Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 1)7 Jan, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Start the New Year with New Tips
Make a resolution to share your tips — for AutoCAD or any other CAD software tool — with your fellow CAD users. 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!
Quickly Create an Anonymous Block in AutoCAD
Tip guru Leonid Nemirovsky gives us a quick way to create blocks in AutoCAD out of selected linework. "This is a very useful trick," said Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton. "Making a block can be cumbersome at times. But if all of the linework is there, it is very easy to do." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Don't Overlook the Settings
Tipster Maria Tzanetakou reminds us that many AutoCAD commands have more options available to us after we start the command. "Old-fashioned leaders are still useful, and full of options. We sometimes forget the settings options for many commands, both new and old." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Attach Drawings with Sheet Sets
Frequent tipster Danny Korem shared a way to create drawings using sheet sets and saved views in AutoCAD. "Sheet sets are very powerful," noted Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton. "They are more than just a way to print out your set." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Synchronize Working Folders Automatically
In his second tip of the week, Danny Korem explains how to keep users' files current if they have to work offline from the company network. "This is really a Windows tip and not a CAD tip, but it is one many CAD users can take advantage of," said Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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Free PTC Ebook Offers CAD File Sharing Solutions
According to a new ebook, Multi-CAD Data, Unified Design, a recent survey found the biggest problems for team members working on CAD models occur in importing and modifying data from other design tools. Author Chad Jackson identifies three tools that can facilitate working with imported files. CAD users can register to download the free book from PTC.
Noesis Whitepaper Introduces Design-by-Objective Engineering
A free new whitepaper from Noesis Solutions describes a design approach the company calls "Engineer by Objective," based on PIDO (process integration and design optimization) technologies. Using the company's Optimus software, PIDO reportedly enhances the power of virtual prototyping by automating trial-and-error, simulation-based design processes.
Deals & Freebies
LizardTech Updates GeoViewer for iOS Devices
LizardTech, a provider of geospatial software, has released an update to its free GeoViewer application for Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, which enables users to view their imagery in MrSID and JPEG 2000 formats. GeoViewer 2.0 for iOS includes measurement functionality and geolocation support; WMS support is available through the application for $4.99.
Opportunities & Honors
Nemetschek Opens Eighth User Contest for Structural Engineers
Customers of the Nemetschek Structural Group are invited to participate in the Nemetschek Structural User Contest 2013, which is open January 1 through March 31, 2013. Participants can submit completed projects or those still in progress, provided the designs are complete.
Mechanical CAD Community Issues Design Challenge
A design challenge hosted by mechanical CAD community GrabCAD invites engineers to design a steering wheel for a supersonic racing car. Entries must be submitted by January 31, 2013. The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and a free pass to the Product Innovation Congress, to be held February 19–20 in Berlin. Winners will be announced in February.
Mark Your Calendar
RealFlow 2013: A Fluid Revolution
January 9, 2013
11 a.m. PT
This Novedge webinar will guide viewers through some of the new features of RealFlow 2013 simulation technology. Read more
Let's Go Design: Machinery and Industrial Equipment
January 14, 2013
2 p.m. ET
This hour-long webcast from Fisher/Unitech will demonstrate how SolidWorks helps users fulfill the unique needs of the machine design industries. Read more
Documenting Products with 3DVIA Composer
January 17, 2013
10 a.m. ET
This Fisher/Unitech webcast will show viewers how to create up-to-date documentation from engineering models. 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.
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Create 3D Sketches from 2D Sketches in Autodesk Inventor
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Protect Sensitive Data With Easy, Secure Data Image Overwrite for Your Large Format Devices
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In her easy-to-follow, friendly style, long-time Cadalyst contributing editor and Autodesk Technical Evangelist Lynn Allen guides you through a new feature or time-saving trick in every episode of her popular AutoCAD video tips. Subscribe to the free Cadalyst Video Picks newsletter and we'll notify you every time a new video tip is published. All exclusively from Cadalyst!