Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Next steps, part of AutoCAD: Using the Command Line (2016).
- Now, we're at the end of our Using the Command Line in AutoCAD course. What I'm hoping is this particular course has not only taught you to use the command line in AutoCAD but also use a number of other input interfaces for things like coordinates, commands, and also setting your variables in AutoCAD to work the way you want AutoCAD to work. What are your next steps when you're using the command line in AutoCAD? As I've stated to you, my preferred method of using the command line in AutoCAD is in conjunction with the dynamic input setting down on the status bar.
Down here I've got dynamic input switched on, but I've also got the command line available to me on the screen as well. That's my preferred method of working with AutoCAD 2016. You don't have to follow that particular method. You could particularly use the command line on its own, or you could use the dynamic input on its own. It's entirely up to you which way you work with AutoCAD. The one thing I will say is once you're comfortable with something in AutoCAD, and you've got that command process workflow up and running the way you want it, stick with it because then you'll be the most productive, because you're working with a workflow that you're comfortable with, that you're used to, and you're comfortable with your working in your AutoCAD drawings.
You'll find that somebody who's comfortable with their workflow is actually more productive regardless of whether there's a couple more mouse clicks or perhaps a keyboard entry that's a little bit more than somebody else's workflow. It doesn't matter. Obviously, the mouse clicks are important, and you don't want to be clicking all over the place. The keyboard entry you don't want to be typing in everything because that's almost like reverting back to AutoCAD for DOS. However, use the command line in AutoCAD to your advantage.
It's always worth using, but also don't forget you've got the dynamic input that can work in conjunction with it and make you very productive. As I said, that's my preferred method of working. I'm not trying to tell you to use that, but obviously try it out and see. If it's good for you, use it. If it isn't, don't. I hope this has been informative for you. I hope you're a bit more informed now about the AutoCAD command line as well. And I hope you move forward and become more productive with AutoCAD itself.
- 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