Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 17, No. 19)4 Jun, 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!
I Wish Everything Were Flat!
Frequent tipster Danny Korem provides a method of drawing a polyline in AutoCAD by snapping to objects that have elevation, but keeping the polyline's elevation at zero. "This works, and it is very useful," said Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton. "The macro in the new command forces your polyline to be drawn at an elevation of zero units." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Create New Layout Tab from Template
Dave Alexander shares a method for creating a new drawing from revised linework and old drawing files in AutoCAD. "Plumbing drawings usually require multiple drawings showing plumbing systems that pass vertically through a building. The location of fixtures on one floor determines the location of the piping on the floors above and below." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Use Trim to Break
Mark Furse sends us a tip about using AutoCAD's Trim command to break an object. "I've always found the Break command a bit clumsy. When using running osnaps, it will often snap back to the first break when I'm trying to specify the second." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Civil 3D Tip: Use GeographicLocation to Reset ViewCube
Todd Rogers sends us a tip on how to reset the ViewCube in AutoCAD Civil 3D. "Using a previous version of a template file (e.g., a 2011 template file opened in 2012) causes the ViewCube to become skewed a bit." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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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.
Laser Mapping Site Provides Support for Collision Investigators
3D Laser Mapping, a developer of laser scanning solutions, has launched a web site to support police collision investigators. An online forum enables investigators to communicate with colleagues and share experience and expertise. The site also offers information about hardware, accessories, and software, as well as a variety of downloadable reference materials.
Whitepaper Explores Use of PLM in Food and Beverage Industry
CIMdata, a PLM (product lifecycle management) consulting and research firm, has released "Delivering PLM Technology to Solve Food & Beverage Industry Issues: How Infor10 Addresses Their Problems," a free resource that discusses the company's Infor10 PLM Process (Optiva).
Deals & Freebies
Free Trial of AutoCAD LT for Mac Available from Autodesk
Autodesk is offering a free, 30-day trial of AutoCAD LT for Mac, which includes access to the trial guide and 30 tips for more innovative and productive drafting. Design files are interoperable with all AutoCAD-based software. Native Mac files are supported, as are Mac OS X Multi-Touch gestures and Cover Flow features.
Free BIMx 3D AEC App Now Supports New iPad Retina Display
GRAPHISOFT, a provider of BIM (building information modeling) solutions, has announced an update for its free BIMx application. The BIMx 1.2.455 update to BIMx for iOS provides native support for the iPad 3 Retina display, which reportedly produces crisper images than in previous models.
Autodesk Introduces SketchBook Ink App for iPad
For a limited time, Autodesk is offering the new SketchBook Ink for iPad drawing app for an introductory price of $1.99. The app launches with seven preset ink styles and two types of erasers. Users can import images from the photo library on iPad for references or backgrounds.
Opportunities & Honors
Sustainable Building Program Seeks Volunteers
A consortium made up of the National Institute of Building Sciences, the Total Learning Research Institute, and NASA is looking for volunteers and sponsors for a new program it is developing. The Sustainable Facilities and Infrastructure in Constrained Environments (SuFICE) program will seek to engage and inspire K–12 students.
EUROBUILD Wins Green IT Project of the Year Award
The Rural Regeneration Centre at Hadlow College, created by James Anwyl from EUROBUILD, received the Green IT Award for Sustainable Design Project of the Year at a recent ceremony in London. Anwyl designed the project using GRAPHISOFT's ArchiCAD and EcoDesigner software.
Mark Your Calendar
Using LinceoVR Real-time Rendering to Showcase 3D Models
June 6, 2012
11 a.m. PT
Novedge will present this webinar, which will focus on using LinceoVR Enterprise to showcase virtual models to customers or for design review in real time using real-time render and augmented reality. Read more
E-SPECS for ArchiCAD
June 6, 2012
2 p.m. ET
This webinar will focus on how the integration of InterSpec's e-SPECS product suite and Graphisoft's ArchiCAD aims to benefit construction management projects. Read more
Using Search Engines Beyond Just Search
June 7, 2012
1:30 p.m. ET
This hour-long webinar from Alcove9 will demonstrate how to find, reuse, and share data without traditional data management software. Read more
Let's Go Design: Medical Devices and Equipment
June 11, 2012
2 p.m. ET
This Fisher/Unitech webinar will discuss the challenges and solutions in designing medical devices with SolidWorks software. Read more
June 12, 2012
10 a.m. ET
This Fisher/Unitech webinar will discuss the general capabilities of SolidWorks Flow and its companion modules for HVAC and Electronics. In addition, the webinar will cover the basics of model building to highlight the integration with SolidWorks. Read more
Getting Up to Speed on the AutoCAD 2013 Design Suite
June 20, 2012
11 a.m. PT
In this webinar, presented by Novedge, Autodesk's Lynn Allen will demonstrate the latest features of AutoCAD 2013 Design Suite and will show attendees how to improve their productivity. Read more
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What's New at Cadalyst.com
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Cadalyst's All-in-One video tips, sponsored by the HP Z1 All-in-One Workstation, combine three useful tips into one quick video. Host Curt Moreno, the Kung Fu Drafter, shares advice on topics ranging from resumes and training to xrefs and sheet sets. Watch the videos
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New Versions of Bentley Map V8i, Geo Web Publisher V8i Streamline
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Start-Up Sunglass Sets Out to 'Disrupt the CAD Industry'
One of six finalists in this week's TechCrunch DISRUPT event, the company is launching what it calls the first cloud-based, interactive 3D CAD file viewer. Read more
Ten Tips for PLM Success
If fear of failure is delaying your adoption of product lifecycle management, take heart; this fundamental advice might be just what you need to get off the fence. Read more
CAD Manager's Toolbox: What to Do When the Problem User Is the Owner
To help a stubborn owner see the light, communicate frequently and let the numbers do the talking. Read more
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!