Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 14, No. 33)21 Sep, 2009 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Set Every System Variable to Your Liking
Jesse Moore sends us a solution for resetting AutoCAD's system variables the way you want them, every time. "Have you ever opened a drawing to find that your custom settings are discombobulated? It could be anything under the sun that changed; in my case, it often alters the way I have AutoCAD set up to select objects. You can go into your options and fix it, but the problem really resides in your system variables." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Edit 3D Blocks Using Ncopy and Refedit
Peter Hill shows us a method to edit blocks in place and copy outside objects to (and from) them. "Refedit and Ncopy are two commands that become an extremely powerful 3D block-editing tool when used together. Have you ever been annoyed by the fact that you can't manipulate the UCS inside Block Editor? Have you tried to modify a solid inside a block and ended up exploding it and redefining it out of frustration when you couldn't align the UCS to one of its faces? There is a solution." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
AutoCAD's Revert Command: An Update
Karl Hill gives us a quick reminder of a command that's been around awhile, but appears to be missing from the ribbons in AutoCAD 2010. "The Revert command, which I use quite often, can still be launched by typing Revert at the command prompt. This command closes your drawing and reopens it at the point of the last Save." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Create a 'Half Offset' Macro
Ed Galicki sends us a macro for the Offset command that will offset an object half of the entered distance. "This macro is similar to the tip about using CAL in commands. I still use a tablet, but a toolbar item could also do the same thing. I have a box on my menu titled Half Offset." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Finding Unknown AutoCAD Commands
Roger Carter sends us a tip for finding useful AutoCAD commands that you might not be aware of. "While customizing toolbars, I have come across some really good commands. The latest one that I found under Customize User Interface>Command List>All Commands is called Paste as Block (Ctrl+Shift+V)." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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New White Paper on 3D Printing Integration Available from Cadalyst.com
A new white paper has been added to the Cadalyst.com white paper library titled, "Top 5 Reasons to Integrate 3D Printing into Your Product Development Lifecycle." This paper from Objet explores how organizations have leveraged this technology to gain an advantage over their competitors.
CIMdata Releases its 2009 PLM Market Analysis Report
Consulting and research firm CIMdata announced the availability of its annual PLM (product lifecycle management) market analysis report. The report provides information and analysis on the worldwide PLM market. It contains analyses of major trends and issues, PLM solution suppliers, and historical and projected data about market growth.
ESRI Releases Free E-Book on Spatial Thinking
Essays on Geography and GIS, Vol. 2, the latest offering from the Best Practices series published by geographic information system (GIS) software developer ESRI, is a collection of essays written by many of the top academics in the fields of geography and GIS technology. Previously published individually in the company's ArcNews magazine, the collection of articles provides insight into the power of spatial thinking. The e-book is available for download at no cost.
Deals & Freebies
PV Elite Upgrade Offer for CodeCalc Users
Software provider COADE announced an upgrade offer designed to make it easier for CodeCalc users to upgrade to PV Elite, the company's program for vessel and exchanger analysis. To be automatically upgraded to PV Elite, CodeCalc customers must be current on their maintenance or renew before December 31, 2009.
Opportunities & Honors
Avatech Challenges Digital Designers to 'Render Us Speechless'
Software systems integrator Avatech Solutions launched its Render Us Speechless contest to recognize the best digital rendering and visualization designers who use AutodeskR design and engineering software. This year Avatech is accepting submissions in the categories of manufacturing/mechanical, civil/mapping/GIS, and architecture/building design. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 16, 2009.
Dimension Announces its Sixth Annual 3D Printing Contest
Dimension 3D Printing, a brand of Stratasys, announced the launch of its sixth annual Extreme Redesign: The Ultimate 3D Printing Challenge. The contest challenges CAD students worldwide to submit their most creative, useful, and innovative extreme redesigns. This year’s contest features a new Green Bonus award, which recognizes one student across all categories whose design best displays innovation in areas such as energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.
Books & Training
Right Hemisphere Selects Nextspace as its Global Education Partner
3D visualization consultancy provider Nextspace has been selected as Right Hemisphere’s global education partner. In this capacity, Nextspace will distribute 3D visualization tools developed for Right Hemisphere’s Fortune 1000 clients to universities, community colleges, and K-12 institutions. Nextspace will also collaborate with educators to develop learning strategies and student assessments that incorporate 3D visualizations in teaching and learning tools.
Doc Walt University Opens SolidWorks College
Training materials provider Conceptual Product Development announced the opening of the SolidWorks College at Doc Walt Online University. Lessons are formatted in the signature style used by Doc Walt author Walter Silva and step-by-step examples are provided.
New Course Added to I GET IT's AutoCAD Training Bundle
Training materials provider I GET IT has added a new course in AutoCAD 2010 Update QuickStart to its training bundle. The course is designed to teach users about the new and changed features in AutoCAD 2010. Users learn about changes to the user interface, 3D modeling techniques, and dynamic blocks.
Mark Your Calendar
Webinar: CFD Analysis for MCAD Designers — Better Products, Faster
September 22, 2009
2 p.m. EDT
In this webinar, PLM industry consulting and research company CIMdata discusses recent industry trends and business drivers for mechanical product companies. Read more
Webinar: The Five Pillars of Engineering Document Management
September 22–24, 2009
1 p.m. EDT
Engineering software provider First Trace has taken its most popular white paper, "The Five Pillars of Engineering Document Management," and turned it into a live webinar. Read more
Webinar: Engineering vs. the Office: Fundamental Differences in Document Management
October 6–8, 2009
12 noon EDT
This webinar from First Trace will provide a primer of the fundamental differences in document management and the risks associated with picking the wrong solution for the job. Read more
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What's New at Cadalyst.com
The Print Factor
When selecting a wide-format printing system to streamline workflows, AEC firms must take market trends and software capabilities into account. Read more
Drawing Connections between GIS and Design
Wacom's pen display technology supports geodesign tools in ESRI's ArcGIS 9.4. Read more
Peer Software Facilitates CAD Collaboration
A medical-device design firm coordinates multiple-office AutoCAD use via collaboration software. Read more
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