Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 32)12 Sep, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Did Labor Day Teach You Anything about Laboring?
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Customize Tool Palette Commands
Frequent tipster Danny Korem shows us how he used AutoCAD tool palettes to customize a multiline style for a client. "I'm not a nostalgic guy, yet sometimes I remember that some AutoCAD features are older than several of my clients — for instance, mline (for multiline)." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Speed Up Qsave with a Shortcut
Architectural designer Robert Geiger shares some ideas about how to alter the keyboard commands in AutoCAD to speed up the file-saving process. Tip reviewer Brian Benton called the PGP file, which contains keyboard shortcuts, "Perhaps one of the best efficiency customization tools in AutoCAD." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Snap to Moving Objects
Kent Elrod demonstrates a method using object snaps (osnaps) in AutoCAD that allows users to snap to objects that are being moved. "You can osnap to an object even if it is in the selection set." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Take a Shortcut and Right-Click
Tip guru Leonid Nemirovsky gives a quick AutoCAD tip about using shortcut menus. "If you are not using running osnaps, then use this trick." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Océ Whitepaper Offers Tips for Wide-Format PDF Printing
Océ, a provider of digital document management technology and services, has published a whitepaper titled "How to Avoid Wide-Format PDF Printing Problems" to help users understand the PDF Preflight tool, which can address common PDF printing problems such as missing fonts or images. Registered users can download the paper from the Océ web site.
Independent Study Evaluates Mechanical Properties of FDM Parts
Stratasys, a maker of additive manufacturing machines, has announced findings from an independent study characterizing the effects of time, temperature, and environment on the mechanical properties of polycarbonate and ABS plastic parts made via fused deposition modeling (FDM). The university study provides data for manufacturers considering additive manufacturing for production parts or functional prototypes.
Roland Publishes Whitepaper on Rapid Prototyping Trends
"Introduction to Subtractive Rapid Prototyping," a whitepaper from Roland DGA, presents strategies and technologies that advance product design and manufacturing processes. The paper states that rising outsourcing costs and a growing field of individual entrepreneurs and small businesses are fueling the demand for in-house design and manufacturing tools.
Deals & Freebies
Ideoserve SAS Offers 30-Day Trial of CAD Collaboration Service
Visitors to the okitoo web site can register to try the service free for 30 days. Ideoserve's okitoo service enables users to share drawings online in real time with team members, partners, and clients; annotate drawings, sketches, and technical documents; and store files securely.
SolidWorks Users Can Get CadFaster|Collaborate at 30% Off
Software developer CadFaster is offering introductory pricing on CadFaster|Collaborate for SolidWorks through November 2011, as follows:
- 1-month subscription: €14.99 ($19.99)
- 6-month subscription: €69.00 ($99.00)
The software enables real-time, interactive model viewing and mark-up via the Internet.
E-on Discounts Architectural Visualization Software by $100
For a limited time, e-on software is offering LumenRT Review for SketchUp and SketchUp Pro for $195 (standard retail price $295). The company recently began shipping LumenRT Review Release 1.3, which adds support for SketchUp "Face Me" billboards together with the ability to add the user's company logo on LiveCubes.
Lightmap Takes 25% Off Software for Lighting 3D Scenes
Lightmap has announced that through October 2011, HDR Light Studio 2.0 Standard and Pro will be available with a 25% discount, making them £299 and £449 ($474 and $712) respectively. HDR Light Studio is an interactive tool for designing image-based lighting environments for 3D models. The newly released HDR Light Studio Live plug-in for Luxion KeyShot is included with the Pro edition.
Graitec Provides Two-Week Trial of Structural Analysis Software
Software developer Graitec is offering a free 14-day trial of SuperSUITE (the trial is limited to jobs of 100 or fewer members). SuperSUITE comprises Graitec's modeling and structural analysis software. The company recently upgraded the suite with the release of SuperSTRESS 8.0, which features a cross-section module that calculates section properties.
Pro Version of TurboViewer Mobile CAD Viewer Available at 50% Off
For a limited time, IMSI/Design is offering an introductory price of $9.99 for TurboViewer Pro for iPad and iPhone. A more powerful version of the free app that IMSI/Design released this summer, TurboViewer Pro features visual styles that support hidden line, x-ray, shaded, and other options; layer management; and support for 14 languages.
Excel-Lent Gear Optimization Software Offered at Introductory Price
Machine tool design firm Excel Gear is offering an introductory price of $995 for its Excel-Lent gear/gearbox software, which can be used for machine tools, heavy materials handling equipment, or wind turbines. Excel-Lent contains three sections — design, analysis, and gear dimensions — any of which can be used individually to run calculations.
