Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 14)18 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.
From Dimensions to Dimensional Constraints
Tipster Danny Korem uses parametric constraints in AutoCAD to assist his design process. "At first, associative dimensioning dealt with defpoints, then the associativity created a link between the object and the dimension. Now one can transform an associative dimension into a parametric one." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Export Drawings to PDF/DWF
Danny Korem also shares an easy method for creating DWF and PDF files of AutoCAD drawings. "When the job is ready for deployment, go to the Export to DWF/PDF panel in the Output ribbon. Select the file format (DWF, DWFx, or PDF)." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Change One Leader in a Multileader
Senior Structural Technician and CAD Coordinator Gareth Spencer shows us how to change the visual display features of individual leaders in an AutoCAD multileader. "I was setting up multileaders on my company's template file when I came across a way to change the leader type, color, linetype, line weight, arrowhead, and size on each individual leader leg." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Decrease PDF File Size
Tipster Mike Kurent needs PDF files to be smaller, for many reasons. "Archiving drawings is very important," says tip reviewer Brian Benton. "If you aren't doing this already, you should consider it." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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Autodesk Launches New Simulation Resources
Autodesk has launched the Sim Squad portal, providing access to experts and resources focused on computational fluid dynamics, finite element analysis, all things mechanical, and plastic injection molding simulation. The Sim Squad's mission is to explore trends, issues, and developments in simulation to help users and analysts gain knowledge and experience from fellow industry gurus.
Deals & Freebies
Siemens PLM Releases Free Mobility App for Teamcenter Customers
Siemens PLM Software has released Teamcenter Mobility Free, a PDM app for iPad. Teamcenter Mobility is designed to improve product development productivity by mobilizing workforces, using WiFi or mobile broadband (3G). Users can perform Teamcenter searches, access a change-management dashboard, and view 3D models directly from a web page.
Free LEDAS Plug-In Trial Offers Parametric Modeling to Rhinoceros Users
Software developer LEDAS is offering a 30-day trial of RhinoWorks, a new plug-in for Rhinoceros 3D that brings constraint-based parametric design to the free-form modeling tool from Robert McNeel and Associates. RhinoWorks allows designers to edit many kinds of solid, surface, and wireframe models parametrically. RhinoWorks unifies two previous LEDAS plug-ins for Rhino: RhinoAssembly and RhinoDirect.
NewTek Provides Free Trial of LightWave
NewTek, a provider of 3D animation and video products, is offering a free 30-day trial of its LightWave 3D software. The recently released 10.1 version includes new capabilities for 3D artists, such as an off-axis stereoscopic camera rig option, an improved Viewport Preview Renderer (VPR), and integrated Autodesk Geometry Cache support.
Autodesk Extends Free AutoCAD WS Mobile App to Android
Beginning April 20, 2011, Autodesk's AutoCAD WS for Android will be available for download on the Android Market. The free application uses cloud computing technology to enable Autodesk software users to view, edit, and share their designs through web browsers and mobile devices. In the Android version, the text annotation tool supports integrated voice commands available on devices running Android 2.2 (Froyo) or above.
Opportunities & Honors
New DesignByMany Challenge Addresses New Orleans Housing
Submissions are being accepted through May 1, 2011, for the latest HP-sponsored DesignByMany challenge. This challenge calls for the design of a series of affordable, low-energy, single-family, New Orleans-style homes that meet the Passive House Standard. The winner will receive an HP Designjet T2300 eMFP, a large-format, web-connected printer with print, scan, and copy functionality.
Dimension 3D Printing Announces Winners of 2011 Extreme Redesign Contest
Dimension 3D Printing, a brand of Stratasys, has announced the winners of its seventh annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge. The contest challenges students worldwide to submit their designs for a new product concept, a new perspective on an existing one, or a work of art or architecture. First-place winners included Jeremy Prince; Dov Feinmesser and Aaron Hendershott; and Elliott Wilm.
E-on Software Issues Show Reel Call for Submissions
E-on software, a maker of solutions for natural 3D environments, is seeking submissions for its upcoming 2011 show reel. The company invites all Vue artists to submit recent projects that involved Vue, Carbon Scatter, or Ozone for inclusion in the 2011 show reel — whether film, architectural walkthrough, or any other form of commercial animation project — by June 01, 2011.
Design–Build Team Earns Autodesk BIM Experience Award
Autodesk has announced that Atkins and Skanska Balfour Beatty Joint Venture have been selected to receive an Autodesk BIM Experience Award. The firms are being honored for using a building information modeling (BIM) process to meet the demands of widening 40 miles of the M25 highway that circles London, in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Mark Your Calendar
Modo for Solidworks Kit
April 19–28, 2011
Luxology will present two webinars detailing the modo for SolidWorks Kit, a new tool that facilitates the use of the company's modo software for visualization by SolidWorks users. Read more
Meridian Systems 2011 User Conference
October 11–13, 2011
Huntington Beach, California
This annual customer event will bring together project-based organizations from several infrastructure-intensive industries to share best practices and customer case studies for Meridian's two primary product offerings, Proliance and Prolog software. 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.
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