliance a burden, an extra-work addition to the process of Data creation and editing. CAD Standard monitoring and Enforcement are the CAD manager’s responsibility. What happens in a small business that can’t afford one?
Forget about AutoCAD Commands build (or demand) Tools!
Does this make any sense to You? Is there another way? A better method to deal with it?
In general, the good news are that there’s always a better way! Lucky me, otherwise I would be Unemployed. When I started this business, I knew there are better ways, unconventional methods to help people using AutoCAD (and other CAD/BIM platforms) to be more productive, implementing automation and built-in CAD Standards into their standard (Vanilla – no apps – out of the box) environments. Constantly adapting the business to the industry, meant that knowledge should transit to Knowledge-On-Demand , turn into very distilled knowledge to be consumed only when needed.
The Standard Environments are being used by customers as we speak and also tested in the classroom. In a class framework, an exercise performed successfully by students proved precise outputs, that besides being similar were all CAD Standard Compliant. The Exercise was performed in a CLEANSCREEN AutoCAD and a Group of Tool Palettes.
Before you can forget about AutoCAD Commands and build (or demand) Tools, You better understand “what Tools are?”
Here are 10 facts about tools:
- A tool can be any AutoCAD Feature whatsoever: A Block to be Inserted, A Dimension to be created, a Multileader, etc. Besides, a tool can get access to any file, Web page, Video, etc.
- Tools “live” exclusively at Tool Palettes.
- Accessing the Tool Properties will let You define Standard Properties dictated to the tool: Specific Layer, Linetype, Transparency, Color, Plot Style,etc. OR, Custom Properties as – for example – a Block Parameter within a Dynamic Block.
- A tool can be renamed so it’s name is as explicit as possible. The Tool’s name is totally independent and has no connection to the actual activity it executes.
- Any Image can be associated with any Tool within a Tool Palette.
- Tool Palettes should be organized in Palette Groups for easy access.
- If a Tool inserts a block in a predefined layer, the content file in which the block is saved (or a file inserted as a block) must be accessible from within AutoCAD.
- Most features (excluding Blocks) are saved with the palettes.
- If you access a file in which the Tool Layer, Tool Style, etc., are missing, AutoCAD will create those – No Sweat!
- Tool Palettes (and Tools within them) are easy to migrate to next versions, easy to maintain and distribute in more than one way.
ATTEND To the Webinar Next 8/11/2016 – “It’s all about CAD Standards – Re-Inventing CAD Standards”
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