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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 17, No. 36)

15 Oct, 2012 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

They're Not Antiques, They're Classics!
Some tips just never get old. Is there a classic tip that you still rely on today? Use the "Submit Tip" button below to tell us about your favorites from the past, so we can dust them off and share them with your fellow CAD users!

Slice Easily between Two Intersecting Solids
Tipster Steven Matchett shares a trick for slicing between two solids in AutoCAD. "I tend to use an angular dimension for slicing between two intersecting solids. I find it really easy because you don't need to add any construction lines." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Manage Title Block Information through Drawing Properties
Frequent tipster Danny Korem shares a trick for using attributes and drawing properties to populate your title block information in AutoCAD. "This tip is a very interesting way to fill out your drawings' title block information," said Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton. "In fact, it's cool." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Turn Lines into Polylines by Joining
Mechanical engineer Perry Pattiz shares a tip on joining lines and polylines in AutoCAD. "A few years ago AutoCAD introduced the Join command, which allows you to select several back-to-back lines in a straight row to combine them into a single line. Quite by accident, I found out that the Join command has been improved in release 2012 to work with lines that are not co-linear." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Snap to Printable Area Edges
Tawfik Shehatan shares a trick that will allow you to snap to the printable edges of an AutoCAD paper space page. "Have you ever been in the situation in which your drawing extents are too close to the layout printable area edges, but when you print it, you find some minor cropping — or you are trying to draw a frame at equal margins from the paper borders, but when you publish it, they don't look equal?" 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

Vero Launches New Sites for Its Software Products
CAD software developer and distributor Vero has launched individual Web sites, Twitter accounts, and YouTube accounts for its software brands Alphacam, Edgecam, Javelin, Machining Strategist, MCS (Manufacturing Control Solutions), PEPS, Radan, and VISI. The new Web sites, which will replace the former Vero and Planit sites, include information about the company's products, events, and news.

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Opportunities & Honors

Museum Designer Wins ArchitectsJURY Competition
The ArchitectsJURY competition, which aims to reward the best architectural student work as judged by visitors to its online community, has named the winner of the spring 2012 prize. Nikola Rubic, a graduate of the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden, Germany, won for his entry, the Nautical Museum of Split, Croatia.

Bentley Names Project Finalists in Infrastructure Project Competition
Infrastructure software provider Bentley Systems has announced the finalists in the company's 2012 Be Inspired Awards competition, as well as the seven recipients of the 2012 Be Inspired Special Recognition Awards. The winners will be announced at a special event in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in November.

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New Products

MCAD: Creo View Mobile for iPad and iPhone
A free app from product design software provider PTC enables iPad and iPhone users to collaborate and share 3D models. Creo View Mobile users can open, zoom, pan, rotate, and use the app's "shake-and-break" feature to explode views of assemblies. Creo View Mobile is available for free download from the iTunes App Store.

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Mark Your Calendar

Six Ways To Increase Data Reuse
October 23, 2012
1 p.m. ET
This webinar, hosted by ConnectPress, will demonstrate how Alcove9's search engine captures and identifies the content employees need to increase workplace efficiency. Read more

Discover the Value of Design Simulation
October 24, 2012
11 a.m. ET
IMAGINiT Technologies will sponsor this virtual event, which will explore best practices and technology options for better project management. Read more

Search Better in CAD
October 25, 2012
1 p.m. ET
Alcove9's hour-long webinar will teach how finding, reusing, and sharing data from a single point of access can help increase efficiency. Read more

Search Better in Your PLM
November 13, 2012
1 p.m. ET
Viewers of this webinar will learn how to save time by extending their PLM search to find and use data without leaving their session. 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

SpaceClaim 2012+: CAD for the CAD Indifferent
New release builds on the quest to deliver a modeling tool for those who don't want to think about modeling. Read more

Add Jing Videos to Your Training Arsenal
"Show, don't tell" is good advice for writers — and for CAD managers as well. Read more

Establish a Training Program for Your CAD Users, Part 1
You could be doing more to help your users — and yourself — with training that prevents repeated mistakes. Read more

Express Server v8 Simplifies Geospatial Data Distribution
Latest release from LizardTech features 30-day trial and support for Geospatial PDF. Read more

Quickly Add Additional Objects with the Same Properties and Settings
Let's say you're working on an older drawing, and you need to add in a few additional objects. You might not remember the layer, linetype, scale, etc. of the object — but with Add Selected, there is no need to remember! Watch the video

HP and Autodesk Move AEC Workflows to the Cloud
Two industry insiders provide perspectives about hardware and software solutions that are changing the way professionals work. Read more

Define Equation-Based Loads in Femap
Femap Tips and Tricks: Apply hydrostatic loading to a water tank model. Read more

Leverage the Autodesk Vault Job Server/Processor
IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: The Vault Client enables users to perform query, view, and print tasks on a model or drawing without having direct access to the CAD data. Read more

Layout Modeling in Autodesk Inventor
IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Changes may be inevitable, but Layout Design can help you make modifications quickly. Read more

The Best Hardware Configuration for AutoCAD 2013, Part 1: Can Your Current Workstation Handle the Upgrade?
Autodesk releases a new version of its flagship design software AutoCAD every year, as it has since AutoCAD 2004 came out in 2003. This yearly cycle poses a dilemma for CAD and IT managers because new software may require new hardware. Read the CADspeed blog post

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