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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 17)

9 May, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Have You Heard about Harry?
When it comes to CAD code, Hot Tip Harry knows a good tip when he sees it! Use the "Submit Tip" button below to send us your LISP routines. 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.

Fix Your Revision Cloud
Tipster Frances Emerson sends us a trick to correct problematic revision clouds made by the RevCloud command in AutoCAD. "The RevCloud command in later releases of AutoCAD has an annoying tendency to frequently make clouds that are inside out, without opening the dialog box to give you the option of reversing the direction." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Speed Up Search
Engineering Technician Hayden Clarke shares a tip with us that can help speed up AutoCAD's search abilities. "Memory limits and speed are current issues when using AutoCAD. One way to increase performance is to keep AutoCAD's temporary files folder clean." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Create Profile Views with Several Tools
Project Mapping Technician Cody J. Guidry explains how to create profile elevations in AutoCAD. "This is a great method for drawing profiles if you are using standard AutoCAD, but if you have Land Desktop (LDT) or Civil 3D (C3D), you can use this tip also. It looks like a lengthy process, but it is actually pretty quick." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

The BPoly (Boundary) Command
Repeat tipster Danny Korem offers some advice about using the BPoly (Boundary) command instead of the Polyline Edit command. "Many AutoCAD users employ the Polyline Edit command with the Join function to turn existing geometry into a polyline. There are cases in which this can be really tedious." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Paul Aubin

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'sCAD 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

New .NET API for Bricscad Enters Final Beta
Bricsys, the developer of the Bricscad CAD platform, has begun the final beta cycle of its implementation of the Microsoft .NET Framework API (applications programming interface); application developers can begin testing their .NET-based applications on Bricscad. The .NET API will be available only for Windows-based applications.

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Deals & Freebies

Autodesk Releases Buzzsaw Mobile App for iPad and iPhone
Autodesk has announced the free Autodesk Buzzsaw Mobile app designed for iPhone and iPad. The app enables Autodesk Buzzsaw collaboration software users to view DWF files, standard office documents, and images, as well as upload project photos to a designated Buzzsaw project site. Mobile users without access to a Buzzsaw site can also download a free 30-day trial of Buzzsaw.

Procedural Offers CityEngine Subscription Free with License Purchase
For a limited time, Procedural is offering a special software promotion: Users who purchase a CityEngine license will receive a CityEngine subscription free of charge. The subscription includes automatic software updates for one year; CityEngine PRO buyers also receive free Gold-level support.

Geometric Visitors Can Download DFMPro Trial
Product lifecycle management (PLM) firm Geometric is offering users a trial download of DFMPRo. The company recently released version 3.0 of DFMPro for Creo Elements/Pro, which supports analysis of assemblies and sub-assemblies, and features a hole-alignment check functionality. CityEngine is conceptual design and modeling software that enables the creation of 3D cities and buildings.

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Opportunities & Honors

Nemetschek, MAXON Sponsor 'Inspired Visions' Rendering Competition
Nemetschek Vectorworks and MAXON Computer have teamed up to present the Inspired Visions Global Rendering and Animation Competition, which is open to all professional and student designers around the world. The winner in each category — rendering with CINEMA 4D, animation with CINEMA 4D, and rendering with Renderworks 2011 — will receive a $2,500 Visa gift card.

AIA Attendees Can Grab Cash for BuildingSMART Alliance Benefit
At the American Institute of Architects 2011 Convention, which will be held in New Orleans, May 12–14, 2011, Nemetschek Vectorworks (booth 3601) will raise funds for buildingSMART alliance and the further development of IFC (industry foundation classes) and open standards for BIM (building information modeling). Nemetschek will donate the amount that attendees grab while inside a cash tornado booth.

Global Design Village Opens Disaster Reduction Design Competition
Global Design Village, an Internet community for designers, inventors, and innovators, is launching a worldwide competition with the theme of Disaster Reduction: Saving Lives through Design. The competition invites entries that offer both physical and organizational responses that will improve disaster mitigation, and hazard intelligence, anywhere in the world.

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Mark Your Calendar

Life Cycle Assessment Methods for Complex Systems
May 10, 2011
11 a.m. ET
This FIATECH webinar will be presented by Michael Lepech of Stanford University, recipient of the 2010 CETI Award in the Technology & Knowledge Enabled Workforce Category. Read more

Windchill 10.0 Launch Virtual Event
May 10, 2011
10 a.m. ET
This one-hour webinar will explain how users can apply Windchill 10.0, PTC's product lifecycle management (PLM) software. Read more

How to Define Your EDM Requirements
May 10–12, 2011
Various times
This free webinar will assist attendees in establishing a comprehensive set of system requirements for an engineering document management (EDM) system for their organizations' current and future documentation needs. Read more

CBD Gears Up with Geomagic Wrap
May 17, 2011
10 a.m. ET
During this webinar, attendees can learn how Geomagic Wrap's functionalities can be used to enhance and complement CBD digitizers' features and performance. Geomagic Wrap integrates with and processes data from 3D scanners, providing tools for point cloud and polygon mesh editing. Read more

EASTEC Exposition
May 17–19, 2011
West Springfield, Massachusetts
EASTEC Exposition, organized by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, is an annual precision manufacturing event where manufacturers gather to learn about new innovations and upgrade their equipment and capabilities. Read more

NAFEMS' World Congress 2011
May 23–26, 2011
Boston, Massachusetts
This biennial event from NAFEMS, the International Association for the Engineering Analysis Community, compiles analysis and simulation-specific papers in one independent, international event. 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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