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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 39)

31 Oct, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff

Create page setup templates, plus more tips, tools, and resources for CAD managers and users.


This Week's Software Tips

Tip or Treat!
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!

Create Page Setup Templates
AutoCAD Certified Professional Sam Lucido shares a tip that will save you time in AutoCAD by presetting your printer settings and easily importing them into any file. "Preparing page setups ahead of time is one of the biggest time-savers AutoCAD users can take advantage of," said tip reviewer Brian Benton. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Trim and Extend with EdgeMode
Drafter Kathy Bracisco shares a tip that expands on Cadalyst CAD Tip No. 3739. "In addition to David Gaskill's 'Leverage the Trim and Extend Commands' tip, I find that the EdgeMode system variable is a great help to me." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Get the Image Out
Tipster Dean Culver expands on Cadalyst CAD Tip No. 3743, "Save Screen Captures," where the SaveImg command is used to save the AutoCAD screen as an image file. "One issue with the SaveImg command is that it won't show objects in floating model space when in paper space, or vice versa." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Master Linetypes through Viewports
Tipster Danny Korem shares a method for resolving linework-printing problems in AutoCAD. "I had a call from a client of mine who became a bit frustrated while trying to master his output. Since his linework included attached xrefs (both his and others'), he thought that setting the linetype scale to an ordinary value (such as 1) would cover all non-continuous lines in his file." 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's CAD 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

CAD Schroer Releases Video Tutorial for Free CAD Package
Engineering software provider CAD Schroer has released a MEDUSA4 Personal video tutorial that guides viewers through turning a pencil sketch into a 3D model using the company's free 2D/3D CAD software.

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Deals & Freebies

Esri Offers Free Trial of CityEngine
Geospatial software developer Esri is offering a 30-day free trial of CityEngine, its 3D content creation software. The newly released CityEngine 2011 features support for georeferenced data, an updated user interface, automatic skeleton subdivision of blocks into lots, and 3D Viewport enhancements, such as reflections and ambient occlusion.

Esri Brings ArcGIS to the Android Platform
Google Android users can now use Esri's ArcGIS for Android application to access data and mapping capabilities on their smartphones. The free app lets users find and share maps as well as deploy GIS data and functionality on Android devices. Esri also offers versions of the app for the iOS and Windows Phone 7 platforms.

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Opportunities & Honors

3Dconnexion Giving Away a Trip to Autodesk University
3D mouse developer 3Dconnexion is offering a chance to win a trip to Autodesk University (AU) 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The prize includes a full conference pass, airfare, accommodations, and a SpacePilot PRO 3D mouse. Contestants must complete 3Dconnexion's AU contest form by November 7, 2011.

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Books & Training

Ideate AEC Software Courses Approved by Washington State
Ideate, an Autodesk software provider, is now an approved Washington State Eligible Training Provider (ETP) in the Career Bridge training program database. Ideate ETP-approved courses cover a spectrum of building information modeling and related solutions.

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Mark Your Calendar

Vectorworks 2012 Tour
November 1–December 20, 2011
Various cities
During this roadshow, 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

Design 2 Part Events
November 2, 2011–June 14, 2012
Various cities
At these design and contract manufacturing shows, attendees can interact with owners and engineers. Read more

SPAR Europe Conference
November 8–9, 2011
The Hague, The Netherlands
At the SPAR Europe Conference, attendees can discover the latest advances and technologies in 3D imaging and processing and come away with the tools and knowledge to refine processes and make better business decisions. Read more

Aras EPLM for SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Demonstration
November 15, 2011
11 a.m. ET
This webinar demonstrates product features of Aras EPLM for SolidWorks Enterprise PDM. 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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What's New at Cadalyst.com

CADspeed Blog Post:
Hardware Considerations for Maximizing the Performance of Vectorworks 2012 Software

If you're thinking about trying one of the Vectorworks design series programs, or if you're ready for an upgrade, you may have some questions about hardware selection. Here is a brief overview to get you started. Read more

CADspeed Blog Post:
Tips on Buying Wide-Format Printers for CAD, Part 3: Setting It Up

This blog post discusses the ins and outs of setting up a wide-format printer. Read more

Your Own Private CAD Cloud
Too worried about data security and service stability to take advantage of Internet-based computing? Put those concerns aside by building a low-cost, in-house network. Read more

CAD Manager's Toolbox: The Training Circle
Has the search for fast, free training ideas got you running in circles? Engage users with this speedy, rewarding approach. Read more

How Do You Learn AutoCAD? Take Our Survey!
Cadalyst and Axiom are conducting a survey of AutoCAD users. Please take a few minutes to help us understand your main challenges with AutoCAD and the training tools you use. Thank you! Click here to take survey.


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