In this tutorial, Josh Modglin walks through the creation of a custom ribbon tool as well as the creation of a new ribbon tab or ribbon panel. The instructor discusses how to create a new tool along a ribbon panel using the Customize User Interface dialog. In addition, Josh creates a new tool on the Home ribbon tab > Modify panel with you.
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- [Instructor] Once the new command is done we're going to add this command to our ribbon. In the process we're going to see how to create a new panel or ribbon as well as modify an existing ribbon panel, and so from our Customization section we're going to right click on Ribbon, expand it, and notice we have our tabs and our panels. We can right click on any one of these and simply add a new panel, it's that easy. But even easier is to right click on an existing tab or panel and choose to duplicate.
This gives us a good base to start from and then we can modify what we need to change. So if I select the Home 2D Modify panel it shows all of the items within that panel. We're going to take our new command, I'm going to select the Array command first in that panel, and then we're going to find our new command, FR5, and we can do the search for that, or I can simply scroll down to find that, and we're just going to grab it and drag it from the Command list up to our panel.
And notice it now is added to our panel with the icon, with the macro ready to go. I can apply the change, I can click OK, and notice now if I go to the Home ribbon, under the Modify panel, I have FR5. So if I select this, let's see if the command works. And notice it starts to command, Select first object, select second object, and applies a radius of five, and I'm in the multiple mode, so I have to press Enter or Cancel to end.
So notice that it changed the radius for me from zero to five, started the command, set a multiple option for me, and the user never saw any of that. They simply selected the button and they were ready to go. So you as the CAD manager have the ability to create commands, really shortcuts, macros, that go through and make adjustments to certain variables or options for the users. Now you can provide them a nice drop-down in the ribbon, fillet five, fillet 10, fillet 15, whatever comes or is used by your company on a regular basis, thereby improving their productivity.
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- Creating and editing scripts
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