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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 14)

22 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! 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.)

Don't Open; Recover Instead
Bill DeShawn shares a tip that could help you fix errors in AutoCAD files before they become a problem. "Having trouble sharing drawings with users who have various releases or vertical products of AutoCAD? Here is a very important preventive practice: Never use the Open command." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Change Defpoints Layer to Something Other than Zero
Kevin E. Vaughn sent in this tip to help AutoCAD users manage the default layers 0 and defpoints. "I change the default color in layer defpoints to color 241 to differentiate it from the default color 0 in layer 0." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Export Information with the DataExtraction Command
R.T. Rinehart discusses using the AutoCAD DataExtraction tool to export specific bits of information from your drawings. "An often overlooked tool in AutoCAD that is great for drawing analysis and quantities is the DataExtraction command." View the complete tip and post your feedback.


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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Resources

Online Community Launched for SolidWorks Users
Dassault Systèmes has launched My.SolidWorks, a free, community web portal that provides access to SolidWorks content posted by two million users and more than 400 value-added resellers, according to the company. Blog posts, discussions, and videos can be filtered based on individual needs and interests. The site's social capabilities enable users to share search results.

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Deals & Freebies

3D-Tool Offers Free Trial of CAD Viewer and Converter
3D-Tool has made available a free trial of its 3D-Tool V10 Premium viewer and native CAD converter. The software enables design review, analysis of 3D models and 2D drawings, collaboration, and data exchange between CAD programs.

Free Trial of ProgeCAD 2013 Professional Now Available
ProgeCAD is offering a free 30-day trial of its newly released progeCAD 2013 Professional, which can open DWG 2013 files and is compatible with Windows 8. Improvements such as rewritten program source code make it as much as 20 times faster than previous versions in opening and saving DWG files, the company states. ProgeCAD 2013 also works with Windows 7, XP, and Vista operating systems.

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Opportunities & Honors

GrabCAD Seeks Beta Testers for Workbench
GrabCAD is enlisting beta testers for GrabCAD Workbench. The new, open-engineering platform allows users to upload any CAD model, invite collaborators, and enable those collaborators to see and comment on the 3D model in their web browsers and mobile devices. Workbench is scheduled for public availability this summer.

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Books & Training

ASCENT Releases Autodesk 2014 Training Guides
ASCENT Center for Technical Knowledge has released new Autodesk Official Training Guides for Autodesk 2014 software. The 10 training guides provide instruction for classroom settings, self-study, and as references for continuous use. Users can purchase the guides directly from the ASCENT online store.

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New Products

Service: Revit Health Check
IMAGINiT Technologies has launched Revit Health Check, a service that analyzes a client's building information modeling workflow, identifies critical process issues, and then provides an execution plan that meets the client's objectives. The service is available in every country in which IMAGINiT operates.

GIS: CatchR Systems
3D Laser Mapping has launched CatchR remote satellite monitoring systems that allow data from laser scanners and other sensors to be transmitted from inaccessible and inhospitable environments. The CatchR solutions, developed by Sweden-based Novator Solutions, include systems for water flow, depth and level monitoring, equipment status reporting, detection of toxic substances, and weather reporting.

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Mark Your Calendar

OpenRoads Technology: Immersive Modeling Parametric Design
April 25, 2013
1 p.m. ET
This online event will show how Bentley SELECTseries 3 technology combines traditional engineering workflows of plan, profile, and cross-sections with 3D modeling technology. Read more

Integrating modeFRONTIER with Sculptor
May 2, 2013
9 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET
This free webinar, hosted jointly by ESTECO and Optimal Solutions, will demonstrate the new interface between the two programs and examine some relevant case studies. Read more

RIEGL LIDAR 2013
June 25–27, 2013
Vienna, Austria
The RIEGL LIDAR 2013 International Airborne, Mobile, Terrestrial & Industrial User Conference 2013 will focus on training, development, and future applications. 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

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Epson SureColor T5000
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Webcast: Kick-Start Your CAD Workflow with 3D Scanning
Today's surveyors, engineers, and CAD technicians have access to laser-scanning tools that are as powerful as they are user friendly in their ability to process point-cloud data and significantly improve today's 3D CAD workflows. Read more


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