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Yikes! That's a lot of typing. Do you use direct distancing (assuming you're up to R13 or R14)?
With direct distance input simply stretch your rubber band the direction you want to draw,
type in the distance and hit Enter. Works for editing as well as drawing.

I use 'snapang quite a bit when I'm drawing out of usual ortho modes...combined with direct distancing it's all real easy.


From: 	Roger Turk[SMTP:73527.1356(--nospam--at)]
Sent: 	Thursday, October 08, 1998 9:07 AM
To: 	seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: 	RE: Survey Lines on CAD

Dennis Wish wrote:

. > Remember, "@" is used to start from an arbitrary location.

Actually, "@" is from the last point ("lastpoint").  I use it all the time, 
rather than calculating actual coordinates, which is a real PITA, in fact, 
I can't recall ever using actual coordinates in the 12 years that I have 
been using AutoCad.  I also use the "ID" command to get a start point.  For 
example, if I know a line starts at a horizontal distance of 13'6-5/8" from 
another point and runs for 357.75 inches in a direction of 39deg 41 min, I 
type "id" and select the known point, then type 
"L<CR>@13'6-5/8<0<CR>@375.75<39d41'<CR>" and I have the line.  "ID" and "@" 
are the two most valuable commands that AutoCad has and the least discussed 
by Autodesk.

A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
Tucson, Arizona