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Creating aliases

 

CAD.direct 2019 provides aliases for many commands. You can use aliases to issue frequently used commands by entering one or two letters rather than the entire command name.

 

The program also uses aliases to maintain command-name compatibility with AutoCAD. You can use the same aliases and keyboard shortcuts used by AutoCAD. In addition, CAD.direct 2019 has enhanced several AutoCAD commands. For example, CAD.direct 2019 added two useful options to the rectangle command: you can draw a rectangle as a square, and you can rotate a rectangle at an angle.

 

You can customize aliases, and you can add new aliases. You customize aliases using the Customize dialog box.

 

Creating, redefining, and deleting aliases

 

To create a new command alias, you first define the alias and then assign it one of the available CAD.direct 2019 commands.

 

To display the Customize dialog box

 

Do one of the following to choose Customize:

 

  • On the ribbon, choose Tools > Customize (in Manage).
  • On the menu, choose Tools > Customize.
  • Type customize and then press Enter.

 

Click the Aliases tab.

To create a new alias

 

Do one of the following to choose Customize:

 

  • On the ribbon, choose Tools > Customize (in Manage).
  • On the menu, choose Tools > Customize.
  • Type customize and then press Enter.

 

Click the Aliases tab.

 

Click New.

 

In the Alias field, type the new alias.

 

In the Available Commands list, select the command you want to assign to the alias.

 

Click Assign.

 

Click Close.

 

To redefine an existing alias

 

Do one of the following to choose Customize:

 

  • On the ribbon, choose Tools > Customize (in Manage).
  • On the menu, choose Tools > Customize.
  • Type customize and then press Enter.

 

Click the Aliases tab.

 

In the Aliases list, select the alias you want to change.

 

In the Available Commands list, select the command you want to assign to the alias.

 

Click Assign.

 

Click Close.

 

To delete an existing alias

 

Do one of the following to choose Customize:

 

  • On the ribbon, choose Tools > Customize (in Manage).
  • On the menu, choose Tools > Customize.
  • Type customize and then press Enter.

 

Click the Aliases tab.

 

In the Aliases list, select the alias you want to delete.

 

Click Delete.

 

Click Close.

 

Saving alias files

 

CAD.direct 2019 automatically saves any changes you make to the current aliases. You can also create and save your own alias files. The program saves alias files with the *.ica file extension. You can also save alias files for use with AutoCAD by saving the files with the *.pgp file extension.

 

To save the current aliases to a file

 

Do one of the following to choose Customize:

 

  • On the ribbon, choose Tools > Customize (in Manage).
  • On the menu, choose Tools > Customize.
  • Type customize and then press Enter.

 

Click the Aliases tab.

 

Click Export.

 

From the Save As Type list, choose either *.ica or *.pgp.

 

Specify the directory and file name you want to use to save the alias file.

 

Click Save.

 

Click Close.

 

Loading alias files

 

You can replace the current alias file with other custom alias files. The program loads both AutoCAD (*.pgp) and CAD.direct 2019 (*.ica) alias files.

 

To load an alias file

 

Do one of the following to choose Customize:

 

  • On the ribbon, choose Tools > Customize (in Manage).
  • On the menu, choose Tools > Customize.
  • Type customize and then press Enter.

 

Click the Aliases tab.

 

Click Import.

 

From the Files Of Type list, choose either *.ica or *.pgp.

 

Select the alias file to load.

 

Click Open.

 

Click Close.

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