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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 12)

4 Apr, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

What's Your Secret?
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!

Click to Scroll
Ian A. White sends us a tip on using the AutoCAD scroll bars more efficiently — even instantly. Tip reviewer Brian Benton noted, "I usually turn off my scroll bars to increase the size of my drawing area, but instant navigation is very appealing." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Name Your View
Tipster Kent Elrod sent us a tip describing the potential power and uses of the View command in AutoCAD. "I have been using the View command more often recently, and it made me wonder if newer users were trained on this and are making use of it. There is a lot to the command now." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Identify Layer
Tipster Sam Lucido sends us a LISP routine he made for AutoCAD to instantly display the current layer of any selected object. "Have you ever wanted to pick an object and have a dialog box pop up to tell you the layer? What-Layer.lsp does just that." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Shorten Your DimEdit
CAD-tip guru Leonid Nemirovsky sends us a small tip that can save you time by reducing keystrokes when editing dimensions in AutoCAD. "If you want to edit the string of text in your dimension, then yes, absolutely use ED ... for this purpose, there is no quicker method," said tip reviewer Brian Benton. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

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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's CAD 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

HP Opens Graphic Arts Demo and Training Facility
HP has opened a 60,000-square-foot Graphic Arts Experience Center to showcase its graphic arts portfolio and educate customers about digital color printing solutions. The facility will include solutions for commercial, technical, and other markets, such as the HP Designjet T7100 printer and T2300 eMFP solution for technical printing applications.

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Deals & Freebies

Free SITEOPS Trial Now Includes Swept Path Analysis Module
Software developer BLUERIDGE Analytics is offering a free 30-day test drive of SITEOPS, its web-based conceptual site design software. The company recently unveiled the Swept Path Analysis add-on module, which simulates vehicle movement, thereby helping civil engineers, architects, and land developers to determine site design feasibility.

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Opportunities & Honors

GvSIG Invites Design Submissions for Desktop 2.0 Splash
Members of the geospatial community are invited to submit splash art for the new gvSIG Desktop version 2.0 open-source GIS (geographic information system) software. The winner will receive registration to two official training courses from the gvSIG Association training platform. Entries must be received by 2 p.m. (GMT+1) on April 19, 2011.

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Books & Training

Wiley Publishes Training Guides for 2012 Autodesk Products
Wiley has announced that its Sybex imprint will publish sixteen new books about Autodesk's 2012 software, including Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012 Essentials, Mastering AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012, and Autodesk Inventor 2012 and Inventor LT 2012 Essentials. Wiley also offers AutoCAD 2012 certification guides.

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Mark Your Calendar

The Benefits of Web Access to 3D Facilities Data for Life Cycle Asset Management
April 5, 2011
11 a.m. ET
This FIATECH webinar will be presented by Nelia Mazula from Vrcontext. The discussion will explore 3D visualization in the context of engineering asset management. Read more

Exchanging Data between CAD and GIS Systems with FME
April 7, 2011
10 a.m. PT
This free, one-hour webinar from Safe Software is recommended for GIS and CAD professionals who are experiencing challenges in exchanging and sharing CAD and GIS data. Demonstrations and user case scenarios will explain how users can solve common CAD-to-GIS interoperability problems. Read more

CMI Tech Tour
April 12–14, 2011
Various cities
At this one-day event from CADD Microsystems, attendees will see the new features of the Autodesk 2012 products during live demonstrations, and have their design questions answered. This free event will be held in Richmond, Virginia; Baltimore, Maryland; and Washington, D.C. Read more

National Green Building Conference & Expo
May 1–3, 2011
Salt Lake City, Utah
This event teaches attendees to understand and communicate the value of green building. The intended audience includes single- and mulitfamily builders, land planners, architects and designers, and product manufacturers and suppliers. 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

On the Edge Solid Edge Tutorial: Quickly Rename Parts and Features
Change the names of parts, assemblies, and features from the user interface. Read more

Inventor Professional 2012: Little Things Mean a Lot
The seemingly small changes in this release can make a big impact on your productivity. Read more

CAD Manager's Toolbox: Battling Management Burnout
Feeling fed up? Throwing your computer out the window isn't the answer, but these simple strategies can help get you back to productivity. Read more


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