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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 8)

7 Mar, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Have You Heard about Harry?
When it comes to CAD code, Hot Tip Harry knows a good tip when he sees it! Use the "Submit Tip" button below to send us your LISP routines. 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.

Civil 3D User-Defined Parameters
Drafter Cody J. Guidry gives us a tip on how to create a user-defined parameter (and when to use one) in AutoCAD Civil 3D. "If you use Civil 3D, you should know how to make various point styles to fit your needs. Personally, I use points for labeling certain features in a drawing, e.g., points of intersection, survey benchmarks, etc." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Macro: F1 to @
Space Management Specialist Mitch Hirschklau shares a shortcut macro he made to save himself a keystroke each time he draws a line at a relative distance from the previous point in AutoCAD. "Macros are one of the best time-savers you can create in AutoCAD," said tip reviewer Brian Benton. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Print White Text
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky and his coworker Dave Allison give us two methods for printing white text on a black background in AutoCAD. "There is no way to print in white, because printers don't have white ink or toner," said tip reviewer Brian Benton. "To get white text to show up on paper, you have to surround it with some other color, such as black." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Reminder
Mechanical Designer Bill Patten sent in a great tip on using Change Space to switch objects between paper and model space in AutoCAD and keep their scaled size. Cadalyst has covered this command in the past (see Tip #3170, Change Space, by Jeremy Grove), but it definitely merits a reminder.

Paul Aubin

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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Expert CAD Manager book by Robert Green

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Resources

Bricsys Launches Meeting Point to Support Application Developers, Users
Bricsys, the developer of Bricscad CAD software, has released Bricsys Meeting Point, an online communication hub for end users, application developers, and Bricsys DWG specialists. The hub enables third-party developers of applications for Bricscad or AutoCAD to support their customers at little or no cost. All end users and registered visitors can log on to bricsys.com/meetingpoint to gain access.

Bentley Shares Thought Leadership Video Series
Delivered through Bentley's Be Connected online video library, the Bentley Infrastructure Ambassadors Council eSeminar Series and the Be Inspired Award Presentation Series are intended for viewers interested in the key challenges of, and the opportunities resulting from, sustaining infrastructure. The free videos are one hour each and feature industry experts sharing best practices.

Longview Advisors Reports on Survey of Manufacturing Professionals
Longview Advisors has released the latest edition of its Collaboration & Interoperability Market Report. The report includes results and analysis from Longview's Sixth Annual Collaboration & Interoperability best practices survey, along with articles about related industry topics. The PDF-format report is free to members of the public who fill out a registration form.

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Deals & Freebies

IES Runs 2-for-1 Promotion on VE-Gaia Licenses
Through May 31, 2011, software developer Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) is offering two VE-Gaia licenses for the price of one. The offer is valid on any license type for the building performance analysis tool. To take advantage of the offer, contact sales@iesve.com.

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Opportunities & Honors

CAD Users: Cyon Research Needs Your Feedback
If you use engineering software — that is, CAD, CAE, PDM, PLM, and/or BIM — Cyon Research needs your help. Its 2011 Q1 Global Survey of Firms that Use Engineering Software is open through this week. Qualifying respondents can receive a copy of the survey results for personal use at no cost.

Tech-Clarity, Cyon Request Input of CAD Vendors, Resellers, Users
Cyon Research and Tech-Clarity are researching the engineering software market and invite all software vendors, value-added resellers, and users to complete a five-minute COFES 2011 survey. Results will be presented at the Congress on the Future of Engineering Software in April.

Océ Accepting Applications for Green Reprographer of the Year Award
Océ, a provider of digital document management and delivery solutions, has announced that its Wide Format Printing Systems division will begin accepting applications for its fourth annual "Green Reprographer of the Year" award. Applicants can submit their achievements in the area of green business practices and explain how these efforts have helped their customers meet their own sustainability goals.

MasterGraphics Pledges $15,000 in Scholarship Donations
MasterGraphics, a supplier of design data solutions for the manufacturing, building, and civil engineering industries, has pledged to donate a total of $15,000 at seven student competitions. The scholarship donations, which are made possible through the assistance of Autodesk, give middle- and high-school students in Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin the opportunity to explore careers and talents in engineering and design.

RAND Worldwide Earns Highest John Deere Supplier Rating
RAND Worldwide, which provides technology solutions to organizations with engineering design and information technology requirements, has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier in John Deere's Achieving Excellence Program for 2010. RAND Worldwide was selected for providing Pro/ENGINEER training services of outstanding quality, as well as its commitment to continuous improvement.

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Books & Training

PTC Offers CAD Revolution eBook Series
PTC is offering access to a series of free eBooks by Chad Jackson for users who register. Jackson is an independent analyst, industry expert, and blogger in the global CAD arena. The first book in this series, CAD Revolution, contrasts how various modeling technologies have been used traditionally against a more progressive vision.

Autodesk Unveils Book That Explores the Changing World of Design
Autodesk introduced the book Imagine, Design, Create: How Designers, Engineers and Architects Are Changing Our World at TED2011 Conference in Long Beach, California. Edited by Autodesk Fellow Tom Wujec, the book explores the innovative thinking behind the work of a wide range of companies and designers, ranging from the world's largest and most established companies to new and emerging designers.

GstarCAD Wins WIPO Award
GstarCAD, a provider of 2D/3D CAD software, has been officially recognized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for its achievements in the field of intellectual property use and protection. At the WIPO Award Ceremony that took place during the Third China International Copyright Expo, the company was given WIPO´s Utilization Award for its continuous promotion of software copyright protection.

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Mark Your Calendar

Webinar: Introducing LBS Manager and Quantities by Location
March 11, 2011
Noon ET
Key to BIM (building information modeling) methodology and practice is the ability to delineate and organize "zones" or locations throughout the model. The LBS (location breakdown structure) can start with building floors/stories and then be further delineated into zones, departments and so on. Read more

Webinar: ArchiCAD 14 — Open Design Collaboration
March 11–April 14, 2011
3–4 p.m. ET
Graphisoft will present this webinar about how ArchiCAD 14 turns IFC technology into workflow solutions enabling collaboration with engineers, regardless of their discipline or the name and version of the application they prefer working with. Read more

Webinar: Bridging the Gap between SolidWorks and your Electrical and Fluid Designs
March 16, 2011
Noon ET
Zuken's Patrick Hackney will present this webinar, which focuses on using E3.WireWorks within a SolidWorks environment. Read more

Webinar: CAE Practical Applications — CFD and Structural Multidisciplinary Analysis
March 17, 2011
1 p.m. ET
This is a webinar in Siemens PLM's bi-monthly series for analysts, managers, and lead engineers who are responsible for engineering and development processes. The webinar begins with a technical presentation, followed by a Q&A session. Read more

Webinar: What's New in Teamcenter 8.3
March 22, 2011
2 p.m. ET
In this webinar, the Education Services group at Siemens PLM Software will share the latest features of Teamcenter 8.3. This free mini training session provides tips in the use of Teamcenter software and potential productivity gains achieved by investing in formal training options. Read more

CIMdata PLM Certificate Program: The Netherlands
May 9–13, 2011
Amsterdam, Netherlands
CIMdata's PLM Certification Program prepares PLM technologists at several levels to address the challenges inherent in PLM implementations. Read more

CIMdata PLM Certificate Program: Massachusetts
June 20–24, 2011
Andover, Massachusetts
This assessment-based program includes an intimate classroom experience, individual and team exercises, and individual evaluations of achievement. 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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