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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 31)

30 Aug, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Rescale and Rotate in One Command
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky shares a tip about using the Align command in AutoCAD to rescale and rotate an object. "Rescaling a block or selected entities is easy with the Scale command and the Reference option — everybody remembers that. But if the Align command is used, you can change the rotation angle and rescale your selection at the same time." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Toggle Snap Settings in Hatch Patterns
Do you need to snap to linework in a hatch? Shawn Evjen shares a tip for controlling your snap settings in hatches. "We were working on some older drawings, and needed to snap to lines in a hatch pattern. In our case, this linework was a reflected ceiling grid, and we needed to place the light fixtures appropriately. Where to turn?" 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's CAD 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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Expert CAD Manager book by Robert Green

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Resources

Product Lifecycle Management Expert Blogs on the Topic
Jyotirmoy Dutta, lead of product lifecycle management (PLM) for medical technology firm Stryker, has begun writing a blog titled Puthimaas: My Thoughts on PLM. Recent posts include "Examples of Frugal Engineering," "Can PLM Encompass ALM (Application Lifecycle Management)?" and "Quality Risk Management: Missing Link in the Product Lifecycle?"

AVEVA Opens Centre of Excellence for Oil and Gas Industry
AVEVA, a provider of engineering design and information management solutions, has unveiled a new Centre of Excellence for Operations Integrity Management in Stavanger, Norway. The center will work with oil and gas owner–operators to design and deploy software solutions that meet their data handover, enterprise asset management, and decision support requirements.

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Mastering Revit 2009 book by Paul F. Aubin

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Deals & Freebies

CMS Provides Free IntelliCAD Trial Via Plugin
CAD software developer CMS is now streaming its CMS IntelliCAD as a free trial for 15 days. Users can visit the company's web site and run the 2D and 3D CAD software without installing it; only a plugin is required. Those who prefer to download and install CMS IntelliCAD instead may do so, after registering for an account.

Geometric Offers Free Trial of Product Design Data Sharing Tool
Geometric Limited, a provider of product lifecycle management solutions, is offering a free 15-day trial of eDrawings Professional for Autodesk Inventor 8.0. This version of the e-mail–enabled collaboration tool features support for Autodesk Inventor 2011.

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Opportunities & Honors

Avatech Invites Digital Designers to Participate in Rendering Contest
Avatech Solutions, a professional services company for design and engineering technologies, is accepting submissions for its annual Render Us Speechless Contest until October 29, 2010. The competition awards more than $4,000 in prizes for photorealistic renderings and visualizations created with Autodesk design and engineering software.

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Books & Training

Safe Software Adds Instructor-Led Online FME Training
Spatial data transformation technology developer Safe Software has announced the expansion of its FME Training Program, which now includes online training taught by Safe's FME-certified trainers. Designed for users who can't afford the time or expense of traveling to a training facility, this new training option enables access to a range of data interoperability topics.

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Mark Your Calendar

Seventh International Revit Technology Conference (RTC), Australia
May 26–28, 2011
Gold Coast, Queensland
This independent conference covers topics of interest to those using the Revit platform as a base for building information modeling. Speakers and delegates include designers, owners, surveyors, and facility managers. Attendees can learn from instructors and industry experts, explore trends and technologies, and share ideas and insights with an international community. 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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