Architectural Production Software 2005

We have quite a few commands to sort through so we have divided them up in the following ways to help make finding what you are looking for easier.


Standard formatting for command documentation

The following outlines how the commands will be documented in this manual. We have used  the C-DDOOR command as an example.

Command Documentation item



The title of each page will be the default command name that you could type in at the command prompt.

This command name is actually an alias, the actual command name is this name preceded by "APS-" See the CMDNAMES  command for more information.

Keyboard shortcut: CDD, DDC

The default keyboard shortcuts (if any)

Toolbar button:

The toolbar button graphic (if any)

Compatible with AutoCAD Versions: Standard compatible versions

AutoCAD versions that this command is compatible with


This heading is the command name in "English". (sometimes the command names can be a little cryptic)

Command to center double doors in a wall. You will be prompted for the point to center the doors on then asked to select the lines/plines/mlines that make up the wall. Once this is done you are asked to select the door size you want. Finally the command will break the walls and allow you to select to which side the doors should swing.

User configurable options: 

  • Door appearance - See Customizing double door blocks
  • Thickness for jambs
  • Max width for jambs
  • Draw door stops on jambs?
  • Minimum framing distance on each side of door
  • Draw door headers?
  • Draw door sills/thresholds?
  • Draw demolition Lines? Select layers that are treated as "existing walls"

See Door Commands in the Floor Plan Cmds section of the APS-CONFIG command


  • If you are using "No Layer Control" the door, jamb, sill, demo lines, and/or header lines (if any) will be inserted/drawn on whatever layer is current. See the Layer Control section of the APS-CONFIG command.

The layer types for this command can be changed in the Assigning Layer Types to Commands portion of the Layer Control section of the APS-CONFIG command.  

Known limitations:

Alternate uses:

  • None reported. If you have an alternate use for this command submit it here.


Here we provide an overview of of what the command does.


Here we note any user configurable options.







We also describe the default layer settings for each of the different layer control methods.












Finally, we note any known limitations and alternate uses for the command when applicable. 



Next we go through the command's syntax (what the command does and says) as if you were using the command in a drawing.

Key to the colors and styles of text used in the syntax portion of the documentation.

This is for the prompts that you will see at the command line. 

This is for text that would be typed in at the command prompt.

This is for the instructions, suggestions, and general help text.

--This is to describe things that happen in the drawing--

Command: CDD
Command: DDC
Command: C-DDOOR

These lines show the various ways to execute the command. In this case you may press the toolbar button that resembles the one shown, or you could type in any of the  command strings shown in red at the command prompt.

Select base point on which to center double door or <Enter>/<Space> for MID2PT:

If the center of the wall can be found by using the midpoint of one of the wall lines, select the midpoint of that wall line now. The midpoint snap is added to your running object snaps if it is not already being used. If the base point location cannot be found using one of the standard object snaps press <Enter> or <Space> and use the MID2PT option which can locate the base point midway between any two points selected.


Select a point outside the wall lines to place the double door in:

Select the point.


Select a second point crossing all of the lines that make up the wall:

Select the second point of the crossing line that crosses the lines/plines/mlines that make up the wall.


Very often a graphical selection must be made. You will be shown a picture of the selection being made so that there will be a minimum of confusion.


If you are viewing this on the internet, we apologize for any waiting for the images that you may have to endure, but we feel that the added clarity that the images provide is worth the wait.

One after the other:

[Single channel section]

For this example we will insert a resilient channel. Select it's image and press OK.


[end - Single channel section]


[Side view (elevation)]

There is no need to select the channel type (resilient or hat) for this view. The elevation view is the same for both channel types.


[end - Side view (elevation)]


Side by side:

[Front view]

Select the bottom midpoint of the member in section or press <Enter> for MID2PT:


[end - Front view]

[Side view]

Select the bottom corner of member being hung:


[end - center option]

(these truncated examples are from  other commands and are not a part of the C-DDOOR command)

When there is more than one course to the progression of the command you will either see a link to the description for the alternate path (like in the above section with the "MID2PT option") or you will see an


[option title]

with the description of the option steps enclosed here between the bracketed titles of the option

[end - option title]


This way there is no confusion over where the option starts and ends.


Examples are shown at left from the two methods these options can be formatted: One after the other and side by side.










When the option's instructions are completed the normal course of the command will continue. 

The following dialog will appear:

The maximum door size is displayed at the top of the dialog ( the max width shown above is 6'-5"). This distance reflects any minimum framing widths that have been set up. (See Door Commands in the Floor Plan Cmds section of the APS-CONFIG command) If the door size that you need to enter is larger than the "Maximum door size" shown at the top it is possible to override the minimum framing requirements and insert a door size that is equal to the full length of the wall.

Enter the size for both doors.

Note: This is just the size for the two doors and is not a rough opening size, the jamb thickness (if any) will be added to this value. 

-- The walls will be broken and the door swing choices will be drawn. Any jambs, sill lines, header lines, and/or demo lines will also be drawn  --

Back to the C-DDOOR command...

Many commands use dialog boxes. When they do, we will show a picture of the dialog along with a description of what is going on or what you should do.


If there are many options on the dialog you may find either a description of what each option does or you may be directed to click on the "action areas" (buttons, text boxes, pull-down boxes etc.) of the dialog box and you will be taken to the area that describes the area selected.


Select door handing/type desired:

You may choose between 180°, 90°, and 45° swings and pocket doors. You will also choose handing (swing direction). If you would like to not show any doors at all press <Enter>.

For this example we will select the 90° set of doors swinging to the top of the screen. When selected this leaves:

As often as possible we will show graphically the steps that should be taken in the commands. 

Solutions to common questions and problems with this command


We provide a direct link to the portion of the troubleshooting web that pertains to this command to make it easy to locate help with common problems.

The command looks for an attribute in the block with the tag "NUMBER". This is so that if there are several attributes in a block it will find the correct one to change. If it doesn’t find an attribute with this tag in the block it will change the first attribute in the block.


If there is any technical information pertinent to anyone customizing AutoCAD with regards to this command we will put it here. It will be denoted by our "techie" symbol. The information shown to the left is from the ATTCOUNT command.

Related Commands

C-BIFOLD  Command to center a bifold door/doors in a wall

C-BIPASS  Command to center bipass sliding doors in a wall

C-CWIND  Command to center commercial style windows in a wall

C-OHEAD  Command to center an overhead door in a wall

C-PATDOOR  Command to center a patio door in a wall

C-RWIND  Command to center a residential style window in a wall

C-SDOOR  Command to center a single door in a wall

C-SLIDER  Command to center a sliding glass door in a wall

Here we provide links to related commands. These may be other similar commands or commands often used in conjunction with this command.

Is there anything that you find confusing or difficult? Please let us know so we can help!

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