AutoCAD software offers a variety of customization features that enable you to reduce repetitive tasks and improve workflows. In this lab you will write script files, create action macros, develop small and simple AutoLISP programs, and manage settings with user profiles. This lab will help to broaden your understanding of the AutoCAD customization features and become more productive when you return to your office.
Users familiar with customizing and extending AutoCAD,
and looking to become more productive by reducing repetitive tasks.
Lee Ambrosius is a principal learning content developer at Autodesk, Inc., for the AutoCAD software and AutoCAD LT software products. He works primarily on the CAD administration, customization, and developer documentation. Lee has also worked on the user documentation for AutoCAD software on Windows and Mac. He has presented on a wide range of topics at Autodesk University over the past 10 years, from general AutoCAD customization to ObjectARX technology. Lee has authored a number of AutoCAD-related books, with his most recent projects being AutoCAD Platform Customization: User Interface, AutoLISP, VBA, and Beyond and AutoCAD 2015 and AutoCAD LT 2015 Bible. You can find him roaming various community forums, posting articles on his blog, or tweeting information regarding AutoCAD software when he's not writing.
Do you want to create professional-looking renderings? In this class you will learn how to convert your 3D AutoCAD software models into finished, photorealistic renderings using tools already built into AutoCAD software. You will learn how to use AutoCAD software's lighting, material, and rendering tools to place and control lights; add and adjust materials and textures; and control the surrounding model environment to produce eye-catching images. You will also discover how to take real-world objects and quickly create custom materials, as well as produce reusable models of light fixtures that behave like real-world lights. You'll learn how to capitalize on the Autodesk 360 cloud-based rendering service to create beautiful renderings quickly and easily, and you'll even discover how to produce rendered animations entirely inside AutoCAD software.
Return on investment in the AutoCAD software platform is all about saving picks and clicks, and this class is all about exposing the super-secret tools in the AutoCAD platform. The biggest issue is that you don't know what you're missing from release to release unless someone exposes these little secrets. In this class we provide a 1-stop-shopping document to help you remember these secrets and refer back to them. Updated from last year, this class includes new tools and uncovers AutoCAD 2015 software secrets. Your repetitive steps and tasks won't know what hit them.
How do you create and edit your AutoLISP programming language software code? Are you using a text editor such as Notepad? If so, you're missing out on all the features that the Visual LISP Integrated Development Environment (VLIDE) can provide you. The VLIDE is not only a way to write your code; it is also a way to debug it. In this session you will see why you should use the VLIDE to develop your custom add-ins, and you will discover how easy it is to write, format, and debug your code.