Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 9)14 Mar, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff
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Custom Properties for Sheet Sets
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky of the Better Than Nothing AutoLISP site sends us another sheet set tip for use in AutoCAD. This one allows you to create custom data fields that can be referenced in your files. As tip reviewer Brian Benton noted, "Sheet sets are one of the most useful document management tools available in AutoCAD." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Right-Click to Edit Dimensions
Leonid Nemirovsky also sends us a tip that can help you edit your dimensions with a quick right-click in AutoCAD. "These options are there for a quick edit," commented tip reviewer Brian Benton. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Don't Forget Dynamic Blocks
Tipster Andria Lynch reminds AutoCAD users about dynamic blocks and their capabilities. "Many users will appreciate this forgotten functionality of AutoCAD blocks. While in the block editor, explore the block palette to add actions, parameters, and constraints to your block to create more functionality." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Display Text-Based Linetypes
Engineering technician Paul F. Grabowski uses custom linetypes that have text embedded in them. He shows us some methods he uses to change the way the text is displayed in AutoCAD. "Sometimes, with a polyline, I want the text reversed for a better appearance in the drawing." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Bentley Releases 2010 Annual Report
Bentley's newly released annual report includes the company's performance highlights and notable achievements for 2010. It also provides news of initiatives for 2011, including a change in licensing practices, access to no-cost software for interoperability, and the acquisition of analysis software for offshore structures.
Deals & Freebies
Siemens PLM Offers Free Training, Trial of NX Software
Visitors to the Siemens PLM web site can register for an NX software trial along with four complimentary training webinars. The training sessions are 90 minutes long and will be held each Friday from March 25 through April 15, 2011, at 2 p.m. ET. Anyone interested in discovering and learning more about NX CAD modeling software may attend.
IMSI/Design Provides Trials of TurboCAD 18 and Free Hatch Pattern Plugin
Retail CAD developer IMSI/Design is offering free trials of its new TurboCAD Pro 18 ($1,295) and TurboCAD Pro Platinum 18 ($1,495) software releases. In addition, for a limited time, buyers will receive the Hatch Pattern Creator plugin ($125 value) free with the purchase of Pro Platinum 18. The plugin is designed to create repeating patterns that can be used as brush patterns in designs.
Users Can Try Out Latest SolidGenius Release with Evaluation Version
MIP (Manufacturing Integration Products), which develops CAD software for mechanical design, manufacturing, and product data management, is offering a free evaluation version of SolidGenius V17 to users who register. The new release of the integrated application suite for PTC's Creo Elements/Direct Modeling features a new module for creating frame structures from profiles.
Opportunities & Honors
Dimension 3D Printing Announces Finalists in Extreme Redesign Contest
Dimension 3D Printing, a brand of Stratasys, has announced the finalists in its seventh annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge. From the ten finalists in each category, a panel of independent judges from industry and the engineering media will select the winners this spring, awarding scholarships to the top three students in the categories of High School Engineering, College Engineering, and Art & Architecture.
DoD Recognizes NVision with Nunn-Perry Award
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has named NVision Solutions a 2011 winner of the Nunn-Perry Award under the DoD Mentor–Protégé Program in partnership with Computer Sciences Corporation and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. The program assists small businesses compete for prime contract and subcontract awards by partnering with large companies under individual, project-based agreements.
Autodesk Names IMAGINiT Technologies Reseller of the Quarter
Autodesk has named IMAGINiT Technologies the North American Reseller of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of Autodesk's 2011 fiscal year. IMAGINiT was selected from more than 200 North American resellers for its significant growth and exceeding targets across industry-specific markets that include architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, and design visualization.
Coordinate Metrology Society Extends Abstracts Deadline
The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) has extended its call for papers to March 18, 2011. The organization has received a record number of abstract submissions, and plans to offer a second track of concurrent technical presentations during the 2011 Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference, to be held July 25–29, 2011.
Mark Your Calendar
2011 Washington GIS Conference
May 9–11, 2011
This conference from the Washington State Chapter of URISA (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association) will comprise half-day workshops, seminar tracks, and a keynote address by Jack Dangermond of ESRI. Read more
27th Annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference
July 25–29, 2011
The Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) features technical presentations by industry experts, advanced workshops, and seminars, as well as an exhibition hall filled with providers of metrology systems. The conference registration fee includes annual membership dues and full access to all CMSC activities. Read more
August 7–11 2011
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
SIGGRAPH 2011, the 38th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, will offer technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, music, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web. Read more
2011 Autodesk University User Conference and Exhibition
November 29–December 1, 2011
Las Vegas, Nevada
Autodesk University 2011 will include hundreds of technical classes and hands-on labs, advanced classes for experts and managers, and free Autodesk certification exams. Registration for this event will open later this year. 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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