- To start the wizard, choose File Make Application New Application Wizard from the VLISP menu.
Expert mode and choose Next.
The wizard prompts you to specify the directory in which to store files created by Make Application, and to name your application. Make Application produces two output files: a .vlx file containing your program executable, and a .prv file containing the options you specify to Make Application. The .prv file is also known as a make file. You can use the make file to rebuild your application, when necessary.
- Specify your Tutorial\VisualLISP\MyPath directory as the application location, and call the application gardenpath. VLISP uses the application name in the output file names (in this instance, gardenpath.vlx and gardenpath.prv.)
- The application options are not covered in this tutorial. Accept the defaults and choose Next. (For information on separate namespace applications, see “Running an Application in Its Own Namespace” in the AutoLISP Developer's Guide.)
this step, the wizard is prompting you to identify all the AutoLISP source
code files that make up the application. You could individually select
the LISP source files, but there is an easier way. Change the pull-down
file type selection box so that “Visual LISP Project file” is
shown, then choose the Add button. Select the Gpath project
file and choose Open.NoteDepending on how you worked through the tutorial, you may have several Gpath project files showing up. Select the most recent file. If you copied in the completed source code from Lesson 7, the project name to select should be Gpath7.prj.
One advantage of compiled VLX applications is that you can compile your dialog control files (.dcl) into the complete application. This reduces the number of individual source files your end users need to deal with, and eliminates any of the search path problems when loading a DCL file.
- Change the pull-down file type selection box so that “DCL files” is shown, then choose the Add button. Select the gpdialog.dcl file, then choose Open.
- Compilation options are not covered in this tutorial. Accept the defaults and choose Next. (For information on compile options, see “Optimizing Application Code” in the AutoLISP Developer's Guide.)
- The final step is used to review the selections you've made. At this point, you can select Finish. VLISP will begin the build process, displaying the results in the Build Output window. Several intermediate files will be produced, as your individual source code files are compiled into a format that can be linked into the single VLX application.
- From the Tools menu in AutoCAD, select Load Application.
- Load the gardenpath.vlx application that was just created and is found in the Tutorial\VisualLISP\MyPath directory.
- Run the gpath command.