Paul Li worked in the Architectural field for small to midsize global firms for over 33 years. Throughout his tenure in Architecture he has mastered the use and customization of AutoCAD. Using AutoLISP/Visual LISP combined with Dialog Control Language (DCL) programming he has developed a number of Apps that enhance the effectiveness of AutoCAD in his profession. All these Apps actually came out of meeting challenging needs that occurred while he worked in the various offices. A number of these Apps can be downloaded for free from the Autodesk AutoCAD App Store (https://apps.autodesk.com/ACD/en/Home). Paul has also written a number of articles depicting his past work experience. Some of these articles can be found in the worldwide circulated AUGIWorld Magazine (www.augi.com/publications). Though he recently retired from the Architectural profession, he continues to share the knowledge he has garnered in various on-line AutoCAD community forums (https://forums.autodesk.com/t5/autocad/ct-p/8).
Recent Published Works:
Dialog Fun Facts - AUGIWorld January 2024 Issue & Podcast
My new article on "Dialog Fun Facts" will help you start learning how to build your own dialog boxes in AutoCAD.
Free Samples - The Halloween Edition - AUGIWorld October 2023 Issue & Podcast
In this follow up article "Free Samples - The Halloween Edition" I highlight these 4 free open source lisp files' strange development cycles as AutoCAD evolved to improve users productivity.
Insert or Xref? That is the Question - AUGIWorld June 2023 Issue & Podcast
In this article I explore the differences between an AutoCAD Insert Block vs. External Reference and how to decide when to use one over the other.
Free Samples - AUGIWorld February 2023 Issue & Podcast
In this article I point out the many free open source lisp files that have accompanied each version of AutoCAD since 2.6. AutoCAD users should discover how these added functions can improve their productivity.
What's in a Name? - AUGIWorld September 2022 Issue & Podcast
In this latest article I point out the importance of standardizing folder names, file names and even down to block names within an AutoCAD drawing.
Scripts & Plots (The Sequel) - AUGIWorld May 2022 Issue & Podcast
In this 2nd of a two part article series, I share the over 34 years of history I experienced with using Scripts to automate tasks including Plotting in AutoCAD.
Plots & Scripts (The Prequel) - AUGIWorld April 2022 Issue & Podcast
In this part 1 of 2 article series, I share the over 34 years of history I experienced with Plotting in AutoCAD.
From AutoCAD Expert to Revit Experience - AUGIWorld March 2022 Issue & Podcast
Read the experience I went through transitioning from AutoCAD to Revit.
LayerApps: Filling in the Gaps - AUGIWorld February 2022 Issue & Podcast
Are there Layer manipulation tools you wished AutoCAD included? This is an article describing an app I wrote that provides you with additional Layer Tools missing in AutoCAD.
What Happened To The Digitizer - AUGIWorld October 2021 Issue & Podcast
Are you still "Team Puck" or have you transitioned to "Team Mouse"? This is an article I wrote describing what has happened in the recent past with digitizer tablets and AutoCAD.
An Area That Needed Improvement - AUGIWorld June 2021 Issue & Podcast
This is an article about my Area Object Link (AOL) app customized specifically for AutoCAD. AOL simplifies the implementation of AutoCAD's Field command in reference to objects with areas.
A Whole New Office - AUGIWorld October 2020 Issue & Podcast
Article I wrote describing Architects office environment changes from pre to mid to post Covid-19 pandemic. Perhaps your design office has also gone through similar changes.