Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 14, No. 35)5 Oct, 2009 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Save Named Views with View Manager
Laura Bride, a documentation specialist, shares with us her method of saving named views in order to more easily navigate inside a busy drawing. "I use AutoCAD Map 2009; however, this tip is applicable to any version of AutoCAD. I work with street maps of cities and towns that show the buildings and addresses of our clients." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Freeze Block Layers
Drafter Robert Somppi sends us a tip on freezing (or turning off) layers in a block. "Sometimes when trying to freeze, turn off, or lock a layer that a block is on, you'll find you can only freeze layer 0 (zero) or other layers that are contained within that block. To avoid this problem, select the block, then click on the Layer drop-down list in the Object Properties toolbar (which shows the layer that the block is on), and finally click on the icon next to that layer." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
New Hatch, Reverse Type, and Purge Features in AutoCAD 2010
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky sends us several small tips about new features he has discovered in AutoCAD 2010. "There is an addition to the Hatch command: now, if you have a gap in a boundary, AutoCAD points it out to you." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Select an Overlapped Object
Bram Van Haren sends us advice about selecting objects when they are stacked on top of each other or are overlapping. "You can try to use the Draw Order command, but that can be difficult if there are several objects in one place. With the combination Shift+Spacebar, you can toggle through the overlapping objects and select the correct object very easily." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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Ideate Publishes TLCD Architecture BIM Study in Success
Ideate, an Autodesk certification program provider, announced the online and limited print publication of its most extensive Study in Success featuring TLCD Architecture. Titled
How TLCD Pioneered the Adoption of BIM, this three-part series explores the firm’s earliest implementation of Revit nearly a decade ago. Download the three-part series here, or read excerpts at Ideate's blog.
New Whitepaper on 3D Printing Integration Available from Cadalyst
A new whitepaper titled, "Top 5 Reasons to Integrate 3D Printing into Your Product Development Lifecycle," has been added to the Cadalyst.com whitepaper library. This paper from Objet explores how organizations have leveraged 3D printing technology to gain an advantage over their competitors.
Deals & Freebies
Autodesk Offers Early-Bird Registration Discount for AU 2009
Register before October 09, 2009 for Autodesk University 2009 (AU) and save $500 on 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 more.
Trade Up to DataCAD V12 From Any LT Version for $495 USD
For a limited time, AEC software provider DataCAD is offering users an upgrade to full-strength DataCAD v12 for $495, a $500 savings. According to the company, DataCAD v12 provides users with professional-level features that make users more productive and competitive.
E-Grou Releases Free Online Document Management Solution
E-grou Free Edition is an online collaboration solution for file exchange. Its integrated document and mail management capabilities allow for unified management of enterprise mail and paper records. Users can scan, organize, control changes and versions, route and approve documents, and mail.
Opportunities & Honors
Bentley's Hevacomp Simulator V8i Certified for Dynamic Simulation Modeling in United Kingdom
Bentley Systems announced that its Hevacomp Simulator V8i building energy simulation software has been certified for dynamic simulation modeling (DSM) by the United Kingdom’s Communities and Local Governments. As a result, Hevacomp Simulator V8i now meets the demanding requirements under Part L2 of the U.K. Building Regulations, which establishes measures for reducing CO2 emissions in all new and existing Level 5 buildings.
Books & Training
CIMdata Announces Date and Location of Its Next Certificate Program
CIMdata, a PLM consulting and research firm, announced that the next session of its PLM Certificate Program will be held in Santa Clara, California, from December 7–11, 2009. This assessment-based program includes an intimate classroom experience, individual and team-based exercises, and individual evaluations of achievement.
ASCENT Releases Updated Autodesk Training Guides for 2010
RAND Worldwide, a technology solutions provider, announced that its courseware division, ASCENT — Center for Technical Knowledge, released the updated Revit Structure 2010 Fundamentals and Vault 2010: Data Management for Inventor Users training guides. The Revit training guide is designed to teach users concepts and principles from building design through construction documentation, and the Vault training guide is an introductory course intended for Autodesk Inventor users who need to access their design files from Autodesk Vault.
Mark Your Calendar
ArchiCAD 13: A Revolution in BIM Collaboration
October 7, 2009
3 p.m. EDT
This webinar from Graphisoft discusses the speed, data safety, and workflow of ArchiCAD 13. Read more
2009 Digital Prototyping Simulation Tour
October 6–27, 2009
Attend an Autodesk User Forum on Simulation and learn how Autodesk 2010 software enables users to deliver higher quality products to the market more efficiently in today's challenging environment. Read more
Edgecam Efficiency Workshop
November 3–4, 2009
East Berlin, Connecticut
Join Steve Harrison of Planit/Edgecam and Joe Sanders of M2 Technologies for a two-day workshop that is intended for clients using Edgecam software. Read more
2010 ESRI User Group Conference
February 3–4, 2010
Professionals from California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Islands are invited to connect with peers, colleagues, and ESRI contacts at the 2010 ESRI Regional User Group Conference. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's New at Cadalyst.com
First Look: ArchiCAD 13
New version from Graphisoft has a familiar look, but new Teamwork 2.0 and BIM Server may rock the world of building information modeling. Read more
Dell’s New Workstation Designed to Offer Affordable 2D/3D CAD Power
Starting at $949, the Precision T1500 delivers power and professional graphics for
SMBs — and is CAD certified. Read more
How Can I Motivate Myself?
CAD Manager's Toolbox: The past year has been hard on CAD managers, but it's time to get reinvigorated. Read more
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