Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Using dynamic input, part of AutoCAD: Using the Command Line (2016).
- In the previous video, we looked at moving our entire little house, our little building, using the command line only to enter the coordinates to actually move it in the AutoCAD drawing. This time, we're going to look at using Dynamic Input. So, we're staying in the 09_Coordinates.dwg file, which you'll find in your lynda.com exercise files, but we're going to go down to the status bar here and switch on Dynamic Input. So just click on it, and it will go a nice little blue color, and there we go, it's on and ready to go.
Now the process of moving is going to be exactly the same. So we're going to take the crosshair over here, click, drag upwards, and get that nice window there. You can use a window, either way, you can use the crossing window like that, or if I hit escape, I can click up here, and drag down this way. But as long as you get everything in the window, you will be fine. I'm going to set the crosshair over to the left and then right-click and select Move again from the shortcut menu. And I'm going to use exactly the same base point as before.
So I'm going to go right there like that. Endpoint snap again, left click. Now, you'll notice, when I move the crosshair now, can you see? I'm getting all of the Dynamic Input prompts coming up on the crosshair, as well as on the command line. So this is why you get the best of both worlds. I can now look at the command line and see exactly what AutoCAD wants from me, but I can utilize the Dynamic Input to actually enter the values. So if I now type that @ symbol again, like I did last time, can you see it came up on the command prompt on the Dynamic Input? If I just move that up a bit, can you see, there's the @ symbol there, waiting for the next prompt.
So the next prompt is going to be another 500 on the x value. I comma it, or tab, 500 again, then I press enter. So there's @ 500, 500, but on the Dynamic Input prompt, not down on the command line. I press enter, and let us move the house. Again, I can type ID, it comes up on the Dynamic Input prompt this time. I press enter, and there we go. Specify the point. Now if I go there like that, on that same Endpoint and click, you can see the values have now gone to 3000, 3000, because I've moved it upwards and to the right again, by @ 500, 500, using the relative coordinates from the last Basepoint selected.
So that's how you enter your coordinates using Dynamic Input, but, combining it with the command line in AutoCAD.
- 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