Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 10)21 Mar, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
How Do You Get More Done in Less Time?
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!
Create Named Views from Paper Space Viewports
Tipster Danny Korem sends us a tip about creating named views in model space from a viewport in paper space in AutoCAD. According to tip reviewer Brian Benton, "Creating named views can help you in AutoCAD in many ways. They allow you to recreate specific views with a few clicks, they can be used for navigation in a file, and they can help to create new viewport locations." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Offset to Current Layer
Tipster Mary E. Kipp sends us a time-saving tip for using the Offset command in AutoCAD. "One of my all-time favorite commands is Offset. Many people don't realize the time that can be saved by offsetting an object by layer." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Create New Drawings from Sheet Set Manager
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky shares with us how he uses the Sheet Set Manager to create drawing files for AutoCAD projects. "I use sheet sets all the time, and as a rule I start new drawings from the Sheet Set Manager. The benefits are great." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Toggle Files with Ctrl+Tab
Administration Manager Koby Maxwell shares a quick tip that will help you cycle through your open AutoCAD files. Tip reviewer Brian Benton calls this "a great time-saving keystroke combination." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
PTC Publishes Brief Introduction to PLM
Product lifecycle management (PLM) solution provider PTC has released an introductory video titled "Understanding PLM," which provides a quick overview of the technology.
ERDAS Releases ECW/JP2 SDK Version 4.2
Geospatial solutions provider ERDAS has released a new version of the ERDAS ECW/JP2 SDK (software development kit), a free product that provides software developers with tools to add read support for the JPEG2000 format, ECW imagery format, and the ECWP streaming protocol in their desktop applications.
Deals & Freebies
Capture 3D Releases Free Inspection Software and Point Cloud Viewer
Capture 3D, which provides non-contact 3D measuring and inspection solutions, has announced the release of GOM Inspect. The free software release enables users to import scan data from various types of measuring systems with various point cloud and inspection functionalities. Users can register for GOM support to receive free access to manuals, video tutorials, forums, and demo sets.
PTC Provides Free Trial of Mathcad Prime 1.0
PTC is allowing registered users to try Mathcad Prime 1.0 free for 30 days. The engineering math software provides a document-centric calculations environment for users to create engineering worksheets and design documents. Users can perform more than 600 functions, analyze, and plot calculations with full units support.
CAPCPO Offers Demos of Three AutoCAD Add-Ons
Visitors to the CAPCPO web site can download free demo versions of three add-ons for AutoCAD. BaO 3.2 is an original tool box; PTpose 2.1 is a plug-in to divide up blocks upon surfaces or along lines; and Plan2folio 1.1 splits and prints a drawing into a set of presentations.
Users Can Try Holistic City's Urban Planning Software Free for One Month
Visitors to Holistic City Software's web site can download a fully featured, 30-day free trial of CityCAD 2.1. The newly updated conceptual urban masterplanning application enables users to shade blocks and city items according to their distance from a specific land use or type of object, such as a bus stop. In addition, custom parameters can now be applied to routes and nodes, as well as blocks and subdivisions.
Free Trials of EDrawings Professional Available for Solid Edge, SketchUp
Geometric, a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, is offering registered users a 15-day free trial of eDrawings Professional for Solid Edge or eDrawings Professional for Google SketchUp version 8.0. The email-enabled collaboration tool is designed to ease the sharing and interpretation of 2D and 3D product design data.
With Edgewise Plant Trial, Users Can Extract Geometry from Point Clouds
ClearEdge3D is offering a free trial of Edgewise Plant, a new software tool that automates the extraction of CAD geometry from 3D point cloud data. EdgeWise Plant can automatically process and extract pipes (including centerlines), walls, structures, and other plant geometry. The extracted geometry can be exported via DXF into any CAD package for final modeling.
Design Master Offers Free Trials of HVAC, Electrical, and Plumbing Programs
Users can request a free demonstration and 30-day trial of Design Master HVAC, Design Master Electrical, and Design Master Plumbing from Design Master Software. The newly updated programs can now export an IFC file that can be used for 3D collision detection in programs such as Revit, Navisworks, and SketchUp.
