Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 1)3 Jan, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
The First Tips of 2011
Start the new year off right — resolve to share your time-saving tips with the CAD community! Use the "Submit Tip" button below to share your tips for using AutoCAD (or any other CAD software tool) more effectively and efficiently. 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.
Change Text Orientation
Tipster Bob McCue describes a way to align your text objects with a line or other object in AutoCAD. "Orienting text to a line or an object is simple with the TOrient command. The text will orient to that line about its insertion point; the insertion point will not change." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Plot Raster Images
Hayden Clarke sends us a tip about some of the system variables in AutoCAD that influence the way it handles the plotting of raster images. "This is a tip for printing drawings with high-resolution images or multiple aerial photographs. Changing these settings made a considerable difference when we plotted a current job with numerous aerials attached." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Custom Rotate and Cleanup Commands
Tipster Michael Chilson shares some command macros that he uses to reduce the number of clicks in his day-to-day AutoCAD work. As tip reviewer Brian Benton says, "Anything that can reduce the number of your daily clicks and picks is a good thing! Making custom commands isn't that tricky, and these are two good examples." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Geospatial Information System Conference Materials Available Online
Presentations, posters, and articles presented during the 6th gvSIG Conference are now available online. In addition, Open Planet 4, the magazine published for the International gvSIG Conference, is now available in an electronic format; visitors can download it from the conference website.
Deals & Freebies
Infotech Discounts Kubotek KeyView Licenses by 30% and 50%
Infotech Enterprises is offering several Kubotek KeyView introductory discounts through January 31, 2011: 30% off new KeyView licenses and 50% off the list price for qualifying users who change over from a competing CAD viewer application to KeyView. Version 1.0 of the CAD model visualization application will be released this month.
Autodesk Announces Web-Based 30-Day Trial of AutoCAD LT 2011
Autodesk has announced the availability of a completely online, free 30-day trial of AutoCAD LT 2011 software. Engineers and designers can now test-drive the drafting and detailing software without downloading it. This alternative to the full trial download requires only the installation of a small player, and enables users to save and access files on their own computers.
LizardTech Releases Free MrSID Decode SDK 8.0
Registered users can download the newly released MrSID Decode SDK 8.0 from LizardTech, a provider of software for managing geospatial content. This SDK (software development kit) gives developers tools to support viewing files in the MrSID Generation 4 format, unveiled with the recent launch of GeoExpress 8, which adds support for multispectral data, alpha channels, and improved mosaicking.
CadSite Offers Free Trial of Spreadsheet Creation Software
Registered users can download a free, 30-day trial of CADxel from CadSite, a software and consulting corporation. The application enables users to create Excel-compatible spreadsheet reports within AutoCAD, linking drawing information to spreadsheet cells.
Users Can Try Ashampoo 3D CAD Architecture 3 Free for 40 Days
Software developer Ashampoo is offering a free 10-day trial of its 3D CAD Architecture 3 software, and users can extend that period to 40 days by completing online registration. The newly released version 3 of the software for designing and planning building projects features the free 3D construction of objects, the use of subtraction solids (solid modeling), and an integrated quantities plugin.
NewTek Provides 30-Day Trial of LightWave 10 Rendering Software
Registered users can try the newly released LightWave 10, which combines a renderer with modeling and animation tools, free for 30 days. The latest version of the 3D software from NewTek allows users to interact directly in the viewport and to view updates to their stereoscopic work in real time, and features a complete linear color space workflow plus Virtual Studio Tools for immersive walkthroughs.
Online Demo Environment Showcases ShapeSpace 3D Search for Aras
Users interested in the ShapeSpace 3D search tool for the Aras open-source product lifecycle management (PLM) solution can request a free user name and password for a ShapeSpace demonstration environment. The ShapeSpace integration with Aras will be made freely available as an Aras community solution later this year.
Open Design Alliance Releases Free Teigha Xtension SDK
The nonprofit Open Design Alliance has released the new Teigha Xtension SDK (software development kit), a free C++ SDK that enables users to create Teigha Xtension modules for use with a Teigha-based DWG host application. The SDK is intended for CAD end users as well as third-party component developers who are interested in writing custom applications for Teigha-based CAD systems.
Rasterex Offers Free Trial of Updated File Viewer Software
Visitors to the Rasterex Software web site can register to download a free, 30-day trial of RxView and RxHighlight R12 desktop viewers for Windows. Version R12 features support for AutoCAD 2011 and MicroStation DGN 3D, and complete XREF handling for DGN V8. RxView allows users to view and print more than 250 different file formats without having the design software installed on their machine.
Opportunities & Honors
Coordinate Metrology Society Invites Paper Submissions Until March 1
The Coordinate Metrology Society, a membership association for measurement professionals, is soliciting papers for its 2011 Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (to be held July 25–29 in Phoenix, Arizona). Metrology professionals are invited to submit abstracts addressing industry best practices, scientific research and developments, and successful applications of 3D coordinate measurement systems.
NIBS Recognizes Building Industry Leaders for Outstanding Service
The nonprofit National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) has presented its 2010 awards. Christopher Doyle won the Institute Honor Award for his contribution to the nation and the building community; E. William (Bill) East received the Institute Member Award for his support of the mission, goals, and objectives of the Institute; and Dennis J. Milsten was given the Institute President's Award for advancing the mission of the Institute.
Autodesk Reveals Winner of SketchBook Hero Image Contest
Autodesk has named artist Luis Peso the winner of the company's SketchBook Hero Image Contest. The recent contest called for images created with Autodesk SketchBook digital painting and drawing products. Peso's winning submission, "Progress," will be the splash screen for Autodesk SketchBook Mobile — an application that has been downloaded more than two million times.
Springer's First API Challenge Open through May 31
Scientific publisher Springer has announced the Springer API (application programming interface) Challenge 1.0, a competition for original, non-commercial applications using Springer metadata and content APIs. The applications will be made freely available to end users for at least one year after the Challenge concludes. First-, second-, and third-place winners will be awarded cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 respectively.
Creaform Receives 2010 Company of the Year Award
Creaform, a 3D technology and engineering services firm, recently received the 2010 Quebec Aerospace Association (AQA) Company of the Year Award. Creaform was recognized for its strong financial management and strategic planning, innovation and continuous improvement, dedication to the environment and sustainable development, corporate citizenship, and involvement with the AQA.
AVEVA Honors Customers' Use of Information Management Solution
Engineering technology provider AVEVA has awarded Engineering Excellence Awards to Mustang Engineering and Brazil's Consórcio Ipojuca Interligações for their accomplishments integrating AVEVA NET into their enterprises. AVEVA NET is an information management solution that automatically controls, links, evaluates, and makes available all types of engineering and associated data and documents.
Books & Training
Meridian Announces Construction Project Management Software Training
Meridian Systems, a technology solutions provider for project-based organizations, has released the 2011 training schedules for Prolog and Proliance software. Meridian offers basic and advanced training in a variety of formats including online, classroom, and prerecorded webinars. Additional Prolog training courses will be offered by Meridian value-added resellers, and their training schedules will be added shortly.
Mark Your Calendar
BAU 2011 — The Future of Building
January 17–22, 2011
This trade fair for architecture, materials, and systems covers the spectrum of planning, designing, and building. Attendees can get in contact with architects, construction engineers, and project developers from all over the world at this event. Read more
Winter 2011 BIMForum
February 10–11, 2011
San Diego, California
The Winter 2011 BIMForum will focus on real-world examples of projects where teams have used building information modeling (BIM) to address building envelope challenges that arise during design, fabrication, construction, and management. Read more
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