Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 4)

31 Jan, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff

This Week's Software Tips

New Year, Old Tips
Is there a classic tip that you still rely on today? Use the "Submit Tip" button below to tell us about your favorites from the past, so we can dust them off and share them with your fellow CAD users!

Copy Nested Objects
Michael G. Knox shares with us a tip on how to copy AutoCAD objects through a referenced file. "This basic tip is one a lot of people do not use in AutoCAD. Our office works with a lot of xrefs in drawings, and this tip often comes in handy." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Change Color Settings
Senior Product Designer Paul Bailey sent us a tip on how to change the colors of your AutoSnap markers in AutoCAD. "So, after all this time, you finally have that new CAD workstation running Windows 7, only to discover that when you fire up AutoCAD your AutoSnap marker is not visible in TileMode 1." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Z Angles
Architect Ronald Lohan was inspired by a previous tip and gives us another on using the z-axis in AutoCAD to alter the UCS (user coordinate system) to create angled linework. "I appreciated Marcel Aubin's tip on x,y,z filters (Tip #3538). He reminds us of some of the simple commands that make life easier in AutoCAD." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Following are this week's reminders, tidbits, and miscellaneous updates from the Cadalyst Tip Patrol.

We received two very similar tips about the Change Space command in AutoCAD. We've run tips on this before, but wanted to remind you about it because it is a great command. The ChSpace command will move selected objects from model space to paper space, and vice-versa. Check out Tip #3225, Change Space Without Changing Text Size, and #3170, Change Space.

Paul Aubin

Submit Your Tip

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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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Ecobuild America 2010 Presentations Available for Purchase
Most of the conference presentations from Ecobuild America 2010 are now available for download and online viewing. Access to the presentations for the remainder of 2011 costs $99.99. Once their purchase is complete, users can filter the presentations by track or browse through the listing.

Graebert Designs App Store for DraftSight Users
Graebert, a provider of CAD solutions for desktop and mobile devices, plans to launch a new applications store for the DraftSight 2D drafting package co-developed by Graebert and Dassault Systemes. The Graebert Market for DraftSight is expected to open to buyers in April 2011. Developers are invited to port their existing applications and plugins to DraftSight using the Graebert Developer Studio.

Siemens PLM Software Offers Teamcenter Webinar On Demand
"Getting Started in Product Data Management," a 45-minute webinar that includes a presentation and product demonstrations, is available on demand from Siemens PLM software. The webinar explains which product data management capabilities are important, and describes how to create a single source of product and process knowledge with Teamcenter.

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Opportunities & Honors

Autodesk Opens Voting for 2010 Inventor of the Year
Autodesk is encouraging interested members of the manufacturing community to vote for the Inventor of the Year. This honor will be bestowed on the 2010 Autodesk Inventor of the Month recipient with the highest rating from community members. The Inventor of the Month program recognizes the most innovative design and engineering advancements made among the users of Autodesk Inventor software. Voting will close on February 27, 2011 at 5 p.m. ET.

Autodesk Names Valiant Inventor of the Month for January 2011
Autodesk has named Valiant, a global provider of manufacturing solutions, as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for January 2011. The award recognizes Valiant's innovative use of Autodesk digital prototyping software in designing complex manufacturing equipment for customers in automotive, aerospace, and other markets.

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Mark Your Calendar

AU Extension: Green Renovations through Building Information Modeling
February 9, 2011
Washington, D.C.
This free event from Microdesk is an extension of Autodesk University. The seminar will explore the process of bringing data from real-life images of existing buildings into a BIM (building information modeling) environment for renovation work and building performance simulations for sustainability. Read more

Webinar: Woodworking with Vectorworks Interiorcad 2011, Part 2
February 10, 2011
2 p.m. ET
This one-hour session will be led by Tom Pearce, owner of Coronal Studio, and Wes Gardner, an architecture industry expert with Nemetschek Vectorworks. The presentation will explain how to create cabinets and casework using Vectorworks interiorcad design software. Read more

Webinar: NX 7.5 Sketching and Edge Blending
March 1, 2011
2 p.m. ET
The Education Services at Siemens PLM Software will present a free mini-training session to provide tips in the use of NX CAD software, and potential productivity gains achieved by investing in formal training options. Read more

Improving Manufacturing Planning and Validation Efficiency
March 16, 2011
2 p.m. ET
This webinar from Siemens PLM Software will discuss how the early planning and validation capabilities found within Tecnomatix digital manufacturing software solutions can help manufacturers adjust their planning strategy in the face of economic instability. Read more

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to

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