Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 19)23 May, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Getting Better with Age
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Project Management with Sheet Sets
Tipster Danny Korem shares his experiences using sheet sets and the Sheet Set Manager in AutoCAD to manage his projects: "A sheet set can be plotted, archived, e-transmitted, and used for many daily tasks. In addition, once you get used to it, you can take advantage of manipulating the whole sheet set at once." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Create Multiple-Leader Objects
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky shares a simple method he uses as an alternative to mleaders in AutoCAD. "First turn off osnaps and ortho, then create one leader as you normally create them. Next, highlight the leader with grips, and click on the arrowhead grip to make it active (red)." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Ctrl to Pan
Tipster Nicholas Thompson shares a method to pan by direction using the Ctrl key in AutoCAD. "Reading the 'Click to Scroll' tip reminded me of the panning capability provided by the Ctrl key and the wheel button on the mouse." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Filter in Quick Select
CAD Supervisor Eric Hudak tells us how he uses the filtering feature in AutoCAD's Quick Select tool to simplify his object selection process. "Introduced with AutoCAD 2000, Quick Select is a powerful tool that helps you make complex object selections quickly. It allows you to create a selection set based on filtering criteria." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Cambashi Reports Software Spending to Grow in Key Industries
Market research firm Cambashi has released the Cambashi Market Observatories Q1 2011, including forecasts for the technical application software market (including AEC, geospatial, and manufacturing). Cambashi's research indicates that, in 2011, worldwide recovery is likely to be fastest in the aerospace and defense and the process and utility industries, with the Americas showing the strongest growth in automotive.
Winter 2011 BIMForum Presentations Available for Purchase
More than seven hours of presentations from the Winter 2011 BIMForum are now available online ($99). The event, held in February 2011, focused on real-world examples of projects where teams have used building information modeling (BIM) to address the challenges of building envelopes from design, fabrication, construction, and management.
Deals & Freebies
New Autodesk 123D Beta Is Free 3D Modeling Tool for Hobbyists
Autodesk 123D software, a free Windows-based 3D modeling application combined with content and services, is now available in a public beta release for download by makers. Users can discover and download content to start, complete, or visualize a project, then 3D-print their designs or access for-purchase personal fabrication services through Autodesk 123D partners.
Alibre, 3D Systems Offer 3D Printing Bundles under $1,500
CAD software developer Alibre and rapid prototyping technologies firm 3D Systems have announced a partnership to deliver bundles of a 3D printing solution and 3D software package. The $1,499 package for makers includes Alibre Design Personal Edition and 3D Systems' Rapman build-your-own 3D printing kit; a $4,999 professional package includes Alibre Design Professional Edition and 3D Systems' BFB-3000 3D printer.
Autodesk Releases Free Curricula for Education Market
To support its 2012 portfolio of postsecondary educational software suites, Autodesk has released eight curricula to help students learn core design and engineering skills. The curricula are aligned by discipline and academic skill area, and are available for free download through the Autodesk Education Community.
Opportunities & Honors
Bentley Accepting 2011 Be Inspired Awards Entries until July 15
Bentley Systems is now accepting entries for the 2011 Be Inspired Awards competition. Be Inspired brings together infrastructure professionals and members of the academic community to advance best practices and innovation in information modeling, and to promote the extraordinary achievements of professionals and owner–operators in sustaining infrastructure empowered by Bentley software.
Books & Training
Textbook Highlights Use of Hand Sketching, Digital Tools for Interior Design
LHB architects Daniel Stine and Steve McNeill have authored a newly published textbook, Interior Design Using Hand Sketching, SketchUp, and Photoshop. The book demonstrates to interior design students and professionals the importance of hand sketching and digital visualization tools by showing how they are used together in a modern interior design practice.
Mark Your Calendar
Moving from 2D to 3D with Solid Edge
May 25, 2011
9 a.m. PT
Archway is conducting this free webinar for people interested in transitioning from 2D to 3D drafting. The webinar will demonstrate how moving to 3D design can improve work and save time, and will introduce a free 2D product that can lead to working in a 3D environment. Read more
IMAGINiT Autodesk 2012 Events: Australia
June 1–17, 2011
Various cities, Australia
Rand Worldwide's IMAGINiT Technologies division will host this "Make Your Ideas a Reality" series of live events to demonstrate the new Autodesk 2012 3D design and engineering software. Read more
GvSIG Day 2011
June 22, 2011
This second gvSIG Day is organized by the gvSIG Association, and it will be included in OSGIS 2011 (the Open Source GIS Conference). 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.
What's New at Cadalyst.com
New Blog: Optimize Your Workstation and Accelerate CAD Productivity
Visit CADspeed, a blog from the editors of Cadalyst, to find expert advice to get you on the road to greater CAD productivity through optimized hardware. Give your current workstation a boost or make the best choice for a new investment. Sponsored by Dell and AMD.
High-Impact Set Design
Innovative Show Design gives Versus's Hockey Central a whole new look using CINEMA 4D and Vectorworks. Read more
Tech Trends: On-Site iPads Change the Game
Tablet computers offer countless benefits for Clayco's mobile workforce, but have yet to replace laptops. Read more
Cadalyst's Ron LaFon Dies at Age 63
Contributing editor reviewed hundreds of hardware and software products in his 17 years with the publication. Read more
Bentley Reworks Geospatial Lineup
The new Bentley Map GIS platform for infrastructure applications offers three levels of functionality, united under one name. Read more
In her easy-to-follow, friendly style, long-time Cadalyst contributing editor and Autodesk Technical Evangelist Lynn Allen guides you through a new feature or time-saving trick in every episode of her popular AutoCAD video tips. Subscribe to the free Cadalyst Video Picks newsletter and we'll notify you every time a new video tip is published. All exclusively from Cadalyst!