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The Heads-Up display

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Video: The Heads-Up display

A major drawback to using the command line is that we must continually glance back and forth between our drawing area and the bottom of our screen. This problem can easily be solved by activating our Heads Up display. I am going to take and open a drawing and I come up to my Open icon and click and inside the Exercise Files folder under Chapter 3, we are going to open up drawing number 4, Activating the Heads Up Display. So I will highlight that drawing and click Open to bring them up on screen. Now in this session, we are going to learn how to use our Heads Up display. I can turn my Heads Up display on by coming down and clicking on my DYN button, this guy stands for Dynamic Input.

The Heads-Up display

A major drawback to using the command line is that we must continually glance back and forth between our drawing area and the bottom of our screen. This problem can easily be solved by activating our Heads Up display. I am going to take and open a drawing and I come up to my Open icon and click and inside the Exercise Files folder under Chapter 3, we are going to open up drawing number 4, Activating the Heads Up Display. So I will highlight that drawing and click Open to bring them up on screen. Now in this session, we are going to learn how to use our Heads Up display. I can turn my Heads Up display on by coming down and clicking on my DYN button, this guy stands for Dynamic Input.

So let me click on the title. We will turn him on. Now, I don't immediately see a difference. Let's watch the Line command. I am going to come over and click my line icon. As I move into Model space, I guess I've got some extra information with my cursor. If we compare the information with the cursor to the command line, we can easily see that AutoCAD is speaking to us from the cursor. When my Heads Up display is on, I don't have to look up and down from the command line to the drafting board as I work because AutoCAD is going to speak to me from the cursor. Let me start my line.

I am going to pick a point on my screen, and as I pull away, once again I get my rubber-band effect. But since my Heads Up display is on, I have some additional functionality. Notice I have two fields. One represents the length of my line segment. The other one represents the angle. If I want to jump from one field to the other, I can hit my Tab key. Notice if I hit Tab, I just jump to the angle measurement. If I hit Tab again, I jump back to length. Let's create a line segment that is 15 units long. I am going to type in 15.

Now, don't hit Enter; if you hit Enter, you are going to do the same thing as Direct Distance Entry. Instead, type 15 and hit your Tab key to jump to the angle. Notice as I move my cursor, I am rotating a 15-unit long line and there happens to be a padlock in the length right now, and AutoCAD is waiting for me to specify an angle. So let's say I wanted to draw this with an angle of 45 degrees. I will type 45 and I will hit Enter. I just created a line segment 15 units long at a 45-degree angle.

Now, I am going to cancel out of the command. Let me hit Escape. If we hit Escape, we can cancel out of any AutoCAD command. Alright, using the Heads Up display, let's try and create a 25x25 unit square. I am going to come over and launch my Line command. Then I'm going to pick a point on screen, and let's start by typing in the length of line, that would be 25, so let me type in 25 and hit Tab. Now, my angle, what angle am I going to use? If you look at the compass that I created in the lower right-hand corner, we can see how AutoCAD measures the angles.

Angles in AutoCAD are just like directions, just like north, south, east and west. So if I draw a line to the 0 angle, I am going to be drawing it to the east. Let me type in 0 for my angle and hit Enter. Now, I would like to come down. So I am going to type in 25 for my length, hit Tab to jump to my angle field and I am going to type in 90 for my angle. Notice the angle is being measured from the 0 degree line. So as long as I am pulling down and I type in 90, I am getting a 90-degree angle coming straight down.

Let's move to the west. I am going to type in my length. We will type in 25 and we'll hit Tab. Now, the angle. Sometimes students will think well, this is another 90-degree angle because they are comparing it to the line we are coming from. That's not the case. Remember, angles in AutoCAD are directions. So if I am heading west, it's always going to be 180 degrees. Let me type in 180 and hit Enter, and then we can finish this guy up. I am going to show good form. I am not going to use the Close command. We are going to tough this one out.

I am going to type in 25 for a length. I will hit Tab and my angle once again is going to be 90. So I will type in 90 and hit Enter. Now that the command is finished, I can right-click and select Enter. The Heads Up display can be a very helpful tool to use when we are drafting. Not only does it give additional control over the creation of our lines, it also allows AutoCAD to speak to us from our cursor.

