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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 18)

17 May, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Build Detail Sheets with Xrefs
Shawn Evjen sends us a tip on how he creates detail sheets for a project using xrefs and other techniques. "If you have a standard detail library you work from (using xrefs), this tip might save you some time." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Organize CAD Files
Designer Don Bartz answered our call for tips on managing CAD files. He shares with us his company's method of file organization. "It sounds simple, but it works: It doesn't take long to find any drawing that you may be looking for." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Extract Data from a PDF
Bonnie Bilski shares a tip on extracting image data from a PDF to use in another file type. "The following steps explain how to extract an image from a PDF document so you can place it in an AutoCAD drawing file, a Word document, a presentation, etc." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Track Files Two Ways
Arshad Mirza describes the system used at his workplace to keep tabs on the latest files and track revisions. "In my office, we use Microsoft Excel to manage our files under a construction drawings record-keeping system." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Submit Your Tip

Review Cadalyst's Tip Submission Guidelines, then Submit Your Tip for your favorite CAD software. If we publish your tip, you'll earn a gift card you can use to purchase a T-shirt or other prizes in the Cadalyst Store. Please remember to submit only code and other tips that are your original work (or provide the original source so we can include proper credit) and to tell us which software version you use.

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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

CAD Industry Is Experiencing Gradual Recovery, Says JPR Report
Research and consulting firm Jon Peddie Research (JPR) has released the "2010 JPR CAD Report" ($5,000+), which includes information on worldwide CAD software revenues, market share, and the user base, as well as forecasts for the major CAD segments. JPR predicts that the CAD market will increase 5% to $5.4 billion in 2010, and will fully recover by 2013/2014.

MAXON Provides CINEMA 4D Tutorials
MAXON Computer, developer of the 3D modeling, painting, animation, and rendering solution CINEMA 4D, is including a new tutorial series in the free CINEMA 4D documentation package. The series takes users through entire project phases, covering modeling, animation, materials, lighting, and more. The new tutorials can be downloaded via the Online Updater or from the MAXON web site.

CIMdata Releases Dassault Systèmes V6 IP Lifecycle Management Report
Product lifecycle management (PLM) consulting and research firm CIMdata has released a free report entitled, "Dassault Systèmes V6 IP Lifecycle Management." This review presents CIMdata's perspectives on the V6 platform's solutions that support the management of intellectual property (IP) throughout the product lifecycle. The report presents the essential features and capabilities of Dassault Systèmes' V6 IP Lifecycle Management solution in the context of its integration into a broad PLM solution for medium-to-large businesses.

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Deals & Freebies

ArchVision Offers Free RPC for Autodesk 3ds Max 2011 Users
ArchVision, a developer of image-based content creation solutions, has released a free RPC (rich photorealistic content) library for 3ds Max 2011 users, including samplings from RPC People, Trees, and Cars. To access the free content, users must install ArchVision DASHBOARD and create a free VisMasters account. New RPC users will also receive a 14-day trial of ArchVision's RPC All Access content subscription plan.

Bricsys Releases Beta of Bricscad V10 for LINUX
Bricsys, the developer of the Bricscad CAD platform, has released the beta version of Bricscad V10 for Red Hat and Ubuntu LINUX. Users can download the software for test purposes without charge; the first commercial version will be released at the end of June, 2010.

Free Cadalyst Benchmark: Evaluate Your Hardware Performance
Evaluate the performance of your workstations running AutoCAD (2000–2010) using the Cadalyst Benchmark Test c2010. Use our free download to compare your hardware with the latest systems on the market today, or compare performance before and after a system upgrade. Sponsored by Intel.

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Mastering Revit 2009 book by Paul F. Aubin

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Opportunities & Honors

ZWSOFT Announces Results of ZWCAD Design Contest 2010
ZWCAD Software, a supplier of CAD software, has announced the winners of its ZWCAD Design Contest 2010. The international contest challenged architects, engineers, designers, and drafters to use ZWCAD 2010 to design something they might expect to see in the year 2015. Rajendran, a student from India, took first place with his 3D solid model house.

