Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 29)15 Aug, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Do You Have a Secret to Share?
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!
Document and Hyperlink Changes
Frequent tipster Danny Korem sends an AutoCAD tip about hyperlinking your DWG files to other files where you can document changes to a drawing. "This could be the best way to keep track of changes and modifications in your project's sheets. ... It takes just seconds, and it's worth minutes to hours of work." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Macro: Zoom, Audit, Purge, and Save
Ren Smith, a CNC programmer and CAD detailer, sends us a custom-made macro for AutoCAD and its verticals. "This macro is a tool button command to zoom extents, audit, purge, and save a drawing." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Choose Two Points and Extrude to Length
Ren Smith also created this brief LISP routine, which helps determine the distance an object needs to be extruded in AutoCAD. "A coworker asked if I could make a command to extrude an object to a distance by picking two points in the drawing." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Insert Text into Multileaders
Engineering Technician and CAD Manager Michael Miklaszewicz came up with a tip for importing a Microsoft Word document into a multileader in AutoCAD. "A Word document, or part of a document, can be inserted into AutoCAD with a multileader." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Rapid Sheet Metal Launches Online 3D Tooling Library for SolidWorks Users
Rapid Sheet Metal, a prototyping firm, has created an online 3D tooling library of features such as embosses, louvers, and half-shears. SolidWorks users can download a model of a specific tooled feature and immediately integrate it into the design they are creating on their desktop.
NEi Software Publishes Free FEA Resources
NEi Software, the developer of Nastran finite-element analysis (FEA) software, is offering registered users three downloadable guides for those evaluating FEA solutions: the "FEA Buyers Guide," which addresses solution capabilities, integration, and scalability; the "FEA Buyers Migration Guide"; and the "Introduction to FEA" whitepaper.
Deals & Freebies
Extensible CAD Technologies Offers Trial of Solid Edge Inspection Software
Visitors to the Inspection Xpert web site can request a trial version of the software from Extensible CAD Technologies. The company recently released a new version of the inspection software, which enables manufacturers to automate the process of ballooning Solid Edge drawings. The new version features single-window integration with Solid Edge and support for Solid Edge ST3 and ST2.
DataCAD Beta Testers Can Earn $200 Discount on Software Upgrade
Architectural design software developer DataCAD has announced the DataCAD 14 beta program. Registered users who participate by testing the next major release of DataCAD can earn a $200 discount off the regular upgrade price. This release extends DataCAD's scale-independent settings by making dimensions, symbols, and hatching automatically update when users need to change the drawing scale.
Opportunities & Honors
NVIDIA and CGSociety Recognize Winners of Digital Art Competition
Computer graphics hardware developer NVIDIA and CGSociety, a division of Ballistic Media, have announced the winners of the sixth annual NVArt 6 digital art contest, which focused on the future of electronic device design. Anthony Scime of the United States won the first prize of $10,000 and two NVIDIA Quadro 6000 professional graphics cards with his image of a young girl interacting with a holographic learning tool.
Books & Training
Global E-Training Announces Online Course Offerings for Autodesk Software
Autodesk training provider Global e-Training has released its 2012 GeT Interactive lineup of on-demand courses covering Autodesk 3D software. The 2012 versions of the GeT Interactive Complete Guides to AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Inventor, and AutoCAD Civil 3D combine text, audio, video demonstrations, hands-on exercises.
Mark Your Calendar
Transitioning from 2D to 3D in Vectorworks Architect
August 17, 2011
11 a.m. PT
This Novedge webinar will explain how organizing objects into layers, classes, and visibility categories can help users save time when making revisions. Attendees will become acquainted with various 2D/3D hybrid tools within the Vectorworks software that are used to create walls, doors, and windows, and also see how to create custom tools to personalize design palettes. Read more
Advanced Rhino 3D
August 31, 2011
11 a.m. PT
At this Novedge webinar, attendees can learn how to integrate Rhino 3D in company design and manufacturing processes, and how to exchange data with other CAD and CAM systems without compromising the geometry. Read more
Bentley Plant User Group Conference
October 5–7, 2011
This annual user conference is in its 13th year. Attendees can learn about upcoming Bentley product releases and how other companies have utilized the software, and discuss customization and problem-solving issues by participating in a group breakout session. 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.
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