LISP in DraftSight Professional

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From the start of my DraftSight journey, I’ve always been on the lookout for useful shortcuts and ways to speed up my drawing process. That said, today’s blog will be covering a feature that exceeds my time-saving expectations.

More specifically, I’ll be discussing how to insert LISP routines into your DraftSight Professional application.

When using LISP, you can automate certain drawing tasks. This expedites your time spent drafting, because LISP routines systematically execute tedious components of your designs, in a matter of clicks.

For some background on LISP – it’s a simple programming language, and its routines are freely available on the internet for you to download and use in DraftSight Professional.

Pro tip: If you’re a person like me, with no experience in programming, there are multiple free tutorials online just for you – detailing step-by-step on how to start programming in LISP for CAD.

Likewise, LISP can sometimes use commands that are slightly different from the ones used in DraftSight Professional. In these cases, just download and edit the routines to align with the correct command names.

Finally, you can load a LISP routine in DraftSight Professional, by first locating and selecting the Manage tab in the ribbon. Then, in the Applications section, press the Load Application icon to open a files window. Here, you can specify which LISP file you want to activate, press Open, and voila!

Keep in mind that when using LISP the Command Line may ask you for some user input. Similarly, your Command Line may list a reason if your LISP file isn’t loading – in these cases, you can press F2 to make the Command Line area larger.

Lastly, I found these LISP tricks and tutorials super helpful when learning how to use LISP in DraftSight Professional!

So, I hope this post encourages you to start using LISP routines in DraftSight Professional!

Check out the video below to see how they’re loaded!


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Rachael Crunkleton
I’m a first time CAD user with an interest in architectural design. I discovered CAD through my background in presenting applications and studying new types of software. With the help of DraftSight, I’m developing my drawing abilities and sharing my progress along the way.
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