AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Custom Plot From Windows Explorer

Jan 27, 2012

Goal: using the native windows explorer, Open the folder containing the the multitude of drawings from different vendors and customers, usually 30 -40 .dwg files.

Highlight all the files, Right click print.behind the scenes without any further clicking or involvement from the user autocad plots the extents of model space of all the drawings to a designated plotter fit to 11x17 sheets. 

Acad 2012
Win 7

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Different DWG Version Icons In Windows Explorer

May 23, 2013

Back in the day, there was an application that showed the drawing version # in the icon in windows explorer.  That was good for then, because of the lack of object data in many of the vertices.  The link I have isn't valid anymore and it didn't work in Win7.   

What I'd like to have is something that will show the different Acad versions related to the icon using the product ID, for example:

ACAD-5xxx = 2007 
ACAD-6xxx = 2008
ACAD-7xxx = 2009
ACAD-8xxx = 2010
ACAD-9xxx = 2011

then in 2012 they changed to Axxx

2013 = Bxxx (???) I dont' have 2013 loaded
2014 = Dxxx (what happened to Cxxx?)

With the lack of backward compatibility between versions for objects (and I totally get that), it would be nice to be able to tell by an icon which version was used to create the drawing.  I know the version information is stored in the header, which can be read, I'm just not a programmer.  

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Plot In A File Some Windows?

Jan 24, 2001

I need to plot in a file some windows from a LISP, like (command "-plot"...

The windows are defined in a list of points like (((0 0 0)(10 10 0))...) defining lower-left and upper-right corners. Each .plt file must be saved with a different name.

Is it possible from AutoLISP in 2000?

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Make Summaryinfo Visible In Explorer?

Aug 27, 2012

i want to put the information of summaryinfo into the property of the file visible in the file explorer of windows XP

(setq activedocument (vla-get-activedocument (vlax-get-acad-object)))

i want to  put this in the properties of the file (vla-get-title   SummaryInfo)

because if i set the summaryInfo in autocad, when i open the explorer this information is not here

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Plot Transparency Option In PLOT Dialog Box

Sep 11, 2012

Where else do they keep this setting? I only have found it in Active Layout in extended dada

(entget (vlax-vla-object->ename(vla-get-activelayout (vla-get-activedocument(vlax-get-acad-object)))) '("*"))
The last pice of extended data is:
 ("PLOTTRANSPARENCY" (1071 . 0))
When i change it to 1
(setq layout(vla-get-activelayout (vla-get-activedocument(vlax-get-acad-object))))
(vla-getXdata layout "PLOTTRANSPARENCY" 'type 'data)
(vlax-safearray-fill data  '("PLOTTRANSPARENCY" 1))
(vla-setXdata layout  type data)

it stays there (extended data), but the setting in Plot dialog box doesn't change!!! And it still prints no transparency.

It takes to save the drawing and reopen it again to see the change.

The command -PLOT does not have this setting as well, so my options back to VBA or Lisp, but HOW?

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: How To Add Cadfile Plot Date And Plot Time As Attribute

Aug 30, 2012

I am aware of the plot stamp available in the Plot Dialog box, however, we are looking at ways to imbed this info in the dwg. I currently have the WD_TB with an attribute for FULLFILENAME, an attribute for PLOT DATE, and an attribute for PLOT TIME12. So I get the information on the dwg. I would like to be able to run all these attributes as a string. I have tried FULLFILENAME|PLOT DATE|PLOT TIME12 with spaces, commas, ( ), " ",  etc. and I do not know the proper syntax to get this to work. I have also tried (getenv "FULLFILENAME") or the getvar, in the title descriptions box.

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Create Plot A0 Or A0+ Onto Several A3?

Mar 20, 2013

Is it possible to create a lips that does the following:

- In the Modelspace

- Get 2 points to create a plot window / give two points. (get point 1, get point 2, list points)

- Divide the window into A3 size windows

- plot scale 1:100 / prompts to ask

- Plot / Print the A3 size windows with the given / preset configuration(s)

- Perhaps even add a number to each page.

In other words, Plot / Print a A2, A1, A0 or bigger onto several A3 pages.

Depending on how big the page is, number of A3 pages, plotscale 1:100

Or asks what plot scale I want to use.The only thing I think I will need is something like:

Get point 1, get point 2, List the points. So I can set the window.

