Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 29)16 Aug, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Change Objects to Bylayer
Tipster Narinder Sharma shows us a quick method for changing objects in AutoCAD to Bylayer. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Shortcut to Access Plot Files
Tipster Brent Shank sends us a tip on using PLT files and the Publisher command in AutoCAD. "To avoid a lot of folder navigation, I've created a Plot Files folder on my desktop and set the default output location in publish options to that folder." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
August Hot Tip Harry Tips
Draw Lines by Bearing
Ron Adams has built a simple routine that allows you to enter a bearing and distance one part at a time; the routine then builds the correct input for AutoCAD to draw the line. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Custom UCS Shortcuts
This tip from Ron Adams will create six named user coordinate systems (UCSs), one each corresponding to Top, Bottom, Left, Right, Front, and Rear. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Save and Reuse Multiple Offset Distance Values
If you use the Offset command frequently in AutoCAD and find yourself repeating the same offset values over and over, this tip from Kent Cooper will come in handy. The routine will remember as many as 20 offset values so you don't have to change the default when running the Offset command. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Scale Objects by Reference Length
This routine allows you to scale objects in an AutoCAD drawing based on a reference length. Ron Adams wrote this to scale objects when he doesn't care about numerical values, but wants to match any existing object. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Three Hatch Patterns for Tile
Raymond Rizkallah has submitted three hatch patterns: one of overlapping vertical tiles, a second of various horizontal tiles, and a third that's in a herringbone formation. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Calculate Total Object Length
Tipster Brent Shank sends us a tip on using PLT files and the Publisher command in AutoCAD. Length Calculator from Lee McDonnell will calculate the total length of user-specified objects in an AutoCAD drawing, using a filter to help you select objects by layer, color, or linetype. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Cohn Consulting Study Compares Two Versions of AutoCAD
Autodesk has announced the results of the AutoCAD 2011 software Productivity Study. David S. Cohn Consulting compared the productivity of AutoCAD 2011 to AutoCAD 2008 on typical AutoCAD design processes in a variety of industries, and predicted an average productivity improvement of 31 percent for users who upgrade from AutoCAD 2008 to AutoCAD 2011.
Deals & Freebies
Graebert Provides 50% Discount, Free Trial of ARES for Mac OS X
Graebert, a provider of CAD solutions for desktop and mobile devices, is shipping its ARES Commander Edition 2D/3D CAD software for Mac OS X at an introductory price of $495 through the end of September 2010. Users can also download a free 30-day trial of ARES Commander Edition for Mac OS X.
Steel Design SolidWorks Add-On Available Free for 30 Days
SolidACE is offering a 30-day free trial of BuiltWorks 2010 to registered users. BuiltWorks is an add-on application that extends standard SolidWorks 3D modeling tools with enhanced functionality for professional steel design applications. Version 1.2.1 includes updates that fix issues in the Grid function and problems with Single Member and Member Array placement, among others.
Users Can Test Out ProgeCAD 2D and 3D Design Software for One Month
ProgeCAD USA, a progeCAD distributor and reseller, is offering a free 30-day trial version of progeCAD 2010 Professional. The recently released version 10.0.10.8 includes fixes related to DWG drawing creation, including the ability to edit drawings using dynamic blocks.
Geometric Offers 15-Day Trial of Manufacturability Validation Tool
Geometric Limited, a product lifecycle management solutions provider, is offering a free 15-day trial version of DFMPro for Pro/ENGINEER. Recently updated to version 2.2, the DFM (design for manufacturing) review tool supports Wildfire 5.0 and Windows 7.
Opportunities & Honors
Longview Advisors Launches 2010 Collaboration and Interoperability Survey
Product lifecycle management consulting firm Longview Advisors has announced the availability of its sixth annual Collaboration & Interoperability Best Practices Survey. The survey examines trends and practices in areas including data exchange, 3D data deployment, and preferred platforms and formats. Results will be published this fall in Longview's free Collaboration & Interoperability Market Report.
Alibre Wins Maker Faire Editor's Choice Award
Alibre, a developer of professional 3D design solutions, has won the 2010 Maker Faire Editor's Choice Award for its Alibre Design Personal Edition (PE) software. Award winners were selected from the exhibitors at the Maker Faire by the editors of MAKE magazine.
Mark Your Calendar
Webinar: Manage Spaces, People, and Assets with FaciliCAD
August 27–September 10, 2010
2 p.m. CT
During this online session, faciliCAD CEO Bill Kilp will demonstrate adding data, editing people and assets, and publishing that data to an online portal for users to view and query. Read more
2010 FLOW-3D World Users Conference
September 23–24, 2010
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
This conference, open to FLOW-3D users and those interested in learning about the software, will include a poster session, a keynote address from Flow Science founder C.W. Hirt, and training sessions held the day before the event. Read more
October 12–13, 2010
Z-DAC is an annual networking and knowledge-sharing conference for Zuken's customers, prospects, and industry professionals. The event will include Zuken product sessions, sessions from users and third parties, and a product showcase. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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