It's something that's just been kept present in all the new versions of
Autocad, I don't know the original version it appeared, at least R12.
It only works once you start a command, and it allows you to move about
the workspace as if you were drawing lines (including using object
snaps.) I find this is much easier to work with than standard Object
Snap Tracking, which interferes too often when you don't need it and
turning it on and off all the time is a hassle.
I finally stopped turning Ortho on and off all the time by using Polar
at 90 degree increments, and only very rarely do I need to turn it off.
No more constant reaching for the function keys! :)
(Well, there is regular snaps, but I think I will give clicking it off
a go, along with polar.)
So, if you know about it, do you use it?
If you don't, give it a try and let me know your opinions.
Tracking first appeared in release 14 and quickly went into hiding
(undocumented) in 2000. I have it right at the top of my osnap menu
(shift+right-click). Couldn't do without it. I also use O-track all the
time. Never used temporary tracking points. Useless.
Tracking was in Generic Cadd -- you know that DOS based CAD program that
Autodesk bought and killed because it was way better than their top of the
Anyway, I've been using tracking since the days of GCadd. Couldn't do
As far as I am aware, it locates the intersection of two apparent
orthogonal lines, one from each of two selected points, without having
to draw the lines themselves.
However, it might well be quicker to draw the darned things in the first
it's just been the last few months that I have been taking advantage of
the point filters. late to the party again.
my eldest son showed me how to use displacement (with ortho on) for
things like stretch & move. I had been doing @x,y - pecking on the
keyboard way too much.
old dogs, new tricks.