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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 12)

8 Apr, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff


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This Week's Software Tips

Earn Bonus Prize Money for Published CAD Tips!
Have you been thinking about submitting an AutoCAD tip or "Hot Tip Harry" code? Well, there's no time like the present! Starting today, tips accepted for publication will earn bonus money to spend in the Cadalyst Store: $25 for newsletter tips and $40 for "Hot Tip Harry." Use the "Submit Tip" button below to send your tip today! (Contest expires after ten bonus payments or on April 30, 2013, whichever comes first. Limit one bonus payment per author.)

LISP Routine to Toggle Menu Bar, Ribbon, and Wipeout Frames
Tipster Benzigar Peter offers an AutoCAD LISP routine that toggles several user interface settings on and off. "A great and useful routine from Leonid Nemirovsky prompted me to add more teeth to it." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Easily Draw Midpoint between Two Points
Perry Pattiz sent this AutoCAD osnap tip that will help you find the midpoint between two points without drawing construction lines. "I frequently want to move an item or draw a line halfway between two points and formerly would draw a construction line, pick the midpoint, and then erase the line afterward." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

CATIA Tip: Use the 3D XML Format with CATIA V5's FTA Workbench
Mark Mason of Maverick Solutions shares a video tip about how to use the 3D XML viewer alongside CATIA V5's FTA workbench. The free 3D XML player is available on Dassault Syst´┐Żmes' web site.

March Tips from Hot Tip Harry
Have you been looking for last month's LISP tips? It's never too late to check out Hot Tip Harry's great code for customizing AutoCAD!

  • Divide Ellipses
  • Format Dates in LISP Routines
  • Change the UCS Quickly
  • Find Strings in Files
  • Attach Multiple Xrefs

Submit Your Tip

Review Cadalyst's Tip Submission Guidelines, then Submit Your Tip for your favorite CAD software. Be sure to tell us which software version you use. 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 submit only tips or code that are your original work. By submitting code, you grant Cadalyst the right to print and distribute your tip in print, digitally, and by other means. Cadalyst and individual authors retain all rights to submitted tips.

By submitting code, you agree that your code can be reused as-is or modified by other users in conjunction with AutoCAD or other software programs to gain efficiencies in that software for professional or personal use, and that your code can be shared freely among users. Users do not have the right to republish code in any manner or format (such as on a blog web site or in a printed document) for personal or commercial gain without written permission from Cadalyst and the original author.

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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Deals & Freebies

Bentley Systems Offers Discounts to Local Government Agencies
Through July 30, 2013, Bentley is offering local government agencies discounts of 25% off the company's transportation software and 30% off Bentley LEARN Passport training subscriptions. The discounts are given to assist agencies taking advantage of the U.S. Department of Transportation's MAP-21 act, which provides funding for surface transportation programs.

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Opportunities & Honors

EUROCOM Panther Wins Intel Form Factor Innovation Award
Workstation developer Eurocom has won the Intel 2013 Form Factor Solution Innovation Award for its Panther platform, which combines server and workstation capability in a 12-pound form factor. The award reportedly is given to companies that deliver the most innovative mobile solution based on Intel technology.

Contex HD Ultra Receives Wide-Format Imaging Award
For the second consecutive year, the Contex HD Ultra wide-format scanner has been named best scanner (24"+) at the Wide-Format Imaging 2013 Top Product Awards. The HD Ultra scans up to 8 inches per second in color, and features intelligent document size detection and automated paper thickness control.

Autodesk University 2013 Issues Call for Proposals
Autodesk University has put out a call for experienced presenters who can share creative ways to integrate and use Autodesk software, processes that make company workflows more efficient, or ideas about where their industry is headed. Proposals may be submitted between April 23 and May 19.

Stratasys Names Winners of Extreme Redesign Contest
Stratasys, a manufacturer of 3D printers, announced the winners of its ninth annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge for students. Contestants were challenged to submit an innovative product design, a redesign of an existing product, or an original work of art or architecture. The top three winners will receive $2,500 or $1,000 scholarships.

Applied Software Wins 2013 Autodesk Platinum Club Award
Applied Software, an Autodesk Platinum Partner, received the 2013 Autodesk Platinum Club award for new product revenue growth year to year. In 2012, the company won the Platinum Club award for marketing, and in 2011 for reseller of the year. This year's win marks the seventh year that Applied Software has achieved the Autodesk Platinum Club honor.

Take 3D CAD Survey; Enter to Win Cadalyst Subscription
In today's highly competitive manufacturing market, 3D modeling can be a key to success. But are you tapping all its potential? How do you compare with your competition? Take the 15-minute 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Survey from Lifecycle Insights. You'll receive a copy of the report, and we'll automatically enter your name in a drawing on April 29 to win an annual subscription to Cadalyst magazine ($44 value; U.S. delivery only).

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New Products

CAD: ASCON SubDivFormer
ASCON Group has released a new application for 3D modeling on mobile devices running the Android operating system v2.3.3 or higher. The app, called SubDivFormer, is based on subdivision surface technology, in which the model is described by a network of reference points. SubDivFormer is available free through the Google Play store.

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Mark Your Calendar

Bentley Descartes V8i (SELECTseries 4)
April 10, 2013
12 Noon ET
Participants in this Bentley Systems webinar will learn about advanced point-cloud processing in the new standalone version of Bentley Descartes software. Read more

Using Optimus with Sculptor to Get the Best Value from Your CFD Simulations
April 11, 2013
9 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET
Noesis will present this webinar, which will show how to save time and effort by using Sculptor and Optimus with the user's computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code. Read more

Top Reasons Why Multi-CAD Management Fails
April 18, 2013
11 a.m. ET
This webcast, presented by Aras, will delve into the leading causes why multi-CAD file management systems fail and offer practical solutions for achieving success. Read more

Smartgeometry 2013 Conference
April 19–20, 2013
London, United Kingdom
This Bentley Systems–sponsored conference will include presentations by renowned computational design leaders about applying generative design for building. Read more

3D Scanning for CAD
April 30, 2013
11 a.m. PT
This NextEngine webinar will show viewers how to create usable models for CAD programs such as SolidWorks, Creo, and Inventor. 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

Take 3D CAD Survey; Enter to Win Cadalyst Subscription
In today's highly competitive manufacturing market, 3D modeling can be a key to success. But are you tapping all its potential? How do you compare with your competition? Take the 15-minute 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Survey from Lifecycle Insights. You'll receive a copy of the report, and we'll automatically enter your name in a drawing on April 29 to win an annual subscription to Cadalyst magazine ($44 value; U.S. delivery only).

NVIDIA GRID Appliance Designed to Speed 3D Modeling, Rendering for SMBs
New turnkey system can simultaneously support as many as 16 users of Autodesk Design Suites, SolidWorks, and Adobe Creative Suite. Read more

Femap Tips and Tricks: Assign Shortcut Keys to Custom Programs in Femap
Save time by performing a repeated sequence of commands with just a couple of keystrokes. Read more

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Create Custom Autodesk Inventor Part Templates
Instead of starting from scratch whenever you need a common part, save yourself some modeling time with custom templates. Read more

Bentley Systems Achieves 2012 Growth Target
Despite a sluggish global economy, the infrastructure solutions developer continues to expand, particularly in the Middle East and Africa. Read more

Customize AutoCAD through Programming
Learn how to search for text and modify layers with Visual Studio.NET. Read more

Have It Your Way
Tech Trends: Mass-customization depends on parametric modeling to deliver made-to-order goods in less time and at less cost than one might have ever imagined. Read more


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