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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 42)

22 Nov, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Tips for Everything Except the Turkey
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!

Detach All Xrefs
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky sends us a command sequence to quickly detach all referenced files in AutoCAD. "Why waste time with dialog boxes? This series of keystrokes uses the Command line instead of a window," says tip tester Brian Benton. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Oops — I Did It Again!
Designer Chris Micallef discusses the Oops command and how it differs from the Undo command. "I don't use the command very often, but occasionally I have erased something and continued working only to realize that the deleted geometry is still required or was erased by mistake." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

X, Y, Z Filters
Marcel Aubin has been using AutoCAD since release 1.4 and wants to share with us a tip that he finds very useful. According to tip tester Brian Benton, "This is a great tip that can help you draw more accurately. You can use these filters to find intersects of lines, to make an object co-linear, or to help when drawing in 3D." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Calculate Offsets for Centering
Tipster Ed Galicki shares a command macro that he uses in AutoCAD Mechanical Desktop that helps him calculate centering distances for stacked plates. "This gives the distance to constrain the edge away from the edge of the second part, without requiring annoying calculating." View the follow-up comments and photos.

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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Resources

Research Report Explains Cloud Computing
Aruvian's R'search, a consulting and research organization, has released a guide to cloud computing. The Analyzing Cloud Computing research report explains the history of cloud computing; its architecture, application programming interfaces, and cost logic; and the advantages and disadvantages involved. Also addressed are the market for cloud computing, regulations impacting it, and delivery and deployment models.

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Deals & Freebies

Tactus Offers Free Demo of Protean Clay Modeling Software
Visitors to Tactus Technologies' web site can download a free, fully functional demo of Protean, the company's recently launched virtual clay sculpting and modeling software application. Designed for modeling organic and freeform shapes for 3D printing, the tool-based application emulates intuitive clay operations and allows deforming of the virtual clay material.

GoGogh Discounts Virtual IT Training Until December 31, 2010
Online technical training provider GoGogh is currently offering unemployed users a one-year training pass for $95 with the coupon code BeInDemand (list price $825). The pass gives users access to the complete GoGogh library of over 140 classroom courses for IT and management professionals.

Users Can Try Luxion KeyShot 2.1 Free for 15 Days
Luxion, a developer of rendering and lighting technology, is offering a free 15-day trial of KeyShot, its real-time ray tracing and global illumination program. The company recently released KeyShot 2.1, which supports native data import from Solid Edge ST3 and prior. The inclusion of this feature is a result of Luxion's acceptance to the Siemens Solution Partner Program.

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Opportunities & Honors

BIMForum Call for Presentations Extended to December 1, 2010
The BIMForum has extended its call for presentations for the 2011 February BIMForum meeting, which carries the theme "BIM and Building Enclosures: Pushing the Envelope on Performance." Presenters are urged to consider addressing building envelope topics such as cost analysis, facility management, laser scanning, and energy analysis.

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Books & Training

CIMdata Announces 2011 PLM Certificate Program Schedule
CIMdata, a product lifecycle management (PLM) consulting and research firm, has announced its PLM Certificate Program schedule for 2011. The assessment-based certificate program includes classroom experience, individual and team-based exercises, and individual evaluations of achievement. The program will be offered in Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom, and multiple United States locations.

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Mark Your Calendar

Webinar: Online BIM Collaboration around the World
November 23, 2010
Various times
Representatives of Graphisoft, Tekla Structures, DDS-CAD, and Arktec will demonstrate how Delta Server technology reduces network traffic for improved data exchange, both within the office and over the Internet. 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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What's New at Cadalyst.com

Full-Scale Visualization: More Is More
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Simplifying Access to Laser-Scanning Data
As the popularity of laser scanning grows, being able to manipulate the data efficiently becomes ever more important. IMAGINiT Technologies' Scan to BIM software speeds workflows by giving Revit users direct access to point clouds. Read more

CAD Manager's Toolbox: Shake Up Your Brain
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