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Robert Bell’s “Bootstrap AutoCAD Deployments for Customizations” Series

R. Robert Bell
January 8, 2016

Let me show you how to reliably roll out your customizations during an AutoCAD® deployment using a few simple options and some very simple AutoLISP® code. Much of the power of AutoCAD comes from the ways you can customize it. That customizability is great but it can cost you. Here’s how to skip the payments.

The problem with AutoCAD customization in a default deployment

It can be hard to reliably roll out AutoCAD customizations when you’re deploying a new version, which causes some organizations to delay deployments or skip releases. It doesn’t have to be that way! In fact, preserving your customizations requires little more effort than doing a default deployment.

I have seen companies deploy applications using only the default options. This is simple for the IT department. However, it doesn’t improve the user experience—and isn’t that the important part of the equation?

Bootstrap AutoCAD deployment: A better way is at hand

With a little bit of extra, upfront effort, you can give your users a seamless experience—and reduce to nearly zero the number of tech support calls due to missing customizations. The effort will easily pay for itself. All it takes is:

  • A central location to store your customizations
  • A sprinkle of AutoLISP code
  • A few modified deployment options

Note: I will be discussing network-based AutoCAD deployments, which even smaller companies can leverage. This beats walking around with media to manually install AutoCAD. Stay tuned for future posts on this topic!

Next upBootstrap AutoCAD Deployments for Customizations Part 2

AutoCAD Create Deployment screen

Begin bootstrapping deployment for your AutoCAD 2016 customizations.



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R. Robert Bell

A longtime AUGI director—and the organization’s current President—Robert has been active in the MEP industry for over 25 years and an AutoCAD user since version 2.18. He provides strategic direction, technical oversight, and high-level support for Stantec. Follow him on Twitter @r_robert_bell.