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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 38)

25 Oct, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff


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This Week's Software Tips

A Blast from the Past
Some tips just never get old. Is there a classic tip that you still rely on today? Use the "Submit Tip" button below to tell us about your favorites from the past, so we can dust them off and share them with your fellow CAD users. Tip Patroller Brian Benton will also be sharing some of his all-time favorites; check out this week's favorite below!

Toggle Polyline Conversion
Tipster Bachir Bekkaye has a helpful tip to try when you're using the PEdit command to convert objects into polylines in AutoCAD. For me, this setting is a must. I prefer to keep peditaccept turned on (set to 1), but if you are worried about accidentally converting an object, leave it turned off. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Justify Text without Movement
Kevin Land can't stand "jumping" text when he's working in AutoCAD, and he's found a way to prevent it. "I hate it when text moves, when all I wanted to do was change the justification point." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Match Properties in Multiple Drawings
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky shares an interesting tip that expands the usefulness of the Match Properties command in AutoCAD. "I have a small and rather unusual tip. I noticed by sheer accident that the Match Properties command works across any number of open drawings." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Classic Tip: Add Text to Dimensions
Alex Enoch sent us tip number 3153, which was published in March 2009. If you have ever dimensioned a drawing and needed to restore the true dimension value, this tip is for you. It also provides instructions about how to edit dimension text in two different ways.

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

Trimble Relaunches Informational Web Site for Customers
Positioning technology provider Trimble has rebuilt its Productivity web site, which offers news, magazine articles, brochures, white papers, product and application information, and a dealer locator. The new site has been designed for faster navigation, and users can create and upload their own videos.

ESRI Compiles Geographic Video Library
A new ESRI web site features a library of videos including expert insights on a variety of geospatial topics, full-length technical sessions, and software demonstrations. Video transcripts allow viewers to follow along with the presenter and navigate to desired sections. Viewers can also comment on videos, mark their favorites, download full transcripts, and share videos via social media.

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Deals & Freebies

Autodesk Runs Training Voucher Promotion on Manufacturing Software
Users who purchase Autodesk manufacturing products along with classroom training or implementation services from an authorized reseller by October 31, 2010, can receive money-saving vouchers as follows:

  • Manufacturing Standard Voucher: $200 for each seat from 1–5 seats, $300 for each seat for 6 or more seats.
  • Manufacturing Premium Voucher: $2500 for each seat on select products.

Users Can Try Integrated PDF Conversion for Two Weeks
Users can download a fully functional 14-day trial of Scan2CAD v8 Pro from Softcover. The new version of the raster-to-vector converter automatically converts vector PDF files into a DXF file format suitable for editing in AutoCAD or any similar compatible PC CAD, CNC, or GIS (geographic information system) program. It also allows users to save raster and vector files in PDF format.

Laser Design Offers Reduced Price for Reverse Engineering
Laser Design, a 3D laser scanning firm, is offering reverse part engineering for $995, for a limited time. To qualify for this offer, customers must send in a part that does not require parametric modeling or internal scanning, and must be among the first 25 respondents.

ASUNI CAD Provides Free Trial of Architectural Rhino Plugin
A 30-day, fully functional evaluation version of VisualARQ is available as a free download from CAD software development company ASUNI CAD. Fully integrated into Rhino, the plugin enables users to draw, design, and model an architectural project in 2D and 3D at the same time. From a 3D model, users can create plans and full documentation.

Free RhinoDirect 0.4 Plugin Expands Parametric Editing in Rhinoceros 3D
Software developer LEDAS has announced the public release of RhinoDirect beta 0.4, a plugin module for Rhinoceros 3D modeling software from Robert McNeel and Associates. The updated plugin allows users to control spherical faces parametrically, and to visualize driving dimensions in the drawing area.

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Expert CAD Manager book by Robert Green

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Opportunities & Honors

Autodesk Opens SketchBook Design Contest
Autodesk has launched a SketchBook Hero contest for images created with the Autodesk SketchBook digital painting and drawing products. Submissions may be created using SketchBook Pro, Mobile, Pro for iPad, Designer, or Express, and will be accepted until November 14, 2010.

TransMagic Achieves Certified Gold Status from SolidWorks
TransMagic, a developer of 3D CAD data exchange software, has announced that its TransMagic PowerPack has achieved Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks' Gold Product Certification. With the PowerPack installed, CATIA, JT, and other files can be imported and exported seamlessly from SolidWorks software.

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Books & Training

Digital School Offers Online Training Program for Autodesk Software
Digital School, a private vocational career college, has launched its Global e-Training (GeT) system, which comprises a curriculum and remote learning platform. GeT Interactive is a self-paced online Autodesk software training program that lets students study on their own schedule; GeT Live Network is a virtual classroom interface that brings students and instructors together through the use of the Internet.

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Mark Your Calendar

Webinar: AcuSolve v1.8 Release
October 26, 2010
9:30 a.m. ET and 6:30 p.m. ET
ACUSIM will demonstrate its general-purpose, finite-element based CFD solver, AcuSolve 1.8, during this free, hour-long webinar. Attendees can learn about AcuSolve's new features and improvements, from core CFD technology to ease-of-use and CAE automation. Read more

Webinar: Improving Construction Productivity Using an Automated Field Data Collection System
October 26, 2010
11 a.m. ET
This webinar from Atlas RFID Solutions will explore how EPC firms are improving upstream and downstream construction productivity by streamlining their field data collection processes using automated identification and data collection (AIDC) technologies such as barcode, passive radio frequency identification (RFID), active RFID, and GPS in conjunction with software operating on mobile devices. Read more

Webinar: KOMPAS-3D V12 Training
October 26, 2010
9 a.m. ET
Slava Kashirsky, a training specialist from ASCON, will cover general modeling topics in this webinar, based on new features of KOMPAS-3D V12. Topics include working with advanced surfaces, based on new methods of curve creation, surface editing, and more. 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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