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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 19)

3 Jun, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Calling All Tips!
Do you know a better way to work — in AutoCAD or any other CAD software tool? Why not take a few minutes to share your tips with your fellow CAD users? When you give, you'll also receive: If we publish your tip, you'll earn a gift card you can use toward a T-shirt or other prizes in the Cadalyst Store. Use the "Submit Tip" button below to send us your tip today!

Keep Z Values at Current Elevation
Robert Somppi provides a tip to help 2D AutoCAD users ensure their z values stay at zero. "If you have ever inadvertently snapped to a point that has a non-zero z value when you were drawing in 2D, here's one for you." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Methods to Manage Corrupted Files
Frequent tipster Danny Korem provides several tips for coping with corrupted AutoCAD files. "Corrupted files are something that we all have to deal with from time to time, and often the Audit or Recover commands won't solve the problem," said Cadalyst tip reviewer Brian Benton. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Use Layer States in Viewports
Richard Farlow reminds us that we can use AutoCAD layer states to manage the visibility settings in a viewport. "Layer states work within viewports. After freezing layers in an active paper space viewport, it can be frustrating to turn a layer for a specific object back on if you're not sure which one it is." 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

Hexagon Metrology Launches User Support Portal
Hexagon Metrology has launched the new Hexagon Metrology Support Center for users of any product the company offers. Customers can access the portal's FAQ knowledge base and video tutorials 24 hours a day. Clients with software maintenance agreements can use the help desk for technical support queries and software downloads.

Report Reveals Healthy Growth in Additive Manufacturing
According to a new report by the Wohlers Associates consulting firm, the worldwide market for 3D printing grew 28.6% in 2012 to $2.204 billion, up from $1.714 billion in 2011. The Wohlers Report 2013 ($495), the firm's annual analysis of additive manufacturing and 3D printing worldwide, covers all aspects of 3D printing.

Bluesky Opens Its Largest Online Map Shop
Bluesky, an aerial mapping company based in the United Kingdom, has launched the Bluesky MapShop, which offers hundreds of thousands of GIS-ready digital image files and hard-copy photographic prints. The shop also provides access to a national heighted building map, detailed national height models, and LIDAR and other GIS data.

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Deals & Freebies

Delcam Launches Free CAM for SolidWorks Program
Delcam has made available a free version of its integrated CAM system for SolidWorks. Delcam for SolidWorks XPRESS is intended mainly as an introductory-level program for users who are new to computer-aided machining. The XPRESS version reportedly provides the same level of automation as the full program.

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Opportunities & Honors

Bentley Issues Call for Submissions for Be Inspired Awards
Through July 19, Bentley is accepting submissions for its Be Inspired Awards competition, which recognizes infrastructure organizations for extraordinary performance in design, engineering, construction, operations, and project delivery. Three finalists in each category will win a trip to London to present their projects at the Year in Infrastructure 2013 Conference, which will be held in October.

Agency9 and Swedish City Win Urban Planning Award
Swedish software provider Agency9 announced that it and the City of Norrköping, Sweden, received the Excellence Award in Urban Planning at the Geospatial World Forum 2013 in Rotterdam. The award was bestowed for the innovative use of web-based 3D visualization in the communication of city development projects and for the dialogue with citizens.

CAD Schroer Customers Rate Software Support as Excellent
Software developer CAD Schroer's support team has gained the ISO 9001 stamp of approval for its quality management systems, and has received an "excellent" rating from customers. The ISO 9001:2008 quality management systems standard requires organizations to effectively meet the needs of their customers and constantly review and optimize business processes.

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Books & Training

Siemens Makes PLM Training Courses Available to Academia
Siemens is providing the global academic community with access to its complete online library of product lifecycle management (PLM) software training courses for less than $100. The Learning Advantage offering includes self-assessment tools that enable students to evaluate their knowledge and track their progress.

Webcast Series Will Explore Autodesk 2014 Offerings
Throughout June and July, Autodesk value-added reseller Hagerman & Company will host the Discover What's New webcast series about the latest developments in software applications. Topics of the free, one-hour, interactive webcasts will include What's New in 2014 for Manufacturing, AEC, Autodesk Vault, Autodesk Inventor Software, and Autodesk Revit Architecture.

Hexagon Metrology Unveils eLearning Portal
Hexagon Metrology unveiled the first e-learning portal designed to engage and support the metrology industry, the company reports. The interactive HexagonMetrologyU offers more than 30 online courses that are accessible at any time and are intended to complement classroom training. Hexagon plans to increase the curriculum to more than 80 courses.

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New Products

CAD: AutoCAD 360 Pro and ProPlus
Autodesk has expanded its AutoCAD 360 (formerly AutoCAD WS) product line of web and mobile drafting and documentation applications with AutoCAD 360 Pro mobile app plans. The product line expansion adds additional tools to the Autodesk AutoCAD 360 mobile app to simplify drawing creation, editing, and sharing.

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Mark Your Calendar

Large-Format Printing Solutions for Design and AEC Professionals
June 5, 2013
1 p.m. ET
HP's one-hour presentation will introduce the company's latest Designjet web-connected printing solutions for design and architecture, engineering, and construction professionals. Read more

Bentley's OpenRoads Technology Seminar
June 12, 2013
Dallas, Texas
At this free event, users will discover how OpenRoads technology can help them create innovative infrastructure designs. Read more

Introducing ArchiCAD 17
June 18, 2013
9 a.m. PT
This GRAPHISOFT webinar will introduce viewers to ArchiCAD's new features, including the increased level of detail in building information modeling. Read more

Bluebeam eXtreme Conference
August 2, 2013
Los Angeles, California
Attendees of this conference can learn best practices from industry experts, connect with fellow Revu software enthusiasts, and more. 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 AutoCAD Multifunction Grips to the Next Level
In the previous video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen, we learned the basics of multifunction grips and polylines. In this tip, we'll take the power of multifunction grips to the next level as Lynn demonstrates how to precisely change the length of lines and arcs at lightning speed. Watch the video

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Mechanical Applications for AutoCAD Electrical
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Clean Machines More Quickly with System Mechanic
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Approach Disruptive Technologies with Caution
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