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

20 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 the Power of the Command Line
Russell Koenig reminds us of the power of the Command line in AutoCAD. "Virtually every AutoCAD command can be performed by typing in the Command line." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Merge Layers
Frequent tipster Danny Korem calls our attention to the Merge Layers tool, a new feature in AutoCAD 2014 that allows users to transfer all objects on a layer to a different layer and delete the selected layer. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Define Your Company's Standard Network Folders
Maria Tzanetakou shares a tip that allows access to company standards folders when using AutoCAD. "To foster collaboration, it is a good idea to define a company's network folders within AutoCAD itself." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

May Tips from Hot Tip Harry

Hot Tip Harry, Cadalyst's mysterious purveyor of customized AutoCAD code, has dispatched another great bundle of tips from readers. View and download each of the latest tips using the links below, or get the entire May 2013 Hot Tip Harry batch at once.

Slice Up Solids
Frequent contributor Raymond Rizkallah sent in a nice little routine that contains two functions for performing a slice operation on 3D objects. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Thaw Layers by Selection
Kent Cooper is back with another nice routine. This LISP code allows you to thaw a frozen layer by selection, so you do not have to know the name or anything else about the layer. This routine also works to turn on layers that are turned off. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Convert Units for the Offset and Circle Commands
Jan Bath sends us a routine used to convert imperial to metric or vice versa, built around the Offset and/or Circle commands. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

LISP Learning Routine
Benzigar Peter submitted this routine as a learning tool for LISP novices, to demonstrate how to create simple objects and manipulate them using built-in AutoCAD commands. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Copy or Move Objects Quickly
Sam Lucido's latest routine is very simple, but it can save you some clicks when performing a move or copy. Even if you don't make use of these particular commands, this routine may lead you to build your own command shortcuts for tasks you perform frequently. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Draw a Fenceline
This routine from Robert Zipprich inserts correctly rotated blocks along existing lines to form a fenceline. You can use the supplied block, or substitute your own block name in the routine. 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

Autodesk Releases AutoCAD 2014 Tips and Tricks Booklet
Autodesk has just released Lynn Allen's Tips and Tricks for AutoCAD 2014. The booklet includes advice for using new features inside AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD 2013. Users are invited to download the booklet and print it freely.

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Deals & Freebies

ArchiCAD Customers Can Buy or Upgrade before Price Increase
GRAPHISOFT announced that, as of June 1, software and subscription prices for ArchiCAD BIM (building information modeling) software in North America will increase by 18%. Users who sign up for the subscription program now will automatically receive ArchiCAD v17 when it is released.

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Opportunities & Honors

National CAD Standard Revision Cycle to Begin May 20
The Steering Committee for the United States National CAD Standard (NCS) is beginning the cycle for the next edition on May 20, 2013. Members of the NCS Project Committee can propose a change or addition to the NCS from now through July 14. The new standard will be released in 2014.

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New Products

AEC: Residential Parceling Module for SITEOPS
BLUERIDGE Analytics has released the Residential Parceling module for its SITEOPS software. The new module enables users to develop a real-time, dynamic layout based on zoning requirements; create a lot fit study with automatic parceling; and more. For now the parceling module will be included with the layout module at no additional charge.

MCAD: NovaMethod Direct 3D Modeling Module
SpaceClaim and NovaCast Systems announced the release of NovaMethod, a SpaceClaim-powered optional module for the NovaFlow&Solid CV family of casting development tools. NovaMethod reportedly lets users work inside designs without the complexity of traditional CAD.

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Mark Your Calendar

Twenty-One Time-Saving Scanning and Modeling Tips for As-Built MEP
May 29, 2013
1 p.m. ET
In this webinar from Workflow 4.0, a panel of MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) experts will share 21 time-saving ideas and profit-boosting best practices that can reduce as-built MEP project time. Read more

Rendering BIM Models with Artlantis 4.1
May 29, 2013
2 p.m. ET
This webinar from CAD Garage will introduce Abvent's Artlantis, iVisit 3D Panoramas, QuickTime VR Objects, and animations. Read more

Innovation in 3D Technology Showcase
July 18, 2013
London, United Kingdom
This one-day event will showcase the various 3D laser-mapping technologies available today and provide opportunities for hands-on experience with the systems and software. 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

Spider 3D Scanner Targets Small, Intricate Objects
Priced at $20,500, the new model from Artec Group is designed for CAD users in the manufacturing market. Read more

Smartgeometry Event Pushes Limits of Architectural Design
Professionals and students alike collaborate using advanced computational software and conventional tools. Read more

Get a Handle on Multifunctional Grips in AutoCAD
AutoCAD 2011 added valuable multifunctional grips to polylines. These handy grips are also available in nonassociative hatch boundaries. In this video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen, you'll see how to get the most out of these nifty grips — and avoid the dreaded PEdit command! Watch the video


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