Biography Colin Wright

A brief CAD related biography of Colin Wright:

Started using AutoCAD mid-eighties (Release 1).  Used AutoCAD virtually full-time as an architect specializing in documentation for nearly thirty years. Used Autolisp since its introduction and still using it.

Learned to issue AutoCAD commands entirely from the keyboard and never changed.  Never really found found menus useful. Learning command names and responses much quicker when typed at command line.  Also found the growing plethora of menus was wasteful of screen space and difficult to use when altered or too many.  The appearance of dialogue boxes made the learning of and the use of seldom used commands easier but also slower so by preference used command-line  versions. This approach definitely aided the learning and use of Autolisp.

Created first tertiary public AutoCAD Course in Brisbane Queensland and later taught AutoCAD at University of Technology Queensland for several years.  Contributed to ISO/DIS 1356 Standard on Layer naming during public consultation stage.

Over a period of approx. twenty-five years progressively developed MYCADKEYS into a sophisticated alternative AutoCAD user interface that uses an absolute minimum of keystrokes to commence and execute commands, provide an extensive range of enhanced commands and a complete semi-automatic set of layer commands including an ISO/DIS compliant naming system.

CAD manager of a large firm of architects for ten years. Still available for small projects and tutoring.