Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 36)10 Oct, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Help Out with a Really Harry Situation
When it comes to CAD code, Hot Tip Harry knows a good tip when he sees it — but he'll only see them if you send them in! 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.
Use a Circle as a Cutting Plane
Doug Ramstad, a CADD technician and drafter, shares a tip for using an object with specific visual styles to hide 3D linework in an AutoCAD viewport. "This is a cool tip if you need to make a drawing that only displays solid construction lines in your view, and it's simple enough to do," said tip reviewer Brian Benton. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Save Screen Captures
Engineering technician Hayden Clarke shares a tip about an AutoCAD command that will save your current view as an image file. "The SaveImg command saves a quick screen capture of your current AutoCAD display, and prompts you for a file type, file name, and the quality you desire." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Frequent tipster Danny Korem explains an AutoCAD system variable that controls what happens to a viewport's contents when the viewport is rotated. "Sometimes, while organizing sheets, you need to rotate viewports within drawings. If the viewport keeps its actual orientation when rotated, check the VPRotateAssoc variable." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Constrain a Block's Position
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky sends us an AutoCAD tip for using the Geometric Constraint command in an unusual way. "I use GeomConstraint to align blocks to construction lines in a drawing, or to align blocks to part of a drawing." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Design Master Releases Results of MEP 3D-BIM Survey
Engineering software provider Design Master Software has conducted an online survey of MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) engineers and designers to learn about their experiences using building information modeling (BIM). Survey results indicated that the number of projects modeled in 3D for collision detection has not changed in the past year, and when a project is modeled in 3D, more of the various disciplines are included in the model.
Deals & Freebies
DataCAD Offers Discount on AEC Software
Customers who buy before December 31, 2011, can take $100 off the purchase price of DataCAD v14, DataCAD's AEC software. This version allows users to set all scale-dependent items to a predetermined size, regardless of plot scale. In addition, DataCAD v14's new KnockOut property can help ensure that background information such as hatching doesn't obstruct text and dimensions.
Autodesk University Registration Discounts End Tomorrow
Autodesk is offering early-bird discounts of up to $500 on registration for Autodesk University 2011, which will be held November 29–December 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada. To qualify for discounts, attendees must register by October 11. AU 2011 will comprise hundreds of classes, innovation forums, and free Autodesk Certification exams, plus 140 exhibitors and networking opportunities.
Infotech Provides Free Trial Version of Kubotek KeyView
Software developer Infotech is offering a free trial version of Kubotek KeyView v11. The updated CAD viewer features a new user interface, new markup symbols, and a new structure tree that can help users keep track of data, especially when working with complex assemblies.
Opportunities & Honors
Bentley Announces Be Inspired Award Finalists
Bentley Systems has announced the project finalists in the 2011 Be Inspired Awards competition, which honors the work of Bentley users improving and sustaining the world's infrastructure. Winners will be announced at the Be Inspired: Thought Leadership in Infrastructure event, to be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on November 8–9, 2011.
Bentley Receives Oracle Spatial Excellence Award for Partnership
Bentley Systems has received the 2011 Oracle Spatial Excellence Award for Partnership. The award recognizes Bentley's long-term support of Oracle Spatial in its portfolio of geospatial desktop and server products, including Bentley Map, Bentley Electric, Bentley Fiber, Bentley Water, Bentley Gas, Bentley Geo Web Publisher, and Bentley Geospatial Server.
Mark Your Calendar
Renovation and Refurbishment
October 11, 2011
9 a.m. PT
Attendees of Renovation and Refurbishment, a webinar hosted by GRAPHISOFT, will learn how ArchiCAD v15 improves native BIM design and documentation workflow for renovation and refurbishment projects. Read more
BIG I.D.E.A.S. — Defining Design Automation Solutions
October 27, 2011
11 a.m.–3 p.m. ET
IMAGINiT's BIG I.D.E.A.S. virtual event series showcases industry experts in sessions about manufacturing trends and design concepts that can help manufacturers pioneer products. This event will include customer case studies and overviews demonstrating how manufacturers have realized success using design automation, and explaining how to increase profits by eliminating time-wasting processes. Read more
November 30–December 2, 2011
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Construct Canada will be held concurrently with HomeBuilder & Renovator Expo, PM Expo, Concrete Canada, and the DesignTrends Pavilion, featuring products, technologies, best practices, and applications for the design, construction, operation, retrofit, and renovation of all types of buildings. Read more
Digital Plant 2011 Conference
December 5–7, 2011
Co-hosted by FIATECH, this event is a plant lifecycle conference for the chemicals, power, oil and gas, offshore, and pharmaceuticals industries. 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
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CAD Manager's Survey 2011 Goes Live
The annual survey is back — and it needs your input to succeed! Read more
User Profile: Slaying the Dragon
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How to Hire a Great BIM Manager
The best leaders have several traits in common — and a few of them might surprise you. 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!