This is the first article of the article series "Who Else Wants To Know About the Line Command?" The series consists of five articles.
The series consist of five articles. In the articles we will talk about:
- Starting the LINE command.
- The options of the LINE command
- The length option of the LINE command
- The length, angle option of the LINE command
- The displacement option of the LINE command
My name is Jos van Doorn and I'm now working as a dealer for the IntelliCAD program. I'm dealer for Malaysia and Singapore.
The IntelliCAD program comes from Autodsys. They are a software house from Portland, Oregon in America. They added new features to the IntelliCAD program.
In these free articles I am going to show you how you can work with the LINE command and what can be done with the LINE command.
The LINE command of the IntelliCAD program is explained in these articles. Still. If you're working with AutoCAD. You can read the articles.
Because the LINE command of the IntelliCAD program works the same as the LINE command of the AutoCAD program.
In fact. All IntelliCAD commands are the same as the same commands in AutoCAD. That's what you will see. As you start working with IntelliCAD.
The articles are written in plain English, and are very easy to read, however, if you have any questions or comments, then please feel free to contact me at
Starting the LINE command.
There are three ways for starting the LINE command. You can type LINE at the command prompt, you can click on the LINE button, or you type L.
Typing LINE at the command prompt. That is a long way of starting the LINE command. To be quicker you better click on the LINE button or type L.
You can find the LINE button on the Draw 2D toolbar. If the Draw 2D toolbar is in a vertical position, then you'll find it in the top of the toolbar.
That depends. On whether you prefer using the keyboard. But typing L and pressing the ENTER key or the right mouse button. That's very fast.
So we have started the LINE command. Prompts show up. These are the prompts that show up.
- Start of line:
The first prompt is displayed as the LINE command is started. You can now pick a point in the drawing area. A line will be drawn from that point.
After picking a point the second prompt is displayed. There are three options in the prompt. These are the three options:
Angle Length End point
In the second articles from this series we will talk about the angle option and the length option. Now we concentrate on the end point option.
That option is the default option. To use that option. Again we pick a point in the drawing area. And a line is drawn to that point.
The third prompt is displayed. In this prompt we find two more option. Follow and Undo. But again there is the default end point option.
We pick a point again. We now have picked three points in the drawing area. Two lines have been drawn. And the fourth prompt is displayed.
The fourth prompt is the same as the third prompt. Except. We now also have the Close option. Still we can pick a point.
Suppose we pick a point. We can do that. Because the end point option is the default option. A line is drawn to that point.
A new prompt is displayed. That prompt is the same as the fourth prompt. The fourth prompt is displayed all the time when we continue.
That's what we saw in the fourth prompt. We saw the Close option. That option has been added to the prompt. Now let's see how that works.
We want to invoke the Close option. We enter C at the command prompt. Just C. Because that is the capital in the word Close.
After entering C at the command prompt and pre3ssing the right mouse button or the Enter key. A line is drawn. To the point where we started.
The figure we were drawing is now closed. And the LINE command is terminated. We're no l9onger in the LINE command.
If we want to draw more lines, then we must start the LINE command again. Easy. Just press the right mouse button or press the ENTER key.
There is something else I must ell you. I must talk about the rubber band. All the time there is a rubber band coming from the last point picked.
The rubber band goes to the cursor. You can move the cursor. And the rubber band moves with the cursor. The rubber band shows what line is to be drawn.
This is the first article in this series. We were now talking about starting the LINE command and about the prompts of the LINE command.
We also learned about the Close option of the LINE command. I assume you now know how the LINE command works. How to use it. For starters.
Before I finish this article, I want to give you an exercise. Just to make sure you understand what has been explained.
Start the LINE command and draw four lines. The lines form a rectangle. Use the Close option to get a proper rectangle.
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