Working in Visual LISP

AutoCAD Visual LISP

Working in Visual LISP

This tutorial is intended for experienced AutoCADusers and assumes you have some familiarity with LISP or AutoLISP. It also assumes you understand basic Windows® file management tasks such as creating directories, copying files, and navigating through the file system on your hard disk or network.

In this tutorial

  • The Visual LISP® (VLISP) environment is introduced. This environment provides you with editing, debugging, and other tools specific to the creation of AutoLISP applications.
  • ActiveX® and Reactor functions of AutoLISP are demonstrated, as well as several other extensions to the AutoLISP language provided with VLISP.

There are the following two possible execution contexts for this tutorial:

  • The application may be run as interpreted LISP in piecemeal files and/or functions that are loaded into a single document, or
  • The program code can be compiled into a VLX application, denoted by a *.vlx executable. A VLX operates from a self-contained namespace that can interact with the application-loading document.