Customizing Tool Palettes in BricsCAD

It’s easy to customize BricsCAD Tool Palettes!

What are tool palettes? They are dockable, graphical panels that contain commands, hatch patterns, or blocks for insertion – or all three! To use a palette object, click the tool and move your cursor to the graphic screen. Does this sound simple enough? It gets better – it’s almost as easy to customize your own tool palettes, and add your own commands or custom insert-able blocks.

In this short video lesson, Ralph Grabowski gives a brief overview of Tool Palettes and how they work. The content of each button (icon) in the palettes can be fully customized to meet your needs. Ralph will give you the basics on how to create your own custom commands in the video, also.

What are the commands to access tool palettes?

  • Type “ToolPalettes at the command line to open the Tool Palettes bar
  • Type “ToolPalettesClose to close the Tool Palettes bar
  • The “TPNavigate command displays a specific named tool palette or a tool palette group

You can open a tool palette by right-clicking any user interface element. From the the context menu, select “Tool Palettes“.

How do you customize commands in your tool palettes?

First, right click on a command icon in a tool palette. Then click “Properties”. You can change the “command string” (a.k.a. “macro”) of an existing icon, or create a new one. In this lesson, Ralph builds a macro by typing this text in the command string text box: “^C^C_line;1,1;2;2“. When Ralph clicks on the modified command icon, BricsCAD draws a line from (1,1) to (2,2).

In macros, the semi-colon (;) acts like you are pressing Enter, or hitting the space-bar. In the video’s first example, a single trailing semi-colon is implied. You’ll see that this causes the line command to continue. You can end the line command macro by adding “;;” – two semi-colons – at the end of the command string.

Customizing entity properties with tool palettes

You can customize the style and properties of various BricsCAD entities easily, also. In the video, Ralph edits the Revision Cloud command to change its properties. First, he makes a copy of the Revision Cloud icon in the Draw palette, and pastes it into the Command Tools palette. Then he goes back to the icon’s properties to customize the way that the revision cloud appears in the drawing upon insertion.

Need more? Click this link to access the BricsCAD on-line help for creating and modifying Tool Palettes!


Ralph Grabowski

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