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Customizing the main window using a .cui file
Many users customize areas of the CAD.direct 2021 main window, namely menus and tool-bars, using the Customize command. Another method is to edit a single .cui file using any ASCII or Unicode text editor to contain the settings you want for the following areas of the CAD.direct 2021 main window:
Customizing a .cui file using an editor
A .cui file is an XML file format, which can be edited using any ASCII or Unicode text editor. However, it is best to edit .cui files using an XML editor such as Visual Studio or Notepad++. If you are developing with CAD.direct 2021, you already have Visual Studio.
Use caution when manually editing a .cui file and use the following tips about the for-mat of the file:
Content of .cui files is case-sensitive. For example, the following is correct; no errors will be shown but ID attribute will be ignored:
The following is also correct; ID will be equal to 123:
Content of .cui files contains special symbols, similar to an .xml file: & (ampersand), ‘ (quote), and more. Replace these special symbols with corresponding escape sequence or use XML CDATA structure instead. For example, the following is not correct:
Properties of several entity types can be described in both node-style and attribute-style. For example, the following two toolbar buttons are the same:
<ToolbarButton UID=”unique-id” IsSeparator=”true
To customize a .cui file using an editor
Do one of the following to choose Customize:
Click the Menus tab, then click Export.
Specify the directory and file name you want to use to save the menu file.
In Save as Type, select CUI Customizations file (.cui).
Click Save, then Close.
In any ASCII or Unicode text editor, open the .cui file and make changes according to the following format.
There are many editors, but if you are developing with CAD.direct 2021, you already have Visual Studio, which is a good XML editor for .cui files.
Understanding versioning of a .cui file
Each .cui file has a node that controls versioning:
<FileVersion MajorVersion=”1” MinorVersion=”2” UserVersion=”0” IncrementalVersion=”91”/>
The .cui file also contains versioned entities: Workspace, MenuMacro->Macro, Pop-Menu, Toolbar, AppButton, QuickAccessToolbar, RibbonPanelSource, and RibbonTabSource. Each versioned entity also has a node:
After a versioned entity is modified or created, FileVersion->MinorVersion must be incremented, and then the result must be assigned to ModifiedRev->MinorVersion of the modified entity.
Understanding the format of a .cui file
A .cui file can contain settings for the following areas of the CAD.direct 2021 main window:
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