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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 14, No. 24)

29 Jun, 2009 By: various


This Week's Software Tips

Adjust Linetype Scale for Model vs. Paper Space
Shane Wells sent us a tip for controlling a drawing's linetype scale. "Ever experience linetype scales that won't cooperate in between model space and layout/paper space?" View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Change Space Without Changing Text Size
Carol McKeough shared a method to get text objects to and from paper space and model space. "I use the Changespace (Chspace) command to ensure my text size remains consistent between model space and paper space." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Shift Key Shortcuts
Mike O’Flaherty sent us eight tips that will make you more efficient in AutoCAD with the press of one key! For example, "While in the Extend command, pressing Shift lets you trim an object." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Cycle Through Drawings
Craig McGrath sent us a method to instantly cycle through AutoCAD drawings. "Simply Ctrl+Tab to cycle between drawings in AutoCAD and the same to cycle between open windows in any other program." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

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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's CAD 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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Expert CAD Manager book by Robert Green

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Resources

ERDAS Launches Community Site
Geospatial software developer ERDAS announced its new web site, ERDAS Communities, a group of unmediated forums on ERDAS software as well as broader discussions on geospatial imaging, photogrammetry, enterprise data management, and GIS issues.

Geomagic Delivers 24/7 Online Support
Geomagic, a developer of solutions for transforming scan data from physical objects into digital models, launched its new online Geomagic Support Center to serve, support, and engage customers and partners around the clock. Features include user guides, tutorials, and videos that lead users through the workflows of Geomagic products.

Shapeways Offers Free Files of 3D-Printable Parts
Shapeways has launched a database of 3D parts files that can be 3D printed. The files can be downloaded free of charge. Files in the database consist of adaptable shapes and parts such as gears, hinges, springs, and axles.

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Deals & Freebies

New Inventor Fusion Trial Available Free
Autodesk is now offering a free download of its Inventor Fusion Technology Preview on the Autodesk Labs web site. The new digital prototyping technology is said to unite the power and control of parametric, history-based modeling with the speed and ease of use of direct, history-free modeling. The full vision of Inventor Fusion is in development.

Free Trials Available for Autodesk Navisworks 2010
Free 30-day trial versions are now available of Autodesk Navisworks 2010 for AEC or manufacturing applications. The new Autodesk Navisworks 2010 software is designed for managing, simulating, and reviewing design and engineering projects in 3D. The free trials are available to users who register.

FARO Offers Technology Test Drive
FARO announced the FARO Test Drive program, which allows potential customers to test the company's portable 3D measurement instruments for inspection, imaging, reverse engineering, and surveying for a nominal monthly fee. Participants receive free initial onsite training and setup as well as unlimited training at a FARO facility.

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Mastering Revit 2009 book by Paul F. Aubin

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Opportunities & Honors

Maplesoft Wins 2009 Omond Solandt Award
Maplesoft, a developer of computational and simulation tools for engineering, scientific, and mathematical applications, received the 2009 Omond Solandt Award. Presented by the Canadian Operational Research Society, the award recognizes contributions to operational research and development of innovative and revolutionary mathematical software systems.

Applied Software Earns Autodesk Training Awards
Applied Software, a national Autodesk Value Added Reseller, announced it earned Autodesk Authorized Training Center Awards for 2008. Instructor Rick France was named Instructor of the Year for the Americas Group, and Applied Software’s Revit instructors received the North America award for distinguished performance in Autodesk Revit Architecture. Honorees are selected based instructional performance and customer feedback.

D3 Technologies Honored for Autodesk Inventor Training
D3 Technologies announced that its Kansas City office has received Autodesk's North America Award for Distinguished Performance in Autodesk Inventor Software Training for 2008. Autodesk Authorized Training Center Awards recognize the top training center partners in the Americas.

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Books & Training

Online Training Available for Vico Office
Vico Office Online Training is now available for the construction-oriented building information modeling (BIM) software suite. Basic and advanced courses include a comprehensive exam that gauges software knowledge as well as understanding of the subject matter and its applicability to the student's project portfolio.

Ideate Training, Events Qualify for NCEES Credit
Ideate announced that the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) now accepts all Ideate classes and professional community events for professional development hours.

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Mark Your Calendar

ESRI Survey and Engineering GIS Summit

July 11-14, 2009
San Diego, California
During this four-day summit from ESRI, discover how to enhance core business practices and expand capabilities with ESRI technology for geospatial data management and analysis. Read more

GeoWeb 2009

July 27-31, 2009
Vancouver, B.C.
GeoWeb 2009, sponsored by ESRI and Google, focuses on the reciprocal impact of the web and geographic information, as well as the ever increasing need for collaboration in light of global economic and environmental concerns. Read more

Autodesk University 2009

December 1-3, 2009
Las Vegas, Nevada
Registration is now open for Autodesk University 2009. The annual AU User Conference and Exhibition brings together thousands of Autodesk users, instructors, and partners to learn and network. 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

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Lay Down the Law on CAD Standards, Part 3
Take a diagnostic quiz and learn how to tackle problems related to standards and training. Read more

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Operating system offers benefits for some environments, but not all. Read more

 


About the Author: various


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Lynn Allen

Autodesk Technical Evangelist Lynn Allen guides you through a different AutoCAD feature in every edition of her popular "Circles and Lines" tutorial series. For even more AutoCAD how-to, check out Lynn's quick tips in the Cadalyst Video Gallery. Subscribe to Cadalyst's free Tips & Tools Weekly e-newsletter and we'll notify you every time a new video tip is published. All exclusively from Cadalyst!
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