How to beat CUI blues when moving to AutoCAD for Mac

AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT users moving from PC to Mac can run into some issues transferring their customised user interface. Here are tips for making the switch.

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While we live in a world of increasingly connected technologies, there is still one major gap that has yet to be fully bridged - incompatibility between Mac and PC operating systems. For AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT users, this is an issue in one key area - the customisable user interface (CUI).

Many people have been using some form of CAD for years, and they have tailored the user interface to their preferences for greater efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, for those users moving from PC to Mac, there is no simple way to migrate that personalised interface. Let's examine why and take a look at strategies for customising your AutoCAD experience without the hassle.

Why can't you migrate a CUI to Mac?

First off, we need to break down some terms - or more specifically, explain the different uses of the same term: CUI. This can get confusing, as CUI is used in a few different forms within the software, including:

  • The CUI: the personalised interface.
  • The CUI Editor: a personalisation tool in AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for PC.
  • CUI (command): a personalisation tool in AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac.
  • .CUIx files - the file format used for saved user interfaces on a PC.
  • .CUI files: the file format for saved user interfaces on a Mac (and older PC versions).

As the PC and Mac versions of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT use different file formats for the interface (.CUI and .CUIx), they cannot be migrated across the different operating systems. Users have to redo their user interface manually.

Tips for new Mac users

If you're moving to AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac for the first time after a number of years on the PC version, redoing your user interface can seem like a daunting task. However, there are a few strategies for easing the transition.

Be sure to check for compatibility issues before you start customising your interface on a Mac. Some tools and features are simply not available on this version of the software, such as Visual Lisp and DCL.

It seems like a simple step, but writing up a plan and checklist for revising your user interface can make the whole process much easier. This will help you keep track of your interface tweaks and prevent any redundant work.

In moving from a PC to Mac with AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT, you don't have to go it alone. Getting help through online forums and training can help tremendously. To learn more, contact Redstack today on 1300 667 263.

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