Robert Bell’s “Bootstrap AutoCAD Deployments for Customizations” Series
Complete this series and, using just a few simple options and some very simple AutoLISP® code, you’ll be able to reliably roll out your AutoCAD® customizations during a new deployment to get up and running without delay or hassle.
Author Robert Bell is a longtime AUGI® director. He has been active in the MEP industry for over 25 years and an AutoCAD user since, oh, version 2.18.
#1 Intro: The Problem with a Default Deployment
Make deployment easier on yourself, the IT dept., and your users.
#2 Bootstrapping Basics: Your Options
Avoid the perils of the secondary installer.
#3 Bootstrapping Basics: Building Blocks
Get acquainted with the AutoCAD startup sequence, the acad.lsp file, the default search path, trusted locations, and profiles.
#4 Let's Do It! AutoLISP Code on a Platter
Copy the actual AutoLISP code you need to bootstrap your AutoCAD deployment.
#5 Using the bootstrap.lsp File to Add Needed Profiles
With guidance, write the code that will do the “heavy lifting” of installing any missing profiles.
#6 Adding the acad.lsp File to the Deployment to Enable Bootstrapping
Skip the bootstrap process, and give IT what it needs.
#7 Bonus Post! AutoCAD-Based Products Part I
Learn about gathering catalog data, and how to add custom catalogs to the bootstrap.
#8 Bonus Post! AutoCAD-Based Products Part II
With guidance, write the code for adding the custom catalogs to your deployment.