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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol.15, No. 8)

8 Mar, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Load Script Files into Multiple AutoCAD Files
Kevin Graham needed to load script files into AutoCAD, so he discovered a quick way to run a script on single or multiple AutoCAD drawings. "I tried dragging the script file directly into the AutoCAD window — and to my surprise, it worked!" View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Change All Entities to the Bylayer Color
Patrick Emin sends us a workaround method to set all of the objects in a file to Bylayer. "You can use the Laytrans command to perform this conversion. Load the same drawing as the current drawing in the target field, and select the options to assign the layers to the same layer names in the target." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Disable a Pesky Pedit Prompt
Paul Owens, a CAD systems administrator, dislikes unnecessary prompts. Here is his tip on dealing with one such annoyance. "If you find this extra prompt to be a waste of your valuable time, then be sure to set the PeditAccept system variable to 1." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Reduce File Size by Removing 3D Object History
Raymond Gomez sends us a tip on reducing the file sizes of drawings that comprise 3D objects. "When you create 3D solids, a record of the history of their original form stays with the model. The Brep command erases that history, and the file size shrinks greatly." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

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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 by Cadalyst staff and the Tip Patrol before publication. Use all tips at your own discretion, please. We're sorry, but editors and Tip Patrol members cannot provide assistance with technical problems; please refer to Cadalyst's Hot Tip Harry-Help discussion forum for assistance with AutoLISP and other AutoCAD customization questions.

Sincere thanks to our volunteer Tip Patrol members: Brian Benton, Don Boyer,
Mitchell Hirschklau, R.K. McSwain, and Billy Wooten.

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Deals & Freebies

Free Trial of 64-bit PDXpert PLM Software Available
Users can download a fully functional evaluation version of PDXpert PLM (product lifecycle management) software from PLM solution provider Active Sensing. The company has introduced a 64-bit native version of the software that runs in true Windows 64-bit mode; the 32-bit and 64-bit versions may be intermixed on the same network.

Register Now for SmartGeometry Conference Discount
Bentley Systems' SmartGeometry 2010 Conference, to be held March 23–24, 2010, in Barcelona, Spain, is offering a 15% discount on full conference registration. To qualify for the discount, attendees must register before March 16 and either register with a friend (use code SGFRND10 when registering) or hold membership in a professional architectural or engineering association (use code SGAST10).

CAD Schroer Discounts STHENO/PRO Drafting System by 75%
Software and systems vendor CAD Schroer is offering a 30-day free trial license of STHENO/PRO, a multi-platform drafting package. Trial users can then upgrade to one of four fully licensed STHENO/PRO packages for about 25% of the list price, as long as the order is made by April 15, 2010.

Lattice Technology Offers Free Trial of 3D Spreadsheet Software
Lattice Technology, a provider of mockup and technical documentation software, has made available a free 30-day trial of Lattice3D Reporter v3.1. This is the latest version of the application, which embeds 3D, BOM (bill of materials), and related data in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.

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Mastering Revit 2009 book by Paul F. Aubin

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Opportunities & Honors

Autodesk Honors VARs on Silver Anniversary
Autodesk has honored ten international value-added resellers (VARs) for providing "25 years of outstanding commitment to sales and customer service as Autodesk partners." They include Cideon (Germany); Man and Machine (United Kingdom, Germany, France); Peterschinegg (Austria); Studica (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Brazil); and Eberhard Systems, Mid-West CAD, Synergis Technologies, Teaching Systems, Technical Training Aids, and Varitronics (U.S. regions).

Avatech Solutions Supports Autodesk's Product Specification Service
Avatech Solutions, a professional services company for design and engineering technologies, has been designated an Autodesk Seek Content Service Provider. This designation recognizes Avatech's role in helping building product manufacturers develop 3D models of their products for inclusion into digital building information models.

E-on Software Issues Call for Show Reel Submission
E-on software, a maker of solutions for natural 3D environments, is accepting submissions for its 2010 show reel until May 14. The company is inviting all Vue artists to submit recent commercial projects that involved Vue or Ozone, including architectural walkthroughs or other commercial animation projects such as commercials or cinematic gaming.

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Expert CAD Manager book by Robert Green

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Books & Training

New Book Explores Safety and Economics of Cloud Computing
Risk-management firm IT Governance has published Above the Clouds: Managing Risk in the World of Cloud Computing, written by Kevin T. McDonald. The author, a cybersecurity analyst for ICF International, asserts that cloud computing does not necessarily offer weaker data protection than an in-house server. The book is available in paperback and e-book formats.

CIMdata Offers PLM Certificate Program in Germany
CIMdata, a PLM (product lifecycle management) consulting and research firm, will conduct its next PLM Certificate Program in Neumarkt, Germany, May 3–7, 2010. The assessment-based training program includes individual and team-based exercises, and individual evaluations of achievement.

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Mark Your Calendar

BIM Basics — The Fundamentals of BIM
March 12, 2010
Charlotte, North Carolina
This free, three-hour BIM (building information modeling) training session is intended to help out-of-work architects upgrade their credentials. The session will cover ArchiCAD basics, BIM principles, virtual modeling, and integrated product delivery. Read more

Technology Day Workshops for Adams, Marc, and MD Nastran
March 16–18, 2010
Santa Ana, California
These workshops are designed for analysts and design engineers interested in learning how to work with Adams, Marc, or MD Nastran. Read more

Developing a Design Simulation Framework
May 12, 2010
Cincinnati, Ohio
Industry analysts from CPDA (Collaborative Product Development Associates) and members of CPDA's Design/Simulation Council will participate in this one-day workshop, which will explore the latest thinking on the critical issues facing design and simulation. 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

Free Cadalyst Benchmark: Evaluate Your Hardware Performance
Evaluate the performance of your workstations running AutoCAD (2000-2010) using the Cadalyst Benchmark Test c2010. Use our free download to compare your hardware with the latest systems on the market today, or compare performance before and after a system upgrade. Sponsored by Intel.

Please Pass the Parametrics
AutoCAD users can finally enjoy the benefits provided by geometric constraints: easier drawing and editing. Read more

Computer-Aided EcoDesign
Sustainable design tools are springing up all over the building industry, and green options are taking root in product design as well. Read more

User Review: InspectionXpert First-Article 2010
CAD-based tool for quality-inspection reporting allows one person to do the work of five and still meet the demands of customers. Read more


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