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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 14, No. 41)

16 Nov, 2009 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Insert Spreadsheets into Tables
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky (check out his Better Than Nothing AutoLISP site) sends us a tip for inserting an Excel spreadsheet into an AutoCAD table. "Initiate the Table command by typing Table on the Command line or selecting Table from the ribbon, a pull-down menu, etc. Select the From a data link radio button in the Insert Table dialog box." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Paste Copied Objects as a Block
Leonid Nemirovsky also discovered a method to paste objects as a block. "I was using Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V to copy and paste AutoCAD objects. But when I was pasting, I accidentally held down not Ctrl+V but Ctrl+Shift+V!" View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Pick a Node Every Time
Engineering specialist Allen Jessup sends us a tip on using Osnaps. "I often have to draw lines — especially random lines and plines based on nodes — using Osnaps. One source of problems with this method is that AutoCAD will let you pick a point in the drawing that is not a node. Even with the running Osnap set to Node, you can still miss a pick and end up with an invalid vertex." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Select an Object Before Breaking It
Shawn Evjen wrote a LISP routine that reorganizes the Break command, allowing you to select an object first, and then choose where to break it. "Generally when I use the Break command, there are too many other objects where I want the actual break to occur. I was constantly selecting the entity where the drawing was a little emptier, and would need to specify the first point specifically." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

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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

MAXON Launches Spanish-Language Web Site
MAXON Computer, a 3D modeling, animation, and rendering software provider, announced the launch of a Spanish language version of the company's website. MAXON also currently hosts dedicated web sites in English, German, French, Russian, and Japanese, providing customers around the world with access to its information and resources.

Autodesk Expands Sustainability Guide to Cover Building Retrofits
Autodesk announced that it has enhanced its online Guide to Sustainable Design for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction. The updated guide now extends through the entire building lifecycle, with new features and tools targeting green building retrofit and renovation projects — and an expanded focus on issues of interest to building owners and energy service companies.

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Deals & Freebies

IronCAD Makes 3D Design Software Available As a Free Trial Download
IronCAD, a 3D design productivity software provider, announced the release of IRONCAD v2009, dubbed Next Generation (XG). IronCAD has introduced a new 2D design environment integrated within IRONCAD that offers mechanical design capabilities to assist in detailing 3D and 2D design data. An evaluation copy of IRONCAD XG is available for download.

CADDIT Offers Free Upgrade to ProgeCAD 2010
For a limited time, with a new or upgrade purchase of its progeCAD design and drafting software, CADDIT is offering a free equivalent upgrade upon the release of the 2010 version (planned for later this year). This offer applies to Professional, USB, and Network versions of the software, as well as "cross-over" upgrades from AutoCAD LT, IntelliCAD, TurboCAD, ArchiCAD, Chief Architect, and several other design programs. ProgeCAD 2010 will deliver new features, including support for the AutoCAD DWG 2010 file format and Windows 7.

Meridian Systems Discounts 2010 Conference Registration for Alumni
Meridian customers who attended one of the last three conferences can register for the Meridian Systems 2010 User Conference event at a discounted rate of $895, which reflects a savings of $400. This rate is available through December 31, 2009. Alumni attendees can extend their discounted rate to their colleagues within the company. This event brings together project-based organizations to share best practices, customer case studies, and technology demonstrations for Meridian's plan-build-operate solutions.

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Opportunities & Honors

LoggerHead Tools Receives 2009 Breakthrough Innovation Award
Manufacturing tools developer LoggerHead Tools received a 2009 Breakthrough Innovation Award from Popular Mechanics magazine for its newly designed Bionic hydrant wrench. The new wrench can help firefighters and water system personnel to quickly open problematic multisized fire hydrant valves.

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Expert CAD Manager book by Robert Green

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Books & Training

CIMdata Announces Its 2010 CIMdata PLM Certificate Program Schedule
CIMdata, a PLM consulting and research firm, announced its CIMdata PLM Certificate Program schedule for 2010. This assessment-based program includes an intimate classroom experience, individual and team-based exercises, and individual evaluations of achievement. The first program is scheduled for January 25, 2010, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Confirmation of the dates and exact location will be announced approximately three months prior to each program.

Bentley Adds Green Building Design Training to Its Be Careers Network
AEC software provider Bentley Systems announced that the Be Careers Network, which provides software licenses, training, scholarships, and professional networking opportunities, now includes Bentley's Energy Performance Series in the Academic SELECT Subscription portfolio. The Energy Performance Series offerings include Bentley Tas Simulator V8i, Hevacomp Simulator V8i (U.S. and Canadian standards), Hevacomp Simulator V8i (U.K. and Irish standards), Hevacomp Mechanical Designer V8i (U.S. and Canadian standards), and Hevacomp Mechanical Designer V8i (U.K. and Irish standards).

BobCAD Offers Free CAD/CAM Webinars in English and Spanish
CAD and CAM software provider BobCAD is offering a series of free CAD and CAM webinars in English and Spanish that demonstrate different aspects of the company's software. Available webinar topics include 2D CAD and toolpath strategies, 3D CAD, 3D machining, and verifying the part and code. Previously recorded webinars are also available for viewing.

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Mastering Revit 2009 book by Paul F. Aubin

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Mark Your Calendar

Virtual Conference: CISSE 2009
December 4–12, 2009
Various times
The International Joint Conferences on Computer, Information, and Systems Science and Engineering provides a virtual forum for the presentation and discussion of state-of the-art research on computers, information and systems sciences, and engineering. Read more

Ecobuild America 2009
December 7–10, 2009
Washington, D.C.
Ecobuild America educates design and construction professionals on how to improve our built environment. This conference and exhibit introduces new strategies and materials to create high performance, sustainable structures. Read more

Webinar: Simulating and Optimizing Flow Fields
December 9, 2009
2 p.m. EST
Join Mentor Graphics for this webinar where presenter John Wilson will discuss analyzing the inside of an oven, making sure the heat flow inside is even and what this means for the overall design of the finished production line. 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

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Lynn Allen

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