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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 20)

10 Jun, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff


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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!

Move Dimension Text Position with X,Y Coordinates
Richard Farlow sent in this trick for getting your AutoCAD dimension text to change positions by using the Properties palette — without leaving paper space. "Getting dimensions and text to display correctly can be a pain," said Cadalyst tip reviewer Brian Benton. "This is a great trick that is very easy to do." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Drag and Drop in AutoCAD
Frequent tipster Danny Korem shares some tricks to use when dragging and dropping various file types into AutoCAD. "If AutoCAD is opened, dragging and dropping DWG files into AutoCAD will open them all." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Remove Formatting from Text
Tip reviewer Brian Benton shares two methods that can be used to remove formatting from AutoCAD text objects. "AutoCAD users will often format multiline text objects from within the text editor." 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

Whitepaper Explores Choices for Large-Format Printing
Canon Solutions America has published a free whitepaper that identifies critical decision factors for selecting the best approach to printing large-format technical documents. "Large Format Technical Documents — What's Best: Print In-House or Outsource?" discusses factors such as costs, shipping, waste, employee time, equipment and supply acquisition, labor, and maintenance.

Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Webinar Available Online
ClearEdge has posted online its recorded webinar "21 Time-Saving Scanning/Modeling Tips for As-Built MEP Projects," which site visitors can watch at any time after registering. A panel of MEP experts shares ideas and best practices that can cut as-built MEP project time.

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Opportunities & Honors

Hitachi–GE Nuclear Energy Wins Bentley Special Recognition Award
Bentley Systems announced that Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy's Integrated Plant Construction System project has won a 2012 Be Inspired Special Recognition Award. Japan-based Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy was chosen for its high-quality and reliable power plant construction system, according to Bentley. The project won in the Bentley Developer Network category.

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New Products

MCAD: JT2Go for Windows 8
Siemens PLM Software has released the JT2Go app for Windows 8, available for free download. Based on JT, the first ISO International Standard for 3D visualization and collaboration, the new JT2Go app enables users to view 3D JT files on Windows 8 computers and tablets for free. The app features a gesture-driven interface designed for touch-enabled devices.

AEC: Leica Infinity
Leica Geosystems released Leica Infinity, its office software for management, visualization, processing, and georeferencing of combined total station, imaging, and scanning data from the Leica Nova MS50 MultiStation. Scan data can be inspected, cleaned up, and recalculated with total station setups. Multiple scans can be combined for the creation of information-rich surfaces.

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Mark Your Calendar

CADWorx and BIM: An Overview
June 11, 2013
10 a.m. CT
This Intergraph webinar will explore the use of CADWorx in the building information modeling (BIM) workflow of the AEC industry. Read more

The Truth Behind 3D Modeling
June 13, 2013
2 p.m. ET
In this webinar, Frank De Simone of SpaceClaim will demonstrate that one doesn't need to be a CAD expert to learn 3D modeling. Read more

Why TopTenREVIEWS Gave M-Files ECM a Perfect 10.0 Score
June 18, 2013
10 a.m. CT
This webinar will explain why M-Files enterprise content management was selected as a TopTenREVIEWS gold award winner. 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

HP Adds More Wide-Format Printer Offerings to Designjet Lineup
Incorporating customer suggestions for improvements, the new 36-inch T920 and T1500 feature front-loading media rolls and a collating output tray. Read more

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
Make use of all the tools in Autodesk Product Design Suite. Read more


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