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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 17, No. 7)

5 Mar, 2012 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Do You Speak LISP?
When it comes to CAD code, Hot Tip Harry knows a good tip when he sees it! Use the "Submit Tip" button below to send us your LISP 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.

Display Changing Values Automatically with Fields
Frequent tipster Danny Korem shares some ideas for using fields in AutoCAD. "In many cases, you can right-click and opt for Insert Field instead of typing. Fields can display values from an object's properties (for instance, a polyline's area, a circle's radius, and so forth) in your mtext, attribute value, or table cell, and will do so even if the value changes when the file is refreshed (by Save, Regen, Plot, etc.)." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Copy a Linear Array
Tipster Hayden Clarke explains a new feature that was added to the Copy command in AutoCAD 2012. "I have stumbled across a great new feature added to the classic CO copy command." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

What's in That File?
Previously, Danny Korem sent us a tip about working with other people's AutoCAD files (CAD Tip No. 3820). This time around, our tipster expands on that idea by demonstrating a way to learn the contents of the new file. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Toggle Dimension Visibility
Tipster David Edward Gaskill shares some tips on working with busy Inventor files that have multiple sketches with a lot of dimensions. "First, turn off all dimensions on the sketches; this makes seeing the model much easier." 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

Autodesk Offers Video Clips of Sustainability Summit 2012
Autodesk has released videos of its Sustainability Summit 2012, which was held February 7. Videos include discussions from Autodesk President and CEO Carl Bass and Fortune Magazine senior writer and editor Marc Gunther. Also included is a panel of customers discussing their use of Autodesk software to design greener buildings, better manufacturing processes, water turbines, and an eco-refrigerator.

CIMdata Publishes Paper about Intelligent Templates
Research firm CIMdata released a new paper, "The Democratization of Simulation with Intelligent Templates: Realizing the Full Benefits of Simulation," on the potential for "intelligent templates" to enable product development systems. This paper is derived from a keynote presentation made by Malcolm Panthaki, founder of Comet Solutions, at CIMdata's PLM Road Map 2011 event.

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Deals & Freebies

IET Offers 20% Discount on Its E-Book Collection in March
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is offering a promotional discount of 20% off its e-book collection, which provides professionals with access to more than 300 electronic titles. Subjects include control engineering, manufacturing, management of technology, the professional applications of computing, and more. This offer will end March 31, 2012.

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Opportunities & Honors

Architecture Student Wins ArchitectsJURY Design Competition
Brendan Bakker, a graduate student at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, won the 2011 fall ArchitectsJURY competition for his entry, Skyscraper Village. Designed using ArchiCAD, the structure is intended to function as a self-contained city that supplies its own food. ArchitectsJURY is a community site for architectural students that's sponsored by Graphisoft, maker of ArchiCAD.

Tekla BIMsight Garners Most Innovative Product Award
Tekla BIMsight, a BIM (building information modeling) software application for model-based construction project cooperation, was named Experts' Choice in the Most Innovative Product Contest at the World of Concrete exhibition held in Las Vegas, Nevada. A panel of industry experts selected Tekla BIMsight in the Business Tools and Software category.

Contex HD Ultra Receives Kudos from Wide-Format Imaging
The Contex HD Ultra wide-format scanner has won Wide-Format Imaging's 2012 Top Product Award for Best Wide-Format Scanner (24 inches or more). The awards recognize breakthrough products that are a valuable asset to the wide-format industry. Contex develops large-format scanning and imaging hardware and software.

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Mark Your Calendar

Smart Web Editing and Workflow Optimization
March 6, 2012
10 a.m. ET
At this Intergraph webinar, attendees can learn about the GIS software GeoMedia Smart Client. Read more

Riverbed Performance Summit
March 7–28, 2012
Various cities
At this event attendees will hear about technology and software from Riverbed, including Steelhead, which can be used for CAD application acceleration. Read more

PopIcon — Make Your Revit Rock!
March 13, 2012
Seattle, Washington
This lecture from Ideate will introduce PopIcon software, a new API (application programming interface) that improves productivity for both model building and documentation. Read more

Australian Autodesk University Extension Summit
March 13–23, 2012
Various cities
IMAGINiT and ADA CADPartners will present this event for manufacturing, architecture, and building professionals in four Australian cities. Read more

Eliminate the Madness in Your Product Development
March 20–28, 2012
Various cities
These events from Graphics Systems will provide attendees with an opportunity to see how experts solve common issues in product development. Read more

Lead the Way with Better Design
March 29, 2012
9 a.m. PT
This free, virtual event from Autodesk will comprise a general session about the company's software suites strategy and product portfolio in addition to industry-specific webcasts. Read more

CAESAR II Productivity Training
April 9–November 12, 2012
Houston, Texas
These training courses from Intergraph will provide attendees with knowledge on static and dynamic piping design considerations based on real-world case studies. 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

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Uniquely designed workstation offers extreme speed that justifies its price tag. Read more

Trimble's Ruggedized Juno Takes GIS on a Field Trip
The third-generation handheld device combines positioning, imaging, and communications tools in one pocket-sized package for asset management and data collection. Read more

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Improve Autodesk Inventor Template Files
These simple changes can save you time when you start new part, assembly, and presentation files. Read more


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