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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 28)

9 Aug, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Stamp Your Drawings with Rtext
Tipster Jerry Frey sent us a file with a custom-made stamp that can be applied to any drawing in AutoCAD. "This is a very useful stamp! It can be exploded and edited to suit any user." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Copy Xrefs Between Drawings
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky gives us an easy way to transfer or copy xrefed files from one AutoCAD drawing to another. "If there are one or more xref drawings attached in a file (even with the same insertion point), you can select them, then press Ctrl + C (or Copy, from the Edit pull-down menu) to copy them to the clipboard." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Revit Tip: Customize Keyboard Shortcuts
Electrical Engineer Steve Ragan observes that Revit Architecture 2011 and Revit MEP 2011 provide a convenient way to customize keyboard shortcuts. "With Revit open, just type KS and the Keyboard Shortcut Editor opens. Here you can easily add, remove, or change keyboard shortcuts for frequently used commands." 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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Mastering Revit 2009 book by Paul F. Aubin

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Resources

TechNavio Report Analyzes CAD Market in Asia-Pacific Region
Market data provider Research and Markets has released a 23-page report, CAD Market in APAC 2009-2013 by TechNavio Insights (from €1,138). According to the company, the Asia-Pacific manufacturing market has been maintaining its demand for CAD software despite the recent economic downturn. Also, many low-cost design houses have appeared, increasing competition and prompting global players to lower their software prices.

CIMdata Releases 2010 PLM Market Analysis Report
Consulting and research firm CIMdata has published its CIMdata 2010 PLM Market Analysis Report ($5,000), which analyzes major trends and issues in the product lifecycle management (PLM) market. Ken Amann, CIMdata Director of Research said, "While the market declined 10% during 2009, we saw definite improvement during the latter half of the year. That trend has continued into 2010."

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Expert CAD Manager book by Robert Green

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Deals & Freebies

Bricscad Pro Bundled with Free Parametric2D Constraint Solver
Through September 15, 2010, engineering software provider Bricsys is offering the Parametric2D constraint solver ($45 value) free to users who purchase Bricscad V10 Pro (starting at $505). Parametric2D is an add-on application that enables users to parametrize drawings.

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Opportunities & Honors

Autodesk's East Coast Headquarters Garners Awards for Design, IPD
The facility that houses Autodesk's East Coast headquarters has received 13 industry awards in recognition of its design and collaborative building process. The Massachusetts building is certified LEED Commercial Interior Platinum and LEED Core & Shell Gold. It is also New England's first example of 100% integrated project delivery (IPD).

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Books & Training

Textbook Explains Autodesk Revit Tools and Techniques
CAD textbook publisher Schroff Development Corporation has released a new Revit textbook by Dan Stine. Design Integration Using Autodesk Revit 2011: Architecture, Structure, and MEP starts at an introductory level and includes step-by-step tutorials, as well as a CD that comprises a bonus chapter, bonus workbook, and starter files.

Autodesk Certification Now Available through Pearson VUE Testing Centers
Autodesk has announced the expanded availability of its Associate Certification exam to 165 countries through an alliance with Pearson VUE Testing Centers, a provider of global computer-based services.

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Mark Your Calendar

Webinar: JT Platform for Project Data Visualization Problems
August 10, 2010
11 a.m. ET
At this webinar from Siemens Industry Software, attendees can learn about JT, an open platform for visualization, collaboration, and data sharing that is designed to be inclusive to all organizations involved in industry worldwide. 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

Cadalyst Updates Benchmark Test for AutoCAD 2011
The latest version of the Cadalyst Benchmark Test, C2011 v5.3b, is available for free download at 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 included in the ReadMe file that accompanies the download.

CAD Manager's Toolbox: Keeping VBA Alive in AutoCAD
Autodesk is ending its support for VBA soon. But what if you haven't migrated to .NET yet? Read more

Cloud-Based CAD, Part 2
CAD managers have no shortage of opinions about cloud computing — but what are the reasons for their skepticism? Read more

Cadalyst Labs Review: NVIDIA Quadro 5000
Introduced today, NVIDIA's incredibly fast Quadro 5000 graphics card has 2.5 GB of GDDR5 memory and performs approximately three times faster than its predecessor, the Quadro FX 4800. Read more


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