Asking this question surely reveals my age! But, if I'm to find the answer,
surely it will be here. I'm looking for a kind of translator either online
or hard-copy to help a person with Computervision's original CADDS 4X, later
Personal Designer, to convert their command syntax into AutoCAD. Like in
CADDS I would say 'insert line' then be prompted, and I'd say x0y0z0, ix 10,
iy, 10 - enter. Then let's say I want to draw a line perpendicular to the xy
axis so Id say 'Insert line' (prompt from computer) and I'd say org and
click the line, then I'd say ix5, enter and I'd have a T off that line.
Stuff like that.
On Sat, 08 Jul 2006 23:04:37 GMT, "Wayne Lundberg"
I do remember some of the old CADDS 4 syntax. We put one of the first
ones in Australia way back in the early 1980's!
I don't know if you will find an online translator. Making the
transition should not be too difficult. Basically unlike the CV
system, you enter the full command or an abbreviation for one if it is
defined. You can't do what the CV system did and that is enter the
command until the keystrokes become lowercase.
In AutoCAD, you don't have to enter INSERT as this is a separate
command used to insert types of objects. To draw a line you simply
enter L (because it is a pre-defined shortcut or alias) or the full
command LINE. You are then prompted for the From point. Pick it, or
enter the coordinates as x,y,z (you don't have to prefix them with x y
or z). if you want to use an object snap, you can enter the particular
snap using the first 3 characters. Then for the To point. Here you can
use the object snap or you can enter the absolute coordinates, or if
you want the next point to be relative to the last point specified or
picked, prefix the coordinates with @ as in @x,y,z. You don't have to
specify the z value. If you don't the current value for ELEVATION is
used. Because the line command allows you to enter a chain of
independent line segments, you end it with an enter for a To point.
This is a brief introduction. The key is to watch the command prompt
area as this is where AutoCAD communicates with you. If you have this
area reduced to anything other than the default 3 lines, you can miss
prompts. You see the text screen with the F2 key, unlike CV where the
text area displayed over part of the drawing area.
I hope this gives you a start.
Oh yes, AutoCAD does not have a SHUTUP command! We used to get quite a
laugh out of it.
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