10 tips to make BricsCAD your own

Ralph Grabowski is sharing his 60 tips – and so much more – in his book ‘Customizing BricsCAD’. You’ll discover how you can customize BricsCAD, changing the look of the interface, using the setting dialog box or setting up macros to make BricsCAD your own.

When the same action is repeated more than three times, write a macro.

One of the best ways to customize commands in BricsCAD is through toolbars. Toolbars gives you single-click access to almost any command or group of commands a.k.a. macros.

No more hunting through menus and start working even more efficient.

BricsCAD allows you great flexibility in changing the way it looks and works. Customizing BricsCAD V17 by Ralph Grabowski shows you how to save time and be more productive.

10 tips to customize BricsCAD from Ralph Grabowski’s book

  1. To change menus, ribbon, and other interface elements, enter the Customize command. You can modify the currently active customization file, or load another CUI file (for example, from AutoCAD).
  2. When you are familiar with typing AutoCAD commands and aliases at the command prompt, you can use exactly the same names in BricsCAD.
  3. User interface elements, such as toolbars, ribbon, the command bar, and the Properties panel, can be placed anywhere on the screen. Press and hold the left mouse button to drag them to another location. To prevent a toolbar or panel from docking against the edge of the BricsCAD window, press and hold the Ctrl key (Cmd key on Macs) when positioning the item.
  4. Use the tools on the Inquiry toolbar to measure the distance between two points, to find the area of closed entity, or to read the x,y,z coordinates of a point.
  5. To choose an option quickly during a command, just type the capitalized letter of the option’s name. When drawing a polyline, for instance, type a to start drawing arc segments and type l to switch back to drawing line segments.
  6. An alias for a command can be a single letter, such as L for “Line,” and it can be a different name, such as axis for “infline”. To edit existing aliases or add new aliases, enter the Customize command, and then select Command Aliases tab on the Customize dialog.
  7. Using entity snaps, you will draw faster and more accurately by snapping to their geometry, such as end points and mid points of lines. To quickly set and unset specific snap types, click a button on the Entity Snaps toolbar. The recessed button (or blue a border) indicates that the entity snap is active. (See figure below.) Click again to deactivate.
  8. When using flyover snap over high densities of entities, you can cycle through possible snap points by pressing the Tab key repeatedly. The entity that is highlighted is snapped to.
  9. The Explode command breaks complex entities, such as blocks and polylines, into their component pieces.
  10. How to create keyboard shortcuts: enter the Customize command, and then choose the Keyboard tab. You can use any key on the keyboard and any function key, together combinations with Shift, Alt, and Ctrl.

 
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Lio Lingier

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