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Plot To A File Share

Oct 3, 2012

R2012 win7

Can you plot to file using a "file share" location? i.e. \\bcnymfilp01\Parts_Labels\88881"

(vl-cmdf ".plot" "Y" "" "\\bcnymprtp01\Proto Label Printer" "Legal" "I" "Landscape" "N" "E" "Fit" "C" "Y" "monochrome.ctb" "Y" "A" "Y" "N" "Y" "\\bcnymfilp01\Parts_Labels\88881" "Y" "Y")

Everything seems to run but when it comes to the plotting, AutoCAD crashes.

Findfile works fine:

Command: (findfile "\\bcnymfilp01\Parts_Labels\50981.plt")

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: How To Change Plot Style

Feb 21, 2001

Is there a way for me to change a layers plot style from one to another with LISP?

We use named plot styles, STB's not CTB's.

I want to be able to create an icon that will change all layers with the plotstyle "normal" to "black". Is this possible with lisp?

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Open / Change And Plot DWG

Jul 9, 2013

Is it possible to open a dwg, change something and then plot a layout with visual lisp. This is my start. Opening is working, but plotting not. I have to switch between drawings before the function is going on. Sometimes it's plotting an empty sheet and otherwise an error: ERROR: Automation Error. Description was not provided.

(defun plotbatch ()(vl-load-com)(setvar "sdi" 0);; open file(setq acadobject (vlax-get-acad-object))(setq documents (vla-get-documents acadobject))(setq open (vla-open documents "U:\testfile.dwg" :vlax-false));; changing something;; plot layout(setq plot (vla-get-plot open))(vla-put-NumberOfCopies plot 1)(setq layouts (vla-get-layouts open))(vlax-for each layouts (if (= (setq name (vla-get-name each)) "TestLayout") (progn (setq salayout (vlax-make-safearray vlax-vbString (cons 0 0))) (vlax-safearray-put-element salayout 0 name) (vla-setlayoutstoplot plot salayout) (setq errmsg (vl-catch-all-apply 'vla-PlotToDevice (list plot "\\RW-PRN01\RICOH"))) (if (vl-catch-all-error-p errmsg) (prompt (strcat "ERROR: " (vl-catch-all-error-message errmsg))) ) ) ));; close file(vla-close open :vlax-false)(princ))

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: File To Plot All Layers ON?

Mar 6, 2013

Lisp file to plot all layers on,

I’m not sure if there is a lisp file that cans Plot All Layers ON at a time instead of going to the long story of the layer properties manager.

Software: AutoCAD 2014, AutoCAD C3D, AutoCAD M3D, Revit
Windows 7 (Ultimate 64 bits),
Firefox 20.0,
Kaspersky 2013.

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Custom CUI For Blocks

Jan 11, 2014

I was on an older cad and am now moving to 2014.. my previous cad was heavily customized the old school way, I have decided to learn the CUI (and dynamic blocks)

My old cad has blocks on a drop down menu.. click BATH menu than WC icon, a macro sets the correct layer than inserts the WC.. took time to setup but pretty simple and straight forward (see attached for menu syntax). I also made a toolbar BATH and on that toolbar I made a WC icon.. that’s what I use the most

couple of questions

1) do I have to make a new command in CUI for each block to do the same thing?
2) I looked into the design center, but seems like its too many steps but it seems a toolbar with an icon on it, clicking the icon and a macro sets layer and insert block is still pretty quick..??
3) if a toolbar with an icon is still a fast and less step method, can I open the block and somehow make an icon of it? if so where do I put it?

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Display Plot Styles In 2012

Mar 18, 2013

Attached LISP will toggle the 'Display Plot Styles' for all layout tabs or the current layout tab.  In 2010 it would not affect model space. 

With 2012, AutoCAD added 'Display Plot Styles' as an option on the model space tab.  This routine now affects that tab. 

How to make it not change this setting for the model space tab?

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Changing Default Plot Stamp

Mar 20, 2013

Right now I have a few lines in the ACADDOC.lsp file to set up the plot stamp for all users. I would like to just turn on the plot stamp and auto load a custom .pss file that I have set up.

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Plot A File With Block / Attribute Name

Jan 23, 2012

I would like to :

-select an attribute block in my layout viewports

- select a directory where the PDF will be saved

- select the printer

and zoo.

All my layouts will be printed. The files will be created. The filename will be the attribute name (different in each layout viexports).

[ACAD2011 CIVIL3d]

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Change Plot Style Table?

