Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 17, No. 11)2 Apr, 2012 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
What's Your Secret?
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!
Add Text below the Dimension Line
J. Raul Cardenas describes how to make AutoCAD dimensions display additional text below the dimension line. "When you want an accurate dimension, but also want specific text to appear below the dimension line, select the desired dimension and open the Text Override option in the Properties palette." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Convert Architectural Units to Decimal Units
Michael Gallina Jr. — a CAD manager, senior CAD tech, and render specialist — shares an AutoCAD tip on how to deal with drawings that are in different units. "I use decimal units as a standard. When I get an architectural-units plan to insert into a civil drawing, I convert the units using one of these two methods." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Display Linetypes Correctly at Any Scale
Frequent tipster Danny Korem explains the AutoCAD settings that can help you display your linetypes properly, regardless of scale. "Do you want your layouts with viewports to look good, no matter what the scale is? Sometimes it's confusing to output your linework in several scales side-by-side — and it might become frustrating. In addition, while you are doing this, the clock is ticking." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Double-Click to Zoom
Kevin Bradberry shares a tip about using the middle mouse button (the scroll wheel) in AutoCAD. "Double-click the middle mouse button to perform a Zoom Extents. I don't think I've seen others using this, so I thought it might not be well known." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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Fiatech Study Examines Use of Mobile Devices at Construction Sites
Fiatech has released a new project report titled "Real-Time Field Reporting Using Smart Devices." The 2011 project examined the feasibility and potential benefits of using mobile devices for communicating information in real time at construction job sites. Handheld mobile devices were tested and analyzed to assess their usefulness in a real-world construction environment.
Deals & Freebies
Free Trial of CADopia 12 Available for Download
CADopia, a developer and distributor of CAD software, is offering a 30-day trial version of CADopia 12. The 3D CAD program provides industry-standard DWG file format support, enabling users to navigate between various CAD environments. CADopia also features industry-standard command bars, aliases, menus, and toolbars.
Opportunities & Honors
Nemetschek Vectorworks Launches Monthly Design Competition
Vectorworks' Creative Minds Monthly Design Competition challenges designers to explore multiple options for documenting and presenting a response to a design concept. Each month a new concept will be introduced, which can be answered with any type of design: architectural, product, landscape, or entertainment. Submissions are accepted from individuals and groups of up to four collaborators.
Books & Training
Archway Systems Offers Solid Edge Fundamentals Training Class
Software provider Archway Systems is offering "Solid Edge Fundamentals," a four-day course on solid modeling. Students will learn about production-level parametric models of parts, sheet-metal design, assemblies, detail drawings, and document management. Classes are available June 5–8, August 14–17, and October 9–12 in Huntington Beach, California.
Mark Your Calendar
Introducing Prolog Mobile: The Value of Bringing Project Management to the Field
April 18, 2012
10 a.m. PT
This one-hour webinar from Meridian Systems will explain why construction organizations are standardizing on mobile solutions for field personnel. Read more
Injection Molding Design: Solving the Jigsaw Puzzle of Manufacturability, Cost, Time, and Product Performance
April 19, 2012
11 a.m. ET
This webinar from Geometric will explore the lifecycle of product development and provide tips for striking a balance among manufacturability, cost, time, and performance. Read more
Creating Knowledge Workers for the Greener Product Marketplace
April 24, 2012
2 p.m. ET
This Sustainable Minds webinar will address the challenge of integrating environmental sustainability into product development education. Read more
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In her easy-to-follow, friendly style, long-time Cadalyst contributing editor and Autodesk Technical Evangelist Lynn Allen guides you through a new feature or time-saving trick in every episode of her popular AutoCAD video tips. Subscribe to the free Cadalyst Video Picks newsletter and we'll notify you every time a new video tip is published. All exclusively from Cadalyst!