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AutoCAD Express Tools: Making Your Wish List Come True — Video of the Month

Leslie Feldman
June 24, 2016

AutoCAD Express Tools: To know them is to use them; to use them is to love them. They extend the power of AutoCAD software, usually saving you time and enhancing your productivity in the bargain. To say they’re customer favorites is an understatement. In fact, Express Tools today enjoy a near-cult following.

The reason? Virtually all these tools were created or suggested by users like you. But there’s a caveat: These tools are provided as a “courtesy.” Even though they are all vetted by Autodesk developers, Autodesk doesn’t support them.

So if you have an AutoCAD Express Tools question or problem, your best bet is to visit the Autodesk Community.

Build Your AutoCAD IQ! Beyond the Basics: Express Tools Reviewed

In this video of the month, you’ll learn how to install AutoCAD Express Tools, and then we’ll run you through our favorite commands and fill you in on Unknown Command errors.

Watch “Build Your AutoCAD IQ! Beyond the Basics: Express Tools Reviewed”

AutoCAD Express Tools: How did they get here?

Express Tools started (as “Bonus Tools”) in AutoCAD Release 14. Many were written by users. A short while later, a couple of those users came to work for Autodesk as full-time programmers. Their mission: Listen to users. Then create more Express Tools. They did.

Over the many AutoCAD releases and various Express Tools incarnations—quite a few have been absorbed into AutoCAD as proper, supported features—Express Tools are still wildly popular … among those who know about them.

Now it’s your turn.

You can also check out this AutoCAD Blog post with tips on Import Attributes and Export Attributes Express Tools.

And you can visit Autodesk Online Help for more AutoCAD Express Tools information.

Looking for more videos? Check out the full Video of the Month series!

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Leslie Feldman

Leslie is fanning the glowing embers of the AutoCAD Blog into a raging (yet carefully managed!) bonfire, bringing light and warmth to AutoCAD customers wherever they're huddled. He has been writing, editing, helping design, and managing the production of high-tech marketing communications—everything from party invitations, web banners, and tweets to annual reports, white papers, and animated videos—for longer than he cares to admit. So don't ask. Leslie is thrilled to be back in the Autodesk saddle after 14 years spent wandering the desolate, non-Autodesk high-tech landscape.

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  1. patrick.emin

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    Thanks for that, Express Toosl are certainly one of the most appreciated functionnality. One of the most common question though from the community is how do I get them… My advice is to integrate them in the core functionnalities, because you would be surprised how many users don’t even know they exist.

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