Monday, December 5, 2011
Make your AutoCAD listen to commands sent via Twitter
Well, I admit there is only a limited practical use for such scenarios but this can be used as a proof of concept or as an inspiration for similar applications.
Our ACADtweet add-on tool is a general-use Twitter interface for AutoCAD. Built upon this interface, TwittControl is an AutoCAD LISP utility that listens on a specified Twitter feed and performs all commands submitted on this feed as specifically formatted tweets. So you can tweet your AutoCAD e.g. "_CIRCLE 0,0 100;" to draw a circle at the origin point. See more samples in the @ACcontrol1 feed.
Both ACADtweet and TwittControl are free tools (downloadable from www.cadstudio.cz) so you can test it in your drawing environment. Load both tools and start the TwittControl command. AutoCAD enters an infinite "listen" loop waiting for any tweets on the specified Twitter channel.
See more information in the tip Control your AutoCAD remotely and in the sample video: