Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video The status bar, part of AutoCAD: Using the Command Line.
- We're now in a new section of our course using the command line in AutoCAD. And this particular section is going to touch a little bit on dynamic input. Now, dynamic input is a tool that you can use in conjunction with the command line in AutoCAD. And in previous videos I've talked about how you can have the command line on, or the dynamic input on, or both, and so on, and so forth. Now, the command line itself can be used in conjunction with the dynamic input.
And the dynamic input is located on the status bar at the bottom of the AutoCAD screen. So, we've got a new drawing open, as you can see there, it's 05_Dynamic.dwg. You'll find that in the usual place, with your Lynda.com exercise files for this course. Make sure you save the .dwg file and open it up to follow along with the videos, because you need a live AutoCAD drawing open to work with things like the command line and dynamic input.
Now, the status bar itself is down here at the bottom of the screen. So, there's my dynamic input right there, and at the moment it's actually switched on, but if I right click there, I can go to dynamic input settings like that. And that's the benefit of having this status bar at the bottom of the screen. So, there's all my drafting settings, things like snap and grid, polar tracking, object snaps, 3D object snaps, if you're working in 3D, and there's the dynamic input there. Now, I must admit, I don't change any of these settings for dynamic input.
And you'll notice there, you've got pointer input, which is when you move the pointer around on the screen, and also dimension input where possible. I like to use all of those, and I leave all the settings set to default. You can, however, go into the settings buttons here. Like so, and as you can see, from the status bar you can set your pointer input settings, and from the status bar again, using this dialogue box you can set your dimension input settings as well. And I just leave all these set to default, so I'll just okay all of that.
So that is your dynamic input, and it's real quick and easy on the status bar as well. To switch it on or off you just click on it, so at the moment it's gray and it's off. If I click on it again it goes blue and it's on. If I hover it over it now, can you see? It says dynamic input on in the little tooltip that comes up. You just hover over it, there's the tooltip there, telling that me that DYNMODE, or dynamic input is on. And that's all you need to know really, about the status bar. It controls all of your drafting settings, and you can switch most things on and off down in the status bar as well.
Now, some of you might already do that, and I might be, again, preaching to the converted. But you've go things like your object snap tracking is there, and your object snaps are there as well, and you've also got here your polar tracking. Now, all of those tools can be controlled and set using the status bar itself. But the most important one is this one here, because when your dynamic input is on you can move the crosshair up on the screen like that, and I can type in the line command like that, and press enter, and you can see there, as soon as I press enter the line command kicks in, not only on the dynamic input, but also on the command line for AutoCAD as well.
Now, if I just hit escape, and use my status bar again and switch off dynamic input, and then type line, it automatically knows to use the command line instead of the dynamic input. And that's one of the major benefits of some of the later versions of AutoCAD. Autodesk have set this up so the command line knows when the dynamic input is off, and vice versa. So, it's a very useful tool. So, make sure when you're using dynamic input and your command line in AutoCAD, that you utilize that status bar to your advantage.
- 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