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upFront.eZine - Tailoring AutoCAD 2008 CUI by Ralph Grabowski :

Tailoring AutoCAD CUI is a “mini” eBook for AutoCAD users in the upFront.eZine series of eBooks for AutoCAD. It is available in several editions, depending on your version of AutoCAD: AutoCAD 2006/2007, AutoCAD 2008 (this page), AutoCAD 2009, and AutoCAD 2010.

All illustrations are in full-color, and the eBook is formatted for printing on standard 8.5x11 in paper, which margins designed for three-hole punching.

The Tailoring AutoCAD 2008 CUI eBook contains tutorials for learning AutoCAD’s user interface customization system, including: commands and system variables; comprehensive coverage of toolbars, menus, icon editor, and more; tutorials on creating customizations, dozens of tips, and more.

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Chapter 1 - Introduction to CUI

  • About CUI
  • About CUI Files
  • Collection of CUI Commands
  • Related System Variables

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Chapter 2 - Touring the AutoCAD 2008 CUI User Interface

  • Command List Pane
  • Customizations Pane
  • Properties Pane
  • Reducing te Infoglut

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Chapter 3 - Customizing Toolbars & Icons

  • Add Buttons to Toolbars
  • Adding New Commands
  • Adding Separator Lines
  • Additional Metacharacters
  • Advanced Properties
  • Appearance Properties
  • Borrow Icons from Other Commands
  • Create Custom Icons
  • Create New Toolbar
  • Creating Flyouts
  • Edit Icons
  • General Properties
  • Images
  • Import Images sa Icons
  • Including HIdden Options
  • Including Options
  • Leave Icon As-Is
  • Macros
  • Testing & Debugging
  • Testing Toolbar Buttons
  • Testing Toolbar Flyouts
  • Toolbar Button Properties
  • Toolbar Properties
  • Using System Variables
  • Writing Toolbar Macros

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Chapter 4 - Menus & Shortcut Menus

  • Add Commands to Menus
  • Advanced Properties
  • Basic Menu Macros
  • Create Menus
  • Edit Icons
  • General Properties
  • Including Options
  • Macro Properties
  • Menu Item Properties
  • Menu Properties
  • Metacharacters
  • Shortcut Menus
  • Test & Debug
  • Write Macros

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Chapter 5 - Shortcut Keys & Overrides

  • Shortcut Keystrokes
  • Temporary Override Keys

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Chapter 6 - Mouse Buttons

  • Add Buttons
  • Modify Properties
  • Test & Debug

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Chapter 7 - Lisp Files

  • Select .lsp Files

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Chapter 8 - Workspaces

  • Create New Workspaces
  • Display Properties
  • General Properties
  • Make Changes
  • Save & Test
  • Workspace Properties

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Chapter 9 - Legacy Customization

  • Add Buttons & Controls
  • Assign a Tool Palette Group
  • Create Shell of New Panel
  • Customizing Dashboard Panels
  • Edit Icons
  • Edit Properties & Write Macros
  • Further Dashboard Customization
  • Identify the Panel
  • Other Shortcut Options
  • Summary of Dashboard Elements
  • Test & Debug

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About the Author

Ralph Grabowski received his B.A.Sc ('80) degree in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia. He has authored and co-authored 100+ books and ebooks on CAD management, ArchiCAD, AutoCAD, Generic CADD, IntelliCAD, MicroStation, TurboCAD, VDraft, Visio, HTML, and VRML.

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