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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 17, No. 41)

26 Nov, 2012 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Hot Tip Harry Is Looking for LISP
Hot Tip Harry is always keeping an eye out for the best CAD code! Use the "Submit Tip" button below to send us your AutoLISP 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.

Print Your Whole Title Block
Tipster C. Frank Kellogg shares a method for making sure your AutoCAD drawings print fully. "Getting your drawings to print correctly is one of the most important aspects of a CAD user's job," commented Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton. "Even if you create the most perfect design ever, if you can't present that information to your client (typically in printed form), then your design is worthless. Printing is that important." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Adjust Snap Behavior with the Legacy Option
Frequent tipster Danny Korem shares a tip about setting up the AutoCAD 2013 Snap functionality in a way that makes using it more comfortable. "I've been using AutoCAD for some time, but it's only since adopting AutoCAD 2013 that I have finally convinced myself to use the Snap functionality." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Use AttIn and AttOut to Modify Attributed Block Information
Nicholas Thompson explains how to use AutoCAD Express Tools to populate attributes in blocks easily. "I use Express Tools for extracting information from attributes, editing it in Excel, and reimporting it. This can be done for any attributed block, but I tend to use it to place bills of material (BOM) on the drawing." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Clickable Items in the Command Line in AutoCAD 2013
Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton shared a tip about a new feature added to AutoCAD 2013: clickable items in the Command line. "AutoCAD 2013 made a change to the Command line. Users can now click the options that are available for specific commands." 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's CAD 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

Civil and Construction CAD Report Forecasts Growth
A new report from market research firm Technavio, "Global CAD Market in the Civil and Construction Industry 2011–2015" ($1,500), estimates that the global CAD market in the civil and construction industries will see a compounded annual growth rate of 7.05%. The analysis explores trends such as the expansion of cloud-based CAD solutions and the increasing availability of open-source CAD software.

Knovel Upgrades Its Engineering Unit Converter
Knovel, a web-based resource for the engineering community, has enhanced its engineering unit converter by adding new features, additional units, and a full-fledged math engine. The freely accessible Knovel Unit Converter enables engineers to create custom units by selecting and combining appropriate units from the library.

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Deals & Freebies

KeyShot v3 and PTC Creo v2 Academic Edition Available as Bundle
Luxion and PTC are offering students, faculty, and staff Luxion's KeyShot v3 3D rendering and animation software bundled with PTC's Creo v2 product design software. The bundle ($295), which comes with full versions of both products, is available in the PTC Web Store. Users can design their 3D models in Creo and import those files directly into KeyShot.

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Opportunities & Honors

Call for Presentations Opens for PTC User Event
Product design software provider PTC is accepting presentation proposals for PTC Live Global (formerly PlanetPTC Live), to be held June 9–13, 2013, in Anaheim, California. Experienced PTC product users are invited to submit proposals that focus on best practices, case studies, or innovation, until January 11, 2013.

Siemens PLM Software Named China's Best CAE Supplier for 2012
PLM (product lifecycle management) software provider Siemens PLM Software was named 2012 China's Best CAE (computer-aided engineering) Supplier at the eighth annual China CAE Conference. The award was given for the company's NX set of solutions, which integrate multidiscipline simulation capability with PLM.

2012 Spark Awards Honor Product and Industrial Designers
Spark:Product, one of four Spark Design Awards competitions, has announced its design award winners. The highest award went to "See Better to Learn Better," a free eyeglasses program for children, by Yves Béhar of Fuseproject in San Francisco. The eyewear is designed to be rugged, customizable, and fun.

Mastercam Competition Challenges Product Design Students
CNC Software has opened its 2013 Mastercam Innovator of the Future national competition. Participants are required to use a licensed copy of Mastercam software to design and machine a connecting rod, racing wheel, or short shifter. Anyone who is 16 to 25 years old and has access to a machine shop may enter. Entries must be received by May 15, 2013.

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Books & Training

Sybex and Video2brain Offer Autodesk Learning Video Series
Sybex, an imprint of Wiley, has teamed with video2brain, an online video training company, to offer a new series of Autodesk software training videos. Available as DVDs or downloadable files, each video training course ($80) contains more than seven hours of instruction to help users become proficient in AutoCAD 2013, Revit 2013, or Maya 2013.

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New Products

AEC: iConstruct Lite and iConstruct Clash Management Suite
Ideate will release two new iConstruct packages this week: The entry-level iConstruct Lite ($990) contains the core suite of five iConstruct BIM (building information modeling) tools for data management within Autodesk Navisworks. The iConstruct Clash Management Suite ($990) is designed to complement Navisworks' Clash Detection functionality.

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Mark Your Calendar

Using Open-Source Concepts to Accelerate the Development of Your Applications
December 6, 2013
7 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT
This Infinite Z webinar will demonstrate zSpace Concepts, which allows developers to import their own 3D models and interact with them through a UI toolkit. 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

Create 3D Models with MAP-21 Requirements Using Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler
Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler, part of the Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite, Premium and Ultimate editions, is civil infrastructure software developed to enable planners, engineers, and designers to model existing infrastructure and import detailed models in order to create realistic 3D models of the environment. Read the CADspeed blog post

GIS Helps Keep Participants Safe at London Olympics
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency develops web mapping and analysis tools to enhance security during and after the event. Read more

Bentley's GenerativeComponents Helps Architects Push the Limits of Building Design
Be Inspired Awards finalists incorporate complex curtain walls and swooping ceiling forms that are made easier thanks to the software. Read more

Get More Information from Your CAD Users
CAD Manager's Toolbox: There are some things that we adults can learn from a three-year-old — and one of those is the power of asking, "Why?" Read more


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