Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 7)4 Mar, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff
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This Week's Software Tips
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Do you know a better way to work? 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!
Embed Multiple Action Macros into One Larger Action Macro
Tipster Brian James Lottis shares a tip to combine multiple AutoCAD action macros into one action macro to rule them all! "I came up with a great idea for the action recorder: Work in modules." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Create Multiple Leaders with the Multileader Tool
David Alexander offered a tip to create multiple leaders easily in an AutoCAD multileader object. "This is especially quick for pipe annotation, where you have multiple pipes of the same size racked together." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
AutoCAD Civil 3D Tip: Create a Custom Parts List in Civil 3D
Tip contributor Mike Thorne sent this tip for setting up customized parts lists in AutoCAD Civil 3D. "Customized parts lists can be created by first defining the default feature settings for the pipe networks, then creating a complete parts list." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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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.
Opportunities & Honors
Contest Solicits Creatively Re-Colored CAD Designs
GrabCAD and the Industrial Designers Society of America have launched the Color of Design CAD Rendering Challenge. Through March 25, 2013, participants can download any CAD model from GrabCAD's library, then develop and manipulate it, implementing color in a fresh and creative way. First prize will include a custom-built bicycle from Swedish company BIKEID.
IMAGINiT Earns Autodesk Fabrication Specialization
IMAGINiT Technologies has been awarded Autodesk's new fabrication specialization designation. The specialized designation indicates that Autodesk partner IMAGINiT has expert knowledge and has demonstrated expertise in delivering advanced customer solutions, consulting, training, and support.
Autodesk Inventor of the Month Designs Power-Charging Stoves
Autodesk has named BioLite its February Inventor of the Month for creating the portable BioLite CampStove and the larger BioLite HomeStove, which convert waste heat into electricity that can be used to charge small electronic devices. The stoves reportedly burn 90% cleaner than conventional wood-burning stoves or fires. BioLite used Autodesk 3ds Max visualization software and Simulation 360 cloud services in the design.
ZW3D Software Receives Chinese Recommendation, Launches Contest
ZWSOFT announced that its ZW3D CAD/CAM design software was recommended by the People's Republic of China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which develops and implements the nation's industrial plans, policies, and standards. ZWSOFT also launched a contest in which beta testers can enter to win a license for ZW3D 2013.
Books & Training
Pinnacle Series Personal Edition Now Online for Autodesk Training
Eagle Point Software has released the Personal Edition of its Pinnacle Series training and support resources for Autodesk products. Through the cloud-based service, users can access onscreen workflow content, cheat sheets, and videos, and receive unlimited live training and technical support.
Printers: EnvisionTEC 3Dent Printer
EnvisionTEC has unveiled its 3Dent printer for the manufacture of dental models. With a build envelope of 279 x 184 x 76 mm and a speed as fast as 10 mm per hour, 3Dent is optimized for use with EnvisionTEC's E-Denstone material. The company's selective contour photocuring technology reportedly results in dental models with the look and feel of gypsum models.
AEC: Aconex Smart Manuals
Aconex Smart Manuals aligns project information management from construction through operation and maintenance of the built asset. Aconex Smart Manuals and Aconex Digital Manuals can be used standalone for projects already in progress or integrated with the Aconex collaboration platform from project inception.
Mark Your Calendar
Best Practices in Hospital As-Built MEP Projects
March 6, 2013
1 p.m. ET
This Workflow 4.0 webinar will share best practices that participants can apply to their current or upcoming projects. Read more
Laser Scanning in Architecture — From Practice to Historical Preservation
March 12, 2013
This free Ideate event will demonstrate how LIDAR is being used in architecture, engineering, and construction for documenting existing spaces. Read more
Want To Search Better in Your Aras Innovator?
March 12, 2013
1 p.m. ET
This 45-minute webinar from Alcove9 promises to help viewers search, view, and access their own data within their work environment. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's New at Cadalyst.com
Cyon Research Wants to Know About Your CAD Use
Cyon Research, organizer of the Congress on the Future of Engineering Software (COFES), has launched its 2013 Survey of Users of Engineering Software. The 40-minute survey aims to gauge your current use of and criteria for CAD and other engineering software. Read more
Grass Valley Updates Legacy Systems with Product Lifecycle Management Solution
Broadcasting hardware manufacturer adopts Omnify Empower PLM in effort to automate and integrate its product development processes. Read more
Save Femap Layouts and Views
Femap Tips and Tricks: Specify which attributes of the user interface you want to save, and save views in the View Library. Read more
Add CNET.com to Your Library of CAD Management Resources
Get your non-CAD technology news, reviews, and software downloads from a trusted source. Read more
No-Budget CAD Management
These simple suggestions will make an impact on your workplace and don't require a dime — just your time. Read more
Select Similar Objects in AutoCAD at Lightning Speed
AutoCAD 2011 added the SelectSimilar command, which is a great feature for grabbing like objects quickly and easily. In this video from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen, you'll learn all the ins and outs of the command — including how to customize it to get the results you're after! Watch the video
Control Femap Models with Reference Groups
Femap Tips and Tricks: This capability can help with model organization and visualization control. Read more
New Product Suite Aims to Ease Operations and Maintenance Handover for Capital Projects
Aconex Smart Manuals helps contractors to organize deliverables and owners to easily access and update records. Read more
Autodesk Technical Evangelist Lynn Allen guides you through a different AutoCAD feature in every edition of her popular "Circles and Lines" tutorial series. For even more AutoCAD how-to, check out Lynn's quick tips in the Cadalyst Video Gallery. Subscribe to Cadalyst's free Tips & Tools Weekly e-newsletter and we'll notify you every time a new video tip is published. All exclusively from Cadalyst!