Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 17, No. 25)

16 Jul, 2012 By: Cadalyst Staff

Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 17, No. 25)

This Week's Software Tips

HP All-in-One Video TipAll-in-One CAD Tips: AutoCAD CHSPACE, SketchBook Designer Symmetry Tool and Job Interview Tips
Three great CAD tips in one video! AutoCAD's CHSPACE command is the answer when you need to move lines from paper space to model space. SketchBook Designer's Symmetry tool can create perfect mirror copies or radial arrays of duplicated linework. Plus, if you are looking for a CAD job, follow these simple tips to ace the interview. Sponsored by the HP Z1 All-in-One Workstation, View the video

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!

Customize the Quick Properties Palette
Frequent tipster Danny Korem shares some insights about AutoCAD's Quick Properties palette. "Many users disabled the Quick Properties tool as soon as they could — they found it annoying. I find it very useful; it's the shortest way for your mouse to intervene in specific properties and/or make other properties accessible." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Change Layer Colors
Leland Leahy shares a routine he created for AutoCAD and its verticals that helps him change the color of layers that objects are on. "The LISP routine below is a good way to quickly change all the layers of a certain color to another color without having to go through the dialog box." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Access a Calculator in AutoCAD
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky explains how users can access a calculator in AutoCAD. "The Quick Calculator works just like a regular scientific calculator; it also has extra tools built in," explained Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton. "The Quick Calculator can get information from your drawing and use it in its calculations." 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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Books & Training

CAD Gorilla Offers Advanced Courses for Autodesk Inventor
CAD Gorilla, an Autodesk authorized developer, has released two new self-paced, online courses for Autodesk Inventor. The "Autodesk Inventor Advanced Parts" and "Autodesk Inventor Advanced Assemblies" courses ($149 each) can be purchased as a bundle with CAD Gorilla's "Inventor for Beginners," "Inventor Drawings," and "Inventor Essentials" courses ($399).

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New Products

RevUp Render Launches New Cloud Rendering Service
Graphics processing company RevUp Render has released the RevUp Render cloud rendering platform, which supports V-Ray v2 rendering software. The RevUp COSMOS cloud workstation desktop reportedly enables 3D professionals who use software with distributed rendering capabilities to work completely in the cloud.

Bluebeam Software Expands Revu Platform for iPad Users
Bluebeam Software, which develops software for paperless workflows, has introduced its Revu iPad app ($9.99). The software enables iPad users to access and work on PDF files, and also works with Bluebeam Studio so users can collaboratively or individually edit, mark up, insert images in, and track feedback on their PDFs in the cloud.

Contex Unveils New Versions of HD Ultra Wide-Format Scanners
Imaging hardware developer Contex reports it has upgraded the speed, color accuracy, and imaging processing capabilities of its HD Ultra wide-format scanner series. Enhancements include scanning speeds of 8" per second in color and 48-bit color image processing. The new line comprises six upgradeable models with 1,200 dpi and GB Ethernet standard.

CyberPower Announces Power Mega II Graphics Workstation Series
CyberpowerPC has released a new series of workstations incorporating Intel CPUs and NVIDIA Quadro graphics processing units. The Power Mega II workstations are available in three versions and six configurations, and can be expanded and customized. Each workstation comes with Microsoft Windows Professional 64-bit, a 3-year limited warranty, and lifetime phone support.

3D Model-to-Print Service Now Available in North America
Cloud-based service provider 3D Model-To-Print USA now offers a service that automatically converts common architectural software files into 3D-printable models. Customers can log in to the portal, upload their design files, and set parameters for 3D printing. The service then processes the file and fixes problems that might prevent the model from printing successfully, according to the company.

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Mark Your Calendar

Moldex3D FEA Interface with Abaqus
July 19, 2012
12 Noon PT
This webcast will show users how to use the Moldex3D FEA (finite-element analysis) interface to its fullest potential. A Q&A session will follow. Read more

Practical Introduction to FEA
July 23–25, 2012
Irvine, California
This course is designed for engineers who wish to learn more about how to apply finite-element analysis techniques to their particular problems in the most effective manner. Read more

Navigating the Legal Aspects of BIM
July 24, 2012
New York, New York
Microsol Resources and Patrick J. O'Connor, Jr., with the Faegre Baker Daniels law firm of Minneapolis, will discuss various ways of navigating the legal aspects of BIM (building information modeling). 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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What's New at

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: Autodesk Inventor Professional 2013
3D modeling software aligns more closely with AutoCAD, offers an enhanced user interface, and now comes with cloud-based services. Read more

CAD Manager's Toolbox: Use Peer Pressure to Enforce Standards
A simple peer review process can help your users develop pride in the quality of their work. Read more

Update Your CAD Management Plan
Is your office in the midst of a summertime slowdown? Don't twiddle your thumbs — use that downtime to evaluate tasks, problems, and your methods of coping with them. Read more

Add Matching Dimensions with Lightning Speed
Let's say you're working on someone else's drawing, and you need to add one or more dimensions. Who knows what the settings are for those dimensions — and who wants to take the time to find out? Watch the video

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