Object Tracking OTRACK

here is a great tip that I am surprised at how many people don’t make use of. I think that the reason is that one very simple element that can either make this work or not work.

To make OTRACK work:

Hover over the reference point (osnap) until the Otrack box (aka “glyph”) appears. This may take a second or two so be patient. By hovering over the OSNAP point once more, you can also turn off the OTRACK glyph and choose another OTRACK point.

One of its best uses is to start a line a given distance away from an OSNAP without making a temporary guide line that you may forget to erase later on. Properly used, OTRACK can eliminate the need for construction lines (XLINE) and rays (RAY). It may take some practice and patience but Object Tracking is a great tool.

In the animated picture below:

  • I started the line command
  • Hovered over the endpoint osnap to activate OTRACK
  • entered 12 in the command line thus starting the line 12 inches away from the tracking point
  • I then pulled the line over and down a random distance and then came back below where I started the line.
  • I then played around with activating & deactivating OTRACK points by hovering over the various OSNAPs
  • Then I finally clicked when the desired OTRACK point intersected with my line and ended the line command.

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This blog serves as a knowledge base for myself (and anyone else) so that I can reference tips & tricks that I have learned and also refer others to it as well. I hope that this blog helps you learn at least one tip to make your drafting/design experience better.
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