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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 14, No. 5)

2 Feb, 2009


This Week's Software Tips

View Single Objects in 3D
Leonid Nemirovsky sent this useful AutoCAD tip: "If you have a complicated 3D model with many solid pieces and you need to see one or two small solid parts of the model, all you need to do is highlight the needed part with grips, initiate ORBIT, or hold the Shift key and wheel button on your mouse and you can view only the details you just highlighted with grips."  View the complete tip.

Recover Xrefs in One Step
Kevin Mukbel sent this tip for recovering all of the files referenced in your drawing with one command. "Did you know that with AutoCAD 2008/2009 there is a command called RECOVERALL? It is my favorite. This new drawing utility allows you to run the recover process on a drawing and all the associated xrefs." View the complete tip.

Single-Line Text to Multiline Text
Here is another handy tip from Kevin Mukbel: "You can convert single-line text or more to multiline Mtext. On the AutoCAD command line type TXT2MTXT, select your single line(s) text, and you are done." View the complete tip.

Find Hidden Windows
Jesse Mower says, "With two office locations, I often go from dual screen to single screen, and back to dual. Sometimes I tell AutoCAD to pull up a tool window and it says it’s up, but I can’t see it! One day in frustration I hit Shift+Alt+Spacebar. This opened a small menu that allowed me to click Move and use the arrow keys to move the open window onto the screen.  View the complete tip.

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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

Siemens Launches Customer Responsiveness Resource Center
Offered in the Customer Responsiveness Resource Center are tools for assessing customer responsiveness, case studies on how other customers have improved responsiveness, and multiple videos and industry analyst white papers.

Spatial Infrastructures White Paper Now Available
GITA's Spatial Infrastructures white paper is intended to help readers understand spatial data infrastructures and their value in managing, using, and sharing spatial information and services.

New Study Reveals Shake-up in Markets for 2009
ZweigWhite's study, 2009 AEC Industry Outlook: Strategy and Insight for Design and Construction Firms, answers the questions about what your design or construction firm can expect in 2009, the business trends that are changing the AEC industry, the outlook for your firm’s target markets, and the strategies AEC firms will be using to grow in 2009?

Sescoi Launches WorkXPlore 3D
Sescoi's English-language web site for WorkXPlore 3D enables high-speed 3D CAD viewing and markup. The site includes demo sessions, tutorials, and software downloads.


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Deals & Freebies

Rentable CAD Software From ASCON
ASCON Group is renting its 3D modeling software, KOMPAS-3D, and 2D drafting software, KOMPAS-Graphic, to users. The offer allows customers to choose their rental period and test the MCAD software for parametric 3D solid modeling and 2D drafting. Rental periods vary from 3, 6, or 9 months to 1 year.

Discounted Training Courses Offered to Unemployed Design Engineers
Synergis wants to help local, unemployed design engineers gain additional skills and knowledge through a 20% price reduction on all training courses offered at its eight training centers. This discount is available to anyone currently unemployed due to layoffs, downsizing, and restructuring.

Datakit Offers Discount on SolidWorks Plug-ins
On the eve of SolidWorks World 2009, Datakit, a data exchange service provider, will launch new price cuts of up to 30% on its conversion plug-ins for SolidWorks.

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Opportunities & Honors

Call for Submissions: Best of the Best Show Reel
Enter your latest film, commercial, broadcast, music video, and episodic projects created with Autodesk software for the 2009 Best of the Best Show Reel. Submissions will be showcased at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas.

Carlson Software Honored with Intermat Silver Innovation Award
Carlson Software's Natural Regrade land reclamation software won a Silver Award in the Services Category of the Intermat Innovation Awards. Winning products had to be innovative and represent a significant advance in technical design and the technology used.


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Books & Training

New KEYCREATOR 8 Workbook
Doctor Walt's KEYCREATOR 8 Workbook ($89.95) covers 2D construction, detailing, solid modeling, new Face-Logic modification techniques, layout mode, assemblies, and macros.  Read more

Avatech Offers Online Training Seminars
Avatech's Online Seminar Learning enables architects, designers, and engineers to learn new skills or focus on the ones they need most. The live, topic-specific, online sessions are led by an instructor with industry experience. Read more


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The Week's New CAD and Related Products

Hardware: NextDimension XGE Portable Workstation
Designed for 3D design and visualization, NextComputing's computer squeezes desktop workstation performance into a small package. Read more

Visualization: 3DPaintBrush V1.2
Geometric Limited's visualization and rendering tool helps create photorealistic images, animations, and videos from 3D models in real time. Read more

MCAD: XVL Converter for JT
Lattice Technology Digital Manufacturing Tools can now convert JT data into a compressed XVL format, which delivers greater compression than similar precise JT formats. Read more

CAE: SimpoeLINK-V5
SimpoeLINK-V5 is an interface to read CATIA V5 model files in their native format for direct analysis with Simpoe-Mold software. Read more

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Mark Your Calendar

Webinar: Printed Manuals with QuadriSpace Pages3D
February 4, 2009
10 a.m. CST
The QuadriSpace webinars will cover a variety of topics about 3D documentation solutions and the popular Document3D Suite. Read more

Webinar: McGraw-Hill's BIM SmartMarket Report
February 13, 2009
12 Noon EST
Supporting the claim that 2009 is the "Year of the Contractor" for BIM, Steve Jones will present new research and intelligence on users' perceptions of BIM adoption, implementation, value, and impact within firms. Read more

Webinar: Technical Illustrations from 3D with QuadriSpace Publisher3D
February 13, 2009
3 p.m. CST
Quadrispace will discuss creating technical illustrations from 3D with QuadriSpace Publisher3D. Read more

WESTEC 2009 Exposition
March 30-April 02, 2009
Los Angeles, California
The exposition puts attendees center stage with more than 600 exhibitors showcasing manufacturing's latest equipment, ideas, and trends. 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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Lynn Allen

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