Add AutoLISP to a Custom AutoCAD Command11 Mar, 2014 By: Andrew G. Roe
Combine AutoLISP commands with a VB.NET plugin.
Create a New Custom Command
We’ll create a new custom command, slightly different than the one we created previously, to run the plugin and also execute the AutoLISP statements.
1. In AutoCAD, click the CUI icon in the Manage tab of the ribbon to load the Customize User Interface dialog box. (You can also load this dialog box by typing CUI at the Command line and pressing Enter.) The Customize User Interface dialog box is displayed.
2. In the Command List portion of the CUI dialog box, click the Create a new command icon.
3. In the Properties portion of the CUI dialog box, type MyCircleCommand2 in the Name box.
4. In the Macro box, type the following:
^C^CCreateMyCircle;Filedia 1;(setq en (entlast));(entget en);
The ^C^C is already present in the Macro box, indicating the beginning of the macro, and is the equivalent of pressing the Escape key twice to clear any active commands. The semicolon (;) is the equivalent of pressing Enter. The custom command sets the Filedia variable back to 1, then executes the two AutoLISP statements.
5. In the Customizations in All Files portion of the CUI dialog box, expand the Menus item to show the various menus.
6. In the Command List portion of the CUI dialog box, click the drop-down list and select Custom Commands. The MyCircleCommand2 should be listed.
7. Drag the MyCircleCommand2 to the Modify menu above.
8. Click OK to close the CUI dialog box.
About the Author: Andrew G. Roe
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