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?

Forget about AutoCAD Commands build (or demand) Tools!

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Tools “live” exclusively at Tool Palettes.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Any Image can be associated with any Tool within a Tool Palette.
  6. Tool Palettes should be organized in Palette Groups for easy access.
  7. 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.
  8. Most features (excluding Blocks) are saved with the palettes.
  9. If you access a file in which the Tool Layer, Tool Style, etc.,  are missing, AutoCAD will create those – No Sweat!
  10. Tool Palettes (and Tools within them) are easy to migrate to next versions, easy to maintain and distribute in more than one way.


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