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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 14, No. 22)

15 Jun, 2009


This Week's Software Tips

Scaling Objects with No Scale Factor
Vladislav Bronin sent his method of scaling objects without calculating a scale factor. "At work there are many metric drawings or site measurements in metric units that should be put on drawings with imperial units." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Offset to Center
David White sent us a routine that he uses to offset objects centered on an object. "Do you ever have to offset something directly centered between two points? You can do it quick with this little routine." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Rotate View in 3D
Mark Wallner shared this tip to show how he handles the difficult task of rotating in a 3D environment. "If you use the 3D Orbit functions, you know how frustrating it can be to try to get a look at a specific object from a different angle." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

 

Optimize Edgemode Setting for Trim and Extend
Crystal Bresley sent us a tip on using the Edgemode setting to optimize the Trim and Extend commands. "If the Edgemode variable is set to 1, you can extend and trim lines that do not intersect. AutoCAD uses an invisible extension of the line to trim or extend your line." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Submit Your Tip

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  • Submit only code and other tips that are your original work (or provide the original source so we can include proper credit).
  • Tell us which software version you use.
By submitting code, you grant Cadalyst the right to print and distribute your code in print, digitally, and by other means. Cadalyst and individual authors retain all rights to the code; published code is not to be used for commercial purposes.

 

Got Feedback? To share feedback about one of today's tips, navigate to the tip using the link provided above, then click Comment. The Comment tool is available to registered users of Cadalyst'sCAD Tips site.

Tips & Tools Weekly software tips for AutoCAD are reviewed by Cadalyst staff and the Tip Patrol before publication. Use all tips at your own discretion, please. We're sorry, but editors and Tip Patrol members cannot provide assistance with technical problems; please refer to Cadalyst's Hot Tip Harry-Help discussion forum for assistance with AutoLISP and other AutoCAD customization questions.

Sincere thanks to our volunteer Tip Patrol members: Brian Benton, Don Boyer,
Mitchell Hirschklau, R.K. McSwain, Kevin Sawyer, and Billy Wooten.


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Resources

New ERP Blog for the Manufacturing Community
Technology Group International (TGI) debuted ERP Insights blog, a forum for individuals in manufacturing, distribution, ERP selection, and IT consulting to interact with TGI representatives and discuss a variety of topics related to ERP (enterprise resource planning). Discussion topics include software evaluation, implementation and training, ongoing use, process manufacturing, wholesale distribution, small business solutions, and executive use.

Autodesk Adds Benefits to Assistance Program
Additions to the Autodesk Assistance Program for the unemployed include the increase of available products from the latest versions of Autodesk's 2D and 3D design and engineering software, a product discount for companies that hire program participants, a new term license for AutoCAD software, and enhancements to eLearning materials.

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Deals & Freebies

Lattice Technology Offers Free Trial of XVL Studio Pro
Lattice Technology is offering free trials of its XVL Studio Pro software for turning 3D design data into 3D manufacturing data. The authoring tool is used for performing mathematically correct interference and clearance checks on 3D assembly data, manipulating parts lists, and creating process designs.

Free Trial of Ideate Explorer for Revit 2010
Ideate is offering Ideate Explorer for Revit 2010 as a free, 30-day trial. Users can search, quantify, and view individual building elements by category, family, type, level, and room. Users can also build complex selections from scratch and zoom to individual building elements.

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Mastering Revit 2009 book by Paul F. Aubin

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Opportunities & Honors

GPU Technology Conference: Call for Papers
The GPU Developers Summit and NVIDIA Research Summit are seeking submissions for proposals to be presented at the GPU Technology Conference. The submission should be about your completed or in-progress work using the GPU for computing or graphics.

Right Hemisphere Receives Top Supplier Award
Right Hemisphere received a 2008 Supplier of the Year award from Gulfstream Aerospace. The award selection was based on the Gulfstream supplier measurement-rating card, which evaluates overall solution value, delivery, quality, customer service, and compliance for all Gulfstream suppliers.

Oce Wins Double Gold at Euro-Reklama Outdoor Expo
Oce was honored with two Poznan International Fair Gold Medals for the Oce Arizona 350 GT UV and the Oce ColorWave 600. The medal is awarded to a product based on quality, technology, and innovation.

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Books & Training

ESRI Adds GIS Training Options for Organizations
ESRI is offering remote training, on-site coaching, and online courses in geographic information systems software training. The offer includes client coaching for all ESRI instructor-led training courses to groups of 12–15 students. Two-way, interactive video conferencing technology lets students attend classes remotely.

New ESRI Workbook Helps Readers Build GIS Analysis Skills
ESRI released GIS Tutorial II: Spatial Analysis Workbook, which teaches readers how to perform spatial analysis using the tools in the company's ArcGIS Desktop. Step-by-step procedures are included to guide readers in a number of spatial analysis methods including comparison, overlay, density, proximity, statistical, distribution, and pattern.

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Expert CAD Manager book by Robert Green

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Mark Your Calendar

Test Drive: Transportation with AutoCAD Civil 3D
June 17, 2009
Sacramento, California
Join Ideate's civil engineering team as they walk attendees through a hands-on exercise to design a rural road that has been completed using the corridor model in Civil 3D.
Read more

Test Drive: Revit Architecture
June 18, 2009
Sacramento, California
Ideate is hosting a free Revit Architecture test drive, designed as a first look for new users of the software. Read more

Bentley Systems Be Connected Online Seminar Series
June 23-November 25, 2009
The Be Connected online seminar series gives architects, engineers, builders, geospatial professionals, and owner-operators a chance to learn about applying information modeling from leading infrastructure practitioners. Events are free of charge and available in live and OnDemand formats. .Read more

Ecobuild America 2009
December 7-10, 2009
Washington, D.C.
Ecobuild America, sponsored by the National Institute of Building Sciences, educates design and construction professionals on how to improve our built environment.
Read more

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Cadalyst.com.
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What's New at Cadalyst.com

Reverse Engineering a Better Brake Arm
Racing motorcycle designer CRP Technology uses ergonomics study, CAD, and rapid prototyping to create a custom part. Read more

Lay Down the Law on CAD Standards, Part 2
A thorough file cleanup will show users you mean business and set the tone for standard practices. Read more

Establishing a Rewards Program (CAD Manager's Toolbox)
Acknowledge those who help you -- motivating your users will bring even greater benefits. Read more

3D Printer Buyer's Guide
Learn which questions to ask so you can choose the best possible 3D printer to meet your prototyping needs without overspending. Available free in Cadalyst’s Whitepaper Library to users who register.

 

 


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