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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 14, No. 32)

14 Sep, 2009 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Congratulations, $100 Winners!
Cadalyst sends out congratulations to recent winners of $100 monthly drawings. Tip contributors Andria Lynch, Shane Wells, and Skipp Millet were selected by random drawing after their tips were published in Tips & Tools Weekly.

Xref Tips for AutoCAD, Part 2
Thanks to all who answered the call for xref tips. We received a lot of great tips — so many that we had to run the first batch in the previous edition of Tips & Tools Weekly.

Rename Layers from Bound Xrefs
R.T. Rinehart often needs to change the names of several layers in a drawing. He has developed a process using the Rename command when the names have similar beginnings. "When an xref is attached to a drawing, AutoCAD delineates its layers in the Layer Manager by placing the reference name followed by a vertical bar, followed by the layer name (i.e. floorplan|steel, or floorplan|concrete)." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Control Visual Properties of Xrefs
Chris Micallef reminds us about VISRETAIN, a system variable in AutoCAD that controls the properties of layers in a file. "Changes to the color, linetype, properties, etc. of layers belonging to xrefs can be made permanent or temporary. The VISRETAIN system variable can be set to 0." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Mastering Revit 2009 book by Paul F. Aubin

Unload an Xref
Tip Patrol member Billy Wooten sends us a LISP routine he created that unloads an xref by picking on it. "If it isn't an xref (i.e. a Block or an Entity), it identifies it and instructs the user to try again." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Use AutoCAD Reference Manager to Control Multiple Xrefs
Mike Shilton needs to restore the links to referenced files in many files at one time. He uses the Reference Manager program. "When servers are updated and drive letters change, you often need to reset the folder paths to your externally referenced files. Using relative paths can help, providing all externally referenced files in the same folder or subfolders of the current drawing file." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Repath Broken Xrefs with Redirmode
Josh Jones (the Lazy Drafter) shares a tip from his blog about using the Express Tool Redirmode. "It's happened to all of us. You receive a zipped set of CAD files, you open a layout drawing that contains xrefs, and all the xref paths are broken. Never fear, there is a lazy way to redirect all the xref paths in a drawing. Here is how I make it happen." Read more

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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Resources

First Trace Updates its Engineering Survival Center
Engineering software provider First Trace recently added a number of new engineering articles, papers, and resources to its Engineering Survival Center. Visit the center for free advice on surviving in a tough economy, properly managing drawings, and reducing unnecessary costs from design processes. The site also provides users with specific advice on workforce reduction, document management, workflow and cost, and engineering resources.

GTG Enhances its After-Hours Technical Support
Geographic Technologies Group (GTG) announced its enhanced after-hours technical support services for GTG software. In an effort to better serve clients, GTG has created a new GTG Emergency Technical Support Team and after-hours notification process to assist clients requiring immediate after-hours technical assistance. The GTG Emergency Technical Support Team includes software specialists, software developers, GIS specialists, and key management.

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Deals & Freebies

QuadriSpace Offers Free Trial of its Smart Template Technology
QuadriSpace, a provider of 3D product documentation software, announced a new technology that provides benefits for documentation efforts. Smart Template Technology lets users import their 3D CAD models into a smart template, customize the automatically generated document, and then publish to standard print, web, or interactive 3D formats. Smart Template Technology is available as a free 15-day trial.

Autodesk Offers Early-Bird Registration Discount for AU 2009
Register before October 09, 2009 for Autodesk University 2009 (AU) and save $500.00 off registration costs. AU registration offers a variety of conference packages to fit different budgets and schedules. The three-day, all-inclusive pass covers conference admission, classes, meals, social activities, entertainment, and much more.

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Opportunities & Honors

Longview Advisors Calls for Survey Participants
Longview Advisors, a provider of consulting services in the business, technology, and application of 3D software in product lifecycle management, released its 2009 Collaboration and Interoperability Best Practices Survey. The annual survey looks at trends and factors in areas like data exchange practices, preferred platforms and formats, 3D data handling and deployment processes, and software requirements.

Oce ColorWave 600 Printer Receives IDSA Bronze Award
Oce, a digital document management provider, announced that its wide-format Oce ColorWave 600 printer has received the IDSA Bronze Award. Oce was honored for its “commitment to design excellence,” according to the jury report of the 2009 International Design Excellence Awards. Oce was awarded bronze in the Commercial and Industrial Products category.

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Books & Training

ASCENT — Center for Technical Knowledge
RAND Worldwide, a provider of technology solutions to organizations with engineering design and information technology requirements, announced that its courseware division, ASCENT — Center for Technical Knowledge, released an updated Revit Architecture 2010 Advanced training guide. The updated version incorporates enhancements made to the workspace and interface options, including the Ribbon and Menu Browser.

Training Web Site Now Available for Prolog Software
Project Team Solutions, an authorized Meridian global reseller, has launched its new Prolog training website. The site provides access to hundreds of videos covering the features and functions of Meridian Systems Prolog construction project management software. Training content can be sorted by vendor, product, course, topic, or role.

Ideate Offers New Slate of Civil 3D Online Courses
Ideate, an operator of Autodesk Authorized Training Centers, announced the addition of three new AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 eLearning Courses to its training roster. Each online Civil 3D 201 level course is available for $99. Transportation Update 2010 is available October 8, 2009 and reviews the most recently updated Civil 3D Transportation related features. Other courses include Survey Update 2010 and Land Development Update 2010.

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Expert CAD Manager book by Robert Green

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Mark Your Calendar

2009 FLOW-3D World Users Conference
September 18–19, 2009
Seattle, Washington
During the FLOW-3D Conference from Flow Science users will present their studies, analyses, and results obtained using FLOW-3D. Read more

ESC Boston 2009
September 21–24, 2009
Boston, Massachusetts
ESC Boston includes a full schedule of sessions that introduce attendees to new technologies and new tools. Conference tracks include design team management, consumer electronics, and more. Read more

URISA Annual Conference and Exhibition
September 29–October 02, 2009
Anaheim, California
URISA's Annual Conference and Exhibition features management and policy discussions of IT/GIS issues affecting urban and regional governments. 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

Peer Software Facilitates CAD Collaboration
A medical-device design firm coordinates multiple-office AutoCAD use via collaboration software. Read more

Santolupo's High School Students Tackle Real-World Design Challenges
Unencumbered by preconceived notions, teens experiment with technologies of tomorrow. Read more

Laptops and CAD
CAD Manager's Toolbox: Can a laptop replace a workstation? For some CAD users on the move, the answer is yes. Read more

What's the BIM Deal? Part 2
Readers have lots of questions about building information modeling, and CAD management expert Robert Green has answers. Read more

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About the Author: Cadalyst Staff

Cadalyst Staff

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Lynn Allen

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