Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 4)1 Feb, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Mark T. Kenyon, who uses AutoCAD in his job in the oil and gas industry, expands on a tip published previously with this tip that explains how to convert object measurements from fractions of inches to a decimal format. "How many of us can remember the decimal equivalent for 23/64" without pulling out the calculator or a decimal equivalent chart?" View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Quickly Copy Objects
Darrel Morman, a mechanical drafter, sends us a trick to group objects quickly. "You can create 3D blocks rapidly and easily by using Ctrl+Shift+C to copy several of your 3D objects in an assembly or group with a base point (soon to be the block insertion point)." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Automate Screen Regeneration
Kristi O'Nan shares a tip that she used in AutoCAD 2008 to speed up screen regens and simplify viewport handling. "I often make copies of viewports in paper space, and the template that I use had Regenauto set to 'Off.' Every time I would copy a viewport, the copy would be turned off ... that was a huge pain to deal with." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Create Custom Annotation Scales
CAD Technician Dawn M. Pearl needed to show labels at multiple scales in one file with many layout tabs. "The project included several drawing types — plan, utility, and grading — each with its own annotation." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Videos Available from 5th gvSIG Conference
Videos of report sessions and workshops from the 5th gvSIG Conference, held the first week of December 2009, are now available to watch online or download. Topics include gvSIG vectorial new features, NavTable, and gvSIG Mobile and gvSIG Mini.
Deals & Freebies
DoubleCAD XT Pro V2 Buyers Receive the Corel Suite Free
Customers who order the new DoubleCAD XT Pro v2 from CAD software provider IMSI by February 15, 2010, will receive a copy of Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite X4 free with purchase, for a savings of $999. DoubleCAD, which includes features for drafting and detailing, is also available through a 15-day trial.
Autodesk Offers Alias Sketch for AutoCAD Technology Preview
The Alias Sketch for AutoCAD Technology Preview is now available as a free download from Autodesk Labs. The Technology Preview adds fully integrated sketching, illustration, painting, and manipulation capabilities into the AutoCAD workflow to broaden the capabilities of AutoCAD software. During this testing period, users can provide feedback to Autodesk about their experience with the product and impact the final iteration, which will ship later this year.
Free Trial of Office2PDM Available
Extensible CAD Technologies, a provider of CAD and PLM productivity software, is offering a free trial of Office2PDM. Office2PDM is an add-in for Microsoft Office that brings the document management functions of SolidWorks Enterprise PDM into Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
IMSI Upgrades Free DoubleCAD XT App to V2
IMSI/Design is releasing v2 of its free DoubleCAD XT application, which includes dozens of new features and enhancements, including viewports that may be exploded to create flat 2D geometry (including hidden line views); multitext and text tool enhancements; new architectural, transform, and selection tools; and support for index colors and AutoCAD CTB print styles. The software is available from Download.com.
Opportunities & Honors
Think3 Offers Europe Trip to First Place Winner of Student Contest
PDP (Product Development Process) Award "Andrea Pininfarina" is an opportunity for students to increase their knowledge in the field of product development. The design competition is open to all new, unpublished products designed with ThinkDesign, a CAD solution from think3. Projects will be judged on the basis of their innovative content, the originality of their design, and the potential for industrialization of the product.
Autodesk Supports Clean-Technology Companies with Grants
At the Clean-Tech Investors Summit, design software developer Autodesk announced a renewed commitment to providing clean-tech companies with software grants through its Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program. The program grants free design and engineering software to early-stage clean-technology companies in North America.
Meridian's Construction Project Management Software Honored
Meridian Systems, a plan-build-operate technology software provider, announced that the Prolog software Oversight Pack has been named a Top Product for 2009 by Building Operating Management (BOM) Magazine. The award recognizes the most popular manufacturers and suppliers of the year, as determined by building and facility executives.
ESRI Challenges Geodevelopers with API Mashup Competition
With the theme "Map Your App," ESRI's 2010 Mashup Challenge invites members of the geodeveloper community to develop creative geospatial web applications. The guidelines are to construct a mashup using ESRI's ArcGIS online content and web APIs, publish the related URL, shoot a video describing the application, and post it on YouTube. The first-place entry will take home $10,000. Deadline for submission is March 5, 2010.
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Books & Training
KOMPAS-3D Webinars Available from ASCON Group
ASCON Group, a developer and integrator of CAD/AEC/PLM software, is offering online training sessions for the recently released KOMPAS-3D v11. The webinars are available for current and potential customers, 3D beginners, and partners of the company. Webinar topics include KOMPAS-3D v11 features, part creation, assembly creation, and working with BOM. To register for the webinars, e-mail ASCON at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CIMdata Announces Next CIMdata PLM Certificate Program
CIMdata, a PLM consulting and research firm, has announced its CIMdata PLM Certificate Program schedule for 2010. This assessment-based program includes individual and team-based exercises, as well as individual evaluations of achievement. The first program is scheduled for March 8-12, 2010, in Andover, Massachusetts. Confirmation of dates and exact locations will be announced approximately three months prior to each program.
Mark Your Calendar
Pro/ENGINEER Technology Day Workshop Series
February 2–March 16, 2010
Test drive software, network with peers, win prizes, and "design without barriers" in this workshop series from PTC Software. Read more
Improving Efficiency in Water Systems Seminar 2010
February 2, 2010
At this one-day event from Bentley, experts will discuss the latest research and development work on optimizing water distribution systems. Read more
Revit User Group — East Bay
February 9, 2010
The topic of this event from Ideate, "Revit + Ecotect — A 'Green' Relationship," will discuss the relationship between the Revit platform (both Architecture and MEP) and Ecotect. 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 email@example.com.
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