View Full Version : Make Acad 2000 show me relative coordinates ?
27th Aug 2003, 07:35 pm
I am just starting out in Acad 2000. I would like to know how to make Acad 2000 show me relative coordinates instead of world coordinates. :?:
I cut my teeth on MacDraft on a Macintosh. I loved the way it would show me the size of objects as I drew them. In Acad 2000 I either have to type in the coordinates or ask for DIStances after I draw it .
Please can anyone help me out?
Thanks in advance.
28th Aug 2003, 08:35 am
I thought Acad did it by default. If you look at the status bar after starting e.g. the line conmmand you will see relative co-ordinates displayed. When no command is active, absolute co-ords are displayed.
Saved in: Registry
Initial value: 1
Controls when coordinates are updated on the status line.
0 Coordinate display is updated as you specify points with the pointing device
1 Display of absolute coordinates is updated continuously
2 Display of absolute coordinates is updated continuously, and distance and angle from last point are displayed when a distance or angle is requested
AutoCAD displays the current cursor location as a coordinate on the status bar at the bottom of the AutoCAD window.
There are three types of coordinate display available:
Dynamic display: Updates the coordinate values as you move the cursor.
Static display: Updates the coordinate values only when you specify a point.
Distance and angle: Updates the coordinate values as you move the cursor and displays the values in the format distance<angle. This option is available only when you draw lines or other objects that prompt you for more than one point.
When you edit objects, you can cycle through the three types of coordinate display by pressing F6 or CTRL+D. You can also right-click the coordinate display on the status bar to access the display options from a shortcut menu, or you can set the COORDS system variable to 0 for static display, 1 for dynamic absolute display, or 2 for distance and angle display.
You do have co-ords turned on don't you ? ~ you can turn them on and off by double clicking on the bottom left area of the status bar
28th Aug 2003, 03:06 pm
I donít think I asked the question correctly.
When I turn on POLAR coords I get a flag next to the cursor that tells me (distance < angle). But it only appears if I draw a line and only in 0, 90, 180, or 270 degrees.
Changing the coords value to 2 shows me the measurement in the lower left that I am looking for but only if I draw a line. At least it shows length with all the angles as I swing the line through them.
* I am looking for a way to make Acad show me the size of an object as I draw it regardless of what that object is.*
My beloved MacDraft used a flag next to the cursor to show the size of objects. I feel lost without it. I can get used to looking at the lower left for the measurement but I canít get used to drawing objects blindly. I feel like I am wasting a lot of time when I draw an object an then have to go back and edit it. To top it all off Acad doesnít remember that I drew a rectangle it just sees the four lines and I have to edit two sides at a time to get the rectangle to stretch.
BTW Ė F6 only toggles the coords on/off and the same is true for (ctrl + D). When I right click the lower left it shows me three choices but only lets me choose off or absolute. With the command line now I can have the relative coords but it is not everything that I was hoping it was.
28th Aug 2003, 03:32 pm
you could use object tracking ~ it shows the "flag" I think you're talking about.
It's something that I've never thought about because I always use keyboard entry for relative coordinates, unless I'm snapping to something. (i.e. @45,0) ~ that way I know I've drawn the line at 45 units in the X direction,
29th Aug 2003, 06:54 pm
It's going to take a lot of getting used to. :?
I have never had to draw using the keyboard or command lines. Acad is a whole different language to me. MacDraft was all about the mouse and it was on a Macintosh so it only had one button. Now I have three buttons and a scroll wheel along with command lines and keyboard coordinate entries. :shock:
Thanks Hendie for the tip about relative coordinate input. That will help a lot!
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