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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 17, No. 27)

30 Jul, 2012 By: Cadalyst Staff

Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 17, No. 27)


This Week's Software Tips

Longer Days Mean More Time to Share Tips
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!

Access Block Attributes Across Multiple File Tabs
Mechanical design engineer Chris Edwards shares a modification to the original AutoCAD LISP routine AttOut that will allow you to access data in attributed blocks across multiple file tabs, rather than just one. "If you ever have needed to edit multiple block attributes across multiple layout tabs, you know this is where the AttOut command really falls short because it can handle only one tab at a time." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Use Draw Order Commands to Place Hatches behind Text
Tipster Maria Tzanetakou reminds us to consider draw order when using text over hatch objects in AutoCAD drawings. "Draw order can mess up your drawings if you aren't careful," observed Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton, "especially when using hatch objects to highlight an area of your drawing." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Access Cloud Storage from AutoCAD 2013
Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton reminds us about the cloud integration that is built into AutoCAD 2013. "AutoCAD 2013 has Autodesk 360 integration built in. Autodesk 360 is Autodesk's cloud service, and anyone can get a free account, which includes 3 GB of free cloud-based storage." 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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Resources

AVEVA Business Paper Focuses on the Future of Plant Design Software
As part of its Future of Plant Design initiative, engineering software developer AVEVA is offering a business paper titled "New Era Design and Engineering." The paper, which is free to those who register, defines six key areas — including openness, integration, and compliance — that AVEVA anticipates will be the main factors driving plant design efficiency.

AutoCAD Mobile Design App Now Allows Collaboration
AutoCAD WS, Autodesk's free mobile design app, now includes social collaboration capabilities. AutoCAD WS v1.5 enables users to view, edit, and share AutoCAD drawings using their iOS or Android mobile device, or a web browser. The Design Feed feature reportedly tracks and captures the evolution of designs across multiple collaborators and stakeholders, all within the design itself.

CIMdata Publishes 2012 Executive PLM Market Report
PLM (product lifecycle management) research firm CIMdata has published the second module of its PLM Market Analysis Report Series. The "CIMdata 2012 Executive PLM Market Report" provides an executive-level overview of the firm's analysis of the global PLM market, which grew faster in in 2011 than in 2010, according to CIMdata.

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Deals & Freebies

CADEC R12 Hosts Composites Analysis Calculations in the Cloud
The newly released, cloud-based CADEC Revision 12 performs composite materials analysis online. It provides a computational engine for the equations and methods described in the textbook Introduction to Composite Materials Design, Second Edition (CRC Press, 2010). A 30-day trial subscription to CADEC-ONLINE.COM is free to those who register.

Free Design Viewing Site Now Supports 2D DWG and DXF Files
3Dfile.io, a free online 3D model sharing and visualization service, now offers 2D DWG and DXF visualization using the SVG (scalable vector graphics) web standard along with a collaborative markup tool. According to the site's developer, VisPower Technology, engineers rely on both 2D and 3D data to complete their design projects.

Inventor Fusion Now Available through the Mac App Store
Autodesk Inventor Fusion for Mac is now available as a free download in the Mac App Store. Inventor Fusion enables designers to open and edit 3D models from various sources and incorporate them into new or existing designs. The software is interoperable with AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor software, as well as other Autodesk and third-party CAD tools.

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Books & Training

CAD Americas Offers 2012 Autodesk Software Training Courses
CAD Americas will present a series of one-day training courses this fall to help users of Autodesk software build their professional skills. Instructors will share industry best practices and trends, product tips and tricks, 2013 new product features, and more. Participants who register by August 15 will receive a discount.

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New Products

New Revit Plug-In Supports Data Sharing Using 3D PDF
The 3D PDF Converter for Revit ($99) was designed to enable the BIM (building information modeling) community to share 3D data through 3D PDF files. The software was developed by 3DA Systems and incorporates Tech Soft 3D's HOOPS Publish component, which reportedly ensures data compatibility with Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader.

Geometric Introduces Pay-Per-Use Online Nesting Software
Geometric, an India-based engineering software provider, has launched an online nesting solution designed to optimize material use. NestlibOnline (access plans range from $2 to $900) generates nested layouts when a customer uploads 2D DXF part designs and selects the desired sheet sizes for nesting. A free, 30-day trial version is available.

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Mark Your Calendar

Vision-Based Tracking of Construction Entities
July 31, 2012
10 a.m. CT
In this Fiatech webinar, presenter Man-Woo Park, of the Georgia Institute of Technology, will introduce a novel method of tracking construction entities. Read more

NAFEMS North America Conference 2012
September 11–12, 2012
Washington, D.C.
This year's conference will include more than 50 presentations, three dedicated panel sessions, and seven training sessions for those involved in analysis and simulation. Read more

AVEVA World Summit 2012
October 10–12, 2012
Paris, France
At this year's event, targeted at plant and marine industry senior managers, AVEVA will demonstrate the interface and functional capabilities of its new 3D design software. Read more

CIMdata PLM Certificate Program
October 15–19, 2012
Frankfurt, Germany
CIMdata's PLM Leadership education and training program will include a personalized classroom experience, individual and team-based exercises, and individual evaluations of achievement. 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

Optimizing Your Revit Workstation for Point Clouds
Reality capture is a boom business for the building industry. With roughly five million existing commercial buildings in the United States alone, it's easy to understand why. Read the CADspeed blog post

DigitalGlobe, GeoEye Combine to Form Single Satellite Imagery Provider
As competitors become comrades, the already small number of commercial satellite operators shrinks further. Read more

Free Up AutoCAD Screen Real Estate
Would you like less clutter on your screen and more room for your drawing? If so, then check out these three tips for freeing up your AutoCAD screen real estate. Watch the video

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