Dynamic Input in AutoCAD 2006 is a great new little addition. Although some users at first tend to completely shut it off, there are some settings that you can set to make it a little easier to use at first. The one feature I use daily is the Dynamic Dimensions. Dynamic Dimensions allow you to select a objects grip and get information right on your drawing. This saves time from LISTing objects, running the DIST command and many other ways to get information. Dynamic Dimensions work great for quick checks of lengths.
There are a couple ways you can access the Dynamic Dimension settings. You can access it from Lisp using (setvar "dynmode" 2)
You can also via the Drafting Settings Dialog box.
Once your settings are set just simply select one of your grips to access you lengths.