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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 20)

7 Jun, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Protect Paper Space Zooms
Engineering Designer Robert L. Lawrence sends us a tip on zooming while working in a paper space viewport. "This way one can zoom in or out even while inside the viewport, and the zoom factor will stay the same." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Justify Text after Mirroring
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky advises us on some of the differences between single-line and multi-line text in AutoCAD. He discusses dealing with justifications after mirroring either form of text. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Insert Units
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky wrote a short LISP routine to help himself deal with the Insert Units variable in AutoCAD. "I often forget all about the Insert Units setting that AutoCAD has now. To make my life easier, I wrote a very simple routine." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Reminders
Following are this week's reminders, tidbits, and miscellaneous updates from the Cadalyst Tip Patrol.

Tip Patroller Brian Benton shares a reminder about how to quickly change the case of your text. Select the text to be changed, then press Ctrl+Shift+L to make all of the text lowercase. For uppercase, press Ctrl+Shift+U.

In Search of Rotate Text in AutoCAD 2011
At least one Tips & Tools Weekly reader has contacted us because in AutoCAD 2011, the Rotate Text command cannot be found in its usual location. Tip Patrol member Brian Benton updates us that Rotate Text is still part of Express Tools — and he uncovered it so you don't have to hunt. Under the Express Tools ribbon tab, go to the Text panel and locate the Modify Text button. Click the arrow to display a pull-down menu that includes Rotate Text as one of the options.

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.

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'sCAD 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

Cadac Organice Revamps Web Site
Cadac Organice, developer of a SharePoint-based suite of solutions for document management, has introduced a new web site with tailored information for various industries. The site includes a "Try & Buy" section, where visitors can download the various Cadac Organice modules to try those 30 days for free.

Eurocom Launches Youtube Video Channel
Eurocom, a mobile workstation technology provider, recently launched a Eurocom Youtube channel to improve customer relations and enhance customer knowledge about Eurocom products. The first two videos introduce the company's mobile workstation product line and the D900F Panther notebook system.

Open Design Alliance Releases Updated DWG Specification
The Open Design Alliance (ODA), a nonprofit consortium, has made an updated version of its Open Design Specification for DWG files available for public download. This release of the document includes specifications for the file format on which the latest release of Teigha for DWG files, version 3.3, is based.

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Deals & Freebies

E-on Software Provides Free Learning Editions of Vue 8.5
E-on software, a developer of solutions for natural 3D environments, has announced the immediate availability of the Personal Learning Editions (PLE) of its solutions for computer graphics professionals, Vue 8.5 xStream and Vue 8.5 Infinite. The fully functional software versions do not expire and are for personal, non-commercial use only.

MAXON Releases Free Plugin for Adobe After Effects CS5
MAXON Computer, a developer of 3D modeling, animation, and rendering solutions, has released an updated CINEMA 4D exchange plugin for Adobe After Effects CS5. The plugin features 64-bit native compatibility for Windows and Mac OS X to allow users of CINEMA 4D to exploit available hardware operating system performance.

Geometric Offers Free Trial of Collaboration Tool for Pro/ENGINEER
Manufacturing software firm Geometric is offering a free 15-day trial of the latest version of eDrawings for Pro/ENGINEER. This release includes support for bill of materials information and an upgrade of the eDrawings Viewer version to eDrawings 2010 SP3.

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Mastering Revit 2009 book by Paul F. Aubin

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Opportunities & Honors

MacMall Announces Supreme Studio Makeover Contest
Apple reseller MacMall has launched the Supreme Studio Makeover contest for professionals in the creative, design, and software development fields. The contest, which runs until June 30, 2010, features prizes including Maya 2011, Adobe CS5, and HP Designjet large-format printers.

National Institute of Building Sciences Invites Nominations for Institute Awards
The National Institute of Building Sciences' Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the 2010 Institute Honor Award and the 2010 Institute Member Award. Award recipients will be honored at the 2010 Annual Award banquet, to be held during the Institute's Annual Meeting in December.

Aras Recognizes 2010 Community Award Winners
Aras, a product lifecycle management software provider, has announced the recipients of the 2010 Collaborate & Contribute awards for contributions to the Aras Community Network. The 2010 awards winners are Lear, MiTek, and Prodeos.

CIMdata Names CAM Software Market Leaders
In version 19 of its "NC Software and Related Services Market Assessment Report," consulting and research firm CIMdata named the worldwide CAM software market leaders for 2009 and projected those expected to be market leaders in 2010. Dassault Systèmes, Delcam, Planit Holdings, Siemens, CNC Software, and OPEN MIND Technologies are included in the report.

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Expert CAD Manager book by Robert Green

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Mark Your Calendar

URISA Leadership Academy
June 14–18, 2010
Baltimore, Maryland
At the URISA Leadership Academy, participants learn GIS leadership and management factors and techniques, successful team development, and problem-solving. Read more

GPU Technology Conference (GTC 2010)
September 20–23, 2010
San Jose, California
NVIDIA's second GPU Technology Conference will include technical sessions, interactive tutorials, technology previews, and industry and academic presentations. Read more

Trimble Dimensions 2010
November 8–10, 2010
Las Vegas, Nevada
Trimble's fifth International User Conference will provide insight into how the convergence of technology can redefine the way surveying, engineering, construction, mapping, GIS, geospatial, utilities, and mobile resource management professionals connect and collaborate. 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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