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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 22)

20 Jun, 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 $25 gift card you can use to purchase a T-shirt or other prizes in the Cadalyst Store.

Useful System Settings
Tipster Bob Zipprich shares a few AutoCAD system settings that you might need to know about. "These three AutoCAD system variables have the ability to affect the way you work in AutoCAD," says tip reviewer Brian Benton. "It's all a matter of preference and need." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Stretch Objects with Osnaps
Tipster Danny Korem shows us how to access osnaps in AutoCAD during other commands. "Suppose you have a rectangular polyline with a side that is not accurate or precise. When you select it by a crossing window and select one of the corners within the same crossing window, you have no idea what the exact stretch value will be — and you're not going to calculate it, are you?" View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Oops without Oops
Davin D. Hatley sent us a tip as a response to Tip no. 3657, "Oops — On Purpose" that demonstrates another method to clear up your working area using the Oops command. "I have found a couple different ways to get a similar result. These tips have saved me more than once!" View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Video Tip: Quick Quit AutoCAD
Alex Borodulin of nyacad.com shares Quick Quit AutoCAD, a video that demonstrates a free add-on that provides commands for quick ending of an AutoCAD session when you need to close multiple, complex models but are short on time.

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

Z Corporation Webcast Presents 3D Scanning and Printing Case Study
Z Corporation is offering registered users an on-demand webcast that answers the question, "Can a Car Maker Deliver Mass Customization?" The webcast explains how Local Motors uses mass customization and micro-factories (local manufacturing cells) in its manufacturing and design. By combining 3D scanning, 3D printing, and reverse-engineering software, the company can build limited productions of vehicle models.

Luxion Releases KeyShot Plug-In for Creo Users
Luxion, a developer of rendering and lighting technology, has released KeyShot for Creo, a free plug-in for users of PTC's Creo Parametric application. The tool connects Creo directly with KeyShot for design rendering. This announcement was made at the same time as the company's release of KeyShot 2.3, which features native support for Creo Parametric.

New Tab Provides App Marketplace Access in AutoCAD 2012
Autodesk has made direct access to download and purchase companion apps available in AutoCAD 2012. Users can immediately browse, download, and purchase more than 100 apps using the new Apps tab within AutoCAD software's in-product support feature, Autodesk Exchange. Apps and content can be downloaded for free, as a trial, or for a fee.

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Expert CAD Manager book by Robert Green

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Deals & Freebies

FOSS4G Early-Bird Registration Discount Ends June 30
Through June 30, 2011, the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference is offering reduced registration rates that can save attendees $100–150. The 2011 FOSS4G event will be held September 12–16 in Denver, Colorado.

GstarCAD Offers 30-Day Free Trial of Customizable CAD Platform
Users can visit GstarCAD's web site to download a free trial version of the Professional, Standard, or LT versions of GstarCAD 2011. The newly updated software features an object-oriented development environment and can be used for developing industrial or business-specific CAD applications using application programming interfaces (GRX, VBA, Vlisp, SDS, AutoLISP).

Free 'Information Assistant' for AutoCAD Objects
Jim Himes called our attention to Bubble for AutoCAD, a free add-on that will tell you helpful information about the objects in your files, including type of entity, layer, color, linetype, groups, and other properties. AutoCAD now has similar tools built into it that can show you bits of information about your objects, but this type of application can be very useful, especially for older versions of AutoCAD.

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Opportunities & Honors

VISTAGY Named Cool Vendor in Gartner Report
VISTAGY, a provider of industry-specific engineering software and services, has been included in the Cool Vendors in Product Design and Life Cycle Management, 2011 report by analyst firm Gartner. VISTAGY's FiberSIM composites engineering software supports the design and manufacturing methodologies necessary to engineer composite products and parts.

DesignByMany Pedestrian Bridge Challenge Accepting Entries until June 26
The latest HP-sponsored DesignByMany challenge is accepting submissions until June 26, 2011. This challenge calls for the design of a pedestrian bridge between to two existing buildings in an abstracted urban setting. The winner of this challenge will receive a 24" HP Designjet T790 ePrinter.

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Books & Training

Vico Publishes Free BIM Training Videos
Building construction software firm Vico has created a step-by-step video guide to the Vico Office product line for estimators getting started with building information modeling (BIM). Users can access the video library index and view individual videos, or register to download the complete set, which comprises ten learning modules.

Engineering Training Package Combines 3Dconnexion, i GET IT Products
Tata Technologies' i GET IT, an online self-paced training solution, has announced a new packaged offering with 3Dconnexion that focuses on delivering improved productivity for engineers. Through July 31, 2011, engineers may purchase an i GET IT Platinum training bundle subscription with the 3Dconnexion SpacePilot PRO 3D mouse included for $495, a combination which would otherwise retail for $794.

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Mark Your Calendar

CAD/CAM SLAM: CAM for SolidWorks featuring CAMWorks
June 21, 2011
2–3 p.m. ET
In this webcast series, SolidWorks presents CAM solutions that are fully integrated into SolidWorks software to help reduce product manufacturing costs, shorten lead times, and increase throughput and yield. Read more

Improve Data Exchange with GeoMedia and G/Technology using FME
June 30, 2011
10 a.m. PT
This free webinar will explain how to quickly bring CAD and GIS data in and out of Intergraph products with FME, Safe Software's technology for spatial data transformation. Read more

Harmonize Your Spatial Data for INSPIRE with FME
July 21, 2011
9 a.m. ET
This Safe Software webinar will provide an overview of how to handle schema mapping without a technical knowledge of XML. Through live demonstrations and examples, attendees will learn how to prepare spatial data for INSPIRE compliance, and how FME can help leverage the data made available by INSPIRE as business intelligence. 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

Bentley Unveils AECOsim Family of Information Modeling Software
Interdisciplinary applications aim to improve building design, analysis and simulation, and LEED compliance management. Read more

Circles and Lines: A Perfect View
After years of requests, AutoCAD users' wishes come true with the Transparency property for objects and layers. Read more

Revit Technology Conference Crosses the Pacific
The "by users, for users" event arrives in North America — and brings some Australian traditions along with it. Read more


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