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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 33)

20 Sep, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Work Faster, Work Smarter
Do you have any tips for using AutoCAD — or any other CAD software tool — more effectively and efficiently? Send them to us! 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. Use the Submit Tip button below to send us your tip today!

Access Project Folders Quickly
Tipster Edward Owen sends us a tip for accessing project folders more easily. "In our office, we work with many projects at once for short periods of time. The path to get to these DWGs is sometimes lengthy, as they are all on a network." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

AutoCAD 2010 Ribbon Map
Tipster Julia Noble shares an AutoCAD file she created to help find commands in the AutoCAD 2010 ribbon. "I created this file when I got AutoCAD 2010. It helped me to learn the new features of this version more quickly, and I hope it will help new users of AutoCAD 2010 too." 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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Expert CAD Manager book by Robert Green

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Resources

CIMdata Compiles Ten Questions to Ask PLM Solution Suppliers
CIMdata, a PLM (product lifecycle management) consulting and research firm, has released a complimentary white paper that discusses questions for companies to ask potential PLM solution suppliers. According to CIMdata, the answers received provide insight into how the supplier's solution will address the company's critical business requirements.

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Mastering Revit 2009 book by Paul F. Aubin

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Deals & Freebies

Free App Extends Autodesk Inventor Publisher to Mobile Devices
Autodesk is offering the Inventor Publisher Mobile Viewer for free download. The application is designed for use with Autodesk Inventor Publisher technical communications software, which helps manufacturers explain their products with 2D and 3D product documentation. The software can publish 3D interactive instructions to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch mobile devices.

Ashampoo Gives Cadalyst Readers Discount on 3D CAD Software
Ashampoo 3D CAD Professional 2 ($299.99) is a DWG-compatible 2D/3D solution designed for architects, civil engineers, and drafters. The company also develops lower-priced personal and architect editions. For the next two weeks, Cadalyst readers will receive discounts on Ashampoo software with the following exclusive coupon codes:

  • 50% discount on Ashampoo 3D CAD Architecture 2: 3PL-5WP-5PK
  • 40% discount on Ashampoo 3D CAD Professional 2: 8VF-N9P-N13

 

Free Trial of VariCAD 2010 V3.0 Available
VariCAD is offering free 30-day trial version of its newly updated 3D/2D mechanical CAD system. VariCAD 2010 3.0 features improvements in STEP file import, as well as a number of minor enhancements.

3DATS Takes 50% Off Books, Donates 100% of Sales to Charity
Through October 12, 2010, 3DATS — with the help of CGarchitect — is taking 50% off all 3D graphics books currently offered and donating 100% of sales to a charity called "Soldiers to the Summit" that supports wounded veterans. Books include ispirato, a showcase of fine architectural visualization; and a variety of primers on using Autodesk 3ds Max for architectural visualization.

Free GvSIG Mini for Android 1.0 Map Viewer Released
The gvSIG Mini development team has announced the release of gvSIG Mini for Android 1.0, a free, open-source viewer of maps based on tiles. This stable version enables direct download of maps from the phone to the storage card, for map display in offline mode.

ProgeCAD, Now Available in French, Offers Trial Version
ProgeCAD USA is offering a 30-day free trial of progeCAD 2010 Professional, which is now available in French. ProgeCAD 2010 Professional supports the DWG, DXF, and DWF file formats, and can output to graphic raster formats including JPG, JPG2000, ECW, TIFF, and BMP.

Autodesk Extends Free Student License Duration
Autodesk is extending the license terms for all free versions of the student software related to its online Education Community from 13 to 36 months. This license term extension applies to over 25 products available for free download on the Autodesk Education Community.

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Opportunities & Honors

Solid Edge Users Take First Place in Educational Challenges
Siemens PLM Software, a provider of product lifecycle management software and services, has announced that its Solid Edge software was used by two students in two different countries to take first place in two different categories in the SkillsUSA and Skills Canada national competitions.

Autodesk Sponsors CGarchitect Rendering Revolution Contest
Autodesk, with the support of NVIDIA, is sponsoring online magazine CGarchitect's "Rendering Revolution," a still image architectural visualization competition. To be eligible, participants must create a still image of an architectural scene incorporating the 3ds Max 20th anniversary logo in a recognizable and creative form.

Spark Awards Solicit Design and Architecture Entries
The Spark International 2010 International Design & Architecture Awards is accepting entries until October 10. The new, multi-disciplinary design competition encourages positive solutions to design problems.

Autodesk Invites Submissions for Design Visualization Reel 2010
Artists and designers who have recently used Autodesk software to create 3D animated content or still imagery for architecture, civil engineering, or manufacturing projects can submit their best work for possible inclusion in the Autodesk Design Show Reel 2010. The reel will be showcased at Autodesk University. The deadline for video submissions is October 8, 2010.

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Mark Your Calendar

3D Test Drive
September 22–October 5, 2010
Various cities
This free 3D scanning and printing seminar from NextEngine will address CAD/CAM workflows using scan data and when and how to use mesh, surface, or solid files. Read more

World Maker Faire
September 25–26, 2010
Queens, New York
The Maker Faire event series showcases a community of do-it-yourself enthusiasts who share their projects and skills. Read more

Webinar: Project Lightning Unveiled
October 26, 2010
10 a.m. ET
At this virtual event, PTC will unveil its Project Lightning mechanical CAD initiative. According to the company, the initiative will deliver a scalable, interoperable, and open set of mechanical design applications. 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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