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Part VIII: Advanced Topics > AutoCAD 2000 Migration Assistance

Chapter 34. AutoCAD 2000 Migration Assistance

Each new release of AutoCAD presents veteran users with the sometimes-arduous task of learning the new release’s tools and key concepts. Although learning the new tools and key concepts can be challenging, it is certainly rewarding. By learning AutoCAD’s new tools and key concepts, you can increase your productivity, often dramatically.

However, there’s more to upgrading to the next release of AutoCAD than just learning new tools and key concepts. Compounding the task of learning the new release’s features is the challenge of upgrading existing files. Converting existing drawings to the current version, checking old AutoLISP routines to ensure that they work properly, and installing custom menus and toolbars from previous releases into AutoCAD 2000 all present challenges to veteran users. Before the new release of AutoCAD can be used productively, you must ensure that your existing drawings and your current tools will continue to function properly, thereby ensuring proven project workflow methods and processes are minimally affected.

To ease the task of updating existing files to the newest release, AutoCAD 2000 provides a new application called AutoCAD 2000 Migration Assistance. Through this application, you can access tools that automate the process of upgrading existing files, including drawings, AutoLISP routines, and custom menus and toolbars, to AutoCAD 2000. Additionally, the application includes tools that make the network installation of AutoCAD 2000 easier and utilities that automate certain repetitive tasks.

This chapter discusses the following subjects:

  • Converting multiple drawings to AutoCAD 2000 simultaneously

  • Checking existing AutoLISP routines for compatibility with AutoCAD 2000

  • Porting existing custom menus and PGP files to AutoCAD 2000

  • Converting color-dependent, plot style drawings to a named plot style format

  • Using tools to ease the task of deploying AutoCAD 2000 over a network

  • Executing a series of commands on multiple drawings automatically



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