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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 43)

5 Dec, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Get Your Name on the 'Nice' List
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!

Clean Up Files before Saving
Rosie Balusek, a drafting supervisor, used the Action Recorder in AutoCAD to save a series of commands to clean up files before saving them. "Before saving each drawing, we run the Purge and Audit commands (plus a LISP routine to eliminate ghost text). I use the Action Recorder to save all the commands used before saving." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Macro: Turn On and Thaw All Layers
Tipster Daniel Jurado created a macro to tidy up AutoCAD Civil 3D and AutoCAD Map files, but his tip should work in all versions of AutoCAD. "The macro thaws all layers, turns on all layers, sets the current layer to zero, unlocks all layers, zooms extents (to force a regen), then zooms previous to leave you in the same spot as before." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Control Crosshair Size
Azfar Mahmood, a senior piping designer, shares a tip about controlling the size of the crosshairs in AutoCAD. "The CursorSize system variable, when set to 100, will show the crosshairs fully across the screen. This works fine on the standard snap style, but on isometric style the cursor size does not fit the full length of the drawing editor or your screen." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Use GATTE to Change Attributed Blocks
Michael Poggemann, a senior engineering technician, shares some advice about using AutoCAD's GATTE command to change attributed block values. "This command will change all the values of a selected attribute (tag) in a drawing." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

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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

New IMAGINiT Technologies Portal Includes Resources, Software, Training
Rand Worldwide's IMAGINiT Technologies division, a provider of Autodesk software solutions and an Autodesk Authorized Training Center, has launched ProductivityNOW, an industry portal that includes e-seminars, tips and tricks, webcast recordings, discussion forums, blogs, and whitepapers. Although some content is exclusive to IMAGINiT customers, the portal is open to the public.

GvSIG Launches Campus Community
The gvSIG Association has launched a new community within the gvSIG project called gvSIG Campus. The community is a meeting point between students and tutors from tertiary training institutions who want to use the open-source geographic information system to make their final projects.

Blog Series Compiles Revit Information and Videos
Ben Fox of Innovative Growth Solutions has launched a blog series that includes case studies, videos, and information for designers in 3D modeling and industrial design. "What Is Revit?" is intended to explain the Autodesk software and the impact BIM (building information modeling) can have.

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Deals & Freebies

Bentley Provides Free Data Synchronization App for iOS Devices
Bentley Systems has released Structural Synchronizer View, a free app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Users can navigate through ISM (integrated structural modeling) models in 3D, filter by member/story attributes, and interactively query members based on their properties.

Top Systems Offers Free Trial of T-FLEX CAD V12
Top Systems, a developer of advanced parametric design software, has released a free 30-day trial of its T-FLEX CAD v12 system. The new version of the architectural design software features a new graphics subsystem, support for anti-aliasing, and improved tools for simulation and efficient team collaboration.

Rasterex Releases 30-Day Demos of RxView and RxHighlight R13
Rasterex Software, which provides document viewing and collaboration software, has released free 30-day trials of vR13.0 of RxView and RxHighlight, its desktop viewers for Windows. RxView enables users to view and print more than 250 different file formats, while RxHighlight supports redlining, markup, conversion, and batch processes.

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Opportunities & Honors

Geometric Receives Customer Excellence Kudos from SAP
Geometric, a PLM (product lifecycle management) technologies provider, has received the SAP ACE Award 2011 in the best-run financial systems category. Geometric received the award for its SAP IT initiatives in the finance domain, which includes business planning and consolidation, MIS automation, and business intelligence.

Winners Announced in International Student GIS Challenge Contest
Claremont Graduate University's (CGU) School of Information Systems and Technology recently announced the winners of the Student GIS Challenge, which was cosponsored by Esri. Students Pei Yee Whetsel and Margaret Teevens both won first-place prizes of $1,000 in cash and a scholarship for a GIS degree from CGU.

Esri Names Dewberry a Gold-Tier Partner
Dewberry, an architectural, engineering, and consulting firm, was recently named to the Gold Tier in Esri's Partner Network. The tier level acknowledges a drive toward a common strategic plan in the geospatial markets served by Dewberry and Esri, a geospatial software developer.

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Books & Training

Free E-Book Compares Bricscad and AutoCAD
Bricsys announced its updated e-book Bricscad V12 for AutoCAD Users, written by Ralph Grabowski. This free e-book is designed to help readers understand the differences and similarities between AutoCAD and Bricscad.

Global E-Training Becomes Autodesk Training Partner
Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) and Global e-Training (GeT) are joining forces to offer Autodesk product training to all AUGI members. AUGI members will have access to free content and discounted purchasing opportunities for Global e-Training's GeT Interactive online, on-demand Autodesk training.

Eagle Point Adds Training and Support Content for Revit MEP
CAD software provider Eagle Point Software has released its Pinnacle Series for MEP. This technology delivers multiple Autodesk implementation and support resources in a single interface. Design professionals can access onscreen workflow, cheat sheets, video content, live training, and technical support.

Nemetschek Publishes New Vectorworks Landmark Guide
AEC software provider Nemetschek Vectorworks has released a new training guide for users of Vectorworks software, Residential Garden Design with Vectorworks Landmark. In this book, author Tamsin Slatter guides readers through a complete landscape design project.

IMAGINiT Training Centers Adopt Autodesk-Optimized Workstations
Rand Worldwide recently announced that IMAGINiT's training centers and mobile labs will be outfitted with HP workstations specifically engineered to enhance the performance of Autodesk software. The desktop and mobile workstations are designed to make 3D visualization and design more efficient.

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Mark Your Calendar

Webinar: Leveraging LiDAR Data in Transportation Design
December 7, 2011
2 p.m. ET
This webinar, hosted by Bentley Systems, demonstrates the practical application of point clouds for engineering using Bentley Civil applications. Read more

Webinar: Leveraging Teamcenter UA with Site Consolidation
December 20, 2011
9:30 a.m. ET
Attend this webinar from Geometric to learn more about best practices and methodologies for site consolidation, system performance, and improvement possibilities. 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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Amid Canals and Bridges, Bentley Honors Inspiring Infrastructure
The software developer invites AEC professionals to share their finest work at its Be Inspired: Thought Leadership in Infrastructure event in Amsterdam. Read more

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