Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 26)25 Jul, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
One Good Deed Deserves Another
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!
Start MS Word from AutoCAD
Civil designer Sam Lucido provides us with a way to open other programs, such as Microsoft Word, from inside AutoCAD. "Have you ever wanted to start Microsoft Word or Excel from AutoCAD? A simple and effective way to do this is by using the Alias Editor." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Prevent Text Mirroring
Mary E. Kipp sends us a tip about a text setting in AutoCAD that will enable you to mirror objects without mirroring their text — or to flip the text backward, if you choose. "Simply type in MirrText at the Command line, then change the setting so that the text will not be mirrored along with the object." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Inventor Tip: Turn Off Parts in Views without Using View Representations
CAD designer David Gaskill shared an Autodesk Inventor tip that can be used with all versions of the software. Thanks to Jeffrey Rowe, principal consultant of Cairowest Group, for reviewing this tip for Cadalyst readers. "Have you ever wanted to turn off the display of parts in a view without having to set up a new level of detail or view representation, only to find out that the parts' visibility is grayed out?" View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Following are this week's reminders, tidbits, and miscellaneous updates from the Cadalyst Tip Patrol.
Tip guru Leonid Nemirovsky of the Better Than Nothing AutoLISP site shared this reminder with readers: "Some AutoCAD users are still trying to abbreviate the Zoom Extents command to ZE with LISP routines, or adding it to the PGP file. The truth is, Autodesk resolved this a long time ago. All you need to do is double-click the scroll wheel button of your mouse. The same goes for Pan: just press and hold the wheel button and move your mouse."
City of Philadelphia Opens Spatial Data, Imagery, APIs to the Public
Through the OpenDataPhilly web site, the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, now provides access to more than 100 datasets, applications, and APIs (application programming interfaces). The site includes a series of map services built with Esri ArcGIS technology that offer data and imagery related to census tracts, political wards, crime incidents, hydrology, evacuation routes, bicycle networks, and more.
Meridian Systems Enhances Online User Forum with New Layout, Features
Meridian Systems, which develops plan-build-operate solutions, has updated the user forum for its Prolog and Proliance software users. Part of the company's SupportLink technical support web site, the forum features an improved site layout, multimedia functionality, and an enhanced messaging function that allows users to more effectively direct their technical questions and connect with other Meridian customers and partners.
Deals & Freebies
Infotech Provides Free Trial of Updated Kubotek KeyView CAD Viewer
Visitors to the Infotech Enterprises web site can register to download a trial version of Kubotek KeyView, the company's CAD viewer. Infotech, which provides visualization solutions for CAD, recently released Kubotek KeyView v10.1.0. This update features import of 2D CAD files, a quick print function, and expanded analysis options for tool and mold making.
Trelligence Offers 20% Discount on AEC Analysis Software
AEC software developer Trelligence is currently offering the following discounts:
- 20% off Affinity (Affinity Desktop or Affinity for Revit)+VE-Gaia
- 10% off a single product.
Affinity+VE embeds IES's Virtual Environment analysis tools in Trelligence's Affinity software, enabling designers to make sustainability decisions very early in the programming phase, even before a design is developed.
Autodesk Expands SketchBook App Color Palette with Copic Markers
Autodesk is releasing a free Autodesk SketchBook Copic Edition app, featuring six Copic marker brushes and 72 colors from the Copic Color System. Also available is a free Autodesk SketchBook Express for Android app. The paid Pro version of the app provides electronic access to the complete set of Copic markers, as well as more than 300 Copic colors available exclusively in Autodesk SketchBook Pro.
Opportunities & Honors
Autodesk and Ferrari Honor Students at Ferrari World Design Contest
Autodesk has announced the winners of the Autodesk Design Award in Ferrari's international student design competition, including three students from Seoul's Hongik University. The Ferrari World Design Contest challenged students from 50 design schools to create the Ferrari of the future, using the latest technologies and materials while preserving the performance and elegance associated with the brand.
Books & Training
Science Publisher Springer to Release Visual Display Technology Tome
Springer is releasing a 2,000-page reference work describing the science, technology, economic, and human interface factors associated with the displays industry. The Handbook of Visual Display Technology will be published in August, and made available for purchase later this year. Customers who reserve a copy before publication can receive a 20% discount. To see details of this offer, e-mail email@example.com.
Mark Your Calendar
24th Annual GIS in the Rockies Conference
August 31–September 1, 2011
The conference offers opportunities for industry professionals, educators, and students to learn how GIS is being used in economic development, emergency response, knowledge systems in infrastructure, web-based location and communication, and mobile technologies. Read more
Graphics Systems User Conference
October 25–26, 2011
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
The largest SolidWorks conference in the Midwest offers in-depth technical and management sessions and opportunities for attendees to learn about new technologies. Read more
FABTECH 2011 Tradeshow & Exposition
November 14–17, 2011
The FABTECH Exposition & Conference is North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing trade show and educational conference. Attendees can choose from a variety of seminars, professional programs, and exhibits. 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
Twitter Chat with SolidSmack's Josh Mings!
Join Cadalyst for a Twitter chat with SolidWorks blogger Josh Mings of @SolidSmack. We'll be talking about performance on SolidWorks. The chat will occur on Thursday, July 28, at 4 p.m. ET. Follow the conversation at #DellCAD and jump in!
Event Report: RTC 2011 North America
The Revit Technology Conference made its U.S. debut in California, where attendees experienced extensive BIM education opportunities and a little Australian-style hospitality. Read more
First Look Review: Dell Precision T1600 Workstation
Entry-level workstation offers great performance at a low price. Read more
Earthmine Extension Brings New Perspective to AutoCAD Map 3D
Users who manage infrastructure can visualize their assets in a real-world context — without leaving their desks. Read more
In her easy-to-follow, friendly style, long-time Cadalyst contributing editor 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!