CAD Manager's Newsletter #130

8 Jun, 2005 By: Robert Green

AutoCAD 2006 for CAD Managers, Part 2

Cadalyst CAD Manager's NewsletterAutoCAD 2006 for CAD Managers, Part 2

In the last issue of the CAD Manager's Newsletter, I began my coverage of AutoCAD 2006 with an overview of some new features I think CAD managers should know about. I also promised that I would begin examining the CUI (Customized User Interface) command and how you can use it to your advantage.

If you haven't had a chance to look at that issue, you might wish to do so now so you have proper context for this issue.

Customized User Interface — Menu Mechanics
One of the first things many CAD managers do when they customize AutoCAD is create customized pull-down and toolbar menus. In the past, the source for these menus was an MNU file. AutoCAD loaded the MNU file to generate further menu files with types MNS (menu source), MNR (menu resource) and MNC (compiled menu). Read more >>

:: CAD Manager's Q&A

Is the CAD manager becoming an endangered species, or does the position have a bright future that I should continue to pursue?

This is a great question, and one that more and more people are asking me. I'd answer the question "no" and "yes," respectively. Read more >>

Submit your questions to Robert Green at

:: Online Resources for CAD Managers

Leadership Now Blog: Don Blohowiak's blog offers general business management advice and commentary. Recent topics include eliminating people who don't belong, dealing with a control-freak boss and what other companies can learn from General Motors.

Readers: Send us the address of your favorite Web site and a few words about why you like it. E-mail

:: Events for CAD Managers

Engineering Data Management Web Seminar: June 14, 2005, 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by Synergis Software and Cadalyst, led by Robert Green.

Autodesk University 2005: November 28-December 1, 2005, Orlando, Florida. A learning and networking event for users of Autodesk products, hosted by the company.

For Cadalyst's full calendar of events, click here>>

:: What's New at Cadalyst's Management Web Site

Software Roundup: Cadalyst's Essential Guide to 2D Publishing — What you need to know for successful sharing and archiving

CAD Manager Column: Robert Green writes the CAD Manager column every month in Cadalyst magazine. His latest: Use drawing security to protect your data

MCAD Modeling Methods Column: Best Practices for 3D File Transfers