Management

Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 14, No. 28)

27 Jul, 2009 By: various


This Week's Software Tips

Manage Layers with Macros
Perry Medina gives us a trick on managing layers with macros. Perry often uses large raster images in his drawing, which can slow things down when zooming and panning around a drawing. To speed things up, he turns them off and on as needed with a simple custom toolbar click or keyboard command. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Use Notepad to Strip Away Text Formatting
Perry Medina sends a second tip that addresses the fact that text you cut and paste into AutoCAD does not always assume the font you expect. "To help eliminate any surprises, first paste the copied text into Notepad, then copy the text from the Notepad file into AutoCAD. This will usually strip the text of any formatting from the original source." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Calculate in a Command
Brian Gustafson sends a method for performing arithmetic calculations within an AutoCAD command for numeric values. "This tip is to offset an object and calculate a distance that it is offset." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Two-Click Slicing
Gerardo Martinez gives his method for slicing. "Just setting two points is enough for slicing -- at any view, even a perspective one." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Selecting Objects with a Filter
Julia Noble sends us a tip on selecting objects with the Qselect filter. "I was learning a new ribbon menu in AutoCAD 2009 and found out that this program has a very powerful QSelect command." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Adjust Mtext Width
Jason Youngblood writes, "When I would type text for leaders, I never knew how wide to make the Mtext. I would just leave it at <0> and then start typing my text. I would type a few words, Return, type a few more words, Return, type a few more words, Return, and so on." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

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Resources

New BIM Tutorials Web Site Launched
BIM Tutorials, a new web site dedicated to releasing building information modeling (BIM) tutorials, was developed by practitioners, tech support personnel, and trainers. The tutorials assist architectural designers in making the transition from 2D CAD to a BIM environment. The site includes architectural tutorials for Revit, ArchiCAD, and Cinema 4D.

SYCODE Founder Launches AlibreDesign.net
SYCODE's founder Deelip Menezes launched AlibreDesign.net, an independent social network for Alibre Design users. Create or join groups of members, chat with other online members, share photos and videos, post events, and invite other Alibre Design users to help build the social network.

Meridian Systems Announces New Prolog Developer Network Program
Meridian Systems, the plan-build-operate technology software provider, announced Prolog Developer Network (PDN), a developer-oriented program that is now available to Meridian customers and technology partners. PDN subscribers can access shared knowledge, tools, and technical resources to build Prolog integrations.

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Deals & Freebies

StudioGPU Offers Free Exporters for SketchUp and Rhino
StudioGPU announced that MachStudio Pro, a 3D workflow and rendering package, now offers free exporters for Google SketchUp Pro and McNeel Rhino 3D modeling and animation software. With these new exporters, 3D assets from SketchUp Pro v7 and Rhino v4 can be transferred into MachStudio Pro where users can create and manipulate lights, materials, and HDR cameras.

COADE Extends Early-Bird Discount for COADE User Conference
COADE announced that the company has extended its early-bird discount until August 1, 2009, for the COADE User Conference scheduled for September 28-30, 2009, in Houston, Texas. Those registering by August 1 will receive a $200 registration fee discount.

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Mastering Revit 2009 book by Paul F. Aubin

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Opportunities & Honors

NovaMARS Wins Best Product Award
Nova Measuring Instruments, a provider of stand-alone and integrated metrology software, announced that NovaMARS advanced Scatterometry modeling and analysis software has been chosen as one of 15 best products of 2009 by the editors of Semiconductor International. Editors consider the products based on feedback from customers in the field.

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Books & Training

CIMdata Announces Next PLM Certification Program
CIMdata, a PLM (product lifecycle management) consulting and research firm, announced that the next session of its PLM Certificate Program will be held in Andover, Massachusetts, from September 28-October 2, 2009. This five-day, assessment-based program includes an intimate classroom experience, individual and team-based exercises, and individual evaluations of achievement.

Envision Group Releases New MicroStation V8i Training Manual
The Envision Group, a MicroStation and InRoads training provider, announced the release of the new training manual MicroStation V8i Fundamentals  - Civil Edition. This edition contains civil engineering lab examples to complement the reference material. Each manual includes a dataset CD with civil engineering examples.

New Luxology modo 401 Training DVD Now Available
3D Garage.com, a producer of instructional training videos for 3D modeling and digital content creation, announced that Luxology modo 401 Signature Courseware is now available through the company's web site. The DVD, created by Dan Ablan, is an instructional video for beginning to intermediate modeling and animation using modo 401.

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Expert CAD Manager book by Robert Green

 

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Mark Your Calendar

Green Design Using EnergyPlus with Bentley Hevacomp Simulator V8i
August 5, 2009
12 p.m. ET
This free webinar from Bentley focuses on the Hevacomp Simulator. Hevacomp gives users predictions of how the building will actually perform. Read more

Calculate the Impact of Renewables on Your Designs with Bentley Tas Simulator V8i
August 19, 2009
12 p.m. ET
In this webinar, Bentley will discuss its Tas Simulator. Using the Tas Simulator for building design, users can analyze and then incorporate the renewable contributions to overall energy results, calculating environmental impact over time. Read more

ESC Boston
September 21-24, 2009
Boston, Massachusetts
ESC Boston brings together system architects, design engineers, suppliers, analysts, and media from across the globe, including Asia and the Pacific Rim, to share insight about embedded systems development. Read more


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

 


About the Author: various


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Lynn Allen

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