CAD Manager's Newsletter #131

22 Jun, 2005 By: Robert Green

Cadalyst CAD Manager's Newsletter

AutoCAD 2006 for CAD Managers, Part 3

Making the most of the new customized user interface

In the past two issues of the CAD Manager's Newsletter (click here for archives), I've concentrated on new features within AutoCAD 2006 that I feel are of particular interest to CAD managers. In this edition, I'll conclude my coverage of the CUI (customized user interface) command and the types of customization functions you can perform with it.

If you haven't had a chance to look at the last two issues of the newsletter, you might wish to do so in order to have proper context for this issue.

Customized User Interface — Menu Specifics
Let's step through a rough exercise on setting up a customized CUI file of your own. To facilitate this process, I recommend copying the default AutoCAD CUI file and dependent files to a temporary directory so you can experiment without fear of corrupting anything. To make a backup, follow these steps. …

:: CAD Manager's Q&A

At what point do you see the IT manager answering to the CAD manager, rather than the other way around? It seems to me that the purpose of general IT is to support the CAD systems, rather than having the CAD systems as an add-on to the IT mess.

Robert Green answers: I don't see the CAD manager being in charge of IT any day soon for the simple reason that CAD users will always be a relatively small subset of all computer users in any given company. … Read more >>

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:: Events for CAD Managers

Wide Area CAD — Real Time WAN Collaboration: June 28, 2005, 1 p.m. ET. Free Web seminar is sponsored by Riverbed Technology and features Robert Green as speaker.

2006 Summer Session Webcast Series: Various dates through August 11, 2005. Online educational Web seminars sponsored by Avatech Solutions look at AutoCAD 2006 and a variety of other Autodesk solutions for building, manufacturing and infrastructure applications.

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