Have You Tried: Streamline Tasks With Scripts in AutoCAD

Scripts in AutoCAD

This month’s article for the Have You Tried series focuses on a productivity enhancing technique in AutoCAD: creating scripts. Scripts in AutoCAD can automate repetitive tasks and improving accuracy. Maybe you insert a title block and create several layers when creating a new drawing. A script can help automate that task.   

Instead of starting a command from the AutoCAD user interface and then providing a value or entering an option at the Command prompt, you type and store the command sequence in a plain text file using an application like Notepad.

AutoCAD scripts

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

  • Create a script file
  • Manage script files
  • Run a script file in a drawing
  • Run a script from the ribbon
  • Run a script file across multiple drawings using ScriptPro

Learn how to create scripts to improve your productivity with the step-by-step examples in the Have You Tried: Streamline Tasks with Scripts 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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