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AutoCAD 2004 Customization Tutorial: Slide Shows

By Alireza Parsai, June 5, 2003

Script files are used to create slide shows in AutoCAD. Although the AutoCAD slide shows may not be as impressive as those created with PowerPoint they are still in use and quite popular.

If you are not familiar with AutoCAD slides and/or scripts read the relevant tutorials first:

1. Download the following drawing files:

R16 Slide 01.dwg

R16 Slide 02.dwg

R16 Slide 03.dwg

Note: If you are using an earlier release of AutoCAD download the following files:

R15 Slide 01.dwg

R15 Slide 02.dwg

R15 Slide 03.dwg

2. Open the files in AutoCAD.

3. Apply Zoom-extents for every drawing.

4. Use MSLIDE to create slides based on the open drawings. Name the slides S1, S2, and S3 respectively. Save the slides in a folder that belongs to AutoCAD file search path.

Note: If you are not familiar with AutoCAD file search path read the following tutorial:

5. In command line enter Notepad and then press Enter twice. The Notepad window appears.

6. Enter the proper text to create the slide show [Figure 1].


Figure 1

Notes:

► The "delay 2000" causes a 2 second delay between subsequent slides.

► The "rscript" repeats the script from beginning.

7. Save the file as "slide_show.scr".

8. In AutoCAD, start a new drawing.

9. In command line enter SCR and then press Enter. The Select Script File dialog box appears [Figure 2].


Figure 2 - Click on image to enlarge

10. Locate and open "slide_show.scr". The slide show begins.

11. To exit the slide show press Esc.

12. Invoke REGEN to remove the current slide from screen.

Note: You could write the script as shown in figure 3. With this method every slide is preloaded when you are viewing the previous one. Thus the loading process of large slides improves.


Figure 3


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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