Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 44)12 Dec, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff
Editor's Note: Tips & Tools Weekly will return on January 9, 2012. Happy Holidays from Cadalyst!
Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot, and Never Brought to Mind?
Some tips just never get old. 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!
Advanced Grip-Editing Techniques
Mike Klever shares some advanced AutoCAD grip-editing techniques. "While experimenting with Cadalyst CAD Tip No. 3749, I found that it doesn't work in my version of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011, but I stumbled on another use for the Ctrl key when modifying with grips." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Create Complex Closed Polylines
Frequent tipster Danny Korem shares a procedure that will help in the creation of complex closed polylines in AutoCAD. "Turning lines and arcs into polylines can be sometimes a tedious job. This especially applies to outer contours. The following steps will make it easier to create one." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Locate Linetype Files Quickly
Senior Engineering Designer Perry Medina describes a quick way to access various linetype files if you keep them in folders other than AutoCAD's default location. "The trick is to place a shortcut to your folders or files in the place that AutoCAD looks first. This can save you several clicks when you browse to find them." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Filter via Layer Names
Senior GIS Draughtsman Nick Antonov talks to us about AutoCAD layer filters. "When I am working on a complex drawing with few xrefs attached and lots of layers, I'd like to manipulate the object properties by layer (color, linetype, etc.). However, when there are a lot of layers and the prefix of the xref is added to the layer name in the Layer Manager, it's not easy to choose layers by name similarities (for instance, all layers that have Road or Civil in the name). View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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Technavio Report Analyzes India's CAD Software Market
Market research company Technavio has released its Computer Aided Design Software Market in India 2010–2014 report, which covers 2D and 3D CAD. In addition, the report describes the vendor landscape and includes detailed analyses of the top vendors in terms of revenue. According to Technavio, the increasing number of counterfeit products could threaten the growth of this market.
Deals & Freebies
Aras Provides Free PLM File Converter Application
Aras, an open-source PLM (product lifecycle management) software provider, has released the free File Converter Framework application for the Aras Innovator PLM platform, developed by T-Systems International. The file converter automatically translates files into a wide range of formats for viewing, collaboration, and inclusion in PLM workflows within Aras.
Krupa Releases Free Trial of Steel Beams for AEC V2.02
Autodesk Authorized Developers Krupa CADD Solutions and AEC Design Services have released a free 30-day trial download of the updated Steel Beams for AEC module. The new version adds sloped beams and extensions (for both straight and arched beams), and an expanded schedule to accommodate the additional data.
GKS Offers Savings on In-Lab 3D Laser Scanning Services, Training
GKS's holiday sale running through December 31, 2011, includes the following discounts: $500 off a $5,000 scanning order; $200 off a $3,000 order; $75 off a $1,000 order; or a free day of training with a FARO Focus3D or Artec scanner purchase. GKS provides 3D laser scanning systems and services for inspection, analysis, and reverse engineering.
EMA Provides Free Trial of Table Extraction App for Circuit Design
EMA Design Automation, a provider of mechanical and electrical CAD tools, has released a free trial of SymbolGen, an app that automates the extraction of complex PDF tables and diagrams. Users can build and verify OrCAD schematic symbols from component datasheets. The app is available from the Cadence Design Systems OrCAD Capture Marketplace, which is accessible within the OrCAD Capture schematic design tool.
CAD Garage Discounts Architectural Software, Plotters
CAD Garage, an online store for Mac and ArchiCAD enthusiasts, is currently offering a variety of limited-time deals on hardware and software products. Among these are discounts of up to $190 off Artlantis v4 rendering software and up to $900 off HP DesignJet T790 ePrinters, as well as a two-for-one promotion on Cadimage add-on tools for ArchiCAD.
Opportunities & Honors
Student Wins NASA Contest with Shaderlight Rendering
Nathan Leber, an architecture student at Arizona State University, won the top prize in NASA's Future of Flight Art and Design Contest. Leber used Shaderlight, a rendering plug-in for Google SketchUp, to depict his MARS Modular Accelerated Research Shuttle design.
GIS Professionals Needed to Participate in Employment Survey
Are you currently working in the field of GIS? You can contribute to a GIS Lounge study about the state of GIS employment, and the skills needed to succeed as a GIS professional. The results of the survey will be published in early 2012 on GISLounge.com.
Books & Training
Nemetschek Releases Three Updated Vectorworks Books
Nemetschek Vectorworks has published the fourth edition of three training guides for Vectorworks users: 3D Modeling in Vectorworks, Vectorworks Architect Tutorial Manual, and Vectorworks Essentials Tutorial Manual. All three manuals were written by Vectorworks trainer Jonathan Pickup, and they have been updated for use with the 2012 version of Vectorworks software.
Mark Your Calendar
Leveraging Teamcenter UA with Site Consolidation
December 20, 2011
9:30 a.m. ET
Join Geometric for a webinar as PLM specialists discuss the Teamcenter UA PLM application. Read more
Oil and Gas Equipment Designed Better in Solid Edge CAD
January 24, 2012
2 p.m. ET
In this Solid Edge webinar from Siemens PLM, leaders in the United States oil and gas industry will discuss design success in the oil and gas sector. Read more
April 2–4, 2012
The theme for Fiatech's Annual Technology Conference and Showcase is "Fiatech Heat: Innovation That Builds the World." 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 email@example.com.
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Autodesk University 2011
Didn't have time to see everything that interested you at this year's AU? Check out this multipart series to fill in some of the gaps. Read more
First Look Review: ArchiCAD 15
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Autodesk Technical Evangelist Lynn Allen guides you through a different AutoCAD feature in every edition of her popular "Circles and Lines" tutorial series. For even more AutoCAD how-to, check out Lynn's quick tips in the Cadalyst Video Gallery. Subscribe to Cadalyst's free Tips & Tools Weekly e-newsletter and we'll notify you every time a new video tip is published. All exclusively from Cadalyst!