Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 2)14 Jan, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff
Editor's Note: Tips & Tools Weekly will be on hiatus for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday, and will return January 28.
This Week's Software Tips
Start the New Year with New Tips
Make a resolution to share your tips — for AutoCAD or any other CAD software tool — with your fellow CAD users. 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!
Create Selection Sets with Quick Select
Frequent tipster Danny Korem sent in a tip to help you select the right objects in your AutoCAD file. "We probably spend 80% of our time in AutoCAD on editing and modifying existing data, and the remaining 20% on creating new data. That's the reason that creating selection sets effectively can catalyze our tasks." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Add Headers to an Existing Table
Tip guru Leonid Nemirovsky shares a trick to help you add headers to an AutoCAD table with a quick copy-and-paste maneuver. "AutoCAD tables are very powerful and can do many things that a regular spreadsheet program can do," said Brian Benton, Cadalyst tip reviewer. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Set Table Breaks
In a second table tip, Leonid Nemirovsky explains a way to set a table break in AutoCAD. Like most AutoCAD objects, AutoCAD tables can be edited by grips. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Right-Click Your Way to a Polyline
Tipster James J. Olszewski shares a quick and easy way to convert AutoCAD objects to a polyline in AutoCAD verticals. "This is a useful tip about an ever-present editing tool that many may not have noticed." 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.
CIMdata Offers Guide for Those Working with Third-Party CAD Data
PLM (product lifecycle management) research firm CIMdata has released a downloadable buyer's guide that identifies criteria for choosing a CAD system that handles multi-CAD data. "CAD Selection Considerations: Multi-CAD Management" is free to those who register. The publication explains how to find a CAD tool for importing data, irrespective of source, and manipulating model geometry.
Deals & Freebies
LizardTech Releases Free GeoViewer for Android
LizardTech, a provider of geospatial software, has released a version of its free GeoViewer application for Android devices. GeoViewer now enables Android users to view their imagery in MrSID and JPEG 2000 formats. The release includes measurement functionality and geolocation support.
MCAD: ExactFlat Design Studio
ExactFlat Design Studio was created to extend the capabilities of SolidWorks for manufacturers that use industrial fabrics, such as automotive, marine, and furniture producers. The software from Tri-D Technologies consolidates design, 3D to 2D pattern conversion, nesting, costing, and documentation into a single platform.
MCAD: Power Surfacing Plugin for SolidWorks
IntegrityWare's Power Surfacing is a SolidWorks plugin designed to assist users working with complex, freeform surfaces. Power Surfacing can provide greater flexibility in difficult surface design by allowing users to push and pull on the faces, edges, or vertices of a part. SolidWorks users can download a free demo of Power Surfacing.
Plant Design: AVEVA Everything3D
AVEVA has released its AVEVA Everything3D (AVEVA E3D) software, created to facilitate lean construction in plant project execution. AVEVA E3D is the core design application within AVEVA Plant and is designed to be fully interoperable with all other AVEVA Engineer, Design, and Manage products.
Mark Your Calendar
The Essentials of SolidWorks 3D CAD
January 15, 2013
11:30 a.m. ET
Participants in this 22-minute webinar will learn about five SolidWorks 3D CAD tools designed to help users develop better products more quickly and cost effectively. Read more
Autodesk Simulation Lunch and Learn
January 15–23, 2013
Various U.S. cities
Autodesk reseller Hagerman & Company will host these free events to show users how to improve product reliability, reduce testing time, and more. Read more
Introduction to SolidWorks Plastics
January 21, 2013
2 p.m. ET
This Fisher/Unitech webcast will show viewers how to use SolidWorks Plastics to evaluate manufacturability while they design, eliminate mold rework, improve part quality, and accelerate time to market. Read more
IES TaP for LEED
January 22 and 29, 2013
12 noon ET
Offered on two dates, this free, hour-long webinar will demonstrate the IES TaP for LEED online collaborative portal for managing the LEED workflow. Read more
January 24, 2013
This one-day event will provide architects and landscape architects with the skills to implement BIM (building information modeling) workflows into their practices. Read more
Introduction to SolidWorks Electrical
January 29, 2013
10 a.m. ET
In this hour-long, interactive webcast, Fisher/Unitech engineers will demonstrate the basics of SolidWorks Electrical, then answer viewers' questions. 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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Take Stock of Your IT Assets
CAD Manager's Toolbox: Inventory the tools that your users currently work with so that you can reliably forecast future requirements. Read more
Improve CAD Production Quality by Annoying Your Users, Part 1
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Mouse Wheel Tips for AutoCAD Users
You use the wheel on your mouse all the time for panning and zooming — but do you know everything you can do with the mouse wheel? Join Lynn as she shares a myriad of mouse wheel tips that will put you on the road to instant productivity! Watch the video
Autodesk Technical Evangelist Lynn Allen guides you through a different AutoCAD feature in every edition of her popular "Circles and Lines" tutorial series. For even more AutoCAD how-to, check out Lynn's quick tips in the Cadalyst Video Gallery. Subscribe to Cadalyst's free Tips & Tools Weekly e-newsletter and we'll notify you every time a new video tip is published. All exclusively from Cadalyst!