Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 17, No. 24)

9 Jul, 2012 By: Cadalyst Staff

This Week's Software Tips

Make the Most of Your Summer Vacation!
The beach, fireworks, picnics ... when you're making a list of your summertime favorites, don't forget the tips! Take a few minutes to share your tips — for AutoCAD or any other CAD software tool — with your fellow CAD users. If we publish your tip, you'll earn a gift card you can use toward a T-shirt or other prizes in the Cadalyst Store. Use the "Submit Tip" button below to send us your tip today!

Duplicate Objects with AddSelected
Don Bentz shares a tip about the AutoCAD command AddSelected. "One of my favorite new commands that has been added in the past few releases is AddSelected. You can select an object, then right-click (make sure your right-click shortcut menus are turned on) and choose Add Selected from the pull-down list." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Copy Objects between Open Files
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky shares a way to copy objects between open AutoCAD files. "This method will work across open files, multiple instances of AutoCAD, and even in the same drawing tab," said Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Edit in the Maximized Viewport Environment
Frequent tipster Danny Korem discusses his preferred working environment for editing AutoCAD drawings in paper space. "What would be the best place to work: Is it model space? Is it paper space? The answer is probably neither. Personally, I find the Maximize Viewport setting the best place to work." 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'sCAD 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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Opportunities & Honors

GrabCAD Names Winners of Ship Hinge Design Challenge
GrabCAD, a mechanical engineering community, has selected five winners from the 67 wind-dampening device designs received in its recent Engineering Challenge. Shipbuilder Lürssen used the contest to crowdsource designs for windbreaker door hinges that can resist heavy winds, yet provide easy access during normal conditions.

Gerber Technology Garners Microsoft Gold Status for Fourth Year
Gerber Technology, a provider of CAD/CAM and PLM (product lifecycle management) software, has been designated a Microsoft Gold Independent Software Vendor. The designation reflects the company's "consistent capability and commitment to the latest Microsoft technology," according to Microsoft. Gerber has held the distinction since 2009.

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Mark Your Calendar

E-SPECS for ArchiCAD
July 11, 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

Designing Spaces to Maximize Occupant Movement
July 11, 2012
2 p.m. ET
Nemetschek Vectorworks will present this webinar, which will provide an overview of the SimTread pedestrian simulation plug-in for Vectorworks software. Read more

Molding Innovation Day
July 19, 2012
Novi, Michigan
With the theme "Towards Green Manufacturing and Sustainability," this conference will present the latest innovations of advanced plastic molding technologies. Read more

Innovative Presentations and Advanced Animations with CINEMA 4D
July 24, 2012
3 p.m. ET
In this webinar, Nemetschek Vectorworks will provide an in-depth look at CINEMA 4D visualization techniques. Read more

Meet Renderworks
July 25, 2012
2 p.m. ET
A webinar presented by Nemetschek Vectorworks will include an overview of Renderworks software's capabilities and functions. Read more

Meet Vectorworks Architect
July 26, 2012
2 p.m. ET
Nemetschek Vectorworks Industry Specialist Wes Gardner will discuss how Vectorworks Architect software is designed to improve workflow. Read more

Trimble Dimensions User Conference 2012
November 5–7, 2012
Las Vegas, Nevada
Trimble Dimensions 2012 is a training and networking conference that focuses on how advanced positioning technology is applied in civil construction, surveying, mapping and GIS, transportation, and other areas. Read more

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to

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Quick and Easy All-in-One Video Tips: Something for Every CAD User!
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Vectorworks Cloud Services: Reduce CPU Computing Times, Improve Collaboration in 3D Workflows
When people think of cloud computing, benefits such as convenience and portability often come to mind. After all, the cloud may or may not deliver a faster experience for users of CAD solutions when compared to desktop processing. Read the CADspeed blog post

First Look Review: NEC MultiSync EA243WM
LED-backlit 24" LCD monitor offers energy efficiency, professional features, and good design. Read more

First Look Review: HP Z1 Workstation
Distinctive all-in-one system has it all — and it all fits inside a 27" display. Read more

AIA Comes Home to the Capital, Part 2
Rendering software, printing solutions, and more were on display at the American Institute of Architects' National Convention and Design Exposition. Read more

Growth is the Goal at Solid Edge University 2012
In its avid pursuit of more users, Siemens PLM Software is spending more money on development and offering more ways to consume its mechanical CAD solution. Read more

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