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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 14, No. 30)

10 Aug, 2009 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Use ACCADOC.LSP to Create AutoCAD Shortcuts
Miles Mehlhoff wanted to streamline his AutoCAD command inputs. Here is an example of what he did to decrease his drafting time. "I created a custom command in AutoLISP that assigns the offset command to a keyed-in 0 (zero key), followed by Enter." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Adjust Fillmode to Save Printing Time and Cost
Patrick Albert C. Sayo sends us a tip to save printing time and cost for AutoCAD files. "This tip is for those who use xrefs for title blocks. Our company logo is a big block of black ink. We print it up to five times for checking and cross checking -- a lot of ink is wasted." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Set Layer Filters to Display New Layers
Bill Neuhauser uses layer filters and needed a way that could handle new layer creation inside a filter. Here is what he did. "How many use layer filters? How many times have you created a new layer while in a layer filter only to wonder where the new layer is? When AutoCAD creates a new layer, it calls it Layer1, but the problem is that you are currently in a layer filter that is filtering only C3-* layers, for example." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Create Highlighted Viewport Sheets
Dave Drahn sends us a method he uses to highlight different linework in a drawing using multiple viewports. "This will leave you with a site sheet where the plot will highlight the area of interest and fade the rest of the site back." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Submit Your Tip

Submit Your Tip for your favorite CAD software. If we publish your tip, we'll send you a Cadalyst T-shirt, and each month Cadalyst editors will randomly select one published tip and send a $100 gift card to its author. Please remember:

  • 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, and Billy Wooten.


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Mastering Revit 2009 book by Paul F. Aubin

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Resources

Clarizen Users Forum Launched
Clarizen, a project management software provider, announced the launch of Clarizen User Forums where users can exchange ideas, find answers to questions, and, become a more active member of the Clarizen Community. Active topics include keyboard shortcuts, template improvements, sharing reports, the drag-and-drop feature, and more. The site also features a training center where users can access Clarizen tutorials.

3DVIA Debuts Support for COLLADA's .DAE Format
Dassault Systemes, a 3D and product lifecycle management software provider, announced that 3D models hosted on the 3DVIA.com library, including those created using the company's free 3DVIA Shape modeling application, will now be automatically converted to both Dassault Systemes' 3DXML format and the COLLADA open 3D format (.DAE format) created by the Khronos Group.

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Deals & Freebies

Save on AutoCAD LT 2010
Still working from a previous version of AutoCAD LT software? Purchase a license of AutoCAD LT 2010 before August 31, 2009, and receive a $400 rebate from Autodesk. The 2D drafting and detailing software enables users to attach PDFs directly to drawing files as underlays and share higher-quality PDFs with text rendering.

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Opportunities & Honors

Bonzai3d Modeling and Printing Contest Announced
AutoDesSys has teamed up with Shapeways to offer a 3D Modeling and Printing Contest that runs through September 4, 2009. Designers from all industries are invited to build their dream home or any object in it using bonzai3d. Contestants who do not own bonzai3d can download the free trial version from the bonzai3d web site. Each winner will receive a 3D of print of the winning model plus other prizes.

Autodesk Named Best Gaming Tools Provider at Develop Awards
Autodesk announced that it was named Best Tools Provider at the 2009 Develop Industry Excellence Awards. The award recognizes Autodesk's commitment to developing technology for the games industry. Autodesk serves the games community with many products, which have been used to create numerous titles, including Rock Band 2, Prince of Persia, and FIFA 09.

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Books & Training

ASCENT Releases Revit Architecture 2010 Intermediate Training Guide
RAND Worldwide, a provider of technology solutions, announced that its courseware division, ASCENT, released the updated Revit Architecture 2010 Intermediate training guide that builds on the recently released Revit Architecture 2010 Fundamentals guide. The guide enable students who have a basic knowledge of Revit to increase productivity through additional collaboration tools, advanced design development tools, and advanced construction document tools.

Contex Americas Releases August Webinar Schedule
For the month of August, Contex Americas is offering webinars every Tuesday and Thursday on the topics of Contex Net Architecture, large-format scanning, and converting, editing, and processing images with WiseImage v11. The company also features a dealer training webinar on selling Contex software to state, local, and federal government. See web site for dates and times.

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Expert CAD Manager book by Robert Green

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Mark Your Calendar

Revit Architecture Test Drive
August 20, 2009
Portland, Oregon
Ideate is hosting a free Revit Architecture test drive, designed as a first look at this program. If you are considering moving to Revit, this is your chance for a hands-on experience with the software. Read more

Autodesk University 2009
December 1-3, 2009
Las Vegas, Nevada
Early registration opens August 12 and general registration begins August 19 for Autodesk University 2009. Autodesk Subscription members, AUGI members, and AU Online members are eligible to register early. 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. Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to news@cadalyst.com.

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What's New at Cadalyst.com

Cadalyst Launches Redesigned Web Site
Cadalyst introduces a revamped web site boasting a new, cleaner design and improved navigation and functionality for visitors. Read more

A Guided Quest for Hidden Energy
The new VE-Gaia module in VE 6.0 from IES offers a simpler approach to building energy analysis. Read more

Learning Curve AutoCAD Tutorial: Going for the Record!
AutoCAD's Action Recorder lets you bring your macros to life. Read more

Q&A Series: Autodesk Subscription, Part 1
This Q&A is part of a series from Cadalyst and Autodesk in which the company answers readers' questions about its software subscription policies. Read more


About the Author: Cadalyst Staff

Cadalyst Staff

AutoCAD Tips!

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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