Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 6)14 Feb, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Reignite an Old Flame
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Annotation Scaling with Leaders
Senior CAD Manager Richard Navales Lim shares an AutoCAD tip using annotated scaled leaders to create linework. "I have used annotation scale since its introduction, and find it convenient and powerful when properly used. In architecture and building structure, for example, we often produce multiple scales for site development plans (1:200 and 1:100, for example)." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Greg Vice, a piping and instrument designer, sent in a tip that can help you edit dimensions in AutoCAD. "Editing dimensions can be a pain," says tip reviewer Brian Benton. "As this tip notes, you can shorten them with the Trim command, or extend them with the Extend command." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Plot to PDF Natively
Space Management Specialist Mitchell Hirschklau shares a tip about plotting to PDF natively in AutoCAD. "I would suggest that users make the AutoCAD 2010 Plot to PDF function their default plot routine (except for in-house 'check' plots)." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Macro: Freeze All Layers
Ted Kruysman sent us a macro that he uses in a custom command to freeze layers in AutoCAD. "I use a Freeze All command that I made up that freezes all of the layers in the drawing except the current layer in use." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Inventor Tip: Sketches on Faces
This video tip from Autodesk software training provider CAD Gorilla explains how surfaces of the 3D model can be used to position sketches for new features.
Normalization Extension for gvSIG Open-Source GIS Now Available
Visitors to the gvSIG website can download the normalization extension for gvSIG 1.10, an open-source geographic information system (GIS). This version has been updated to work on gvSIG 1.10, and allows users to separate chains of text into different parts and store them in table fields. These chains of text can have their origin in plain text files or in the records of a table field.
Deals & Freebies
Luxion Offers Free Trial of KeyShot
Rendering and lighting technology developer Luxion is offering a free trial of KeyShot 2.1, its real-time ray tracing and global illumination program. The company recently released KeyShot 2.2, which features improvements to importers, model interaction, and render speed. The updated program also supports AutoDesk AutoCAD and Inventor, SolidWorks 2011, CATIA v5, and SketchUp 8.
Opportunities & Honors
Autodesk Wins China's Top Employers Award for Third Consecutive Year
Autodesk has been named one of "China's Top Employers 2011" by the Corporate Research Foundation (CRF), an independent organization. The Top Employers selection process is based on the assessment of corporate performance in five categories: Primary Benefits; Secondary Benefits and Working Conditions; Training and Development; Career Opportunities; and Company Culture.
Mark Your Calendar
Webinar: RFID in Construction
February 15, 2011
11 a.m. ET
RFID Journal is hosting this two-hour virtual event focused on the use of RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology in managing the inventory of materials arriving on a construction site, reducing theft, and improving the management of tools and other critical assets. Read more
Webinar: Professional Hardware — the Key to Success for 3D Design and Visualization, Part 2
February 17, 2011
12–1 p.m. ET
This free webinar from Dell, Dassault Systemes SolidWorks, and ATI will feature an open panel discussion with industry experts discussing the positive changes new workstation hardware can provide designers and engineers working with CAD software. Read more
BIM 360 Virtual Conference
February 17, 2011
9 a.m.–5 p.m. ET
Rand Worldwide's IMAGINiT Technologies division is launching BIM 360, a free virtual conference. Designed for architectural, engineering and facility management professionals, this full-day event will explore building information modeling (BIM), from design through maintenance. Read more
Webinar: Lean Manufacturing — Reducing Costs and Increasing Efficiencies
February 23, 2011
2 p.m.–3 p.m. ET
This webinar will address the concept of "value" and how test and measurement has typically been a cost/inhibitor to flow instead of an aid to profitability; comparisons between "batch" processing or inspection vs. inline/single-piece flow inspection; and real-life examples of how lean manufacturing has been implemented. Read more
Webinar: Low-Energy Building Design with GRAPHISOFT EcoDesigner
March 1–8, 2011
This webinar will discuss how GRAPHISOFT's EcoDesigner software can aid design decisions by providing precise forecasts about the annual total and specific energy consumption, monthly energy balance, and carbon footprint of a project. Spanish and English versions of this webinar will be offered. Read more
2011 Esri Developer Summit
March 7–11, 2011
Palm Springs, California
This event will include a series of preconference seminars, technical sessions, a Tech Support Island, user presentations from GIS developers, and a plenary session with a keynote address by Bill Clark, research vice president at Gartner Research. Read more
2011 Geospatial Solutions Conference
April 10–13, 2011
This event from the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) will include eight half-day workshops, more than 70 technical sessions, an exhibit hall, an Open Source track, and forums with featured speakers. Read more
Hexagon 2011 International Conference
June 6–9, 2011
Leica Geosystems' User Conferences for Laser Scanning and Airborne Sensing have been combined with Hexagon AB's inaugural international conference to form the Hexagon 2011 International Conference. Hexagon 2011 will feature more than 200 break-out sessions tailored by tracks, incorporating training courses, technology previews, technical demonstrations and workshops, and customer testimonials. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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