Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 14, No. 40)9 Nov, 2009 By: Robert Green
This Week's Software Tips
Specify Offsets in Inches While Working with Feet
Leland Leahy sends the following AutoCAD macro that will offset objects in inches — even when you are working in feet as your unit setting. "This is useful for civil engineers who work with feet as a unit." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Draw Shapes Easily Using Excel-Based Profiles
Constantin Stoilov sends us a spreadsheet that can help speed up shape drawing in AutoCAD. Constantin uses it to draw cross sections of steel profiles such as HEA, HEB, and IPE. "Attached is an Excel table. To use it, simply right-click in the AutoCAD command cell and 'copy' the contents." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Regen to Zoom Again
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky sends us a tip on resetting the Zoom and Pan commands. "From time to time, when performing the Zoom command in AutoCAD, I stumble into a small problem. At a certain point it stops zooming out or panning. To resolve this problem, simply execute a Regen or Regenall at the Command prompt, and zooming and panning will resume." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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!
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Can't Attend AU 09? Be Part of AU Virtual Instead
Not everyone can travel to Las Vegas to attend Autodesk University (AU) 2009. So this year, Autodesk is introducing AU Virtual, a web-based event that originates at the AU 2009 Conference in Las Vegas. By streaming select classes and content from AU 2009 directly to your desktop, AU Virtual offers a way to obtain practical skills, industry knowledge, and professional contacts.
Roland DGA Creative Center Opens
Roland announced the opening of the Roland DGA Creative Center in Irvine, California. This gallery of innovative applications is on display in the company’s headquarters. The Center brings together the work of screen printers, sign makers, label makers, fabric decorators, product designers, fine artists, engravers, jewelry makers, gift designers, vehicle graphics designers, movie and television set designers, and others whose work demonstrates creativity and craftsmanship.
Deals & Freebies
Updates Released for Nine Autodesk Building Industry Products
Autodesk Subscription Advantage Packs are now available from Autodesk. Available exclusively to Autodesk subscription customers at no additional charge, the Autodesk Subscription Advantage Packs offer a range of feature enhancements and performance improvements to the 2010 line of architecture, engineering, and construction software released earlier this year.
Try Free Algor DesignCheck Software from Autodesk
Experience Autodesk Algor Simulation software by downloading the free Algor DesignCheck software — an engineering simulation tool that allows users to perform a first pass of design validation and optimization before manufacturing. The software provides a range of analysis tools that enable designers and engineers to bring product performance knowledge into the early stages of the design cycle.
Ashlar-Vellum Releases Cobalt, Xenon, and Argon V8 Service Pack 2
CAD and 3D modeling software provider Ashlar-Vellum announced the release of Service Pack 2 for Cobalt, Xenon, and Argon v8, its trio of products for precision 3D modeling, drafting, and photo-realistic rendering. Service Pack 2 is a free update available to those on Cobalt, Xenon, and Argon v8. Upgrades are available from previous versions, with prices varying according to the age of the software.
Discounts Offered on CADVault V6 for Licensed Users
CADVault V6, the latest version of AutoCAD drawing security software from CADLock, is now available for download. CADVault V6 is a free upgrade for CADVault V5 users who purchased their license within the past year. Licenses between one and two years old receive an upgrade discount of 50% off the price of a new license, while licenses older than two years receive a discount of 25% off the retail price of a new license.
Opportunities & Honors
FIATECH 2010 Calls For Presentation Proposals
FIATECH is accepting presentation proposals until November 13, 2009, for the following breakout tracks in its Technology Conference and Showcase: Emerging and Market-Ready Solutions for Interoperability, New and Innovative Technologies, and Achieving Success in Safety, Sustainability, and Energy Efficiency. Speakers will be notified and confirmed in mid-December.
3D Academic Awards Announced
AutoDesSys held the 17th Annual Awards Banquet of its Joint Study Program to recognize student projects executed using form.Z. The awards this year are in five categories: architectural design, urban design, interior design, fabrication, and visualization.
CETI 2009 Award Call for Nominations
FIATECH is accepting nominations for the 2009 CETI (Celebration of Engineering and Technology Innovation) Award until close of business on December 18, 2009. To nominate an organization, download the 2009 CETI nomination form here. FIATECH established the CETI Award to promote and showcase innovative construction-related technologies that benefit the capital projects industry.
Books & Training
Dosch Design Presents Free Tutorials and Samples
3D software developer Dosch Design has added Dosch Samples & Tutorials to its web site in order to support users in the optimal use of Dosch Design products, and for identifying solutions for specific task requirements. Delivered and presented by well-known experts, these English and German tutorials are immediately available for illuminating complex work processes.
Mark Your Calendar
Webinar: Elevate Information Management Throughout the Lifecycle
November 10, 2009
11:00 a.m. EST
In this webinar from FIATECH, case studies will be delivered highlighting Woodside, one of Australia’s largest publicly traded oil and gas E & P companies, and Mustang Engineering, an engineering, design, project, and construction management services company. Read more
Webinar: Using CAD Data to Smoothly Deliver S1000D-Compliant Documentation
November 11, 2009
9:30 a.m. CST
In this webinar, hosted by Cortona3D, viewers will be shown Cortona3D's Rapid family of tools producing S1000D compliant materials for product maintenance and support. Read more
Webinar: Mastering Coordination and Constructability in a Hard Bid
November 13, 2009
12 noon EST
This webinar from the Fridays With Vico series is for you and your firm if you want to develop hard bid strategies quickly, but might not have time to develop a BIM. Read more
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What's New at Cadalyst.com
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