AutoCAD 2013 – Help improved in one area

There’s one important area in which AutoCAD 2013’s Help shines when compared with its immediate predecessors. If you’re a Visual LISP user, you’ll be pleased to know that if you select a function name in the editor (e.g. (vla-get-ActiveDocument)) and hit Ctrl+F1, this now takes you to the appropriate page in the ActiveX and VBA Reference, as it should. In AutoCAD 2011 you just got a cryptic message or a 404 error, depending on the context. In AutoCAD 2012, you were just taken to the front page of Help and expected to find it yourself. Props to Autodesk for fixing this problem.

As a bonus, the reference you’re taken to is still a CHM so it works nicely. The Search tab doesn’t work in Windows 7, but that applies to all CHM Help and it’s Microsoft’s fault, not Autodesk’s. The structured contents and index are fully functional, which makes the whole thing usable even without the search facility.

2 comments to AutoCAD 2013 – Help improved in one area

  • JGGerth

    this does not seem to work in verticals, at least in Map3d, No chm, and using the Help button in VLIDE does nothing at all. Hitting F1 just brings up the start page for the web-version of MAp3d Help.

    Anyone trying that in MEP, C3D, or Arch?

    At least there the on-line doc is no worse in structure that 2012 – for the Map3d product only. For Vanilla Acad the ‘Help’ is a link in the Toc tree-view(that btw- isn’t linked to anything) titled :
    AutoCAD Jaws
    Use Search to find AutoCAD topics.

    I guess the advantage is that you get to use a real browser, instead of the subfunctional one you’ve described.

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