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Top Ways to Customize AutoCAD®

Customize in ways you never thought possible

  1. Exchange Apps

    Customize your software with Exchange Apps, which are Autodesk-approved extensions. The Exchange Apps marketplace includes general productivity tools, drawing content, and applications created by third party publishers for specific disciplines. The apps are easy to download and install.

  2. Scripts

    Create script (SCR) files to automate a specific set of commands that you find yourself repeatedly doing. Script files are ASCII text files with the file extension .scr and can be edited using a simple text editor such as NotePad on Windows or TextEdit on Mac OS. If you can type commands and options at the command line, you can write a script file!

  3. Action Recorder

    Use the Action Recorder to record commands and input values that you can play back as an action macro to automate repetitive tasks.

  4. Command Aliases

    Create command aliases for fast command line entry of your favorite commands. Command alias are shortened command names that can be entered at the Command prompt as an alternative to the standard full command name and are stored in a program parameter (PGP) file.

  5. Dynamic Blocks

    Dynamic blocks allow you to create a single block that can then be modified, in real-time, to create block configurations with new attributes. Dynamic blocks contain rules, or parameters, for how to change the appearance of the block reference when it is inserted in the drawing. You can insert one block that can change shape, size, or configuration instead of inserting one of many static block definitions.

  6. Customizable and expandable ribbon UI

    Customize and expand the ribbon tabs, panels, and tools to suit your needs and meet your company’s standards. It’s easy to do in the Customize User Interface (CUI) dialog box.

  7. Profiles

    Create and share profiles that store program settings for different users or projects. Profile settings can include information such as default search and project file paths, template file locations, default linetype and hatch patterns, and printer defaults.

  8. Plotter Configurations and Plot Styles

    Create plot configurations to configure your output devices for publishing or plotting drawings. Use custom plot styles to specify how object properties such as color and lineweight are represented when plotted.

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