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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 17, No. 43)

10 Dec, 2012 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Tips for the Holidays
Feeling generous this time of year? Why not take a few minutes to share your tips — for AutoCAD or any other CAD software tool — with your fellow CAD users. And when you give, you'll also receive: 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!

Recreate INITDIA for AutoLISP
Veteran tipster Leonid Nemirovsky shares a tip about using the INITDIA variable in AutoCAD-based LISP routines. "INITDIA is an AutoLISP function that forces the display of the next command's dialog box," explained Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Attach Multiple Xrefs
Tipster James J. Olszewski shares a trick that allows users to insert more than one xref file at a time in AutoCAD. "Hard to believe after all these years, but I only recently discovered that indeed you can attach more than one xref at a time." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Edit in the Maximized Viewport Environment, Part 2
Frequent tipster Danny Korem expands on a previous AutoCAD tip he submitted, "Edit in the Maximized Viewport Environment." "I know of many users who prefer to work this way," commented Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton. "They are more comfortable, and they do not fear accidental zooms or pans." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Add PDFs to Your Sheet Set
Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton shares a tip on how to get PDF files to show up in your AutoCAD sheet set. "AutoCAD has sheet sets, which help you organize your drawing set files and provide a managing tool for those files. Because it's AutoCAD-based, it can handle only AutoCAD (DWG) files. Sometimes, though, I get third-party drawings for my set in the form of PDFs, not DWGs. That's a problem when I want to print the entire set of drawings." 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

AVEVA Paper Posits Five Requirements for Plant Revamp
Engineering software provider AVEVA has published a new business paper that lists the company's top five recommendations for anyone considering using 3D laser surveys in plant revamp projects. The paper, "Lighting the Way," is available for free download to those who register.

Review Paper from CIMdata Examines PTC Windchill
PLM (product lifecycle management) research firm CIMdata has published a whitepaper that reports its research on PTC Windchill v10 and Windchill v10.1. The paper, "PTC Windchill Program Review," focuses on the improvements PTC has made in the past few years. Anyone can register and download the free paper at CIMdata's web site.

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Deals & Freebies

CadFaster Updates Two Free Plugins and iPad App
CadFaster has updated its Bentley SELECTseries 3 plugin to support mobile viewing of large DGN files when used in conjunction with its updated iPad app. CadFaster has also updated its Revit 2013 plugin to support mobile viewing of large Revit models, also used in conjunction with the updated iPad app. Both plugins support high-security corporate proxy servers.

BOXX Offers 10% Off XTREME Workstations
BOXX Technologies is offering a coupon for 10% off to anyone who purchases a 3DBOXX XTREME workstation by December 21, 2012. BOXX Technologies produces graphic workstations and rendering systems for media and entertainment, architecture, engineering, and other applications.

Dassault Systèmes Extends Free SolidWorks Upgrade Offer
Dassault Systèmes has extended through December 21, 2012, its offer of an instant upgrade at no extra cost with the purchase of SolidWorks 3D modeling software. Buyers can save as much as $5,000, according to the company.

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Opportunities & Honors

Revit Technology Conference Call for Abstracts Closing Soon
Organizers of the July 2013 Revit Technology Conference (RTC) in Vancouver, Canada, have issued a reminder that the call for abstracts for RTC 2013 North America will close on December 17, 2012.

Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference Issues Call for Papers
The Coordinate Metrology Society has announced the call for papers for the twenty-ninth annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference, to be held in July 2013 in San Diego, California. Measurement professionals in manufacturing, science research, and academia are invited to submit abstracts by March 15, 2013.

Autodesk Recognizes Students for Green Concept Car Design
Students at Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico City have garnered the Autodesk November Inventor of the Month honor for developing the Aurora concept car, which is powered by hybrid technologies. Winners Julio Valenzuela, Monserrat González, Pablo Ramírez, and Carlos Vásquez used Autodesk software to design and model the Aurora.

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Mark Your Calendar

Flow Simulation
December 11, 2012
11 a.m. ET
This FISHER/UNITECH webcast will discuss the general capabilities of SolidWorks Flow and its companion modules for HVAC and electronics. Read more

Introduction to Solidworks Electrical
December 12, 2012
10 a.m. ET
In this webinar, FISHER/UNITECH engineers will walk participants through the basics of SolidWorks Electrical. Read more

Aras VPLM for Autodesk Vault
December 12, 2012
11 a.m. ET
PLM software provider Aras will sponsor this free webinar to help Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD users develop their PLM initiatives while maintaining their CAD engineering design processes. Read more

Creating Lifelike Interactive Experiences with 3DVIA
December 13, 2012
10 a.m. ET
This webcast will demonstrate how to harness existing 3D designs to create interactive, lifelike experiences. Read more

RTC (Revit Technology Conference) 2013 North America
July 11–13, 2013
Vancouver, Canada
The 2013 conference will offer an opening plenary session and keynote address, followed by multiple concurrent sessions over three days. 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

Autodesk and the Cloud, Part 1: Customers 'Absolutely' Will Have a Choice
At Autodesk University 2012, CEO Carl Bass says desktop tools are not going away — for now — and users should move to online apps only if it makes good business sense. Read more

DraftSight v1R2.1
First Look Review: CAD software has AutoCAD-like interface, views and edits DWG files, and is easy on the budget — that is, free. Read more

IMAGINiT Clarity for Autodesk Revit Server
First Look Review: Manage your Revit Server, projects, and team members; automate tasks; and collaborate with users in multiple locations — for a price. Read more

Lunar Architecture Becomes Feasible with 3D Printing
Space may be the next frontier for construction. Read more


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