Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 11, No. 41)13 Nov, 2006
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NVIDIA Launches CAD Performance Drivers
Program Review Report from CIMdata
This Week's Software Tips
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Cycle Through Drawings
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: This shortcut is an oldie-but-goodie. Note that if you have more than, say, four drawings open, you might find using the Windows pull-down list to be more efficient.
Create PLT Files from Other Formats
You don't need to have the latest and greatest software to do this. Milton is currently using AutoCAD 2002 and MicroStation J. He went this route because the requested file format (MicroStation DGN) didn't always give him the proper results when creating a PLT from MicroStation, even after using the Preview option.
With AutoCAD, this was a simple task: He was able to teach the whole department how to do this -- and even for some of the older DOS users, the PLT files worked and looked great. The worst problem they ran into was converting fonts and linetypes to get the now converted AutoCAD files to look like the MicroStation hardcopy prints.
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: Our Patrollers prefer to use PDF or DWF file formats to solve this problem. The viewers are free and everyone is familiar with them. But if, like Milton, you need to output PLT files from CAD drawings, this approach might be just the ticket.
"If you prefer to work with icons, simply place your mouse above any icon, right-click and a list of icon-related toolbars should show up. Look for Layers II, and a new set of Layer Tools shows up."
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: The above is a good tip. Just a reminder that it's for users who use full AutoCAD, not LT users.
MicroStation Tip – Transparency on Elements
Answer: If you're looking for filled shapes displaying on your screen with transparency, it's best to use a pen table with a RIP driver or use MicroStation V8 XM Edition, which does support transparency on elements.
Another option is to use a raster image file of the color desired. Clip Bound & Mask to the desired area. Make the raster image transparent and then plot.
Axiom offers many MicroStation Tips on its MicroStationTips.com Web site.
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
Adobe Offers Free Trial of New Acrobat Connect
Seemage Offers Trade-Up Deal to ITEDO Users
Luxology Announces Special modo Offer
Draft IT Version 2 Free Offer
Bentley's Aish Receives ACADIA Award
Z Corporation Receives Popular Science and NASA Awards
BE Career Network Opens Student Design Competition
Books and Training
Butterworth-Heinemann, a division of Elsevier, announced the publication of The ASHRAE GreenGuide, ($79.95, 416 pages) by ASHRAE Press. The guide for making a building's heating, cooling and energy needs as "green" as possible is updated with improved graphics, more references and resources, and improved organization to better reflect the actual steps of the building process. The book is organized around the recommended practices of the U.S. Green Building Council and its LEED (Leadership on Energy and Environmental Design) program to help designers and builders ensure the most-up-to date compliance and accepted practice.
The Week's New CAD and Related Products
Hardware: STINGER IIi
Hardware: NextDimension with 17" Monitor
Hardware: Quad-Core Intel Xeon Workstations
General Software: Acrobat 8
General Software: Version 4.0 of FARO Scene, FARO Scout, FARO Scout LT and FARO Record
General: InventBetter Suite 2007
Visualization: VTour 1.1 for Macintosh
MCAD: Autodesk AliasStudio 13.5
CAE: Version 2 of FLUENT for CATIA V5
Mark Your Calendar
Cadalyst's complete list of upcoming industry events is always available on our Web site.
Webinar: SolidWorks Formula for Success
ESRI ArcGIS User Group Meetings
V-STARS International User Group Meeting
Automation Technology Egypt 2007
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