The ABC's of the AutoCAD® CUI R. Robert Bell Design Technology Manager, Sparling
This Course is Right for You If… • CUI means Can’t Understand It • Workspace is a cubical • Enterprise is a ship and not something in AutoCAD
R. Robert Bell • Design Technology Manager at Sparling since 2007(largest US electrical specialty firm) • Former network administrator at an MEP firm for 19 years • Writing code since 1983 • Former AUGI Director • Self-admitted Autodesk/AUGI discussion group junkie • Active participant in Autodesk Beta Programs • Published author
Getting to Know You • How many are using AutoCAD 2006 or later? • How many have used the CUI? • How many are responsible for company customizations?
Terms • CUI and CUIx • Main • Enterprise • Partial CUIx • Core CUIx • Office CUIx • Nodes • Workspace • Commands • Vertical
Command FilterFind and Replace • Use edit box to filter Command List Pane • Use Customizations In Pane combo box to isolate a CUIx • Find locates text throughout CUI • Results are in "programmer-speak"
Main, Enterprise, and Partial CUIx • Main CUIx file • Directly add new commands (or its partials when filtered) • Stores user’s modifications • Workspaces available • Enterprise CUIx file • Read-only in the current profile, including partials • Workspaces available • Partial CUIx file • Any CUIx file loaded into either the main or enterprise CUIx files • May have a few nodes, or many
Load Order and Precedence Enterprise Enterprise partials (in order) Main Main partials (in order) • Last loaded keyboard shortcuts, double-clicks, and quick properties win • All other elements the first loaded instance wins • All shortcut menus load from one file
Backup • Backup • Backup before editing (zip file archives) • 2007 introduced Restore/Reset • Save your workspace • Latest Updates (2009)
Summary • CUI = Can Understand It • Do not over-think the CUI Editor • Editing a CUIx is a matter of drag-and-drop • Experiment in a new CUIx until comfortable • Do not ignore workspaces • Install latest Updates