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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 43)

6 Dec, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips


The Countdown to Tip-mas
'Tis the season for sharing. Do you have any tips for using AutoCAD — or any other CAD software tool — more effectively and efficiently? Put them in Cadalyst's stocking! 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!

Open Sheet Sets without AutoCAD
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky has a quick AutoCAD tip to share with us. According to tip reviewer Brian Benton, "Windows can open files that have programs associated with their file extensions. If you are in Windows Explorer, double-click a file and the proper program will open that file." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Move, Copy, Rotate, and Scale with One Command
Chief Draftsman Wade D. Spruill shows us a command that can execute four other AutoCAD commands on an object. "There is a 'hidden' command in AutoCAD that a lot of users, young and old alike, do not know about." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Shift to Reverse
Kent Elrod sent us a tip on using the Shift key to cycle through selections and input types in a reverse order. "I really like the ability to type the first few letters of a command and press Tab to scroll through all the commands that start with that key sequence. Even better is the ability to move backward alphabetically." 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

SolidWorks Site Encourages Designers to Share Their Stories
SolidWorks has launched a web site called "The Drive to Design" that revolves around a video showing some of the steps that led a fictional engineer to his vocation. Visitors are invited to share their own stories, download the files for one of the projects shown in the video and explain how they would make it better, or submit ideas for their own design dreams.

Partnership Gives CAMWorks Users Access to CADENA Model Library
Manufacturing software developer Geometric and part catalog provider CADENAS have entered into an agreement that grants the users of Geometric's CAMWorks software access to CADENA's CAD model library. CAMWorks users will be able to download millions of ready-to-use 3D CAD models from the CAMWorks PARTCommunity.

HP Launches Challenge-Based Online Community for AEC Industry
HP has launched a new online community for the AEC industry that enables designers to collaborate through a variety of design challenges. Organized by David Fano, founder of design technology consultancy CASE and an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, the DesignByMany community encourages technical design professionals to improve the community as a whole through architectural design projects.

Spect0l Offers Bentley BIM Software Tutorial Videos
Lawrence Eaton invites Cadalyst newsletter readers to check out his Spect0l web site, which includes a collection of video tutorials for Bentley Architecture v8i building information modeling (BIM) software from Bentley Systems.

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Deals & Freebies

E-on Software Releases Vue 9 PLE and Vue 9 for 3D Artists Trial Versions
E-on software, a maker of solutions for digital nature and natural 3D environments, has released the Vue 9 xStream and Vue 9 Infinite PLE (Personal Learning Edition), as well as the Vue 9 for 3D Artists trial version. Both Vue 9 PLE — a fully functional version of Vue 9 xStream/Infinite — and the Vue 9 for 3D Artists trial version — a fully functional version of Vue 9 Esprit, Studio, or Complete — can be downloaded at no charge.

Six GlobalCAD Product Trials Available for Bricscad V11
Bricsys, a developer of software for architecture and land planning, has announced that six flagship GlobalCAD products are now available for Bricscad V11: LandARCH Professional Edition, GlobalCAD Terrain, LandARCH Standard Edition, GlobalCAD Organizer, GlobalCAD Schedule, and Hatch Manager. Trial versions of the GlobalCAD products for Bricscad can be downloaded from the Bricsys web site.

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Opportunities & Honors

Graebert Seeks Beta Testers for SiteMaster 6 Surveying Software
Cross-platform CAD software developer Graebert has announced a major upgrade of SiteMaster, its site surveying and measurement software. SiteMaster 6 is currently in beta, and the company is actively seeking testers for the product. Current clients, along with interested surveyors, architects, and facility managers can apply to participate in a three-month validation of the new software.

ASCON Opens KOMPAS-3D Modeling Contest
MCAD solution developer ASCON has announced the start of the KOMPAS-3D Modeling Contest 2011. All current and potential customers of the company are welcome to submit projects made in KOMPAS-3D Professional, as well in the free LT version. The results of previous years' contests are available in ASCON's Design Gallery.

Luxion Elevated to Gold Tier in PTC's PartnerAdvantage Program
Luxion, a developer of rendering and lighting technology, has reached the Gold tier in PTC's PartnerAdvantage Program. Luxion has developed a plugin that connects its KeyShot product with PTC Creo Elements/Pro, allowing users to create photographic images from their Creo Elements/Pro data in real time. In addition, users can import Creo Elements/Pro data natively into KeyShot on both PC and Macintosh platforms.

Esri Wins Visual Studio Magazine's Readers Choice Award
Esri received the top honor in the mapping/geographic information system (GIS) components category of Visual Studio Magazine's Readers Choice Awards. Esri won for its ArcGIS API for Microsoft Silverlight/Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). The API provides a framework for creating GIS web applications, such as data portals and interactive map viewers.

Autodesk Announces Rendering Revolution Contest Winners
Autodesk has announced the winners of the Rendering Revolution contest, a still-image architectural visualization competition hosted by CGarchitect.com and sponsored by Autodesk, along with the support of NVIDIA. The first-, second-, and third-place prizes went to Chinese artist Qingfeng Chen, German artist Benjamin Brosdau, and Italian artist Dionissios Tsangaropoulos, respectively.

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Books & Training

ASCENT — Center for Technical Knowledge Opens Online Store
RAND Worldwide, a provider of engineering design and information technology solutions, has announced that its courseware division, ASCENT – Center for Technical Knowledge, launched a new online store. It is now possible for clients worldwide to purchase ASCENT's courseware and other offerings such as Instructor Tools, eCourseware, and Knowledge Assessment Products.

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Mark Your Calendar

Webinar: Texture Baking in 3ds Max
December 13, 2010
11 a.m. ET
This free webinar is led by Brian Smith and presents a one-hour overview of the 3ds Max course currently offered at the CGschool. Read more

Webinar: Mental Ray
December 14, 2010
11 a.m. ET
This free webinar is led by Jennifer O' Connor and presents a one-hour overview of the mental ray course currently offered at the CGschool. Read more

Webinar: Configuration — the Key to Optimizing CAD Translation
December 14, 2010
10–11 a.m. ET
During this webinar, Spatial's Vivekan Iyengar will discuss configuration settings to improve CAD translation success rates and optimize 3D InterOp performance. Read more

Webinar: V-Ray 2.0
December 15, 2010
11 a.m. ET
This free webinar is led by Torgeir Holm (Vray.info). Included in this webinar are some of the new features in V-Ray 2.0. This course offers a sample of what students will see in CGschool's two-day V-Ray 2.0 classes (Beginner to Advanced). Read more

Webinar: Architectural Photography
December 16, 2010
11 a.m. ET
This free webinar is led by Lon Grohs (Neoscape) and presents a one-hour overview of the architectural photography course currently offered at the CGschool. Read more

Webinar: Photoshop Advanced
December 17, 2010
11 a.m. ET
This free webinar is led by Lon Grohs (Neoscape) and presents a one-hour overview of the Photoshop course currently offered at the CGschool. Read more

CIMdataPLM Vendor Forum
March 31–April 20, 2011
Various cities
This one-day event is designed for PLM solution suppliers of all sizes, and will be held in the United States, Germany, and Japan. During the forum, CIMdata and the attendees will collectively explore the issues facing the PLM market. 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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