Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 13)

15 Apr, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff

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! With our current contest, 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.)

Use Quick Select to Check a Drawing's Contents
Tipster Tawfik Shehata shares a trick that uses AutoCAD's Quick Select tool to check a drawing's contents. In addition to all the regular benefits of using Quick Select, you can also use it to quickly check some contents in busy drawings — especially those provided by others. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Named Views Hold Many Surprises
Danny Korem discovered that AutoCAD's saved named views save more than just the displayed view. "Named views are great," said Cadalyst tip reviewer Brian Benton, "and can serve many purposes." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Construction Lines and Rays
Cadalyst tip reviewer Brian Benton reminds us that AutoCAD has other line objects called construction lines (or xlines) and rays that we can use when making our drawings. Xlines, or construction lines, extend through two defined points in both directions onto infinity. A ray is a line extending in one direction from a starting point through a second point to infinity. 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.

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Opportunities & Honors

Registrations Now Accepted for EdgeWise Building Beta Program
A beta program coming in summer 2013 will allow users to try out EdgeWise Building v3, which incorporates new algorithms that can identify and extract common building features from point clouds and automatically create Revit family objects. All those interested in participating should send an e-mail stating their interest in the beta program.

Siemens PLM Software Named a GM 2012 Supplier of the Year
For the fifth time, Siemens's product lifecycle management (PLM) software business unit has been named one of General Motors' best global automotive suppliers. Siemens supplies GM with a comprehensive set of integrated software, services, and expertise to help automate the automaker's product lifecycle process.

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New Products

AEC: Navigator Mobile
Bentley has released Navigator Mobile for reviewing AEC models on mobile devices. Users can navigate in 3D using touch gestures to zoom, walk, and fly through models. The free app uses mobile i-models, which reportedly can include content from any common AEC design application. Navigator Mobile is available through the iTunes App Store.

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Mark Your Calendar

BIM Solutions for Healthcare
April 26, 2013
11 a.m. CT
Autodesk reseller Hagerman & Company will host this webinar about improving patient care and addressing business challenges with Autodesk building information modeling (BIM) and simulation solutions. Read more

Architectural Visualization of ArchiCAD Models Using Artlantis
April 30, 2013
12 Noon ET
Graphisoft will present this online seminar, which will focus on architectural visualization using Artlantis 3D rendering software. Read more

Geo South
May 1–2, 2013
London, United Kingdom
At this free event, geographic information professionals can learn from seminars, network with other attendees, meet with equipment and service suppliers, and more. Read more

RAPID 2013
June 10–13, 2013
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The RAPID conference and exhibition, sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, is billed as North America's definitive additive manufacturing event. Read more

Crystal Clear BIM
June 17–18, 2013
London, United Kingdom
A two-day conference presented by Amtech Group will focus on the practical aspects of implementing and engaging with building information modeling (BIM). Read more

British Cartographic Society's 50th Annual Symposium
September 4–6, 2013
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Part of a year-long celebration of mapmaking, the theme of the anniversary symposium will be the organization's vision for the future of cartography. Read more

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to

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Take 3D CAD Survey; Enter to Win Cadalyst Subscription
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Pillar of the CAD Community
Cadalyst's CAD Tips are made possible through the efforts of many readers — and one very hard-working reviewer, Brian Benton. Read more

CAD Manager's Toolbox: Persistence is Critical to CAD Management Success
Making progress in this role demands focus and dogged determination. Read more

Don't Get Caught in the Tool Worship Trap
In your quest to gain management support for new software, begin with a lesson in reality. Read more

Time-Saving AutoCAD Hatch Tips
Chances are, if you're working in AutoCAD, you're doing some sort of hatching. But are you making the most of hatch tools? Watch the video

New Tool Automatically Tunes Dell Workstations
Dell this week introduced a new tool that caught our eye: the Dell Precision Performance Optimizer (DPPO). Read more

Solid State Drives for CAD Workstations
Hard drives, and SA-SCSI drives especially, face growing competition from a new breed of storage device: the solid-state drive (SSD). Read the CADspeed blog post

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