Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 12, No. 9)12 Mar, 2007
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This Week's Software Tips
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From the Trenches: Creating Symbols
Inspect and Chspace
Inspect. This command works in some AutoCAD verticals such as Map3D, Civil 3D, Autodesk Building Systems and Architectural Desktop. Type Autosnap at the Command line and -63 at Variable, and press Enter. At the new Command line, type Inspect (or AECinspect). When you hover your mouse over an object, the program lists the object in drawings and list object from Xref drawings.
Chspace. At the Command line, type Chspace, and the program moves objects from paper space to model space and vice versa. "Not only does it move the objects, but it scales them as well. It uses the scale of the viewport to calculate the correct scale," Scott says.
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: "This tip is evergreen -- it’s been around since almost the beginning days of AutoCAD, and it's still as good as ever. Happily, AutoCAD is usefully tolerant of top-heavy fractions. This tip applies to almost any AutoCAD prompt for a scaling value, distance value, measure value, etc. Need a 52.5" door? Scale your 36" door by 525/360.a."
NOTES FROM CADALYST TIP PATROL: This tip is a worthy reminder of a useful AutoCAD function. Keep in mind:
Follow-Up: Layers and VISRETAIN Tip
Editors and Tip Patrollers send our apologies for any confusion. Thanks, Brian, for setting us straight!
Follow-Up: Paper Space Zoom
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
Free Beta Version of SpecifiCAD for Bentley Architecture
Alibre and FreeDesign Offer Form-and-Function Bundle
Opportunities & Honors
CADwire.net Accepting Tech Innovator Award Nominations
The Week's New CAD and Related Products
Hardware: TripleHead2Go Digital Edition
Hardware: NVIDIA Quadro FX 4600, Quadro FX 5600 and NVIDIA Quadro Plex VCS Model IV
Hardware: ZPrinter 450
General Software: sgCore v1.8
General Software: IntelliCAD v6.3
Visualization: solidThinking v7.5 Plug-In for Maxwell Render
Visualization: solidThinking v7.5
MCAD: CADfix for Efield
MCAD: Sheet Metal Transitions and Cones Calculators
MCAD: PC-DMIS Portable
MCAD: Teamcenter Express v2.1
MCAD: ArtCAM Pro and ArtCAM JewelSmith
MCAD: ANSYS Icemax v3
MCAD: D-Cubed v36
CAM: MazaCAM v4.5 -- Matrix Edition
CAM: CimatronE v8
CAM: VERICUT v6.1
Mark Your Calendar
Cadalyst's complete list of upcoming industry events is always available on our Web site.
3D Systems 3DSUG Conference
Map Middle East 2007
SME 3D SCANNING: Reverse Engineering, Inspection & Analysis Conference and Exposition
SME Interoperability and 3D Collaboration
Developing a Design/Simulation Framework
Frontiers in Design and Simulation Workshop
Location India 2007
Map Asia 2007
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