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AutoCAD Critical Customization

From my AU 2007 class – Preventative CAD Management:

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

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#1 Comment By Benson On October 23, 2007 @ 12:15 AM

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 Comment By CADDManager On October 23, 2007 @ 7:52 AM

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.