AutoCAD 2004 Customization Tutorial: Slide
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:
Note: If you are using an earlier release of
AutoCAD download the following files:
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].
► The "delay 2000" causes a 2 second delay between subsequent
► 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].
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
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
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