ClearEdge3D Offers Free Trial of Pipe Geometry Program
A trial version of EdgeWise Plant 2.0 is available to users who register with automated feature extraction technology company ClearEdge3D. The newly updated software automates the extraction of CAD pipe geometry from 3D laser-scanned data for creating as-built 3D industrial plant models. The trial version can process only 25 scans and cannot save or export models.
GRAPHISOFT Launches Model-Viewer App Linked to Social Site
BIMx for the iPad and iPhone will be available as a free app from Apple's App Store, and will be launched together with GRAPHISOFT's online BIMx community on September 20. A promotion running September 20–October 31, 2011, allows all ArchiCAD 15 users to create BIMx models and share them with their clients, either directly or through the Facebook BIMx site, for a six-week period.
SprutCAM America Offers Free 30-Day CAM Demo
Visitors to the SprutCAM America web site can register to download a 30-day full demo version of SprutCAM 7 Pro. SPRUT Technology recently released version 7.1.5 of the multi-axis CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) system, which includes the addition of two Turbo Simulation modes that approximate complex workpieces as voxel solids.
Opportunities & Honors
Survey Invites Input on Social Product Innovation, Product Development
Industry analyst firms Kalypso and Tech-Clarity are conducting a study researching how companies are leveraging social computing and social media to improve product innovation, product development, and product management. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Respondents will receive a complimentary report from Kalypso summarizing the findings.
Tata Technologies Named an Autodesk Consulting Specialized Partner
Tata Technologies, a product lifecycle management (PLM) firm, announced that it has earned the "Consulting Specialization" designation from Autodesk. As an Autodesk Consulting Specialized Partner, Tata Technologies has demonstrated investment in its CAD professionals, presented a solid consulting business plan, and provided product and industry knowledge and support to its customers.
3ds Max Design Hero Competition Open through October 31, 2011
Autodesk — in cooperation with CGArchitect.com, BOXX, and NVIDIA — has launched its first 3ds Max Design Hero Competition. Artists and visualization specialists can submit a scene or design created with 3ds Max or 3ds Max Design 2012; the winning image will be featured on Autodesk's 3ds Max Design software box and splash screen, and winning designers will receive hardware and cash prizes.
Books & Training
Sybex Publishes Revit Architecture Text
Cadalyst contributing editor Pat Davis has authored Introducing Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012 ($49.99), a 720-page guide for novice to intermediate-level users. This reference can help readers build skills by exploring tools and tasks, putting parametric modeling to use, detailing the basics of views and constraints, and working with detailing, massing, rendering, and interior design.
Mark Your Calendar
Vectorworks 2012 U.S. Virtual Event
September 13–16, 2011
1 p.m. ET
Nemetschek Vectorworks will present the Vectorworks 2012 U.S. Virtual Event to unveil the next version of Vectorworks software. The event will include demonstrations on what's new in Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, and Fundamentals software, as well as feature videos and information about Vectorworks plug-ins. Read more
Enhanced PC-DMIS Reporting
September 14, 2011
11:30 a.m. ET
Hexagon Metrology will host this free live webinar on Enhanced PC-DMIS Reporting for users looking for tips and ideas on how to more effectively apply the built-in graphical reporting features, and how to produce customized inspection reports in PC-DMIS inspection software. Read more
Essentials for New-Age Design and Manufacturing Leaders: DFM & DFA
September 22, 2011
11:30 a.m ET
Design for manufacturing (DFM) and design for assembly (DFA) methodologies address multiple problems related to cost, quality, productivity, collaboration and knowledge. This Geometric webinar will explain the concepts of DFM/A and how to implement it within your organization. Read more
Rapidform Solution Conference
September 22, 2011
Seoul, South Korea
This one-day annual event from INUS Technology brings together users and producers of 3D scanning technology from around the world to explore the latest developments in the industry. Read more
AutoCAD Sneak Peek: Web and Mobile
September 22–October 5, 2011
The AutoCAD User Experience Team is hosting these free, half-day events, which offer hands-on experience, demonstrate in-progress features, and funnel users' suggestions and feedback directly to the team designing those features. Would-be attendees can complete a survey to help determine their eligibility. Read more
AutoCAD Sneak Peek: Model Documentation
September 23–30, 2011
This sneak peek is geared toward people in the Mechanical/Manufacturing industry who use AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical, or/and Inventor, and who create and annotate model views (such as section, detail, and projected views) of 3D models (mechanical parts, components). Would-be attendees can complete a survey to help determine their eligibility. Read more
Moldex3D Technology Summit and Users' Conference
October 2–4, 2011
This event will feature content from customer presentations, industry professionals, and three key developers/founders of Moldex3D. Moldex3D will also use the conference to announce the release of Moldex3D R11. 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 email@example.com.
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