5 AUTO LISP routines that every AutoCAD drafter must know about.
What is AutoLISP? AutoLISP is a dialect of the LISP programming language built specifically for use with the full version of AutoCAD. It is used to create programs to use in Autocad that are not built in with the software. Almost all manual commands you use can be automated to increase productivity, Lisp routines can do all sorts of weird and wonderful things. Below are my top 5 favorite LISPs programs that if introduced will save you lots of time.
5) Block count
Lee Mac’s Block count this program enables the user to record the quantities of a selection or all standard or dynamic blocks in the working drawing. The results of the block count may be displayed at the AutoCAD command-line, written to a Text or CSV file, or displayed in an AutoCAD Table, where available.
Again from Lee Mac, this tool is great for updating title blocks, especially on larger projects this tool is priceless. Basically this program allows the user to modify the values of multiple attributes residing within multiple attributed blocks across multiple drawings.
3) Trim around
Trim around Text by Yuqun Lian This routine writes a text string to the drawing and then breaks any lines, polylines, etc. that intersect an imaginary box around the text. The text is placed on the current layer using the current style. The default input and repeat capabilities of TB.LSP make multiple labeling very convenient.
Back to Lee Mac again for the double offset, if you find you start all your drawings in the center line then this one is for you. This program operates in much the same way as the standard offset command, however will perform an offset to both sides of the selected object.
Finally my favorite Lisp is the Incremental Numbering Suite by the one and only lee Mac. The Incremental Numbering Suite enables the user to dynamically place incrementing alphabetical or numerical text in a drawing, with a range of positioning utilities and an optional prefix and/or suffix.
I hope you will find these new Lisp programs useful and productive in your everyday Autocad drafting life, please feel free to share your own in the comments.
Below are some more useful links for more LISP programs.
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