Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 9)15 Mar, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Start Commands with a Double Click
Tipster William Work sends a time-saving tip for starting commands with two quick clicks. "Once Rollover Tooltips and Quick Properties were added to AutoCAD, it no longer seemed necessary to have the double-click action for most objects to execute the Properties command." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Set Extrusion Distance
CAD Administrator Michael O'Flaherty sent in a tip on how to measure distances and use them in the Extrude command. "The Extrude command does not have an option to select a point outside the z-axis to set the extrusion distance. By adding a dash of LISP, however, it's possible to use any two points, in any axis, to set an extrusion distance." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Senior CAD Tech James Henman shares a few small tips to help you speed things up, especially with two-letter commands. "These lines are a few of the toggles that I place in my ACADDOC.LSP file so that I can activate them with a two-letter command." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Program Keyboard and Mouse Inputs
Jamie Duncan sends us a tip to set up some mouse and keyboard inputs that can change your osnap settings on the fly. "This tip shows how to set up a Ctrl + Shift + right-click keystroke combination to restore many user settings transparently in AutoCAD Commands." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Deals & Freebies
Symscape Offers Free Trial of Fluid Dynamics Software for the Mac
CAE (computer-aided engineering) software provider Symscape is offering a 30-day free trial of Caedium v.2.1, a CAE software system for assessing the performance of 3D models. The latest release of Caedium now supports Mac OS X (10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard) in addition to Windows and Linux.
Users Can Try Product Design Collaboration Tool for Free
A free 15-day trial of eDrawings Professional for NX is available from Geometric Limited, a provider of PLM (product lifecycle management) services. The company just released version 7.1 of the e-mail–enabled collaboration software, which is designed to ease the sharing and interpretation of 2D and 3D product design data.
Laser Design Discounts 3D Laser Scanning System by 30%
Laser Design is offering a 30% discount on demo units of its most popular automated 3D laser scanning system. The system uses Geomagic Qualify and Studio data processing software for inspection or reverse engineering. Training and installation are included.
Free Trial of Genetica v3.5 Texturing Package Available
Graphics tools developer Spiral Graphics has released Genetica 3.5, and is offering a free trial of the seamless texture, animated texture, and high dynamic range imaging (HDRI) environment map package. The new version adds a suite of tools for the creation of seamless textures directly from photographs.
LEDAS Provides Rhino Users with Free Beta Plugin
LEDAS, a provider of end-user variational design tools, has announced the public release of beta 0.2 of its RhinoDirect plugin module for Rhinoceros 3D modeling software from Robert McNeel and Associates. The free download allows Rhinoceros users to modify 3D geometric shapes parametrically using geometric constraints and driving dimensions.
Opportunities & Honors
Autodesk Names Dynamic Structures as Inventor of the Year
Members of the Autodesk manufacturing community chose Dynamic Structures, a designer of such complex structures as bridges and observatories, as the 2009 Inventor of the Year. Dynamic was originally named Inventor of the Month in March 2009 for its work designing the enclosure that will house the Thirty Meter Telescope.
Spatial Launches Partner Program for Component Providers
Spatial, a provider of 3D development components, is launching a technology partnership program for developers of software components. The Industry Partner Program offers technical assistance to support partners' integration of their 3D components with Spatial's 3D modeling or related components, and includes opportunities for partners to promote the solution to Spatial's user community. The program is open to independent software providers that offer complementary 3D components with specialized capabilities such as machining, simulation, specialized rendering, and surfacing.
Books & Training
Alex Ruiz Authors SolidWorks 2010 Guide
Publisher Sybex has released SolidWorks 2010: No Experience Required, a software handbook written by Alex R. Ruiz, author of the SolidWorks Geek blog. The book is intended to introduce new tools and concepts to both new users of SolidWorks and professionals who want to improve their skills.
Mark Your Calendar
Webinar: Pond Design from Start to Finish with PondPack
March 16, 2010
2:00–3:00 p.m. EDT
This complimentary, live webinar from Bentley Systems will explain how PondPack's PondMaker guides users through the pond and outlet design process. Read more
Webinar: Introduction to Vico Office Constructability Manager
March 17, 2010
12:00–2:00 p.m. EDT
Attendees to this webinar can learn about Vico Office Constructability Manager, an integrated solution within the Vico Office Suite that incorporates a workflow for identification, promotion to RFI, reporting and resolution. Read more
3D PLM Seminar: Aerospace Supply Chain
March 25, 2010
This free seminar will discuss how to manage 3D data effectively through the design-to-manufacture process, delivering payoffs to manufacturers in the aerospace supply chain. Read more
Webinar: Designing for Multiple Storm Events in StormCAD
March 30, 2010
2:00–3:00 p.m. EDT
Attendees can learn how to prevent stormwater flooding by analyzing system capacity for multiple storm events. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's New at Cadalyst.com
Web-Based Help Offers Answers for SolidWorks Users
Solid Thinking tutorial: The new help system introduced in SolidWorks 2010 includes improved search tools, simplified navigation, and up-to-date documentation. Read more
CAD Manager's Toolbox: CAD ROI Worksheet
Revamping processes to save money is great, but evaluating and tracking your proposed changes with this tool is even better. Read more
Get Your Users to Help You
An efficient work environment requires communication and effort on the part of users, not just CAD managers. Here's how to get the conversation started. Read more
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