In this video, author Shaun Bryant demonstrates how to use human interface devices (HID) in AutoCAD.
- [Instructor] We're starting a new chapter now, in our AutoCAD Using the Command Line course. We're going to look at command process workflows. Now, without getting too CAD-management on you, that doesn't mean that I'm going to sit there and analyze what you do every day. The whole idea is we're going to look at these command process workflows, as in, whether we're using the mouse, the ribbon, the command line, the keyboard, and so on. So, what we're going to do is give you a nice new drawing to work with first. It's called workflow.dwg.
As usual, you can download that from the library and use it to follow along the videos in this particular chapter. The first thing we're going to look at with these command process workflows is human interface devices, or HIDs, for short. Now that might sound a bit strange and a little bit bold-like, if you watch Star Trek, for example. But, basically, a human interface device is something like a mouse, the ribbon, the keyboard, and so on. The human interface device that we're going to stick with for this particular video is going to be the mouse.
So we're going to look at the command process workflow for the mouse, and all I'm going to draw is a simple line. So, first thing we're going to do is go to the Home tab on the ribbon, go to our Layer dropdown, and select Windows as our current layer. So that's our current drafting layer. We're then going to zoom in on the top window of the little building, get it in nice and close, so that you can see what you're doing, like that, and get it nicely centered on the screen, using zoom and pan, using the wheel on your mouse, your human interface device.
Now, we're going to draw a line using our human interface device, the mouse, instead of using the command line and the keyboard. So watch how I do this. I go up to the Draw panel on the Home tab on the ribbon. I click on the Line command, and I come into the drawing area. Now, what I need to do is make sure that the Line command kicks in. You'll notice that it did a little autosave, just as I clicked on the Line command. So if I click on the Line command now, you'll see it's working, okay? Sometimes that happens. Your autosave kicks in just as you click on a command, and it will actually cancel the command.
So, we're in the Line command using the mouse. So, it's asking me now to specify the first point. Down on your Status bar now, you just want to make sure that your object snaps are on down here. There's my object snaps there. They are on. And I'm going to go endpoint snap, left click, to endpoint snap, left click. Now I could press Enter, if I wanted to, but I want to only use my mouse. So I'm going to right-click and select Enter on the shortcut menu. So that's a command process workflow using a human interface device, in this case, your mouse.
So you could repeat that again, really quickly, again using the mouse and not the keyboard. I would right-click, Repeat Line. First point is the endpoint snap there. Second point is the endpoint snap there. Right-click, Enter to finish. And that's how quick and easy it is for one of those workflows using your mouse.
- Entering input with the keyboard and mouse
- Positioning the command line
- Closing the command line
- Customizing command-line settings
- Typing commands
- Using dynamic input
- Using human interface devices (HID)
- Navigating an AutoCAD drawing with the command line
- Using the function keys
- Entering coordinates