Its been more than 3 months since I last posted. Actually been busy with presenting at Autodesk University 2013 and also at Autodesk University Extension – India. Both went really fine and now I’m back with more AutoCAD postings and of course Autodesk 2015 products are round the corner and may be I can’t be too sure but the AutoCAD 2015 Release Date will be b/w March – April 2014.
In this post we will look at the AutoCAD 2014 Command Line Features. I’m sure you will know few of them, but here is a recap
AutoCAD 2014 Command Line Features
AutoCAD 2014 Software Command Line, offers more features that enhances your productivity and few are listed below
- Mid-String Search
- Synonym Search
- Edit Synonym Search
- Adaptive Suggestions
- Internet Search
AutoCorrect functionality is now included. If you type something wrong or mistype e.g.: the word „tabel”, you can see that AutoCAD automatically finds the AutoCAD TABLE command. Another example, if you are typing really fast or just accidently have the wrong keys or miss some keys, the same thing happens.
AutoComplete functionality also has been enhanced and now includes Mid-string Search. You don’t need to know exactly how a command or System Variable starts or their exact name. If you know some key part in the middle of the variable string and you just start typing it, e.g.: setting. There are a lot of different settings in AutoCAD 2014, and you know that you want to do something with setting, you just type “setting” in the Command Line and AutoCAD automatically finds you every command that has “setting” in it’s name. It makes a way easier to access what you need without having to memorise a lot of different variables and commands.
You may notice another option when typing “SETTINGS” in Command Line. You can see the SETTINGS (OPTIONS) there because AutoCAD has no real “settings” command but a lot of other commands concerning settings. This is the Synonym Suggestion functionality that’s been included in the Command Line functionality. If you’ve got certain commands or maybe tools that you used to either in another applications or you’ve just forgotten where it was in AutoCAD you can just type something similar and there is a very good chance that AutoCAD will find what you really want it to locate.
Another example could be when you want to insert a Symbol. Maybe you don’t realize that you need the Insert command so you just start typing “symbol” and you can see the Synonym Suggestion coming up with the Insert command – very helpful indeed.
All this is customizable if you go up to the Manage Ribbon Tab and then you’ll see where you can Edit Command Aliases, (PGP file). Here you have the option for Edit AutoCorrect List, and you can Edit Synonym List.
There are also Adaptive Suggestions. When you first start using AutoCAD 2014 and start typing a command, e.g.: AR, your list might look a little bit different than others’ because AutoCAD will automatically use what’s most common. For example if people type AR and they really want the ARC command, this command will be typically at the top of the list. But if you start using AutoCAD 2014, maybe each time you type AR, you really want the AREA command, AutoCAD will adapt to your use so that over time as you begin using AR and access in the area command you’ll see that AREA command will move at the top of the list. So it will customize itself for your usage. That is Adaptive Suggestions.
As you move your cursor over the list, you see an icon (question mark) on the right side that will let you search the AutoCAD help system for that particular term. Also there is another icon that lets you search the internet for that particular term. This way you are not limited for the AutoCAD help system, you can go free on the internet if you want to find ‘BLOCK’ or other terms. Click on the internet search icon and it will launch your browser and it will search for that term or for whatever it was selected on, prepended with the word AutoCAD. You can access videos and other resources available on-line.
Source : AutoCAD Blog