Have You Tried: Putting the Action Into Macros

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We have an amazing time-saver for you this month: action macros. If you use AutoCAD commands and system variables, you can record action macros. And the best part about using action macros is there’s no programming knowledge needed. All you need is the AutoCAD knowledge you already have.

Imagine creating an action macro to simplify everyday tasks like:
• Setting a layer and style current before creating objects
• Changing the layer and scale of selected objects
• Cleaning up drawings

Action Macro Example

In this Have You Tried, we’ll go over how to:

  • Record and playback an action macro
  • Edit and request input in an action macro
  • Manage and share an action macro (ACTM) files

Learn how action macros can save you time, automating everyday tasks with the step-by-step examples in the Have You Tried: Putting the Action Into Macros topic.

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Lee Ambrosius

Lee Ambrosius is a Principal Learning Content Developer at Autodesk, Inc., for the AutoCAD software and AutoCAD LT software products. He works primarily on the CAD administration, customization, and developer documentation. Lee has also worked on the user documentation for AutoCAD on Windows and Mac. He has presented on a wide range of topics at Autodesk University over the past 10 years, from general AutoCAD customization to ObjectARX technology. Lee has authored a number of AutoCAD-related books, with his most recent projects being AutoCAD Platform Customization: User Interface, AutoLISP, VBA, and Beyond and AutoCAD 2015 and AutoCAD LT 2015 Bible. When he’s not writing, you can find him roaming various community forums, posting articles on his blog, or tweeting AutoCAD-related information.

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