Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 17)13 May, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Hot Tip Harry Is Looking for LISP
Hot Tip Harry is always keeping an eye out for the best CAD code! Use the "Submit Tip" button below to send us your AutoLISP routines. If we publish your tip, you'll earn a $25 gift card you can use to purchase a T-shirt or other prizes in the Cadalyst Store.
Use Custom Menu Files for Viewport Scale Management
Mel Rosenow, an architectural technologist, has created two custom menus for AutoCAD that allow users to quickly apply scale settings to a viewport. "I created these scale menus so that once I have this scale factor shown, I can determine which proper scale is the closest, then adjust my viewport accordingly." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Make the Running Object Snap Modes Work for You
Tipster Tawfik Shehata shares several tips on using AutoCAD running object snaps. "Most, if not all, of AutoCAD users use running object snaps (osnaps) to keep their frequently used snaps active during commands. Deciding on which running snap modes to enable can be tricky, and if not set adequately to your drafting needs they may end up working against you." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Revit Tip: Make an Individual Revit File from a Central File
Tipster Andrew Corley needed to make an individual Autodesk Revit file out of a central Revit file; here's what he discovered. "This is most useful for those in the construction industry who are not involved in the design process." 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.
DataCAD Launches YouTube Channel
DataCAD has created an official channel on YouTube for DataCAD-related videos. Viewers can choose from videos on more than 30 topics, including Creating and Inserting PDFs, Introduction to Polylines, and Render by Layer or Color. The company plans to add more videos covering DataCAD's newer features.
Deals & Freebies
Siemens Updates Teamcenter Mobility App, Makes It Free
Siemens PLM Software has released Teamcenter Mobility 3.2 and Teamcenter AppShare 2.0. Both mobile PLM (product lifecycle management) apps are free and available for download from the Apple App Store. Teamcenter Mobility 3.2 gives Teamcenter Reporting & Analytics licensees access to project dashboards. Teamcenter AppShare 2.0 extends access to online conferences to the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Autodesk Announces Free 3D Computer Graphics Courses
Autodesk has announced the second part of its free, two-part Udacity course that teaches participants the basic principles of 3D computer graphics. The course will focus on real-time rendering and animation, and will comprise YouTube lectures, interactive 3D demos, questions, and in-browser programming exercises. The self-paced course is equivalent to 10 weeks of college work.
CAD Garage Offers 20% Off SmartParts Object Libraries for ArchiCAD
Until June 16, 2013, CAD Garage customers can save 20% when purchasing D3 SmartParts libraries and bundles for GRAPHISOFT's ArchiCAD BIM solution. SmartParts objects (available for versions 10–16) allow users to customize designs with highly parametric ArchiCAD GDL objects including architectural details, office and retail furniture, unique stairs, doors, windows, and more.
ElectroMagneticWorks Puts SolidWorks Add-Ins On Sale
ElectroMagneticWorks, which provides electromagnetic and magnetic software and simulation tools as add-ins to SolidWorks, is running a May 2013 promotion of 20% off all EMS and HFWorks purchases. EMS and HFWorks are based on the finite element method and together cover a range of electromagnetics applications operating at DC, AC, RF, microwave, and wireless frequencies.
Opportunities & Honors
Ultimaker and GrabCAD Launch 3D-Printable Toy Challenge
GrabCAD, a mechanical engineering community, is collaborating with Ultimaker, which provides personal fabrication kits, to sponsor the Design 3D-Printable Toy Challenge. Participants can submit designs for kids' toys that can be created with Ultimaker 3D printers. The top five designs will each win an Ultimaker 3D printer. The Challenge lasts until June 3, 2013.
Fall 2013 BIMForum Accepting Presentation Proposals until June 14
The Fall 2013 BIMForum will examine the issues, advantages, and challenges with using BIM for prefabricating building systems and constructing modular building sections. Conference organizers are interested in presentation proposals on topics including, "How does the use of prefab and modular building change design decisions and process?"
BEST4 Technical Committee Issues Call for Papers
The Technical Committee of the fourth Building Enclosure Science and Technology Conference (BEST4) is now accepting abstracts of papers to be considered for presentation at the 2015 event. The conference will address critical issues related to the performance of the building enclosure, in conjunction with whole building performance. Submissions will be accepted until August 1, 2013.
Autodesk Invites Proposals for Autodesk University 2013
Autodesk is seeking speakers for Autodesk University (AU) 2013 who can share creative ways to integrate and use Autodesk software, processes that improve company workflows and efficiency, or ideas about where their industry is headed. Submissions are due by May 19, 2013. AU 2013 will be held December 3–5, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Books & Training
TEDCF Releases Inventor 2014 Tutorials
TEDCF Publishing's Autodesk Inventor 2014 Solid Modeling Course, which presents 112 lessons over 10 hours, is now available for purchase. In addition, TEDCF is offering the Inventor 2014 Ultimate Bundle, which will comprise video-based training and six months of online training.
Scanners: Colin3D Software
Steinbichler Optotechnik, a provider of optic measuring and sensor technology, has released its colin3D software for data recording, data processing, and simple data comparison. With the new CAD integration feature, the user receives continual feedback about the component surfaces that remain to be captured; the scan data can be compared on the surface of a CAD model using a best-fit alignment.
Collaboration: KeyMarkUp CAD Viewer
Kubotek USA has released KeyMarkUp (Premium, $1295; Basic, $595), which enables users to view and mark up more than two dozen CAD file formats. KeyMarkUp lets engineers measure, analyze, annotate, print, and export CAD data for communication, collaboration, and quoting purposes. A free 15-day trial is available.
Mark Your Calendar
Getting the Most Out of AutoCAD Design Suite 2014
May 22, 2013
11 a.m. PT
In this free webinar from Novedge, attendees can learn about Autodesk Recap, Geographic Location, and the new interactive Design Feed, not to mention everyday command improvements. Read more
Introduction to ScanStudio HD for New Users
May 23, 2013
11 a.m. PT
In this webinar from NextEngine, attendees can learn how to measure physical objects using NextEngine scanning technology for creation of 3D mesh models. Topics will include using Scan, Align, Trim, and Fuse functions to create a detailed digital model. Read more
Transoft Light Rail Design Software Launch
June 12, 2013
10 a.m. PT
Transoft Solutions will present this webinar for the live global launch of its newest software product for the light rail design sector. During the presentation, a product specialist will guide attendees through the features and functionality of the railway software package. Read more
AVEVA World Summit 2013
October 30–November 1, 2013
Serving both the plant and marine industries, the AVEVA World Summit will feature a mix of speakers that include customers presenting real-world case studies, AVEVA senior management, and industry partners. 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.
What's New at Cadalyst.com
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