Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 17, No. 2)23 Jan, 2012 By: Cadalyst Staff
Hot Tip Harry's on the Lookout for LISP
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 $25 gift card you can use to purchase a T-shirt or other prizes in the Cadalyst Store.
Convert Inventor Files to AutoCAD Files
David Edward Gaskill sent us a trick for converting Autodesk Inventor files to AutoCAD DWGs. "I have had issues with the conversion from Inventor to AutoCAD; the process converts some of the views, but not all." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Print to Single-Sheet PDFs
Tipster Maria Tzanetakou shared this tip, which makes printing an AutoCAD file to PDF a little less complicated. "While trying to print DWG files to PDF using the Sheet Set Manager, I found the hard way that I was unable to print the desired DWGs as single-sheet PDF files. The same thing happened when I tried the Publish command." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Associative Arrays in AutoCAD 2012
Shawn Summers shared a tip on using AutoCAD 2012's new version of the Array command. "In AutoCAD 2012, AutoCAD introduced the 3D Array command, which makes 3D arrays possible. Also, a new feature in the command enables users to group arrayed items as one object." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Adjust Printing Balloon and Layout Tab Settings
Tipster Carol McKeough shares two favorite ways to make AutoCAD more personal, by changing the display features for drawing tabs and pop-up balloon behavior. "I'm all for giving new functionality a fair trial. However, after that fair trial, I really wanted two things to work my way. For one, I wanted the old-style Model and Layout tabs back." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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.
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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.
Whitepaper Explores Desktop Virtualization Efficiency, Security
IDG Connect site visitors can download a whitepaper about desktop virtualization that discusses how the practice can reduce the amount of time IT organizations spend managing desktop systems, while providing data protection, enhanced security, and improved worker productivity. The free whitepaper is sponsored by Dell and Microsoft and is available to registered IDG Connect users.
Deals & Freebies
CTC Releases Free Trial of New Revit Family Browser
Software reseller CTC is offering registered users a free trial of BIMlist, a newly released browser for organizing, locating, and inserting Autodesk Revit families into a project. BIMlist also provides tools for searching, filtering, and previewing families stored on the user's network.
Opportunities & Honors
Stratasys Seeks Student Entries for 3D Printing Challenge
Stratasys, a developer of 3D printing technologies, has issued a call for entries for its Dimension brand's Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge. The eighth annual contest encourages students to submit an innovative new product design, a redesign of an existing product, or an original work of art or architecture. Designs must be submitted by February 2, 2012.
Applied Software Earns Autodesk Process Plant Specialization
Applied Software, a BIM (building information modeling) software provider, has earned Autodesk's new Process Plant Specialization designation for value-added resellers. The specialized designation indicates that the Autodesk partner has demonstrated expertise in delivering advanced customer solutions, consulting, training, and support.
KETIV Technologies Named Autodesk Q3 Reseller of the Quarter
Autodesk has named CAD software provider KETIV Technologies its third-quarter Reseller of the Quarter for the Americas for the 2012 Autodesk fiscal year. Autodesk's selection was based on sales growth, customer support, use of best practices, industry knowledge, and dedication.
Books & Training
IET Offers E-Books about Manufacturing, Professional Computing
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)'s e-book collection provides professionals with access to more than 300 electronic titles for purchase, covering key areas of engineering and technology. Subjects include control engineering, manufacturing, management of technology, the professional applications of computing, and more.
Wiley Publishes Guide to BIM, Sustainable Design
Architect François Lévy has written BIM in Small-Scale Sustainable Design ($85), a guide to architectural design within a building information modeling (BIM) workflow. Available from scientific publisher Wiley, the book incorporates new information related to BIM, integrated practice, and sustainable design, as well as information about how designers can incorporate the latest technological tools in their work.
Rapidform Offers Training at 3D Scanning Conference
INUS Technology, developer of Rapidform 3D scanning software, will offer hands-on training classes and certification at its annual Success Conference. The training event will also comprise technology and industry trends, best practices, and networking with Rapidform users, partners, and 3D scanning experts. The event will be held April 2–5 in Denver, Colorado.
AEC Daily Provides Free Online Courses for AEC Professionals
Training provider AEC Daily offers a variety of free online continuing education courses in architecture, engineering, construction, interior design, and more. Courses are available for download from AEC Daily's Online Learning Center, and credits are automatically tracked and reported to the American Institute of Architects and other organizations.
Mark Your Calendar
Cleaning Dirty CAD Geometry in SpaceClaim
January 26, 2012
11:30 a.m. ET
In this webinar from SpaceClaim, attendees can learn how to create watertight models from dirty imported STEP and IGES files. Read more
2012 North American Theater Engineering and Architecture Conference
July 22–23, 2012
New York, New York
At this event, attendees will have the opportunity to connect and discuss the building and renovation of U.S. performance spaces. Read more
PLM Road Map 2012
October 2–3, 2012
PLM (Product LIfecycle Management) Road Map 2012 is a strategic conference focused on the critical tradeoffs that shape product development. 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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