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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 14, No. 39)

2 Nov, 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!

Reshape Your Viewport
Crystal Bresley sends us a tip about the command needed to change the shape of a viewport. "Have you ever created a regular viewport, only to realize later that you wish it had been created as polygonal so you could manipulate its vertex?" View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Eliminate Overdraws with Overkill
Civil technician R.T. Rinehart discusses the Overkill command, a handy tool that will help you clean up a drawing that has similar objects stacked on top of each other. "There may be 15 different instances of a particular wall line in one drawing, and that's just no fun at all." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Manipulate Multiple Grips
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky shares with us a way to simultaneously edit multiple grips of multiple objects. "Highlight an object (or objects) to turn on its grips, hold down Shift, and select a grip (or multiple grips) to make it active. The selected grips will turn red. Release the Shift key, and now you can highlight other objects." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

AutoCAD Video Tips from Lynn Allen
On the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, a new AutoCAD video tip goes live in the Cadalyst Video Gallery, presenting step-by-step help from Autodesk Technical Evangelist Lynn Allen. Sign up to receive Tips & Tricks Tuesdays, an e-mail reminder from Cadalyst delivered each time a new tip goes live.

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's CAD 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

Colortrac Offers Large-Format Scanning and Copying Videos
Colortrac, a large-format scanner provider, has produced 11 practical, hands-on videos, which cover the fundamental aspects of day-to-day large-format scanning and copying. Video topics include the Scan Once system, adaptive scanning, document handling, and more.

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Deals & Freebies

Free MrSID Plug-in for ArcGIS 3D Analyst from LizardTech
LizardTech, a provider of software for managing and distributing geospatial content, has released the MrSID Plug-in for ArcGIS 3D Analyst. 3D Analyst users can load point cloud datasets compressed to MrSID Generation 4 to create surfaces for use in line-of-sight and terrain modeling, visualization, and spatial analysis. Click here to download the MrSID plug-in.

VariCAD 2010 Available as a Free, 30-Day Trial
CAD systems developer VariCAD is offering its latest release of VariCAD 2010 as a free, 30-day trial. New enhancements include improved solid transformation, additional options for editing solids, improved STEP file compatibility, and changes in 2D that simplify the process of creating 2D drawings. The trial version of this 3D/2D CAD system is available for both Windows and Linux.

Free CameraMatch Plug-in Offered to Students and Teachers
Nemetschek North America announced that PanzerCAD has upgraded its CameraMatch plug-in to be compatible with the Vectorworks 2010 line of products. This tool allows Vectorworks software users to align a 3D view to an existing photograph. CameraMatch 2010 is free for students and teachers using the 2010 educational version of Vectorworks software.

SYCODE Releases ESRI Shape File Import Plug-ins
SYCODE has released ESRI Shape file import plug-ins for AutoCAD, Bricscad, IntelliCAD, and Rhinoceros, and free trial versions are now available. The plug-ins allow these CAD systems to read 2D geometric data from ESRI shape files. The plug-ins also read point, polyline, and polygon data stored in ESRI shape files and create corresponding point, polyline, and polygon objects in the active drawing of the respective CAD system.

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Opportunities & Honors

CARIS Announces Call for Papers
Geospatial software developer CARIS is accepting paper submissions for its annual conference, CARIS 2010: Stronger Together — People, Products, Infrastructure. Paper themes include: bathymetric revolutions, production environments: desktop versus enterprise, ping-to-chart, workflow optimization, specialized chart products, and merging land and sea. The deadline for submission is November 23, 2009.

KOMPAS-3D Modeling Contest Launched
ASCON Group, developer and integrator of CAD/AEC/PLM software, announced the VIII 3D-Modeling Contest for users of the MCAD solution KOMPAS-3D. Designers and engineers are welcome to take part in the competition and share results of their work made in the Professional or free LT version of KOMPAS-3D.

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Expert CAD Manager book by Robert Green

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Books & Training

Second Edition of Vectorworks Architect and Essentials Tutorials Issued
CAD software developer Nemetschek North America announced that the second edition Vectorworks Architect and Vectorworks Essentials tutorial manuals from Jonathan Pickup are now available. The tutorials are based on v2010 but can be used successfully with prior versions of Vectorworks software.

Metric Piping System Fundamentals Book Now Available
Engineered Software, creator of PIPE-FLO Professional design software, released the metric edition of the book, Piping System Fundamentals: The Complete Guide to Gaining a Clear Picture of Your Piping System, by trainer Ray T. Hardee. It is a guidebook for understanding basic design principles in piping systems. Formerly only available in U.S. units, the guide is now available in a metric edition.

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Mastering Revit 2009 book by Paul F. Aubin

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Mark Your Calendar

Webinar: Vehicular Modeling
November 4, 2009
12:00 noon EST
This free, 45-minute webinar is designed to help existing users unlock the power of T-Splines. Read more

Revolution in Sustainable BIM Collaboration Seminar
November 10, 2009
Miami, Florida
Join Graphisoft for a free seminar, hosted by 3DCADCO, showcasing ArchiCAD 13 and today's latest sustainable BIM technology. Read more

Webinar: Simulating and Optimizing Mixing Processes
November 11, 2009
2:00 p.m. EST
Join Mentor Graphics for a 45-minute webinar to discuss the complexities surrounding the design of a water pump. 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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