CADDManager on October 21st, 2007

From my AU 2007 class – Preventative CAD Management:

I call it Critical Customization. Customization that works may include the following principles:

  • Only customize the stuff you have to
  • Only customize when it returns major benefits
  • Use the tools that are provided via the AutoCAD GUI
  • When customizing, use the programming tools that are provided via the AutoCAD GUI
  • Look for the easiest method for customization and use that
  • Only escalate to another (harder) customization method when you have too
  • Do not replace any Out of the Box commands
  • Jettison your old stuff as soon as it is replaced by AutoCAD

2 Responses to “AutoCAD Critical Customization”

  1. Couldn’t disagree more. Customization takes trial and error – you try out a new routine and if it doesn’t work then disregard it. Without this approach you would never reach the following state-
    -) BOM tables (that also automatically reflect changes to your model)
    -) Tags (i.e. leaders with text that describe a part) that also change to suit new part descriptions
    -) Quick working methods (i.e. have tooltips appear showing the description, item number etc when you hover over a part without the need to look it up).

    Basically the AutoDesk standard tools will never create the perfect workflow for your company because every company has unique problems / workflows. Through customization you can get AutoCAD to work far better than some remote programmer who hasn’t worked within your company.

  2. I agree with you – and I reworded my post to hopefully reflect that.

    I am not saying that you should not customize. I am saying that WHEN you customize, you should not go overboard. Of the standard tools may never cut it for your firm, I am all for creating custom tools.

    I am concerned with custom tools that cannot be supported if the person who created them leaves.

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