image image thumb Goodness, am I not the worst blogger ever? My apologies to all of my loyal readers; last week was quite a monumental week. As I have mentioned a few times before, The CAD Geek is something I do in my free time. Consequently the time I would have otherwise spent blogging, was spent putting a contract on a house. That’s right, I am about to enter the world of being a first-time homeowner. As I am sure many can appreciate, it’s both exciting, and a little scary! Anyone wishing to make a donation to the "Donnie Gladfelter Home Ownership Foundation" is welcome to. For anyone interested in contributing, I accept all major credit cards through PayPal. Sorry donations are not tax deductible, but they will allow me to blog from the comfort of a couch, not my floor ;-).

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Nonetheless, after going all last week without blogging, I am back with a post to introduce the all-new Action Recorder inside AutoCAD 2009. Looking through my e-mail archive, I can’t tell you how many e-mails I have received from readers such as yourself asking about script files. Personally, I have always liked SCRIPT files because they are relatively easy to learn, and even easier to use. Even still, SCRIPT files intimidated many, and proved elusive to many CAD Users.

AutoCAD 2009 sets out to fix that with a new feature Autodesk calls the Action Recorder. The best way I can think to describe the Action Recorder, is a tool which provides a user interface for creating SCRIPT files. With the Action Recorder, anyone who can type commands and/or click toolbar buttons (oops Ribbon Tools) can create a macro within minutes. After using the tool myself, I was quite impressed at how intuitive the tool was. Even still, the Action Recorder does offer some more advanced options, further accentuating the tools strengths. I’ve recorded a quick video to introduce how to use the Action Recorder within AutoCAD 2009: