Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Using dynamic input, part of AutoCAD: Using the Command Line.
- What we're now going to look at is actually using dynamic input when we're working with the command line in AutoCAD. So, we're going to stay in the same drawing, the 05_Dynamic.dwg. And what we're going to look at is switching the dynamic input on, but also working with the command line at the same time. Now, it's very, very easy to do and this is the way that I always work. I leave the command line on and I leave the dynamic input on. And the reason I do that, is I've got the best of both worlds.
I can utilize the command line for any functionality that I need there. Such as recent commands, for example, that we covered a little while back. And also, more importantly, the command line is useful for entering information and perhaps utilizing some of the sub-menus. And also the dynamic input, at the same time, works really well and in conjunction with the command line, as well, and you will see why. Now, all I'm going to do is I'm going to draw a polyline. And polyline is a good command for this 'cause it's got lots of nice sub-menus.
So, let's have a look at putting the dynamic input on first. That's down here on the status bar. Let's switch the dynamic input on it. It's off for the moment, I click on it, it goes blue, it's on. Now what I need is the polyline command to kick in. So, I'll just bring the crosshair up into the center of the screen, and I just type "PL" like so, and there's my polyline command on the suggestion menu. Now I could, if I wanted to, I'll just hit Escape there and go down to the command line. I could type "PL" there, and again I've got the polyline, I press Enter.
And again, if I move it now, can you see that I've got the start point on the dynamic input on the crosshair, there? I've also got "Specify start point" down on the command line. So, as you can see, I've got the best of both worlds. Now the nice thing about the dynamic input, though, is I've got the coordinates. So if I do need to use some coordinate entry for the start point of that polyline, I can do so. I can enter my X and Y coordinates very, very easily there just by tapping between the two values there. So there's the X value in blue, tab, there's the Y value in blue.
So, I've got the best of both worlds. Now, If I start my polyline, say here, and just click and drag along like that, the other thing I've got that's really nice is I've actually got distance entry as you can see there in the blue, 1771. And I've also got the polar entry, as well, the angle. Now that's because I've got my polar tracking switched on down here on the status bar. So, my polar tracking is just down there, like so. So, that's on, as well. And that benefits me by using angle increments from my polyline.
But you'll notice, on the command line now, I can just come down here, I can type an "A" for Arc and an "H" for Halfwidth and press Enter. But better still, because I'm running AutoCAD 2016, I can hover over them, like that, and I can click on arc actually on the command line with the mouse, and it goes into arc mode there in the polyline command. So that's all very neat and tidy and easy to use, and that's why I like to utilize the dynamic input and the command line.
Because the dynamic input, you can see there, is telling me to specify the end point of the arc, etcetera. But also, down on the command line, I've got all the sub-menu that I can just move down to and click on using my mouse, as well. So there's some very neat tools there where you can combine the dynamic input and the command line in AutoCAD just to make you that little bit quicker, that little bit more productive.
- Entering input with the keyboard and mouse
- Positioning the command line
- Hiding the command line
- Customizing command-line settings
- Typing commands
- Using dynamic input
- Navigating an AutoCAD drawing with the command line
- Using the function keys
- Entering coordinates