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

2 May, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Do You Love the Golden Oldies?
Is there a classic tip that you're still using today? Use "Submit Tip" button below to tell us about your favorites from the past, so we can tell your fellow CAD users how wonderful they are!

The Best Mouse for CAD Users
As a CAD user, you rely heavily on your mouse — or trackball, or tablet — to interact with your software and get the job done. If you're in the market for a new mouse, this information might make that important decision a little simpler. Many thanks to our readers who shared advice and tips about their favorite pointing devices! View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Change Geometry without Editing It
Tipster Danny Korem sends us a tip about using parametric constraints in AutoCAD to help edit your linework. "When you need to edit geometry (that's what we do 70% of the time), try to implement the parametric features. I love them!" View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Start AutoCAD Files from Your Desktop
Tipster Ron Bullions shares with us a method he uses to gain quicker access to his AutoCAD files from his desktop. "Working on a large project with hundreds of drawings in various subdirectories can be frustrating. Networks can be slow, and it often takes several minutes for a list of drawings to generate on the screen. I am usually only working on a few of those listed." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Benefits to Keeping Drawing1.dwg Open
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky provides us with an AutoCAD tip that suggests several uses for the Drawing1.dwg feature. "I noticed while working with other CAD users (both technicians and engineers) that about half of them don't use Drawing1.dwg. I personally prefer to have it open, as I use it extensively for various tasks." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

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

MecSoft Launches Social Networking Site for FreeMILL Users
MecSoft, a computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software firm, has launched FreeCADCAM, an online community for FreeMILL users. FreeMILL is a free, fully functional Windows-based program that enables users to import 3D models in STL, Rhino, VisualMILL, VRML, and Raw Triangle formats, generate toolpaths, and post out G-code programs to their CNC equipment.

OptiTex Publishes Fashion Design Software Webinars Online
Fashion design software developer OptiTex has added three recorded webinars to its online archives, covering topics including Grading Made Simple, 3D Samples, and OptiTex Pattern Design. The webinars are free to view.

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Deals & Freebies

Eurocom Customers Can Save 20% with Expanded Trade-In Program
Computing solutions developer Eurocom has updated its corporate trade-in program to incorporate its latest Server on the Go and full line of mobile workstation solutions. Customers can save up to 20% off new products when they trade in their aging non-Eurocom equipment (notebook, desktop PC, or server). The old equipment is donated to charitable organizations.

Infotech Offers Free Trial of Updated CAD Viewer
Infotech, a provider of viewer solutions for CAD, is offering a trial version of Kubotek KeyView. The new version of the CAD viewer features "Quick Open" functionality and supports additional CAD file formats including Solid Edge, I-DEAS, JT, CATIA CGR, 3D XML, PRC, and VDA-FS.

Autodesk Extends TinkerBox App to iPhone and iPod Touch
Autodesk's TinkerBox app, a free game intended to foster interest in physics and mechanical engineering, is now available in the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch. The mechanical puzzles and physics problems in Autodesk TinkerBox require players to devise imaginative solutions, insert gadgets, assemble components, customize switches, and test their inventions.

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Opportunities & Honors

GIS for Oil & Gas Accepting Presentation Abstracts until May 6
The Geospatial Information & Technology Association, a professional association, has issued a call for presentations for its 20th Annual GIS for Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference. The conference will be held October 24–27, 2011, in Houston, Texas. Program topic themes for presenters include regulations, risk management, data governance, and five others.

E-on Seeks Proficient Maya and Cinema 4D Users for Beta Testing Program
E-on software, which develops solutions for natural 3D environments, is seeking Maya and Cinema 4D users willing to take part in the beta testing of Carbon Scatter. No knowledge of e-on software's other products is required in order to become a qualified beta tester. Interested artists should e-mail samples and a description of their work to carbonscatter@e-onsoftware.com.

Bluebeam PDF Software Wins DesignEX Sustainability Award
Bluebeam Software, a developer of PDF solutions for paperless workflows, has been selected as winner of the 2011 designEX Sustainability Award for its new digital platform solution, Bluebeam PDF Revu 9. Launched in late March, the latest version of Bluebeam PDF Revu features tools to streamline PDF-based digital workflows.

Autodesk Names Military Parts Supplier Inventor of the Month
Federal Equipment Company has earned recognition as Autodesk Inventor of the Month for using Autodesk Inventor software to design a new type of elevator system for the U.S. Navy. The system relies on magnets rather than cables to power its elevators, enabling the Navy to more efficiently transport munitions on board new aircraft carriers.

FIATECH Recognizes 12 Individuals' Achievements
FIATECH hosted the 5th annual CETI Gala on April 19, in conjunction with its 2011 Technology Conference and Showcase. During that ceremony, FIATECH bestowed the Superior Technical Achievement Recognition Awards on 12 outstanding individuals who provided critical support and valuable contributions to FIATECH in 2010, honoring their leadership, commitment, and technical competence.

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Mark Your Calendar

Sustainable Minds 2.0 Release Briefing
May 3, 2011
2 p.m. ET
This webinar will cover topics including the business case for environmental performance in product innovation and development; life cycle thinking, ecodesign strategies, and LCA; and when and how to use Sustainable Minds. Read more

Life Cycle Building Data Management
May 3, 2011
11 a.m. ET
This FIATECH webinar will be presented by Igor Starkov of EcoDomus, and will focus on the problems solved within a Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center building project. Read more

Medical Equipment: Accelerate Design-to-Manufacture Process
May 4, 2011
8 a.m. PT
This Geometric webinar will focus on Geometric's design for manufacturability (DFM) solution, DFMPro. Read more

The CIO's Role in the BIM Strategy
May 6, 2011
Noon ET
This webinar from Vico will explore methods of connecting construction "silos" to 5D BIM, including the Vico MPS (model progression specification), the agcXML, and virtualization. Read more

Leveraging a BIM Strategy: Improve Construction Project
May 18, 2011
Kansas City, Missouri
Byrne Software, a Meridian Systems Authorized Solution Provider, will host this complimentary breakfast seminar. Professionals in building information modeling (BIM) technology, field solutions, and project management will review the value of process synergies and technologies as applied to collaboration and project delivery. Read more

OptiTex Version 11
May 19, 2011
2 p.m. ET
In this free webinar, Julia Shaw will explain the features of OptiTex V11, including improved 2D tools in slash and spread functionality, walking capabilities, and variation grading. Read more

2011 Americas HyperWorks Technology Conference
June 22–23, 2011
Orlando, Florida
Altair Engineering's 2011 Americas HyperWorks Technology Conference will center on product lifecycle management technology and its effects across a variety of manufacturing sectors, with particular emphasis on the aerospace industry. Read more

3D Insiders' Summit 2011
October 11–12, 2011
Westminster, Colorado
The Summit provides an opportunity for attendees to interact directly with fellow application developers, as well as Spatial developers, product managers, and executive management. 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

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Have It Your Way with Custom Configurators
Use Autodesk Inventor's integrated form creation capability to simplify your workflow and minimize errors. Read more

CAD Manager's Toolbox: Answer CAD FAQs via E-mail
Rather than redundant rote responses, try answering frequently asked questions with e-mail blasts. Read more

Keep Ahead of the Learning Curve, Part 1
A CAD manager's job demands an up-to-date skill set — which in turn requires a carefully planned training program. Read more


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