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AutoCAD Tool Palettes Master Class (Planning and Preparation, Not Perspiration)
Paul Munford
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CAD standards are a bone of contention for every CAD manager. For me, CAD standards are all about a single thing—productivity. It's all about decision-making. I don't want you spending time deciding what font to use or what lineweight to draw with. Those tasks don’t increase the project’s value. I want you to be able to focus on creating drawings that sell ideas to a client or help make manufacturing quicker and easier. You shouldn't need to worry about CAD standards. In this class I'll take you through the exact steps that I use to create a comprehensive set of tool palettes that deploy our company CAD standards. I'll show you how to deploy your tool palettes on the network, and how to update them from a central file. We will push as hard as we can into deploying scripts and macros from tool palettes, and cover some of the tips and hacks of tool palettes that you won't find in the help file.

Key Learnings

  • Learn how to create a completely fresh tool palette in a network location
  • Learn how to create, edit, and save tools onto your networked palettes
  • Learn how to boost productivity with scripts and macros hosted on your pallettes
  • Learn how to hack your tool palettes without opening AutoCAD


Paul Munford
Paul Munford is an Application Engineer for Graitec UK. Paul's background is in manufacturing for construction. Paul had 8 years of experience 'on the tools' before joining the CAD department in 2005. Paul spent a further seven years designing and drafting for joinery and interior fit out with AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor before finally spending four years as a CAD/CAM manager for a high-end custom furniture contractor. As an Application Engineer, Paul handles licensing, deployment, and training for AutoCAD software and Inventor software, and Paul still uses AutoCAD and Inventor to create manufacturing 'Shop' drawings for Graitec’s customers. In his spare time Paul writes the CADSetterOut.com blog, and he is the author Mastering Autodesk Inventor 2016. Paul is a founding member of the Autodesk Expert Elite and has been a speaker at Autodesk University in Las Vegas for the last five years.

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