Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 15)25 Apr, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Share the Wealth
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!
Automatically Display Point Coordinates with a Block
Tipster Danny Korem came up with a great use of attributed blocks empowered by fields to display the coordinates of a point in AutoCAD. "Whenever real-world coordinates are to be displayed in a drawing, you might create a block." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Mobile AutoCAD in AutoCAD 2012
Tip reviewer and CAD blogger Brian Benton shares a tip about a new feature in the recently released AutoCAD 2012. "Last year, Autodesk released AutoCAD WS, a mobile and browser-based version of AutoCAD. AutoCAD WS is a great tool, and AutoCAD 2012 now provides direct access to it." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Tipster Hayden Clarke sends us an AutoCAD tip that will execute your commands multiple times. "It can be quite frustrating when you have to return to the ribbon each time to execute the same 'one-off' command in AutoCAD." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
April Tips from Hot Tip Harry
Hot Tip Harry, Cadalyst's mysterious purveyor of customized AutoCAD code, has dispatched another great bundle of tips from readers. View and download each of the latest tips using the links below, or get the entire April 2011 Hot Tip Harry batch at once.
Draw Rectangle from Midpoint
This routine by Walt Bedinger allows you to draw a rectangle in AutoCAD starting at the midpoint, or center point (as opposed to one of the corners). View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Rename Every Block
This tip from Dennis Jehan will let you add a prefix to every block in your current AutoCAD drawing. As Dennis explains, this tip solves problems when a large drawing is being inserted into another drawing that has blocks with the same name. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
ZXP is a routine by Robert Zipprich that lets you select the zoom XP scale from a dialog box and apply it to a viewport. You might be thinking that this ability is already part of AutoCAD, but Robert's routine works in older versions of the software, and also includes multiple scale units sorted by type, including Architectural, Engineering, Decimal, and Metric. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Frequent contributor Raymond Rizkallah sends us a utility used in AutoCAD to create stirrups for structure beams in millimeter drawing units. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Dynamic Layer Isolate
If you frequently isolate layers, you are going to like this LISP routine from Lee McDonnell. It works just like AutoCAD's built-in LayIso command, except that as you hover over an entity, the layer is isolated in preview mode so that you can see the result before making your final choice. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
CIMdata Publishes PLM Whitepaper
PLM consulting and research firm CIMdata has published a free whitepaper titled, "The Power of Partnership." This paper describes the challenges manufacturing companies are facing, and how IBM and Siemens PLM Software have teamed to form an alliance to help technology-enabled businesses work smarter by deploying environments that maximize flexibility and responsiveness for rapidly changing business needs.
Deals & Freebies
Spatial Information Solutions Offers Trial Version of Orthophoto Software
Visitors to Spatial Information Solutions' web site can register for a trial version of Accuracy Analyst 3.0. The newly updated software provides automated orthophoto verification and review, enhanced statistics and data analytics, scale-based controls, fixed-scale review tools, and zooming, panning, overview, and trail tracking controls.
Open-Source GIS Software Updated to Version 1.11
A new final version of gvSIG Desktop has been released, and is available from the Downloads section of the gvSIG web site. GvSIG 1.11 features capabilities including copy and paste geometries between layers, lateral buffer, split line in equidistant sections, and add consecutive numbers to attribute tables.
Opportunities & Honors
Coordinate Metrology Society Issues Call for Posters
The Coordinate Metrology Society, a membership association for measurement professionals, is inviting submissions of poster abstracts for a poster competition to be featured at the 2011 Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference, to be held in Phoenix, Arizona, July 25–29, 2011. For more information, or to submit a poster abstract, contact Trevor Toman.
FIATECH Celebrates Engineering and Technology Innovations
FIATECH, a member-led industry consortium, recognized and honored 13 organizations and individuals for their extraordinary work in developing and deploying innovative engineering and construction technologies at the Fifth Annual CETI (Celebration of Engineering & Technology Innovation) Award Gala in Chandler, Arizona.
Bentley's ProConcrete Named Experts' Choice at World of Concrete 2011
Bentley Systems' ProConcrete was named Experts' Choice in the 2011 Most Innovative Products (MIP) Award program at the World of Concrete trade show, held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The award category was "Business Tools and Software." ProConcrete is Bentley's software for 3D modeling, detailing, and scheduling of concrete structures.
Graphtec CSX300 Wins WFI Top Product Award
Paradigm Imaging Group, a distributor of large-format scanners and printers, has announced that the Graphtec CSX300 has won Wide Format Imaging's 2011 Top Product Award for the second consecutive year. The CSX300 is a 36-inch CIS scanner.
Mark Your Calendar
Bentley Map: 3D GIS for Infrastructure
April 27–May 18, 2011
8 a.m. PT
Bentley Systems will present a three-part webinar series about Bentley Map, a desktop geospatial information system designed for infrastructure professionals. Read more
ASPRS 2011 Annual Conference
May 1–5, 2011
ASPRS: The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing will host this event, with a theme of "Ride on the Geospatial Revolution." The conference will offer a program of general and technical sessions looking to the future of the geospatial industry. Read more
Bluebeam International Rally Conference
June 14–17, 2011
This conference, Bluebeam Software's first international user event, will include educational sessions focused on Bluebeam's PDF platform and technologies, a rally car racing experience, and networking with Bluebeam developers and experts. Read more
July 19–21, 2011
This BIMForum will explore the theme, "When Does Design End and Construction Begin?" Read more
Latin American Geospatial Forum
August 17–19, 2011
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This event is the first Annual Latin American Conference and Exhibition on Geospatial Information, Technology, and Applications, hosted by GIS Development. The initiative will provide a regional forum for geospatial cooperation within Latin America and beyond the region. 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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