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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 13)

11 Apr, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Is There a Mouse in Your House?
It's been some time since we asked readers to share their favorite pointing device, so it's time for an update. What navigational device do you use with AutoCAD? Why do you think it's the best choice? Use the "Submit Tip" button below to send us your mousey tips, so we can pass them along to the community.

Add Annotative Scales to Objects Quickly
Engineering Technician Hayden Clarke sends us a time-saving tip about working with the scale settings for annotative objects in AutoCAD. "In AutoCAD, annotative objects retain a display size based on how you want them to look on paper," said tip reviewer Brian Benton. "For example, you can set a text label to be 1/8" on paper regardless of the drawing scale — very useful!" View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Relocate Hatch Pattern Origins
Longtime and frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky explains how to get adjacent hatch patterns in AutoCAD to match by adjusting their origin points. "If you have a curved outline divided in the middle and cross-hatched in both areas and those patterns do not match, then select one piece of the hatch with a double-click." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

AutoCAD Tutorial: Create Custom AutoCAD Commands and Toolbars
Looking for an easier way to access your custom LISP routines? This "From the Trenches" tutorial by Cadalyst reader Emilio Valentin walks you through the toolbar creation process. Read more

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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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Expert CAD Manager book by Robert Green

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Resources

CIMdata Releases 2010 PLM Market Analysis
Product lifecycle management (PLM) consulting firm CIMdata has released its 2010 PLM Market Analysis Report ($5,000), which analyzes 2009 market trends, reviews investments in PLM-related software and services, and provides forecasts of PLM investments for 2010 through 2014. According to CIMdata, the comprehensive PLM market grew 9.7% in 2010.

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Deals & Freebies

Bricsys Provides 30-Day Trial of Bricscad V11 Pro for Linux
Software developer Bricsys is offering a free, 30-day trial of its newly released Bricscad V11 Pro for Linux. This update adds the complete ACIS solid modeling engine, as well as the SOLPROF command and the PC3 Editor, for editing printer/plotter configurations. The Pro release also adds the BRX API (application programming interface) to the Linux version.

Kubotek Offers Free Trial of KeyCreator 2011 v10.0
Visitors who register on the Kubotek web site can request a trial of KeyCreator 2011. The recently updated software now supports 64-bit architecture and includes a fully re-engineered IGES translator that imports files more quickly and accurately than previous KeyCreator versions. The direct-modeling CAD software also provides IGES file detailing and product management information, and can export references as an assembly.

Free 3Dconnexion Driver Extends 3D Mice to Everyday Applications
3Dconnexion has announced the beta release of 3DxWare 10, a driver platform that makes 3D mice usable with any application, including Microsoft Office, Internet browsers, media players, and games. The 3DxWare 10 interface enables users to assign keyboard strokes and traditional mouse or joystick movements in any combination to the 3D mouse.

Users Can Download Evaluation Copy of CADopia v11
CADopia, a developer and distributor of CAD software, is offering a free evaluation copy of CADopia 11. The newly updated software features multi-language support, and is available in two editions: Standard and Professional. Based on Graebert technology, CADopia 11 also includes built-in VoiceNotes for created files and 3D modeling support.

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Opportunities & Honors

CGarchitect Auction to Help Japan Ends April 13
To support ongoing relief efforts in Japan, CGarchitect is hosting a charity auction. The company is auctioning tens of thousands of dollars' worth of donated software, hardware, entourage, and video training from companies such as Autodesk, Wacom, and Luxology. All proceeds raised from this auction will be donated to the Red Cross and earmarked for the Japanese relief efforts.

NIBS Seeks Input on New National BIM Standard
The National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance is currently working on the National BIM (building information modeling) Standard — United States (NBIMS-US) Version 2, and is inviting all members of the industry to participate in the process. This will be the first full consensus release of the NBIMS. The Alliance is accepting ballot submissions to update and expand the standard.

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Books & Training

Roland DGA Expands End-User Training Offerings
Printing solutions provider Roland has expanded the Roland Academy catalog of training courses, adding several specialized webinars to its series of hands-on workshops. Registered Roland owners are eligible for free and unlimited access to the Roland Academy's complete online webinar series through the end of 2011. Webinars are also available to non-Roland owners for a fee.

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Mark Your Calendar

13th Canadian Conference on Building Science & Technology
May 10–13, 2011
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
The Canadian Conference on Building Science and Technology provides a forum for the presentation, discussion, and sharing of practical building science research, knowledge, and field experience. Read more

AIA 2011 National Convention and Design Exposition
May 12–14, 2011
New Orleans, Louisiana
This AIA (American Institute of Architects) event for design professionals will explore the theme "Regional Design REVOLUTION: Ecology Matters." The agenda comprises more than 200 planned program offerings, including preconvention workshops, theme presentations, continuing education learning units (CEUs), and expo education. Read more

2011 National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Meeting
December 5–9, 2011
Washington, D.C.
This event will be held in conjunction with the Ecobuild America Conference. The Institute Board of Directors, councils and committees will convene for program meetings and to discuss new ideas for improving the built environment. 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

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IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Use this Autodesk Inventor functionality to ensure that all your designs are compliant. Read more

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On the Edge Solid Edge Tutorial: Quickly Rename Parts and Features
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