Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 24)12 Jul, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky, of the Better Than Nothing AutoLISP web site, shares with us a way to embed raster images into an AutoCAD file. "Yesterday our client asked for a drawing with all xrefs and images bound to the file so they could have everything in one file." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Make Annotations Visible
Senior Engineering Technician Wendi Burgin just started using AutoCAD Civil3D 2010, and she ran into a visibility issue with blocks that other users were sending her. "I received several CAD files from others, and couldn't figure out why all of the blocks within the DWG files were missing or couldn't be seen in paper space." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Count Similar Blocks
Andria Lynch shares with us a great way to count specific blocks in AutoCAD Architecture. "To do a quick and simple block count in AutoCAD Architecture, simply highlight the block you wish to get a count of, right-click, and choose Select Similar." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Cadalyst Updates Benchmark Test for AutoCAD 2011
The latest version of the Cadalyst Benchmark Test, C2011 v5.3b, is available for free download at www.cadalyst.com/benchmark. Developed by Art Liddle, a former editor of Cadalyst magazine, the Cadalyst benchmark is designed to test and compare the performance of systems running AutoCAD. The latest version includes minor adjustments to ensure proper operation with AutoCAD 2011, but can be used with versions dating back to 2000. The test supports full, basic AutoCAD only. Full details are contained in the ReadMe file included with the download.
CAM Software Guide Explains Integrated Collision Checking
Manufacturing software provider Sescoi has released a free downloadable guide that itemizes and explains the reasons for using toolpath verification in CAM software and the benefits of integrated collision checking.
EM Photonics Updates CULA Linear Algebra Library
EM Photonics, which provides hardware-based application acceleration, has released CULA 2.0, its GPU-accelerated linear algebra library used by developers and scientists. The new version provides support for NVIDIA GPUs based on the latest Fermi architecture.
OSGIS Conference Workshop about GvSIG Available Online
A gvSIG workshop describing the open-source geographic information system's functionalities is now available on the gvSIG website. The courses about gvSIG Desktop 1.9 and gvSIG Mobile 0.3 were originally presented at the OSGIS 2010 conference held in Nottingham, UK, in June.
PLM Program Review Addresses Integration of Manufacturing, 3D CAD
Product lifecycle management (PLM) consulting and research firm CIMdata has released a new PLM Program Review entitled "Autodesk's Digital Prototyping for Manufacturing Program." The free review presents CIMdata's perspectives on the use of 3D design, analysis, prototyping, and simulation to support manufacturing engineering in the product development lifecycle.
Castle Island Report Provides Introduction to Open-source 3D Printers
Castle Island, a publisher of rapid prototyping materials, has released a report titled, "Everything You Should Know about Open-Source 3D Printers — but Didn't Know You Should Ask" ($9.95). It has been written in nontechnical language for users considering purchasing a kit or an assembled machine.
Molding Simulation Software Developer Launches Redesigned Web Site
SIMPOE SAS, a French software developer specializing in plastic injection molding simulation solutions, has redesigned its corporate web site. The new site is intended to provide users, partners, and resellers with easier and faster access to information about SIMPOE solutions.
Deals & Freebies
Dassault Systèmes, Graebert Team to Create Free 2D CAD Beta
Dassault Systèmes, a provider of 3D and product lifecycle management software, has released its DraftSight 2D CAD software into public beta. DraftSight is based on Graebert's ARES Commander Edition software; the two companies will continue to work together to enhance the software based on customer feedback and response.
Chief Architect Offers Trial Software for Residential, Light Commercial Design
Design software developer Chief Architect is offering a free trial version of its 3D architectural design software. The company recently released the Premier X3 version, which includes a new ray-traced rendering engine and wizard, annotation sets, and ramp and stair tools.
Users Can Test-Drive City Creation Software Free for 30 Days
Urban modeling software company Procedural is providing a 30-day trial of its CityEngine 2010 software. The new version features dynamic city layouts, a node-based rule editor, and a facade wizard.
StudioGPU Provides No-Cost Trial Version of MachStudio Pro
StudioGPU, which develops technology for digital artists, has made a full-featured, 30-day free trial version of MachStudio Pro available for download. The real-time, nonlinear 3D workflow and rendering software allows users to interact with complex lighting, caustics, cameras, shaders, materials, ambient occlusion, and color grading.
Craft Animations Offers Visualization Software Upgrade at 35% Discount
Users of Autodesk 3ds Max and Softimage 2011 can upgrade to Craft Animations' Craft Director Studio (CDS) Visualize & Reconstruct Edition (regularly $1,844) at a 35% discount until September 30, 2010.
Opportunities & Honors
SolidWorks User Wins Popular Science Invention Award
Toronto snowmobile racer Shawn Watling has won the Popular Science Invention Award for designing a snowmobile track powered by a rearward axle. Watling modeled his current prototype machine in Dassault Systèmes' SolidWorks software and uses SolidWorks Simulation software for stress and motion analysis.
Burrtech Seeks Users for Document Transfer Software Efficiency Study
Burrtech, the developer of the eTransmittal document transfer and tracking tool, will award three AEC companies free use of eTransmittal for one year. Interested companies must complete a two-page application by August 2, 2010.
Korea's TTA Awards Quality Certification to Rapidform Scanning Software
INUS Technology's Rapidform XOR 3D scanning software has received a "GOOD Software" certification from Korea's Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA). The standardization development organization tests and certifies telecom and IT-related software based on international software quality standards.
Books & Training
ASCON Offers Free Training Sessions for MCAD Modeling
ASCON Group, a developer and integrator of professional CAD/AEC/PLM solutions, is presenting online training sessions for 2D and 3D CAD based on the KOMPAS-3D MCAD solution. To register for the free webinars, write firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Your Calendar
18th International Lean Construction Conference
July 14–16, 2010
The International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC) and its conferences serve as a forum for sharing concepts, developing ideas, and reporting on and critiquing implementation about lean principles and practices. Read more
Webinar: ArchiCAD 14 — Open Design Collaboration
July 22–September 14, 2010
This webinar from Graphisoft will explore how ArchiCAD 14 turns IFC technology into full-fledged workflow solutions enabling collaboration with engineers. Read more
The Best of V-Ray
July 28, 2010
Los Angeles, California
The Chaos Group, in partnership with CGschool, will present a live V-Ray training workshop at SIGGRAPH 2010. Read more
FIATECH Members Meeting
October 4–6, 2010
This members-only event will build on the Technology Conference and Showcase held in Austin this spring, and will showcase FIATECH's work and deliverables done to date in each of the nine element areas in the lifecycle of a capital project. Read more
National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Meeting
This event will be held in conjunction with the Ecobuild America Conference and will incorporate the buildingSMART alliance Conference, FEDCon '10, Advanced Materials Symposium, COBie Challenge, and the Institute's Awards Banquet. 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 email@example.com.
What's New at Cadalyst.com
Event Report: Siemens PLM Connection 2010
Product lifecycle management — with a high-definition twist — takes center stage at user event in Dallas. Read more
Port of Rotterdam Manages Spatial Data Online
One of the world's biggest shipping centers implements ERDAS APOLLO to catalog and deliver masses of data via the web. Read more
Maximum Training for Minimum Money
Set up a self-learning program for your users to increase skills and productivity even when times are tight. Read more
Revit Tutorial: Editing Windows in Autodesk Revit
Edit the window family to include the appropriate building features, and save a lot of modeling time. Read more
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