Have You Tried: Object Snap Tracking

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AutoCAD Object Snap Tracking Feature

February’s Have You Tried focuses on a simple and easy-to-use, but often overlooked, drafting aid: object snap tracking.

Have you ever needed to acquire a precise point, but there wasn’t an existing point or object you could snap to? For example, maybe you have two lines that don’t intersect, and you want to find their intersection point. Or maybe you want to draw an object at a specific distance from an existing object.

Without object snap tracking, you might create some temporary construction lines and then erase them when you’re finished. Object snap tracking allows you to skip the step of creating temporary geometry and acquire the necessary point faster.

In this new Have You Tried, we’ll cover:

  • Hovering over object snaps to acquire points
  • Using the TRACKING command modifiers to set temporary tracking points
  • Setting incremental angles to acquire non-orthogonal tracking points
  • Finding the midpoint between two points

Learn how to use object snap tracking to find precise points with step-by-step examples in the Have You Tried: Object Snap Tracking topic.

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Lee Ambrosius

Lee Ambrosius is a Principal Learning Content Developer at Autodesk, Inc., for the AutoCAD software and AutoCAD LT software products. He works primarily on the CAD administration, customization, and developer documentation. Lee has also worked on the user documentation for AutoCAD on Windows and Mac. He has presented on a wide range of topics at Autodesk University over the past 10 years, from general AutoCAD customization to ObjectARX technology. Lee has authored a number of AutoCAD-related books, with his most recent projects being AutoCAD Platform Customization: User Interface, AutoLISP, VBA, and Beyond and AutoCAD 2015 and AutoCAD LT 2015 Bible. When he’s not writing, you can find him roaming various community forums, posting articles on his blog, or tweeting AutoCAD-related information.

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