Last week, I put up a post about why you shouldn’t be in a hurry to turn dynamic input off if coordinate entry isn’t working the way you expect it to.
I left one part out, though – relative vs. absolute coordinates.
By default, dynamic input uses the “relative” method of coordinate input. It assumes that you’re entering deltas instead of actual coordinates. If you start a rectangle at 6,3 and want it to be 8 units wide and 4 high, you’d enter 8,4.
But sometimes, you want to use absolute coordinates instead. Then the second point of that rectangle above would be 14,7.
If this is a once-in-a-while situation, just preface your coordinate entry with the # sign to temporarily use absolute coordinates.
But if it’s your primary workflow, DON’T just turn off dynamic input! Instead, read this post to see how you can change the input settings to whatever fits you best.
Remember, this is AutoCAD LT…there’s almost always a way to make it work the way you work.