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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 17, No. 12)

9 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!

Three CUI Tricks
Frequent tipster Danny Korem shows us some simple tricks to modify the user interface in AutoCAD using the Customize User Interface Editor (CUI). "Many users are looking for ways to make working with AutoCAD easier. As time passes, we get selective about how to use our memory (or lack thereof), so the CUI is something we AutoCAD users should adopt." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Share Files with ETransmit
For his second tip this week, Danny Korem discusses how to send DWG files via the eTransmit tool in AutoCAD. "In many cases, people from outside the office will attach AutoCAD files to an e-mail message. Unlike other file formats, much of the data within a DWG can be lost during this kind of transmission." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Synchronize Views with Layer State Manager, Including Sheet Set Manager
Architect Ronald L. Lohan explains how his company uses saved views to increase efficiency while using AutoCAD Architecture. "In AutoCAD Architecture 2012, our team uses preset views to synchronize numerous layer states and accomplish our tasks more quickly." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

AutoCAD WS: Easily Update Basemaps with Review Comments from the Field
Russell Koenig shares how his company uses the Autodesk AutoCAD WS mobile app for field work. "The AutoCAD WS app for mobile devices is a great way to view and mark up a drawing when you're outside the office. We use it on an iPad to make field review comments on survey basemaps." View the complete tip and post your feedback.


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 in the latest version of AutoCAD by Contributing Editor Brian Benton. Use all tips at your own discretion, please. We're sorry, but Cadalyst staff cannot provide assistance with technical problems. Please refer to Cadalyst's LinkedIn and Facebook communities for assistance with AutoLISP and other AutoCAD customization questions.

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Deals & Freebies

Maplesoft Offers Free 30-Day Evaluation of Maple V16
Software provider Maplesoft is offering registered users a free trial of the latest version of Maple, its technical computing software. Maple v16 introduces tools and techniques in the Clickable Math collection that provide a point-and-click interface for solving, visualizing, and exploring mathematical problems.

Luxion Releases Free, Updated Plug-ins for Creo and Pro/ENGINEER
Luxion, a developer of 3D rendering and lighting technology, has released v1.3 of its free KeyShot plug-ins for Creo and Pro/ENGINEER 3D software packages. Users can now export a KeyShot BIP file without having KeyShot installed. Additional enhancements include tessellation refinement, orientation of assembly upon import, and the use of part level appearances.

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Opportunities & Honors

TraceParts 3D Catalogs Receive Autodesk Inventor 2013 Certification
TraceParts' 3D library of suppliers and standard parts catalogs has been certified for Autodesk Inventor 2013 3D mechanical design software through the Autodesk Inventor Certified Applications Program. The 3D component library comprises more than 100 million 3D CAD models and 2D drawings.

Lightworks Names Marius Louw Winner of Rendering Competition
Rendering software provider Lightworks named Marius Louw as the winner of the latest Lightworks Image Competition for his model of a study and reading area that features conventional materials and finishes. Louw creates images using Caddie Software and the Caddie Vio plug-in, which integrates the Lightworks rendering engine.

GibbsCAM Earns Inventor Certification for Twelfth Consecutive Year
GibbsCAM, a developer of software for programming CNC machine tools, has been certified for Autodesk Inventor 2013 3D mechanical design software. GibbsCAM has achieved certification under the Autodesk Inventor Certified Applications Program every year since the program began.

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Books & Training

New Book Addresses Building Information Modeling for Interior Designers
Interior Design Using Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012: Introduction to Building Information Modeling for Interior Designers, a new release from SDC Publications, includes a book and DVD that explain Autodesk Revit tools and techniques. The guide covers an introduction to building information modeling; the basics of opening, saving, and creating a new project; and the development of the interior space of a sample two-story office.

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Mark Your Calendar

IMAGINiT Know It. All. Virtual Event
May 1–3, 2012
10:30 a.m. ET
At this online event, attendees will hear from IMAGINiT technical experts, who will showcase enhancements in the Autodesk 2013 products. Read more

What's New in Bentley Map V8i (SELECTseries 3)
May 30, 2012
11 a.m. ET
This webinar from Bentley Systems will explore the new capabilities of Bentley Map v8i (SELECTseries 3). 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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What's New at Cadalyst.com

CADspeed Blog Post:
How Much RAM Should You Buy for a CAD Workstation?

Start with the minimum RAM recommendation for your primary software, then get a feel for how much more memory you'll get with incremental spending. Read more

Open BIM Aims to Overcome Collaboration Challenges of Modern AEC Workflows
New buildlingSMART initiative provides common definitions, requirements, and branding for building projects. Read more

Tech Trends: BIM vs. GIS
When it comes to managing facilities and infrastructure, which technology provides the information that you need in the way you need it? The answer might be: both. Read more

Louisiana Utility Dispels GNSS Signal Shadow with Trimble Floodlight
Satellite shadow–reduction technology enables St. Charles Parish Waterworks crews to map infrastructure features under tree cover. Read more

First Look Review: HP EliteBook 8760w Mobile Workstation
Nine-pound powerhouse delivers exceptionally fast performance. Read more


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