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AutoCAD 2008 Essential Training

87 video lessons · 9539 viewers

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  1. 3m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Introduction to AutoCAD
      1m 28s
    3. Using the exercise files
      51s
  2. 23m 3s
    1. Modelspace
      2m 19s
    2. Toolbars
      3m 22s
    3. Pulldowns
      3m 36s
    4. AutoCAD's command line
      1m 44s
    5. Dockable palettes
      3m 21s
    6. The Status bar
      2m 58s
    7. Saving your workspace
      2m 10s
    8. Essential settings
      3m 33s
  3. 19m 1s
    1. Opening an AutoCAD drawing
      3m 0s
    2. Mouse functions
      2m 1s
    3. Zooming, panning, and regen
      5m 10s
    4. The multiple-document environment
      3m 23s
    5. Saving your work
      2m 32s
    6. Using templates
      2m 55s
  4. 16m 32s
    1. The Line command
      3m 16s
    2. ORTHO and POLAR modes
      5m 44s
    3. The Circle command
      3m 26s
    4. The Heads-Up display
      4m 6s
  5. 15m 48s
    1. Defining units of measure
      6m 12s
    2. Drafting with architectural units
      5m 0s
    3. Drafting with metric units
      4m 36s
  6. 20m 49s
    1. Cartesian coordinates
      5m 48s
    2. Object snaps
      10m 27s
    3. Automating object snaps
      4m 34s
  7. 23m 26s
    1. Rectangle
      4m 20s
    2. Ellipse
      5m 58s
    3. Hatch
      8m 33s
    4. Polygon
      4m 35s
  8. 23m 19s
    1. Move and Copy
      6m 43s
    2. Rotate
      5m 4s
    3. Offset
      6m 1s
    4. Erase
      2m 5s
    5. Undo and Redo
      3m 26s
  9. 12m 34s
    1. Windows and crossing windows
      4m 48s
    2. Removing from selections
      3m 42s
    3. Using key-ins
      4m 4s
  10. 1h 4m
    1. Trim and Extend
      6m 53s
    2. Fillet
      5m 1s
    3. Chamfer
      6m 35s
    4. Array
      8m 1s
    5. Mirror
      6m 52s
    6. Stretch
      5m 49s
    7. Scale
      5m 17s
    8. Grips
      7m 37s
    9. Explode
      4m 16s
    10. Polyline edit
      7m 46s
  11. 26m 0s
    1. Layers
      3m 30s
    2. The Layer Properties Manager
      9m 6s
    3. Layer control
      4m 29s
    4. The ByLayer property
      5m 26s
    5. The Layer Previous command
      3m 29s
  12. 43m 5s
    1. Single-line text
      3m 46s
    2. Text justification
      7m 2s
    3. Text styles
      7m 30s
    4. Multi-line text
      6m 28s
    5. Editing
      3m 24s
    6. Bulleted and numbered lists
      4m 5s
    7. Symbols
      6m 17s
    8. Spell-checking
      4m 33s
  13. 28m 58s
    1. Creating dimensions
      8m 35s
    2. Dimension styles
      6m 40s
    3. Callouts
      6m 40s
    4. Tweaking dimensions
      7m 3s
  14. 14m 48s
    1. The Distance command
      4m 15s
    2. The Property Changer
      6m 30s
    3. The Quick Calculator
      4m 3s
  15. 25m 8s
    1. Creating and inserting blocks
      10m 15s
    2. Using blocks
      5m 46s
    3. Modifying blocks
      4m 9s
    4. Building your library
      4m 58s
  16. 48m 29s
    1. Quick plots
      6m 40s
    2. Selecting a pen table
      5m 35s
    3. Layouts pt. 1: Choosing paper
      3m 21s
    4. Layouts pt. 2: Inserting a title block
      3m 11s
    5. Layouts pt. 3: Cutting a viewport
      6m 17s
    6. Layouts pt. 4: Reusing layouts
      4m 14s
    7. Scale factors
      3m 58s
    8. Sizing modelspace text
      7m 15s
    9. Sizing modelspace dimensions
      4m 47s
    10. Sizing linetypes
      3m 11s
  17. 9m 57s
    1. Drawing compatibility
      3m 4s
    2. E-transmitting
      3m 10s
    3. Saving to the Design Web format
      3m 43s
  18. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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