Join Jeff Bartels for an in-depth discussion in this video Automating command line entry, part of AutoCAD 2014 New Features.
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Historically, the command line has been considered an old-school way to use AutoCAD. Well, in AutoCAD 2014, the command line has been improved to make it even more user-friendly for both veteran and new users. In this lesson, we will explore the new AutoCorrect, Synonym, and Search features. We will start with AutoCorrect. AutoCorrect is a feature that allows AutoCAD to be more forgiving if you misspell a command. For instance, maybe I'd like to launch the Plot command. I will click down here at the command line, and I'll type polt.
Now, that's obviously misspelled. With AutoCorrect, if you misspell a command, AutoCAD will display a list of best guesses for the command you were trying to launch. Using the mouse or the up and down arrows on the keyboard, I can select any of these options. By default, the most relevant suggestion will be at the top. So, if I press Enter, I'll launch the Plot command. I am going to click Cancel to close this. And, it's important to note that the AutoCorrect feature will also work if your Dynamic Input is turned on. If you look at the status bar, you can see my Dynamic Input is toggled to the on position.
So, I don't even have to be at the command line. I can simply type a command at the cursor, LSit, and you can see that AutoCAD believes I should be using the List command. So, the functionality works here as well. I am going to press Esc to cancel, and we'll look at the new Synonym feature. Synonyms can be used when you can't remember a command. For instance, maybe I can't remember the Offset command. So, instead, down here at the command line, I will type Parallel. AutoCAD will then display a list of commands and system variables related to my entry.
At the top of the list, AutoCAD has recognized that I may want to create an offset. If I press Enter, the Offset command is launched. Let's press Esc to cancel. This feature will also work with Dynamic Input. Another example. Maybe I'd like to insert a block, but I don't know what command will do that. So, I'm going to type Symbol. Even though symbol technically isn't a command, AutoCAD assumes that Symbol is going to be related to insert. So, if I press Enter, I can use this command to insert a block.
Now, I don't want to insert a block right now, so I'll close this. If you'd like to customize the AutoCorrect or synonym list, you can do that by going to the Manage Tab. And here in the Customization Panel, open the Edit Aliases menu, and you can choose Edit AutoCorrect List, or Edit Synonym List. For example, let's add a synonym. I'll select that option, and we will assume that I'm transitioning from MicroStation to AutoCAD. In MicroStation, a cell is equivalent to an AutoCAD block.
So, maybe I'd like to use cell as a synonym for the block command. I'll do that by editing this text file. Now, if you edit the text file, just make sure you conform to the parameters listed here at the top. To make my change, I am going to pull down to the bottom. I will click at the end of the line, and I'll press Enter. I will then type cell. That's the command I'd like to use. And a comma, space, asterisk, and then I will type BLOCK. That's the command I'd like to launch. When I am finished, I will come up, and choose File>Save, and then I'll close the dialog box.
Normally, when you edit a PGP file like that, you have to close out of AutoCAD, and then reopen it in order for the command to work. Instead, I'm going to type REINIT. This allows me to reload the PGP file within the current session. I'll click OK. From now on, if I type cell, and press Enter, I will be launching the Block command. Finally, let's close this dialog box, and we will look at the new Search feature. At the command line, I'm going to start typing the Etransmit command. I will type etran.
That's far enough. Notice that each suggestion includes a Help and an Internet icon. Using these buttons, you can quickly get information regarding any of the choices. Clicking the Help icon will display the AutoCAD help documentation. For even more information, click the Internet icon to expand your search online. Clicking this button will launch your default web browser, and automatically place the word AutoCAD in front of the selected command or system variable. When you're finished with your search, you can close the browser, and return to AutoCAD.
In the past, the command line was looked at as being an old-school way to use AutoCAD. With the addition of the AutoCorrect, Synonym, and Search features, the command line has become an even more powerful interface tool. It's perfect for the classically-trained user or for someone who may be looking at AutoCAD for the very first time.
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