Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 21)17 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!
Select Osnaps with Your Left Hand
Tipster Perry Pattiz shows us how to customize keyboard shortcuts for quick input of AutoCAD object snap overrides. "Many times, when you try to select an osnap in a crowded area, the wrong osnap pops up and you don't make the selection that you intended. There is a very easy way to avoid this." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Find New Apps at Autodesk Exchange
Frequent tipster Danny Korem reminds us about Autodesk's online app store, Autodesk Exchange. "Once in a while, I'll find myself looking at apps on the Autodesk Exchange Marketplace. Affordable, user-friendly apps are making our lives so much easier." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Open Web Sites and Software from within AutoCAD
Benzigar Peter shares a routine he made to streamline commands from within AutoCAD that will open a web browser or third-party software without having to leave AutoCAD. "There are some commands embedded in AutoCAD that many users may not be aware of." 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.
zSpace Developers Conference Proceedings Available Online
The zCon 2013 home page is now online and contains every session from the zSpace Developers Conference, an interactive 3D computing conference held in April 2013. Keynote speeches; technical, research, and business tracks; and all other sessions are posted for viewing. Users can search by track, speaker name, or subject matter.
CADENAS PARTsolutions Posts Catalog of PTC Creo CAD Models
CADENAS PARTsolutions has launched PARTcommunity for PTC, reportedly the world's largest online catalog of CAD models in native formats of PTC Creo design software. The portal provides free access to configure and download millions of certified native 3D models from more than 400 industrial supplier catalogs.
Opportunities & Honors
Bentley Names Student Design Award Winners
Bentley Systems announced the winners of Bentley LEARNservices' 2013 Scott Lofgren Student Design Awards, recently renamed in honor of late Bentley Global Director Scott Lofgren. The awards recognize projects that were created by students around the world using Bentley software for infrastructure.
Omnify Software Announces Winner of Customer Innovation Award
Omnify Software, a provider of web-based product lifecycle management (PLM) software for discrete manufacturers, has selected EST Analytical, a provider of analytical instruments, as the recipient of the 2013 Omnify Software Customer Innovation Award. The award was presented during Omnify's 2013 Global PLM Customer Conference in May.
AEC: AutoTURN Rail 3D
Transoft Solutions has released AutoTURN Rail 3D, a rail design and analysis solution. This latest addition to the company's AutoTURN product offerings allows users to move from 2D to a 3D environment. With AutoTURN Rail 3D, users can create custom vehicles that reflect manufacturer specifications, generate static and dynamic vehicle envelopes dynamically, switch back and forth between 2D and 3D vehicle envelopes, and more.
Hardware: Perceptive Pixel 55" Touchscreen
BALD Technologies has introduced the 55" PPI display ($6,999), which supports gesture-based commands. Perceptive Pixel (PPI) pen and touch technology by Microsoft enables the display to be used in various settings, from solo projects to group sessions. Purchasers receive a complimentary PiXLSTiX Pro Stylus.
Civil Engineering: Civil 3D Health Check
IMAGINiT Technologies has launched its Civil 3D Health Check service, which analyzes an organization's processes for using Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D to discover how they can be made more efficient and effective. After assessing a company, the IMAGINiT Health Check team generates a report listing improvements that can be made immediately and in the longer term.
Mark Your Calendar
Autodesk PLM 360 Preview: The Future of PLM
June 21, 2013
2 p.m. CT
This first webcast in a five-part series by Hagerman & Company will cover the history of product lifecycle management (PLM), explain how it is different from traditional systems, and more. Read more
BIM Camp — Denver
July 25, 2013
At BIM Camp, sponsored by Nemetschek Vectorworks, attendees will learn that adopting a building information modeling (BIM) workflow doesn't have to be time consuming or expensive. Read more
Fall BIM Forum: Prefabrication and Modularization
October 8–9, 2013
BIMForum will focus on the challenges of using BIM for prefabricating building systems and constructing modular building sections. 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
PTC Live Global 2013, Part 1
Event Report: Technology is key to getting ahead of the forces driving massive transformation in the manufacturing market, says company CEO at annual user event. Read more
Siemens PLM Connection 2013
Event Report: The annual user conference previews NX 9, reviews the Curiosity rover project, and promotes product lifecycle management. Read more
Tools to Simplify CAD Management
As you likely know firsthand, CAD management is a constant challenge. Fortunately, there are a host of helpful tools that can ease the burden, and many are available at low or no cost. Read more
Best of the CAD Manager's Newsletter
In honor of Robert Green's 300th issue, Cadalyst editors share fifteen favorite features from recent years. Read more
The Final Frontier for Multifunctional Grips in AutoCAD
Are you looking for a super-speedy way to add or modify dimensions? Multifunctional grips to the rescue! In this video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen, you'll learn how multifunctional grips relate to dimensions, and get 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!