Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 11, No. 39)30 Oct, 2006
What Does Your Workstation Want for the Holidays?
Cadalyst Daily Update
Geomagic Launches Online Knowledge Base
This Week's Software Tips
New! Cadalyst to Award $100 Monthly to Selected Tipsters
Send us your tips, code and other shortcuts for AutoCAD, MicroStation, SolidWorks or any other CAD software. If we publish your tip, we'll send you a t-shirt and put you in the running for the $100 monthly prize!
Follow-Up to Redir Command
Bob Stewart says, “Another method when dealing with hard-coded paths in xrefs from clients or subcontractors is to create a subfolder called XREF under the parent drawing(s) folder, and put the xref files in it. Go to Tools / Options / Files / Support File Search Path and add .\XREF. As long as the xrefs are in a subfolder of the parent drawing called XREF, AutoCAD will find the files.
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: All Patrollers agree that this is a great little tip. Note that if you change applications and then return to AutoCAD, your crosshair will automatically be back to normal.
One Patroller reminds us that AutoCAD 2007 users have some helpful tools at their disposal when showing a drawing. Use the Cleanscreenon and Cleanscreenoff commands -- accessible by clicking the icon in the bottom right corner of the display -- to hide all toolbars, providing a larger display screen for your mini-presentations.
MicroStation Tip – Level Description at the Active Level Tab
Axiom offers many MicroStation Tips on its MicroStationTips.com Web site.
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Tips & Tools Weekly software tips for AutoCAD are reviewed by Cadalyst staff and the Cadalyst Tip Patrol before publication. Use tips at your own discretion, please, and watch later editions of this newsletter for updates and corrections. Many thanks to our volunteer Cadalyst Tip Patrol members: Don Boyer, Mitchell Hirschklau, R.K. McSwain, Don Reichle, Kevin Sawyer, Ivanhoe Tejeda, Billy Wooten and Ben Young.
Deals & Freebies
NVIDIA Releases Windows Vista Drivers
VisMasters VM Texture Exchange and Challenge
Opportunities & Honors
Dassault Systemes Announces Ecodesign Contest Winners
UGS Names Solid Edge Contest Winners
AUGI Opens Wish List Voting
Books & Training
Rhino Scripting Tutorials Launched
New Russian AutoCAD 2007 Title
Transition eBook Released for AutoCAD/TurboCAD
VectorWorks Architect Training Manual
The Week's New CAD and Related Products
Hardware: DISTO A2
Hardware: NextDimension with Quadro FX 5500
Visualization: trueSpace 7.5
Visualization: 3D Middle Eastern People Volume 1
AEC: 3D City Models
MCAD: ProCAST 2006
MCAD: Synergis Adept 7
MCAD: SmarTeam Design Express for Multi-CAD
CAE: Icewave 1.1
Mark Your Calendar
Cadalyst's complete list of upcoming industry events is always available on our Web site.
2006 Fall FLUG Conference
2006 AIA Colorado Design Conference and Practice Management Symposium
CAD Technology for Manufacturing and Interoperability Expo
Regional Civil Training Event for InRoads Users
ESRI CA/HI/NV/GU Regional User Group Annual Conference
10th Annual Applied Ergonomics Conference
2007 LMS Conference
2nd Annual 3DQuickPress International User Conference
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