Oct 3, 2012

Is it possible to create a lisp that would change the plot style table?  I don't know of any variable to type to change that.  We convert drawings from Solid works to AutoCad and use the basic monochrome plot style.  I'd like to easily change that since the act of doing that is repeated many times.

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: How To Create Custom Controls

Apr 17, 2012

I want my application to include a useful Ribbon interface that displays custom properties, read from my custom objects.

I have found the existing Ribbon Control Elements, but I want to use custom controls, not the pre-canned controls.

Is there a generic programmable input box for the AutoCAD Ribbon?

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Custom Keyboard Shortcut

Jun 13, 2013

I want to make a keyboard shortcut that will turn on/off my osnap, polar, and otrack.I would be fine with setting F3 to do this, or any other key really.I like to be able to turn these off on the fly, but it is getting old having to press all three.

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Custom Fields / Scales

Apr 25, 2012

I've successfully written a lisp routine to insert a scale bar dynamic block with attributes, gather the object id of a user selected viewport, and write fields to attributes for each of the numbers across the top of the typical scale bar as well as the scale name, for both architectural and civil units. I'm trying to come up with a similar dynamic blocklisp routine combination to do the same with view titles, and the associated scale callout. The catch in this case is that I'd like to display the scale as "NTS" if it isn't a proper scale. The "standardscale" object property option in the field dialog box gives me almost exactly what I want, except that non-standard scales are displayed as "CUSTOM" as opposed to "NTS". Moreover, I’d like this to update on the fly, if the viewport scale changes, the scale callout needs to change also, back and forth from “NTS” to a standard scale if need be.

is there a way to change that (CUSTOM NTS)? My research online seems to indicate that the nuts and bolts of fields are deeply rooted in ObjectARX, which is something I know very little about?

The natural followup to that question is, if I can't change "CUSTOM" to read "NTS", is there a way to wrangle this whole thing with reactors? I'm envisioning object reactors, created as a part of the insertion routine, for each individual instance of the block (there could very well be several in a layout, and multiple layouts in detail drawings), that would call another routine to evaluate the viewport scale, and if it didn’t match a list of standard scales, write NTS to the attribute. My issue is that reactors seem to only associate with one object, in this case that’d be the viewport, the reaction would cause the reactor to call the routine, but how does the routine know which block to update? Is there something from the viewport properties that I can add to the block name (or some other property) which will allow the routine to figure out which block to edit?

I’ve attached my scale bar code, and block, as reference context for how I plan to set the view title up.

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Is There Anyway DwgProps / Custom Tab Can Be Dumped

Nov 13, 2012

I use DwgProps > Custom tag to log revisions to our company templates.Then when trouble shooting CAD issues I can look at what template rev level the drawing was started from.

Is there anyway that DwgProps can be removed from the drawing?

I am not looking for a solution to do this... I just wondered if there could be someway a particular drawing file might have somehow lost the DwgProps > Custom entries.

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Alias With Custom Command

Mar 6, 2013

I'm trying to get familiar with AutoCAD. Google and didn't manage to solve a problem :

In AutoCAD LT 2013, I created a custom command called Special fillet :

Name : Special filletDescription : Round a polylineCommand display name : SFILLETMacro : ^C^C_fillet;p;r;0.1

I created two aliases at the end of acadlt.pgp :

SF,         *SFILLET
C,          *COPY

When i type C, it works fine (just a test) but although it appears correctly in the Command prompt, SF doesn't work and it keeps telling me : UNKNOWN COMMAND "SF"

Last thing, if I create an icon in a toolbar with the special fillet command : it works fine...

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Custom Balloon Notification

Sep 29, 2011

Is there any way i can create my own custom balloon notification to alert the detail of any new or updated menu items?

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Custom Ribbon Tab Is Not Visible?

Nov 7, 2011

I have tried everything even un-installing and re-installing. I have customized programs that have been working properly for months by many individuals. These include custom menus, toolbars and ribbon tabs. One day last week one of the ribbon tabs disappeared. The crazy thing is if I load the .cuix file as an Enterprise cui, everything is visible and works just fine. BUT, when I load it as a partial cuix file the ribbon tab does not show up. The custom menus come in, my custom toolbars work and show up just fine but the dag blasted ribbon tab won't show up.

Yes, it's marked as visible. I've done and redone the cui editor, customized my workspace again and again checking every piece of information. I need to have it loaded as a partial cui file as I am the author of these tools that hundreds of people in my company depend on.

