Are TOOLS much better than Commands and if so, why?
Tools – If properly replacing Commands will let the END-USER create a-priori – by default – in the 1st place – CAD STANDARD compliant DATA.
What would happen if You could stop messing with Layers, Text Styles, Dimension Styles, Multileader & Table Styles altogether?What if one click will take care of many tasks that can practically and totally be neglected?
Are TOOLS much better than Commands ?
I’m in the middle of creating a few dozens of Tool Palettes and a few hundreds of TOOLS and can share some facts:
- Most Tools are created in seconds by just dragging Features and Contents from the screen into a Tool Palette.
- If needed, open you CUI (Customize User Interface) for the list of AutoCAD Commands and drag any command into a Palette, Customize the Command accordingly and you’re ready.
- You can also create Tools by using the Browse option to point at any accessible file in the world to be accessed through the new Tool
- You can Select a Bunch of Tools, Access their common Properties to Edit those accordingly and save lots of time.
- The most important part is to focus at the CAD USER, how comfortable is it to locate the tool, use it, etc?
- Personally I switch between View Options that best fit a specific Palette – for instance, if I drag a Polyline to a Palette for Linework Creation at a specific Layer, I would probably use the List View Option so a Long Layer Name will appear in a complete fashion. Furthermore, Lists should alphabetically ordered so You could Locate it easily and then again, Use the Text and Separator options to make it even more accessible.
- I don’t like Tool Palettes in which the END User should scroll up and down to find what he/she is looking for.
In A few days, when I’m done I’m going to distribute all those palettes to the respective designers and I’ll report to You!
Danny Korem | Sophisticadd | “Distilling Exactly the CAD Knowledge of Your Needs” | TOOLS much better than Commands
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