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AutoCAD 2004 Customization Tutorial: Loading Applications

By Alireza Parsai, May 13, 2003

There are different methods for loading applications. Using the APPLOAD command is one of them. APPLOAD is capable to load VLISP, AutoLISP, VBA, and ObjectARX applications.

1. Download c2a.LSP to My Documents folder.

2. Start AutoCAD.

3. Invoke APPLOAD by selecting Load Application from Tools menu. The Load/Unload Applications dialog box appears [Figure 1].

Figure 1 - Click on image to enlarge

4. Locate c2a.LSP in My Documents folder. This application defines a command to divide a circle into two arcs.

5. Click Load.

6. Click Close.

7. Draw a circle.

8. Invoke c2a command.

9. Select the circle.

10. Click on both horizontal quadrants of the circle respectively. The circle is now divided into two half circles.

11. Exit AutoCAD.

12. Restart AutoCAD.

13. Invoke c2a. The command is not recognized. The loaded applications are only available for the current drawing session.

14. To load command permanently, invoke APPLOAD again.

15. In Startup Suite section click Contents. The Startup Suit dialog box appears [Figure 2].

Figure 2

16. Click Add. The Add File to Startup Suite dialog box appears [Figure 3].

Figure 3

17. Locate and select c2a.LSP.

18. Click Add.

19. Close dialog boxes. c2a is now permanently available to all drawing files.

For more information about APPLOAD command, see the following tutorial: Loading Applications into AutoCAD 2002.

About the Author

Alireza Parsai is the founder of cadpanel.com. He is a mechanical engineer with more than 12 years experience with AutoCAD. Alireza is an Autodesk Authorized Author, the AutoCAD consultant for Al Khawarizmi Institute, a contributing editor for Augiworld magazine, a writer for CAD Digest, an instructor for AUGI Training Program, and an elected speaker for Autodesk University 2002. He has written 7 books in Farsi, 3 booklets in English, and more than 30 articles for different magazines and newsletters. You can reach him at alireza.parsai@cadpanel.com or visit his website www.cadpanel.com

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