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AutoCAD 2004 Customization Tutorial: Status Bar Manager

June 30, 2003

AutoLISP programs can help us to add proper static and/or dynamic text to the status bar. Here you will learn how to use an application called STABMAN in customizing AutoCAD status bar.

Note: If you are not familiar with customizing status bar, please read the following tutorials first:

AutoCAD 2004 Customization Tutorial: Adding Text to Status Bar
AutoCAD 2004 Customization Tutorial: Dynamic Text on Status Bar

1. Download "stabman.vlx". The file contains a VLISP application.

2. Start AutoCAD.

3. Invoke APPLOAD command (Tools > Load Application). The Load/Unload Applications dialog box appears [Figure 1].

Figure 1 - Click on image to enlarge

4. Locate stabman.vlx and then click Load [Figure 2].

Figure 2

5. In Startup Suite section click the Contents button [Figure 3]. The Startup Suite dialog box appears [Figure 4].

Figure 3

Figure 4

6. Click Add. The Add File to Startup Suite dialog box appears [Figure 5].

Figure 5

7. Add stabman.vlx to the startup suite. The application will be automatically loaded when you start AutoCAD.

8. Close both dialog boxes.

9. In command line type STABMAN and press Enter. The Status Bar Manager dialog box appears [Figure 6].

Figure 6

10. In Current Settings section select the Text Height and Thickness options.

11. Click OK. The selected information appears on the status bar [Figure 7].

Figure 7

12. Restart the command. In Starting Text and Ending Text edit boxes enter Hello and Bye respectively.

13. Click OK to view the resulting text [Figure 8].

Figure 8

14. Invoke STABMAN. Clear all options.

15. In Starting text edit box type $(edtime, $(getvar, date), HH:MM).

16. Click OK. The current time will appear on the status bar.

17. Exit AutoCAD and restart it. The text is still available.

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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