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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 21)

14 Jun, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff


The Tip Patrol Needs Your Help!
Cadalyst's Tips & Tools Weekly accepts tip submissions for AutoCAD — and any other CAD software tool. Do you have favorite time-savers, workarounds, or power tips for SolidWorks, Inventor, Map 3D, Revit, etc.? Send 'em in! If we publish your tip, we'll send you a gift card to purchase a T-shirt or other merchandise in the Cadalyst Store.

This Week's Software Tips

Learning with Leonid
All but one of this week's tips come to us from frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky. Check out his Better Than Nothing AutoLISP site for more great tricks!

Customize the QAT
Leonid Nemirovsky shares with us a tip for using the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) in AutoCAD. It works great in AutoCAD 2010 and 2011. "You can place the Quick Access Toolbar above or below the ribbon, and you can add any command to it — including custom commands." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Use Layouts in Multiple Sheet Sets
In another tip from Leonid, he describes his method for placing one layout tab in an AutoCAD file into more than one sheet set list. "If you need to use the same layout in more than one sheet set, you can create a copy of the layout for use in another set." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Render 3D Models More Quickly
Leonid also shares with us a method he uses to shorten rendering time in AutoCAD. "This helps when creating a quick, realistic visual-style rendering or using the Render command." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

MInsert: Dynamic Blocks Predecessor
Alex Borodulin of NYacad shares a video tip about the MInsert command and other AutoCAD blocks–related tips.

Reminder: Display Drawings in the Windows Taskbar
Tip Patrol member Brian Benton offers a reminder for AutoCAD users who might not know about the Taskbar command. Type Taskbar at the Command prompt and set it to 1. With this setting, every drawing that you currently have open in AutoCAD will be displayed on the Windows taskbar. No need to cycle through them using Ctrl + Tab or to go to pull-down menus — just click the one you need.

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'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

AAMA Launches Redesigned Web Site with Updated Content
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has redesigned its web site, with the goal of increasing ease of navigation for visitors. The site menu navigation now includes menu items for products, materials, codes, and resources, and "hot buttons" throughout the site direct users to frequently accessed pages.

Roland DGA Debuts Live Creative Center Webcam
The Roland DGA Creative Center Gallery, which showcases the work of product designers, jewelry makers, and other creative professionals, can now be viewed online via the company's webcam. Visitors to Roland DGA's web site can view the collection of exhibit items produced on Roland equipment.

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Deals & Freebies

Cadig Releases Free 64-bit ScriptPro for AutoCAD
Cadig's new ScriptPro is a freeware tool that, like ScriptPro from Autodesk, applies a set of commands to multiple drawings by specifying a script file and the list of drawings. The 64-bit ScriptPro is compatible with AutoCAD 2007 or later, as well as AutoCAD-based products such as Architecture, Map, and Mechanical. A video demo is available. AutoScript for AutoCAD LT is coming soon, the company reports.

Cornucopia3D Launches Membership Program for Computer Graphics Artists
Cornucopia3D, a division of e-on software, has launched its C.Club membership program ($29.95 plus $7.95 monthly, or $99.95 per year). Membership benefits include access to special content; discounted prices on training materials, books, and modules; and an exclusive members' forum and gallery.

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Opportunities & Honors

Xerox Honors Reseller RPG with Platinum Certification
Xerox has recognized RPG Digital Print Solutions (RPG) as a Platinum-certified dealer of wide-format reprographic equipment. RPG provides wide-format printing solutions and service maintenance to the AEC industry in the mid-Atlantic region.

E-on Software Seeks 3ds Max Users for Beta Testing
E-on software, a maker of solutions for natural 3D environments, is searching for 3ds Max users to help beta-test Carbon Scatter — a set of plug-ins that enable the creation of complex populations — for the mental ray and V-Ray renderers. Interested artists should send samples and a description of their work to carbonscatter@e-onsoftware.com.

E-on Software Opens 3D Environment Competition for Vue Users
E-on software, in association with six other organizations, has announced the fifth edition of the Vue 3D Environment Competition. The competition, which is designed to showcase the capabilities of 3D technology for CG environments, will accept submissions through July 18, 2010.

3Dconnexion Named PTC Platinum-Tier Partner
3Dconnexion, a provider of 3D mice for design professionals, has advanced from a Gold-Tier Partner to a Platinum-Tier Partner within PTC's PartnerAdvantage program. Platinum status is characterized by the highest level of joint go-to-market support, including product promotions, active participation in program activities, and visibility to PTC customers, prospects, and channels.

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Books & Training

EuCAD Training Program Promotes CAD for Manufacturing
Six European Union member states have partnered to create euCAD, a two-year project to provide training in CAD for industrial applications. Aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises, EuCAD includes the generation of 2D and 3D CAD courseware, application case studies, SME on-site mentoring, and seminars.

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Mark Your Calendar

VUEWorks 2010 User Conference
June 16–17, 2010
Manchester, New Hampshire
The VUEWorks Conference brings together local government and utility customers and partners to network, share best practices, and advance their skills with the VUEWorks integrated GIS asset and work order management solution. Read more

Webinar: GIS Mapping for Natural Resource Professionals
June 24, 2010
10 a.m. PT
This webinar, led by Geospatial Solutions Editor Eric Gakstatter, will review GPS, new tools, and data sources, and will demonstrate how to combine these technologies to make maps valuable to your operations. Read more

CIMdata PLM Certificate Program
September 20–24, 2010
Oslo, Norway
This assessment-based certificate program from CIMdata, a product lifecycle management (PLM) consulting and research firm, prepares PLM professionals to address the challenges inherent in PLM implementations. 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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Learning Curve tutorial: In addition to dynamic dimensional constraints, AutoCAD's parametric options also include annotational dimension constraints that use current dimension style, plot, and scale to match drawing dimensions. Read more

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The Thomas Register has made its way online, and now you can find downloadable CAD data for components you want to integrate in your designs. Read more

CAD Management in a New Economy, Part 2
Evaluate whether the outlook for your company is improving and cope with changing demands at work. Read more

ArchiCAD 14 Eases Model Sharing and Updating between Architects and Engineers
Latest version of BIM solution supports open design collaboration and boosts productivity and Teamwork 2.0 functionality. Read more

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