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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 37)

17 Oct, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Here's a Tip for You
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!

Solid History
CAD instructor Lewis Skiles presents us with a tip inspired by a comment on Cadalyst Tip No. 3712, "2D Operations in a 3D World," using 3D objects in AutoCAD. "Someone made a tongue-in-cheek comment about a tip concerning working with 3D vs. 2D in AutoCAD: 'What I really need is a 4D option to allow me to go back in time and correct my mistakes.' Well, you can go back in time, in a way." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Insert Blocks into a Table
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky sends us a tip on inserting and using blocks in an AutoCAD table. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Grip-Editing with Polylines
CADD technician Rebekah Wolf sends us an AutoCAD 2010 trick that will allow you to select multiple grips at once when grip-editing a polyline. "I usually hold down the Shift key to select multiple grips on a polyline, but I recently discovered that holding the Ctrl key and clicking on a desired line or arc segment(s) will allow the user to select all grips associated with the polyline segment at once." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Insert Signatures
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky shares a trick to inserting signatures into an AutoCAD file. "Be careful with this," said tip reviewer Brian Benton. "Once your signature is captured digitally, anyone can apply it! Regardless, being able to print out your signature instead of having to sign hundreds of sheets is a nice option to have." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

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

CIMdata Publishes Whitepaper on CAE Environments
CIMdata, a product lifecycle management consulting and research firm, has released "Modern Engineering Simulation Environments," a free whitepaper about the characteristics of modern computer-aided engineering (CAE) environments. This paper presents the challenges that companies face in selecting and deploying suitable modern, productive CAE environments.

SprutCAM Launches CAM Tutorial Video Series
Manufacturing software provider SprutCAM has released the first videos in a new series of tutorials for beginning users of SprutCAM v7, a CAM system for CNC (computer numerical control) mills, lathes, wire EDM, and other CNC machinery. Subjects of the tutorials include basic interface function, tool library creation, and model import/export features.

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Deals & Freebies

Laser Design Offers to Reverse-Engineer a Part for $995
Three-dimensional scanning systems provider Laser Design & GKS Services is offering to reverse-engineer a part and provide a complete CAD model for $995, or take 10% off the cost of reverse-engineering a large part. Only the first 25 projects received will qualify for the offer. Projects must be smaller than a shoebox and cannot require parametric modeling or internal scanning.

Bricsys Offers Free 30-Day Trial of Updated Bricscad Software
Visitors to the Bricsys web site can download a free 30-day trial of the recently released Bricscad v12. The new version adds direct modeling in native .DWG format, geometric and dimensional constraints, an improved raster engine that helps GIS applications to smoothly zoom and pan very large bitmaps, and a new PDF engine.

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Opportunities & Honors

CINEMA 4D R13 Honored with SIGGRAPH 2011 Silver Edge Award
Computer Graphics World magazine has bestowed its SIGGRAPH 2011 Silver Edge Award on MAXON's CINEMA 4D R13 software for 3D motion graphics, visual effects, painting, and rendering. SIGGRAPH 2011, a conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques, took place in Vancouver, British Columbia, in August.

Autodesk Acknowledges First-Ever Platinum Tier Partners
Six of Autodesk's value-added resellers have achieved Platinum Tier status, the highest level of the Autodesk Partner Program. The Platinum Tier, created in April 2011, recognizes reseller partners that satisfy rigorous training and certification requirements and the highest customer satisfaction requirements.

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Books & Training

Luxology Ships Modo 501 Rigging Master Course
In the first installment of a new training series from 3D software provider Luxology, instructor Rich Hurrey teaches users the skills necessary to create production-ready animation rigs in modo 501 3D modeling, painting, and rendering software. The modo 501 Rigging Master Course ($149) consists of 26 hours of video training housed in an interactive framework.

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Mark Your Calendar

Displays at Your Doorstep Roadshow
Through November 16, 2011
Various cities
This fall, Mersive joins Delta and Digital Projection (DPI) on an educational tour that combines DPI's projection systems with Delta's display solutions and Mersive's visual computing software. Read more

Vectorworks 2012 Tour
November 1–December 20, 2011
Various cities
At the Vectorworks 2012 tour, presented by Nemetschek Vectorworks, designers in the architecture, landscape, and entertainment design industries will have the opportunity to experience hands-on test drives of Vectorworks 2012 software. Read more

RAPID 2012
May 22–25, 2012
Atlanta, Georgia
The RAPID 2012 and 3D IMAGING events will reveal developments, trends, and techniques specific to additive manufacturing and 3D imaging at the industry forum for presentation and discussion. 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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