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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 14, No. 38)

26 Oct, 2009 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Call for Tips: 3D Modeling, Rendering, and Animation
You don't hear a lot about the 3D capabilities of AutoCAD that have been around for years. Let's change that and get the word out about how to make the most of 3D AutoCAD. Send us your favorite tips related to 3D modeling, rendering, and animation. If we publish your tip, you'll receive a Cadalyst T-shirt, and you'll be entered in a random monthly drawing for $100. Submit your tip soon!

Add Company Standards to the UI
Interior designer Denise Couture Cowell tells us how she streamlined and standardized her company's AutoCAD user interface. Custom pulldowns are a good way to get all of your users working on the same page. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Specify Relative Paths
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky details a method he uses to help maintain the paths of referenced files, and he also describes a script file he has created that helps him to repath files from outside sources. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Edit Revision Clouds
Ed Hall sends us a tip on editing revision clouds. "I often need to add more items to a revision cloud than originally planned. Instead of making a new revision cloud to encompass all the items, I will draw a second revision cloud so that it overlaps the first one." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Export CAD Drawings to Word
Brad Hofman sends us a tip on capturing linework from AutoCAD drawings and pasting it into a Microsoft Word file. "Print the DWG layout to PDF. Copy the desired information in the PDF to the clipboard. Paste the DWG/PDF information from the clipboard to Word." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Establish a Relative Origin
In this brief video, CAD Specialist Mark Mason demonstrates how to create a relative origin to place an element. "This is a faster way than building construction geometry and having to hide or delete it. It also helps those users who don't have the exact coordinates. It is one of those hidden features in AutoCAD that's been there for a while, but not too many people know about it." View the video tip.

ProjectWise Tip: Xrefs, Sheet Sets, and More
Viktor Ceka sends us this tip for users of ProjectWise from Bentley Systems. "Here is a sheet sets tip for people using ProjectWise: select all your cut sheets into ProjectWise> find folder ID> right click> copy out. Select folder ID into your hard drive> create a sheet set." 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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Resources

Lattice Technology Releases More Chapters of Its Lean Manufacturing Book
Lattice Technology, a developer of digital manufacturing applications, has released chapters 11 and 12 of the free book, Improving Lean Manufacturing Through 3D Data by Hiroshi Toriya. Two chapters per month will be released to registered recipients. The book includes case studies on major manufacturers including Toyota, Brother Industries, Niigata Power Systems, and Alpine Precision.

ESRI Brings GIS to the Public with Mapping for Everyone Web Site
GIS software provider ESRI launched a web site that allows users to create maps for free with geographic information system (GIS) tools. Called Mapping for Everyone, the site includes tools that cover a range of mapping needs, such as embedding an interactive demographic map into a web site and creating custom applications using web mapping APIs.

New Resources Available for Jewelry Creators
More than 60 videos are available on Rhinojewel.com to show each of the Rhinojewel tools at work. The content of these videos varies from beginner level to advanced jewelry design tools and modelling strategies. Free 3D models are also available for download.

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Deals & Freebies

Exclusive Education Discount for AUGI Members
4D Technologies, an Autodesk authorized publisher, has launched a new CADLearning site exclusively for AUGI members. For a limited time, AUGI members can subscribe to the CADLearning online tutorials for $29.95 per month (or $299 per year). This subscription provides access to the latest CADLearning online courses for AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk Navisworks, and more.

First Trace Offers Rebate Program for AutoCAD LT
To coincide with Autodesk's current $300 rebate program for AutoCAD LT, document management software provider First Trace is also offering a $300 instant rebate on each seat of Korrigo for AutoCAD LT for a discounted price of $499 through January 15, 2010. This instant rebate offer allows companies using AutoCAD LT to establish a CAD strategy and design environment with an interoperable data management solution.

Pictometry Offers Free Seats of Pictometry Online to Gov’t Customers
Pictometry, a provider of aerial oblique imagery and measuring software, is offering its government customers 200 free seats of Pictometry Online (POL) for up to one year. The free seats will enable government entities to distribute POL seats to as many as 20 users of this visual information tool in each of up to 10 internal departments such as 9-1-1, GIS, assessment, public safety, planning, and development.

Receive 30, 40, or 50% Discount on Bricscad V10
In support of its Bricscad v10 release, Bricsys is offering customers a discount when they upgrade to the new software. Upgrade before October 31, 2009, to receive either a 30, 40, or 50% discount. If you upgrade to v10 now, you will also get a free update to the AutoCAD 2010 format, which is compatible with the Bricscad v10 release scheduled for 2010.

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Opportunities & Honors

Avatech Solutions Extends Deadline for Render Us Speechless Contest
Software systems integrator Avatech Solutions launched its Render Us Speechless contest to recognize the best digital rendering and visualization designers who use Autodesk design and engineering software. This year Avatech is accepting submissions in the categories of manufacturing/mechanical, civil/mapping/GIS, and architecture/building design. The new deadline for submissions is Friday, October 30, 2009.

Creaform Ranks 45 in the North American Technology Fast 500
Creaform, developer and manufacturer of the Handyscan 3D self-positioning laser scanners, announced that it ranked 45 on Deloitte's 2009 Technology Fast 500, a ranking of 500 of the fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences, and clean technology companies in North America. Rankings are based on percentage of fiscal year revenue growth during 2004–2008.

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Mastering Revit 2009 book by Paul F. Aubin

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Books & Training

New Webinar Series Offered by OptiTex
2D/3D CAD design software manufacturer OptiTex will host a series of webinars for those interested in the fashion and textile industry. OptiTex specialists will lead the webinars, which will run from October 28, 2009 until March 24, 2010. Participants can review topics such as 3D design and fit, nesting, marking, and animation while acquiring tips to maximize the usage of their current software.

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Expert CAD Manager book by Robert Green

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Mark Your Calendar

Design on the Delaware
October 28–29, 2009
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Design on the Delaware, hosted by AEC InfoSystems, is a two-day conference and trade show that brings together design and building professionals for professional education and networking. Read more

AIA Minnesota Annual Convention and Product Exposition
November 10–13, 2009
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota is offering "Old is the New Green: Preservation as Sustainable Design," as a four-session track exploring the connection between sustainable design and historic preservation. Read more

Ecobuild America 2009
December 7–10, 2009
Washington D.C.
Ecobuild America, sponsored by the National Institute of Building Sciences, educates design and construction professionals on how to improve our built environment. 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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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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