AutoCAD 2011: Migrating from Windows to Mac
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AutoCAD 2011: Migrating from Windows to Mac

with Jeff Bartels

Video: Creating a command alias

Some AutoCAD users like to create custom command aliases to launch some of their commands. A command alias allows you to launch a command by pressing one or two keys on your keyboard much like a keyboard shortcut. In this lesson we're going to learn how to define a command alias using AutoCAD for the Mac. First let's demonstrate a command alias I am going to type the letters C then I will press Return; this just launched the Circle command. If I type the letter l and press Return I launched the Line command. The command alias is nothing more than a shortened version of the command that you enter at the command line.

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2h 45m Beginner Oct 29, 2010

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AutoCAD 2011: Migrating from Windows to Mac with Jeff Bartels covers the fundamental differences between the 2011 Mac OS X version of AutoCAD and the venerable PC edition, allowing designers to leverage existing AutoCAD skills and easily transition to the new environment. This course runs through both a typical 2D and 3D design workflow, covering its workspace, tools, customization options, and strategies users can apply working in a mixed Windows and Mac environment. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Adjusting preferences
  • Customizing the interface
  • Opening and managing drawings
  • Constructing a 2D drawing
  • Creating and inserting block references
  • Building a library using the Content Manager
  • Making references to external files and images
  • Plotting drawings
  • Creating a model in 3D space
Subject:
CAD
Software:
AutoCAD AutoCAD for Mac
Author:
Jeff Bartels

Creating a command alias

Some AutoCAD users like to create custom command aliases to launch some of their commands. A command alias allows you to launch a command by pressing one or two keys on your keyboard much like a keyboard shortcut. In this lesson we're going to learn how to define a command alias using AutoCAD for the Mac. First let's demonstrate a command alias I am going to type the letters C then I will press Return; this just launched the Circle command. If I type the letter l and press Return I launched the Line command. The command alias is nothing more than a shortened version of the command that you enter at the command line.

The nice thing is you customized these to whatever you like and when you're done, you can launch commands as fast as you can tab keys on the keyboard. Let's define the command alias. Now we already know the letter C launches the Circle command maybe I would rather have C launched the Copy command. To make the change I am going to visit the tools menu. I will come down to Customize and I'll select Edit Command Aliases. This brings up the Text Edit tool and opens up the acad.pgp file which is the same file that controls command aliases on the Windows platform.

If I grab this slider and scroll down you can see two columns, the one on my left is the alias and the one on the right is the command that will be launched. If I move right over here you can see that the letter c is going to launch the Circle command. To change this all I have to do is edit this text file but I don't want to change the text right here. Instead I'm going to select this line of text or right-click and I will copy this to the clipboard and then I'll scroll all the way down to the bottom of the document to the User Defined Command Aliases section.

This is where I will make the change. I'm going to click right here and press Return and then I will right-click and paste my text. Finally I'll change this to the Copy command. The reason we make our changes down here is because eventually when we migrate our settings to a newer version of AutoCAD. This is where AutoCAD will look for our custom aliases. We can have as many aliases as we want and now that I have got the started I'm going to create another alias as an example. I am going to press Return and I would like the letter q to launch the Plot command.

So I will type q and then a comma. I will space over and enter an asterisk. I'm just going to use the same formatting and I will type Plot. When I am finished making my changes I'll save this file and I will close the text editor. Now that I'm back in AutoCAD and I am going to open up the tools menu again and I'll come down to Customize and I'll select Reload Command Aliases. All right let's try them out I'm going to type the letter C and I'll press Return noticed this launched the Copy command I am going to press Esc to cancel and if I press q and then Return we can see AutoCAD is launching the Plot command.

Creating custom command aliases is a great way to tailor AutoCAD to the way you like to work and just like in the Windows version creating an alias is as easy as editing your acad.pgp file.

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