Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 35)4 Oct, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff
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This Week's Software Tips
Don't Forget to Tip
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!
Model Views in Sheet Set Manager
Tipster Ron Lohan shares a way to use model views in AutoCAD's Sheet Set Manager to create drawings. This tip tells us how to xref a file into our drawing file and set up a viewport in paper space — all in one command! There is a lot going on here, but the process is really very simple. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Customize Ribbon Panels to Increase Efficiency
Andrew Maser sends us a tip on customizing the AutoCAD ribbon to improve access to frequently used commands and tools. "I have placed my panel inside the Home 2D tab, Block References tab, Annotate tab, etc. That way, even if I'm editing a block, text, or whatever, I can still quickly snap to objects, zoom, or perform any other frequent commands I like." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Substitute Fonts in Inserted Tables
Coworkers Dallas Leinweber and Debra Maloney-Bolsinger collaborated on this method to ensure that when you insert a text object (such as a table) that uses a font that's not available, AutoCAD knows which font to use instead. The issue here is getting the font you want into the table. TrueType fonts can give you problems; using the Alternate Font setting tells AutoCAD which font to use as an alternative View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Save Time with Design Center
Kevin D. Stober shares a time-saving tip about using AutoCAD's Design Center. "Design Center is where you can transfer blocks, dimstyles, layers, layouts, linetypes, multileaderstyles, tablestyles, textstyles, and xrefs. One of the most useful tools is the layout function; it's so efficient to transfer the layout from one drawing to another in seconds." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
SolidThinking Whitepaper Advocates Morphogenesis as Design Tool
Industrial design software developer SolidThinking is offering a "Computation Inspiration for Product Design" whitepaper to registered users. The document explains how morphogenesis, a computational form-generation technology, can help designers to explore options during the conceptual phase.
Open-Source Solution on SharePoint Enables Collaborative Product Development
Aras, a product lifecycle management (PLM) software solution provider, has developed an open-source SharePoint-based solution in collaboration with Actify, Razorleaf, and Microsoft. The collaborative product development solution enables product data assets normally constrained within PLM or product data management systems to be shared throughout the enterprise as well as with its customers, suppliers, and partners globally.
Deals & Freebies
IES Discounts Environmental Analysis Software Packages 25–35%
Building performance analysis vendor IES is introducing two discounted software packages that bring together the core IES Virtual Environment modules required by architectural or engineering undertaking high-level energy, daylighting, and other environmental analysis. For more information about the Core Architectural and Core Engineering packages, contact Kendra Milton of IES.
Trial and Free Versions of M-Files Document Management Software Available
Document management software developer Motive Systems is offering registered users a free 30-day trial of M-Files Professional, including all the features. Users can convert this time-limited full version into a free version, M-Files Express, after the trial period ends. M-Files 7.0, which is now available for production use and immediate download, features improved handling of larger document vaults.
Graebert Debuts ARES Commander Edition for Linux at 50% Off
Following the release of Windows and Mac OS X versions earlier this year, CAD solution provider Graebert has announced a Linux version of ARES Commander Edition. The Linux version of the 2D/3D CAD solution will be available for an introductory price of $495 through the end of October 2010 (the standard retail price is $995). A free 30-day trial of ARES Commander Edition for Linux is also available.
Craft Animations Offers Rebate on Camera and Vehicle Simulation Tools
Animation technology developer Craft Animations is offering up to 48% off all CDS (Craft Director Studio) Specialty Edition bundles for users of Maxon Cinema 4D and Autodesk 3DS Max, Maya, and Softimage. The company offers bundles personalized for 3D animators and visual effects artists, CAD professionals, architectural designers, and others. The rebate is available until October 31, 2010.
Opportunities & Honors
Speakers Sought for AeroDef Manufacturing Event
Would-be speakers are invited to submit abstracts by November 1, 2010, for the AeroDef Manufacturing Conference, an event presented by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Speakers will receive complimentary conference registration and complimentary admittance to the exposition.
FIATECH Accepting CETI Award Entry Forms Until December 20, 2010
FIATECH's annual CETI (Celebration of Engineering and Technology Innovation) Award promotes and showcases achievements in technology research, development, and implementation in the capital projects industry. Recipients will be announced on April 19, 2011, at the CETI Gala, to be held in Chandler, Arizona.
Books & Training
SolidProfessor Releases 2011 Update Training for SolidWorks
SolidProfessor, a provider of learning resources for SolidWorks, has unveiled its 2011 Update Training video series. The series includes more than 2.5 hours of instruction and 63 lessons covering basic through premium functionality including sketching, parts, features, assemblies, and drawings. A free preview of the series is available.
Adobe's 3D Team Writes Photoshop Reference Guide
Media technology publisher Focal Press has released 3D in Photoshop: The Ultimate Guide for Creative Professionals ($49.95) by Zorana Gee and Pete Falco. The book explains how to create or integrate 3D into designs using Photoshop CS5 Extended. Readers can learn how to generate 3D extrusions, composite 3D to 2D scenes, and create lenticular images.
Leica Geosystems Adds Online Class for HDS CloudWorx for AutoCAD
Leica Geosystems, a supplier of surveying, mapping, and spatial positioning systems, now offers a self-paced eLearning module ($295) for its HDS CloudWorx software application for AutoCAD. The online module comprises 91 minutes of material; topics covered include 2D mapping, 3D mapping, modeling, and drafting with CloudWorx.
Mark Your Calendar
Webinar: Overcoming the Pitfalls of Remote Performance
October 7, 2010
11 a.m. PT
This Riverbed webinar will explain how to overcome common pitfalls, avoid consolidation and virtualization practices that can negatively impact mobile workers, and ensure consistent performance for workers in the office and in the field. Read more
Aras Community Event 2010
October 21, 2010
This international event offers members of the corporate community an opportunity to learn about the PLM (product lifecycle management) solution suite from Aras, network, and discuss best practices for collaborative product development. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Read more
Siemens PLM Connection Americas User Conference 2011
May 2–5, 2011
Las Vegas, Nevada
This annual event, organized by PLM World with support from Siemens, is designed to help attendees prepare their PLM (product lifecycle management) investment for the future, expand the value of product and process knowledge, and learn from Siemens PLM Software's developers in hands-on training sessions. Read more
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