Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 11, No. 11)27 Mar, 2006
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What's New at Cadalyst.com
Cadalyst Labs' benchmark test has been updated an is now available online. The C2006 Cadalyst Systems Benchmark is designed to work with AutoCAD 2006, as well as older versions back to R2000.
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This Week's Software Tips
Following last week's tip about resetting osnaps, several readers wrote with additional options. Here we present a few of our favorites.
Steven Matchett's tip encompasses the feedback of several readers (and he sent a bonus tip along with it): Once you set up your osnaps the way you like them, exit the dialog box and type in OSMODE to get the number for that combination of settings (4143, for example). Then just write a short LISP routine or create a button to reset your osnap settings. This approach is also great if you have to work on someone else's station: All you have to do is remember the command and number.
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Also, a followup on ellipses from a few months ago, when some people were trying to get a "good" polyline ellipse: When you set the PELLIPSE system variable to 1, AutoCAD automatically draws an ellipse as a polyline.
Sue Boyle writes: I use this frequently to reset my environment, mostly because I can't tell what has changed it in the first place and have given up trying to track down the culprit(s). The values are mine and any personal values can be substituted. Not only that, but any environmental problems can be addressed here, including BLIPMODE, SNAPMODE, GRIDMODE, coords and so forth. I just type "re" (I use quick keys), but this could easily be assigned to a toolbar button.
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James Hutchinson offers another solution: A smoother way is not to have any snaps set at all. Use the function keys set via the Accelerator (in the menu file) as shown below. Use any setting you like. LISP expressions can also be assigned to the function keys.
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Books & Training
AutoCAD 2007 Preview
Collaborative GIS Book to be Released
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Sheet-Metal Training Book Available
The Week's New CAD and Related Products
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AutoCAD 2007 Now Shipping: AutoCAD 2007, which was announced by Autodesk on March 1, began shipping on March 23. Autodesk increased the price of AutoCAD effective with this release. The suggested retail price is $3,995, up from $3,750, which has been the SRP since Release 12 in 1993. AutoCAD LT remains at $899. Pricing for other products in the 2007 family will be available when they ship. AutoCAD 2007 and AutoCAD LT 2007 are available from resellers and from Autodesk’s online store.
General Software: 3D_Evolution
AEC: ZiPCAD Pro v3.1
MCAD: FiberSIM 5.1
MCAD: CFdesign v8
MCAD: SpinFire Professional v8
MCAD: Radioss v5
MCAD: MEDUSA4 v2.1
MCAD: aesthetica v2.2
CAM: TopSolid'Cam 2006
CAM: GibbsCAM 2006
CAE: COMSOL Multiphysics v3.2a
PLM: ENOVIA v5
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AUGI Manufacturing Conference
Adobe AEC Forum
Adobe AEC Forum
AUGI CAD Camp
International Forum on DFMA
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