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Set Model Space To Display As Plot Style?

Jun 28, 2012

Is there a way to get model space to "display plot styles" through a lisp routine or a script?

i'm currently setting up a whole bunch of custom tool palettes for the company I work for and instead of the icons displaying in their actual colour (at the moment they're green, which doesn't show up very well on the light grey background), I'd rather they show in the plotstyle assigned to the individual dwg's.

call up the page setup manager (while in model space) and click modify, you can then check the radio button to "display plot styles" in the top-right corner. But when you have around 100 - 200 blocks to change, that process can be rather time consuming and cumbersome!

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Ribbon Button - Custom Schedules

Feb 18, 2013

How to add buttons and create my own ribbon in AutoCAD, but now I would like to be able to have buttons for two different schedules that I have created. While I can have a button start the schedule command it won't automatically pick the schedule that I want it to create.

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Custom Buttons With Script-like Functionality

May 18, 2012

I would like to build a custom button that mimics the FDO - Save as AutoCAD drawing functionality. Clicking this button brings up a wizard with too many clicks for how often the users will do it.

They will not want to load a script so a custom button is required. Also, I need to be able to dynamically set the new saved file name based on the source DWG file name.

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Using Special Characters In Custom Command

May 4, 2012

I'm trying to write a simple Custom Command that sets any layer that matches "$-*" to a specific color. But as soon as AutoCAD sees the $, it thinks I'm trying to do a DIESEL expression. Supposedly, the quote marks specify that the enclosed characters should be treated as plain text, but that doesn't happen.Here's what I've got:


And this is what I get:

Command: -LAYERCurrent layer: "$-HATCH-00-002-PW-BOAT"Enter an option [?/Make/Set/New/Rename/ON/OFF/Color/Ltype/LWeight/MATerial/Plot/Freeze/Thaw/LOck/Unlock/stAte/Description/rEconcile]: CNew color [Truecolor/COlorbook] : 252Enter name list of layer(s) for color 252 <$-HATCH-00-002-PW-BOAT>: "No matching layer names found.Enter an option [?/Make/Set/New/Rename/ON/OFF/Color/Ltype/LWeight/MATerial/Plot/Freeze/Thaw/LOck/Unlock/stAte/Description/rEconcile]:
It stops, hanging at the incompleted -LAYER command prompt. 

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Setting A Custom Scale On Viewports

Aug 29, 2012

I have a problem that I cannot seem to solve.  I have a drawings with a whole bunch of layout tabs that have a few viewports in each tab. One of these viewports on each layout tab is on the layer VIEWPORT. I did this so it would be easy to filter out the other viewports in the drawings. I am using the code below to change all of the viewports with the layer VIEWPORT to the Custom Scale 0.020833. This works for all of the layout tabs except the first tab. It will not for some odd reason work on the fist tab. 

(setq vieportfilter (list (cons 0 "VIEWPORT")))
(setq ssetvp (ssget "x" vieportfilter))
(setq cntrp 0)
(while (< cntrp (sslength ssetvp))

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Update Custom Drawing Properties

Oct 1, 2012

how to access custom drawing properties using LISP.  It was in a discussion initiated on 01-06-2011, subject:  Custom drawing properties.

One solution was to use the following method:

(setq  si (vla-Get-SummaryInfo (vla-Get-ActiveDocument (vlax-Get-Acad-Object))))
(vla-GetCustomByKey si  "DWGPROP1" 'pval)
(princ pval)

Now taking it a step further, using LISP, how can I "update" my custom drawing properties?

Inventor RS 2011
AutoCAD Mechanical 2011
ASD 2013
Vault Collaboration 2011
Windows 7 Pro

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: How To Tie A Key From Custom Dictionary To Display In Field

Sep 16, 2013

How I can tie a key from a custom dictionary to display in a field?

I know that I can dump the custom dictionary into global and the fields can track those values, but instead of strangling my available memory I'd rather track the dictionary key directly. How can I utilize the Entity name or the actual dictionary name & key?

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Create A Custom Block With Attribute

Mar 16, 2012

i'm relatively new to lisp routines. I've been trying to create a routine that will create a custom block with attribute with an option to select which drawing border size is being used. This is what i've got so far;

(defun c:NEW_REV_NOTE ()
Drawing Size:")
[A1/A3] <A1>: "))
(IF (= Paper_Size "A1")

I'm going wrong at the moment I get an error message when I try to load the file "; error: syntax error".

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