Dimension 3D Recognizes Winners of Extreme Redesign Printing Contest
Dimension 3D Printing, a brand of Stratasys, has announced the winners of Extreme Redesign: The Ultimate 3D Printing Challenge, a global design-and-3D-printing contest and scholarship for high school and college students. Winners of the sixth annual challenge include:

  • High School Category: Maxwell Krist of Eckstein Middle School, Washington, for his solar-powered electricity-usage monitoring device.
  • University Category: Dale Herzog of Quinsigamond Community College, Massachusetts, for his 3D assembly to aid in the development of prosthetic systems for the human hand.
  • Art and Architecture Category: Trevor Clarke of Fullerton College, California, for his human-like, articulated character for use in stop-motion film.
  • Green Bonus: Benjamin McCombs and Jonathan Hoekstra of Caledonia High School, Michigan, for a wind turbine system design that captures wind energy from moving vehicles.

KLH Engineers Receives Autodesk BIM Experience Award
Kohrs Lonnemann Heil Engineers has earned an Autodesk BIM Experience Award for its early adoption and application of building information modeling (BIM) for more than 35 new construction and renovation projects. The award recognizes the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering firm for its use of Autodesk BIM products including Revit MEP and Autodesk 3ds Max Design, along with the Autodesk Green Building Studio web service.

Bentley Names Design Competition Winners, Educator of the Year
Bentley Systems has named professor Efrat Gilboa of the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design as Bentley Educator of the Year. The award recognizes a member of the academic community who has an outstanding record of achievement and is committed to inspiring students to pursue careers in the infrastructure professions. Bentley has also announced the winners of the 2010 Bentley Student Design Competition, which recognizes technically advanced projects created by university, high school, and middle school students using Bentley software, as well as the achievements of their educators and mentors. The winners of this year's competition include:

  • Kiamsha Barnes, Sarah Cieslak, and Karyn Warthen, Eastern Technical High School, Baltimore, in the Design a Medical Facility of the Future category;
  • Matteo Soru, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy, in the Architectural Design category;
  • Pauline Barkin and Katheryn Czub, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., in the Computational Design category.

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Books & Training

ASCENT Offers Inventor 2011 Training Guide
Technical training provider ASCENT, which received Autodesk Inventor 2011 Certification for the third consecutive year, has released an Inventor 2011 training guide. Autodesk Inventor 2011: Advanced Part Modeling covers topics such as multi-body design, advanced lofts, advanced sweeps, coils, and surface modeling, as well as iFeatures for frequently needed design elements, iParts for similar designs, iLogic for automating part designs, and translation options for importing data.

SolidProfessor Releases DriveWorksXpress Course
A SolidWorks DriveWorksXpress Course ($99.99) is now available from instructional products provider SolidProfessor. This course teaches users how to automate the design of a part with DriveWorksXpress, including setting up design rules that control parameters of the model, and generating SolidWorks Part and Drawing files automatically.

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Expert CAD Manager book by Robert Green

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Mark Your Calendar

Webinar: BIM for Risk Management on Mega Projects
May 18, 2010
11 a.m.–12 p.m. ET
This FIATECH webinar will be presented by CTO Dennis Shelden of Gehry Technologies, recipient of the 2009 CETI Award in Scenario-Based Project Planning. Read more

Webinar: ArchiCAD 14 — Open Design Collaboration
May 20–June 24, 2010
Various times
This webinar from Graphisoft will explore the role of ArchiCAD 14 in coordinating architectural design with other disciplines during the design process. Read more

PTC/USER World Event 2010
June 6–9, 2010
Orlando, Florida
The PTC/USER World Event is designed for professionals who use PTC products and services, including Arbortext, CoCreate, Mathcad, Pro/ENGINEER, ProductView, and Windchill. Read more

FOSS4G
September 6–9, 2010
Barcelona, Spain
At the FOSS4G open-source geospatial software conference, free software developers and representatives from companies, institutions, and the academic world will discuss innovations in the spatial industry. 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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What's New at Cadalyst.com

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