Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Drafting settings, part of AutoCAD: Using the Command Line (2016).
- In the previous video, we looked at the status bar and how the status bar can help you by working in conjunction with dynamic input and the AutoCAD command line. Now we're staying in the 05_dynamic.dwg file, which I'm sure you know where to find by now, it will be in your Lynda.com exercise files, and you can use that to follow along with the video if you wish. Now what we're going to look at in this video is the status bar, but we're actually going to look at some of the physical settings on the status bar and how they tie in with the command line itself.
Now what I'm going to do is, I'm going to draw a line, and the way that I'm going to do this is purely using the command line and the drafting settings on the status bar. So let's check that our drafting settings are all set the way we want them on the status bar, first of all. I want to make sure that Dynamic Input here is off. So if it's showing as blue like that, just pop down there, click on it, and switch it off. And then we're going to come a little bit further across, to Polar Tracking. I'm going to leave that on. And then moving along here, can you see, we've got things like ISODRAFT.
I want to check that my Object Snap Tracking is on, and also my object snaps are on. Now click on the little arrow to the right of the object snaps and it'll tell you exactly which object snaps are on, your running object snaps. So you can see there, I've got Endpoint, Midpoint, and Center switched on, 'cause they've got white ticks next to them, and also Quadrant, Intersection, and Exension. I'm actually going to switch off Quadrant. I just click on the tick like that, and it switches it off. So you can see there that I've got five running object snaps that I use on a regular basis, and I'm going to leave those switched on.
I can then just click back on the arrow again, and that closes that menu down. Now I'm going to go to the command line utilizing those particular drafting settings, so I click on the command line, type in the LINE command, like so, and then I'm going to press Enter, 'cause I want the LINE command. Now, the dynamic input is not on, so I'm not getting any prompts up on the crosshair there, you can see that as I move around, there's no prompts. Now I'm going to zoom in on the bottom-left corner in the drawing, here, where the brickwork is of the wall, and I want to draw a line from that endpoint snap there.
Now when I hover over that snap, you can see it highlights as Endpoint, because it's one of my running object snaps. But when I click on it, can you see there, the command line is now telling me to specify the next point of my line. So I come up to here like so, and you can see there that I click again on that endpoint snap, job done. So there's my two endpoint snaps, and then I just press Enter to finish the LINE command. Now, it may be that I don't want that particular line segment, so what I could do is come down to the command line there, and just click on Undo, and it undoes it and takes me back to "Specify next point of LINE." Now I'm just going to hit Escape there to cancel the LINE command completely, and you can see there that I pressed Escape twice, 'cause Cancel comes up twice.
So the benefits you have here are that even if you don't have the dynamic input switched on, you can utilize the status bar, as we mentioned in the previous video, but you can also utilize your drafting settings without having to use the dynamic input. You can just use the command line if you wish. Now that's the old way of working. We never used to have dynamic input. That's quite a new addition to the suite of AutoCAD commands and functionality that's in there.
So that would be the way that you would normally work, with the command line, and the dynamic input switched off. But in newer versions of AutoCAD, the dynamic input adds that extra input facility that you may need. So utilize those drafting settings, with the command line, and you'll find that you draft productively and effectively, and then add in the dynamic input if you want to. If you're comfortable with dynamic input you can use it. If you don't want to use it, just switch it off and stick with the command line.
- 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