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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 22)

21 Jun, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Paperless Redlining
Barry Ferguson talks to us about Autodesk's Design Review software and using it to digitally mark up drawings. "Train your non-CAD people with Autodesk's Design Review so they can redline your DWF files!" View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Update Multiple Table Cells
CAD operator David Drane shares with us a method he uses to update multiple cells in an AutoCAD table. "I have a fairly simple tip that many people haven't worked out yet." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Adjust ZoomFactor
Kevin "The CADiator" Mukbel offers his advice for reducing the impact of scrolling on your mouse hand. "With a wheeled mouse, rolling the wheel will zoom the drawing in and out around the cursor. But you are all too familiar with that, right?" View the complete tip and post your feedback.

June Hot Tip Harry Tips

Hot Tip Harry Needs Your AutoCAD Code!
Cadalyst's Hot Tip Harry (aka R. K. McSwain) is on the lookout for the latest and greatest customized routines and hatch patterns for AutoCAD. Exercise your programming prowess and submit the results to harry@cadalyst.com. If Harry accepts your tip for publication, you'll receive $25 to spend in the Cadalyst Store.


Draw a Border around Text

Architect Walt Bedinger, a longtime contributor, submitted a routine that will draw a rectangle around one or more text and Mtext entities. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Apply Layer States Automatically
Andy Maser has submitted the first .NET tip to Cadalyst's CAD Tips library! This routine adds an event handler that will apply a layer state with the same name as the layout each time you switch layouts. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Background Mask for Mtext
Just as soon as we publish the very first .NET tip, here comes the second one! Also submitted by Andy Maser, this routine allows you to turn on background masking for a selection set of Mtext entities. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Create an Incremental Text Grid
CAD technician Shahrokh Sobhani shares a routine to create rows of incremental text based on user input. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Auto-Updating Monument Block
Frequent contributor Leonid Nemirovsky submits a LISP routine, along with a unique block — the block includes fields that update based on its location. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Selection Set by Object
Isak Mishaeli has submitted two routines that demonstrate the power of the window polygon and the crossing window polygon. 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.

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

Bentley Shares SmartGeometry Generative Design Videos
Bentley Systems has made SmartGeometry 2010 Conference presentations on generative design, along with interviews of key conference participants, available free of charge on its web site. This year's SmartGeometry Conference took place March 23–24 in Barcelona, Spain.

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Deals & Freebies

Geomagic Provides Free Trials of Studio 12, Qualify 12
Geomagic, a provider of 3D software for creating digital models of physical objects, is offering free trials of its newly released Studio 12 reverse engineering software and Qualify 12 inspection software. Studio 12 directly integrates with leading 3D mechanical CAD packages, Qualify 12 includes a new report generation and publishing engine, and both releases feature a ribbon-style interface.

GrafiCalc Professional 2010 Available at 40% Discount in June
German software reseller DataCAD is offering GrafiCalc Professional 2010 software at a 40% discount (€299; approximately US$370) through June 30, 2010. Professional 2010 enables users to simulate, analyze, and solve a range of design challenges before committing to detailed design in CAD.

I GET IT Discounts Siemens Training Bundles by 25%
Through July 31, 2010, customers can use the coupon code PLMWORLD2010 to receive 25% off Siemens NX training bundles (list price $95 to $195) from Tata Technologies' i GET IT engineering knowledge management portal.

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Expert CAD Manager book by Robert Green

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Opportunities & Honors

Pugh + Scarpa Wins Top Design Award from AIA
At the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention held in Miami, Florida, June 10–12, AIA awarded California-based design firm Pugh + Scarpa the 2010 National American Institute Firm Award, recognizing the firm's leadership in sustainable and socially progressive design. The firm has posted a video highlighting its approach to building design.

Engineered Software Approved as DOE ALLY Organization
Engineered Software, maker of the PIPE-FLO and PUMP-FLO software lines, has been approved as an ALLY Organization of the U.S. Department of Energy's Industrial Technologies Program, Save Energy Now. The national initiative intends to reduce industrial energy intensity by at least 25% in the next 10 years. Engineered Software plans to offer support for the program and participants in the form of software analysis tools, training, and promotion of the initiative.

Flow Science Wins Two Business Awards
Flow Science, a provider of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software and services, recently won two awards for excellence: the Employer of the Year, awarded by the Santa Fe Professional Business Women, and the Business Excellence Award from the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce.

Call for Parametric Design Articles Extended Until July 28, 2010
Bentley Institute Press, the SmartGeometry Group, and the International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC) are extending their invitation to submit summaries of original articles for a new peer-reviewed publication about parametric design methods (download guidelines here). The authors of articles chosen for publication in SmartGeometry: The Evolution of Computational Design and Practice will receive free admission and travel to the SmartGeometry 2011 conference.

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Books & Training

E-on Software Announces Training Center Program
E-on software, a maker of solutions for digital natural scenery, has formed a new program to promote the use and instruction of Vue and e-on software products at higher education universities and computer graphics institutions. The Authorized Training Center (ATC) program provides support materials for instructors, access to marketing materials, and product support.

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Mark Your Calendar

Webinar: An Introduction to Model-Based Estimating
June 23, 2010
12 Noon ET
Vico is offering a free webinar about BIM (building information modeling)-based estimating that's intended for estimators who use Tekla, ArchiCAD, or Revit models. Read more

Webinar: ProjectWise Navigator Clash Detection
June 29, 2010
11 a.m. ET
This complimentary webinar will explore how ProjectWise Navigator allows users to detect clashes on content from many different sources and review and mark up designs with redline comments, among other topics. Read more

Webinar: Dynamic Plotting
July 13, 2010
11 a.m. ET
This session will demonstrate how markups are applied to a plot with a digital pen, and simultaneously captured and stored in memory. Later, the markups are transferred to the ProjectWise managed environment for synchronization and association with the model. Read more

Map Asia 2010 & ISG 2010
July 26–28, 2010
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This year GIS Development and The Institution of Surveyors, Malaysia, are jointly organizing the 9th Annual Asian Conference and Exhibition on Geospatial Information Technology and Applications (Map Asia 2010) and the International Symposium and Exhibition on Geoinformation (ISG 2010) to foster the growth of geospatial sciences. Read more

GEOINT 2010 Symposium
November 1–4, 2010
New Orleans, Louisiana
The seventh annual GEOINT Symposium, designed for the defense, intelligence and homeland security communities, will include keynotes from community leaders, panel discussions, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities. Read more

6th International gvSIG Conference
December 1–3, 2010
Valencia, Spain
This goal of this event, represented by the slogan "Knowledge for Change," is to promote the common values of free software in the scientific field. 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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