Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 23)28 Jun, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Plot AutoCAD Drawings to PDF
Space Management Specialist Mitch Hirschklau discusses the many benefits of plotting AutoCAD drawings to PDF. "Now that I'm using AutoCAD 2010 full-time, I've been getting into the habit of plotting to PDF (using the AutoCAD 2010 PDF generator) almost every time I plot." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Apply Materials to Objects
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky discusses methods for applying materials to objects or to layers in AutoCAD. "To apply materials by layer, I use a small trick: First I create a selection set using the Filter command, and select objects on selected layers." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Use Groups to Select Related Objects
Jan Nademlejnsky sends us a tip on using groups for faster, more precise object selections. He was inspired by another CAD Tip, "View Portions of Complex Models," which he expands on with this great tip. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
SPECviewperf Graphics Benchmark Updated to Version 11
The SPEC Graphics Performance Characterization (SPECgpc) project group has announced the release of SPECviewperf11 graphics benchmarking software ($50 on DVD; free via download). This version includes a new GUI (graphical user interface) and fully updated view sets. More information and initial results from SPECgpc members are available on the SPEC web site.
CIMdata Whitepaper Examines Teamcenter PLM Solution
Product lifecycle management (PLM) consulting firm CIMdata has released a review of Teamcenter 8, a Siemens PLM Software collaborative product definition management (cPDm) solution. The complimentary whitepaper traces the evolution of the Teamcenter platform and provides an overview of the Teamcenter 8 product suite.
Executives Discuss BIM Trends in Vico Blogs
Executives and product managers from Vico, a virtual construction and building information modeling (BIM) technology firm, write about industry trends, opinions, reactions to current events, and best practices in Vico Software Blogs. Site visitors are encouraged to comment and can subscribe to the blogs.
SIS Creates User Community Forum
Spatial Information Solutions (SIS), maker of Accuracy Analyst map accuracy software, has added a forum to its web site. The forum opened with three topics: "Software Suggestions," "Accuracy Analyst Support and Help," and "What's New in Map Accuracy Tools." Once they register, users can ask questions and leave comments.
Deals & Freebies
Autodesk Offers Free Trial of MapGuide Enterprise 2011
Autodesk is offering a free trial of its MapGuide Enterprise 2011 mapping solution, which was released in tandem with the company's Topobase 2011 infrastructure management tools. With MapGuide Enterprise 2011, infrastructure teams can use mapping information found in Google, Yahoo, and Bing maps in context with their own data, without writing any code.
Watsonlisp Prices Watson5.9 at 80 Percent off Previous Version
Watsonlisp has released Watson5.9 ($10), an artificial intelligence referencing agent for AutoCAD. The new release is priced at $40 less than the previous version (read the Cadalyst review of Watson5.8 here). The software locates detail drawings based on text and attribute content.
CityEngine 2010 Available to Freelancers, Students at Reduced Cost
With the release of CityEngine 2010, urban modeling software company Procedural has introduced new licensing models for freelancers (INDIE; $495) and students (STUDENT; $149). The latest version of the city creation software features interactive editing of dynamic city layouts, node-based rule authoring, and a sketching tool for facades.
Active Sensing Offers Free Evaluation of PLM Software
Visitors to Active Sensing's web site can download a free, fully functional trial of its PDXpert PLM 2010 Edition product lifecycle management (PLM) software. The product management solutions company has announced new system pricing for the software (read-only perpetual license: $196; read-only subscription: $7–12 per month).
NextEngine Provides Free Upgrade with RapidWorks Purchase
Customers who purchase version 2.0 of NextEngine's RapidWorks scan-to-CAD engineering software by June 30 will receive a free upgrade to version 3.0 at no charge, for a savings of $500. RapidWorks 3.0 ($2,995) will be released in July 2010, with support for SolidWorks, Pro/E, NX, and AutoCAD.
Opportunities & Honors
NIBS Becomes Green Building Council Education Provider
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has recognized the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) as an Education Provider — a third-party organization offering green building education and training that has been peer-reviewed and approved by USGBC. The Institute received the status for courses on its WBDG Whole Building Design Guide web site.
Maptek Founder Named Innovation Hero
Bob Johnson, founder and chairman of mining industry software provider Maptek, was recently named an Innovation Hero by Sydney University's Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering. Johnson pioneered and commercialized technology that has benefited the mining, engineering, and surveying industries.
Autodesk Chooses Applied Software as Reseller of the Quarter
Autodesk has named Applied Software its North American Reseller of the Quarter for the first quarter of the 2011 fiscal year. The company is being honored for client growth, driven by an expanding staff of consultants and an increasing roster of partner solution providers.
Mark Your Calendar
Webinar: Replicable Building Guideline Project
June 29, 2010
11 a.m. ET
This complimentary webinar will be presented by Thomas Phillips of Target Corporation. During 2009, Target and the FIATECH Streamlining Project initiated a national campaign to advance electronic plan review of building design packages. Read more
Webinar: Enterprise Open Source PLM and Global Product Development
June 30, 2010
2:00 p.m. ET
This complimentary webcast — which is part of the MarketKey PLM Innovation 2010 series — will describe how XEROX office products has transformed its product development process with the Aras enterprise open-source PLM software suite. Read more
CoCreate Virtual Conference 2010
July 28th, 2010
1–5 p.m. ET
This virtual event will offer an in-depth introduction to PTC's CoCreate CAD design software, as well as best practices, new capabilities, and networking opportunities. Read more
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