Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 13)12 Apr, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Copy and Paste Text with a Twist
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky sent us a tip on how to use a TXT file or a DOC file to create a standard notes file, a list file, or an abbreviations file — plus, a new twist on the Windows Copy and Paste functions! View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Find Annotative Objects
Raymond Rizkallah shares with us two routines he wrote to find and select annotative objects in a drawing. "FIND-ANNO.LSP is a utility to filter annotative objects." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Use AutoCAD-Created PDF Files
Designer Chris Micallef sends us a tip on how to create PDF files that can be more useful in AutoCAD than a standard PDF file. "Although AutoCAD 2010 works very well with PDFs, depending on how they were created, they can be frustrating." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Draw Dynamic Tangent Arcs
Lloyd Beachy sends us a LISP routine that he uses to create arcs that are tangent to existing lines. "Select an existing line or arc and a new arc will be drawn tangent to the nearest endpoint." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
CIMdata Releases 3D Part Catalog Management Product Review
CIMdata, a product lifecycle management (PLM) consulting and research firm, has released a product review entitled "3D Part Catalog Management: A PLM Strategy to Reduce Direct Material Costs." This free, downloadable paper makes the business case for an easily deployed and used part catalog solution that integrates with a company's native CAD environment, and presents PARTsolutions' product suite as such a solution.
Deals & Freebies
AUGI Launches Free File-Sharing Service
Autodesk User Group International (AUGI), in collaboration with drop.io, has launched a web-based, private file sharing and collaboration tool for its members to share drawings, models, photos, video, audio, and other files. Users can create unlimited 100-MB drops to share files with full SSL security. Free AUGI membership is required.
E-on Discounts Software for Composing 3D Images, Video Clips
For a limited time, E-on Software is offering a 15% discount off the regular price ($99) of its Vue 8 Frontier 3D landscape rendering software, plus a $20 voucher for purchasing Vue content from Cornucopia3d.com. The newly released Vue 8.4 Frontier includes native support for Daz 3D content.
Free Plug-in Enables Creation of Alioscopy-Ready Content
Alioscopy USA, a 3D visualization technology firm, has released a plug-in that facilitates creating Alioscopy-ready 3D content within MAXON CINEMA 4D, a 3D modeling, painting, animation, and rendering application. The plug-in is available now as a free download from Cineversity, MAXON USA's CINEMA 4D training and education resource, and includes a brief tutorial.
GRAPHISOFT Makes BIM Software Available for Rent
Design software provider GRAPHISOFT has announced a flexible pricing program that includes ArchiCAD Rental (ACR), a new option that enables firms to rent licenses of ArchiCAD building information modeling (BIM) software. ACR allows users to temporarily ramp up or scale down the number of BIM licenses as needed.
Opportunities & Honors
COFES 2010 Seeks Survey Participants
Cyon Research, organizer of the Congress on the Future of Engineering Software (COFES), has launched two surveys in conjunction with its 2010 event this week. The market status survey, which addresses the impact of the economy on the engineering software market, comprises a dozen questions and takes about five minutes to complete. The software survey is an in-depth study of users of design and engineering software tools and will take about 20 minutes to complete. The surveys are open to anyone in the engineering software community and will be open until approximately May 15.
NVArt Competition Invites Futuristic Vehicle Designs
Computer graphics technologies developer NVIDIA has partnered with CGSociety for the fifth NVArt competition, themed "Images of Future Transport: In the Style of Syd Mead." Submissions will be accepted until June 30, 2010. Entrants must be members of CGTalk or CGSociety.
Mark Your Calendar
RFID Journal LIVE!
April 14–16, 2010
RFID Journal LIVE! will feature case studies across eight conference tracks and nine pre-conference seminars, including a pre-conference construction seminar hosted by FIATECH. Read more
Webinar: Introduction to Bonzai3d
April 21, 2010
During this webinar, Matthew Holewinski from AutoDesSys will explain how bonzai3d can accelerate the 3D design process with its interface, modeling tools, and visualization capabilities. Read more
Trimble User Group Meeting
April 27, 2010
San Diego, California
This event is an opportunity to learn about developments in aerial mapping, imaging, and laser scanning systems and software. Read more
Get Your Hands on BIM
May 13, 2010
This session will address the basics of building information modeling (BIM), including green building applications, conceptual modeling, and construction documentation. Read more
Living Building Challenge Road Show
Through June 24, 2010
Jason F. McLennan and Eden Brukman of the International Living Building Institute, as well as other expert faculty, will provide workshops about the Living Building Challenge in the United States and Canada. The Challenge was launched by the Cascadia Region Green Building Council to encourage the creation of living buildings, sites, and communities. Read more
ESRI Business GIS Summit
July 11–12, 2010
San Diego, California
This event will inform attendees about how GIS can help organizations overcome business challenges and deliver improved performance. Read more
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