Opportunities & Honors
HP Encourages Participation in DesignByMany Challenge
DesignByMany is an online community that enables designers to collaborate through a variety of design challenges. This month's HP-sponsored DesignByMany challenge calls for the design of a protective canopy in an urban pedestrian setting. Submissions are due by March 27, 2011, and voting will be open for the DesignByMany community until April 3. The winner will take home an HP Designjet 111 Printer.
Chicago BIMForum Invites Presentations
The Chicago BIMForum has issued a call for presentations from those who have direct experience related to the impact of early or late design decisions. The meeting will be held in June 2011 and will focus on the theme, "When Does Design End and Construction Begin?" Submissions are due by April 22, 2011.
Autodesk Names Automation Solution Designer as Inventor of the Year
Autodesk has named RND Automation & Engineering as the Autodesk Inventor of the Year for 2010. Members of the Autodesk manufacturing community from around the world chose the company by voting on the community web site. With the assistance of Autodesk reseller Tata Technologies, RND has used Autodesk Inventor software since its first release on a wide range of projects.
Books & Training
New Vision Launches SofTutor Training for AutoCAD
New Vision Software has released SofTutor for AutoCAD 2D and 3D ($99 each). The 2D training contains more than 5.5 hours of instructional tutorials covering 200 specific topics, with 145 follow-along lessons. The 3D training contains more than 3 hours of instructional tutorials covering 66 topics. A demo of the tutorials can be downloaded from New Vision.
Mark Your Calendar
Second Annual Chicago BIM Expo
March 24, 2011
Hosted by Precision Midwest, a Meridian VAR partner, the second annual Chicago BIM Expo brings together all aspects of building information modeling (BIM) and integrated project delivery, from conception to design to build. Read more
Webinar: Overview of the Esri Technical Certification Program
March 24, 2011
Esri will host this hour-long training seminar that outlines the Esri Technical Certification Program and explains the advantages of earning a certification. This webinar is intended for geographic information system (GIS) professionals and consultants, managers whose staffs use GIS, and Esri partners and distributors. Read more
Webinar: Create AS9102 Forms and PPAP Reports from CATIA Drawings
March 30, 2011
2–3 p.m. ET
In this free webinar, Extensible CAD Technologies will demonstrate how CATIA users can save time by creating inspection drawings and report forms using InspectionXpert for CATIA V5. Read more
Webinar: New Enhancements in Luxology's Modo 501
March 30, 2011
11 a.m. PT
Designer and trainer Dan Ablan will provide an overview of Luxology's new modo 501 in this webinar. Topics include an improved user interface and workflow, as well as feature and function updates and enhancements. Read more
Webinar: Direct Modeling with Autodesk Inventor
March 30, 2011
10 a.m. PT
In this webcast hosted by Autodesk, Daryl Corelli will demonstrate basic use of the heads-up modeling interface, import and edit of 3D data from many CAD systems, and the ability to bidirectionally edit Inventor parametric data. Read more
Hagerman Technology Showcase: Atlanta
March 30, 2011
Autodesk technology evangelist Lynn Allen will be the featured presenter at this event, which also comprises a variety of Autodesk software labs showcasing solutions for specific industries, including manufacturing, AEC, civil and plant design. Read more
SmartGeometry 2011 Conference
April 1–2, 2011
This Bentley conference is focused on computational and parametric design tools, technologies, and methodologies that allow and encourage new forms of architectural and structural expression. The event includes a "Talkshop" day, symposium, and reception. Read more
BIOMEDevice Exposition and Forum
April 6–7, 2011
This event is focused on medical device and biopharma design and manufacturing. Attendees can get hands-on access to the products, services, and technologies required for every stage of their product development lifecycle. Read more
Webinar: Quick Conceptual Modeling with Vectorworks 2011
April 13, 2011
11 a.m. PT
This webinar will look at quick ways to make a 3D site model, create 3D recession planes for the site, and sketch in the adjoining buildings, all in Vectorworks. Presenter Jonathan Pickup has written several Vectorworks training manuals for architects, landscape architects, educators, and design students. Read more
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