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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 24)

8 Jul, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff


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This Week's Software Tips

Take Time for 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!

Copy and Paste to Original Coordinates
Senior CAD designer Sam J. Lucido shares a tip and LISP routine that can assist AutoCAD users when trying to get linework from one file to another based on a set of coordinates. "A great way to move objects between maps and keep the same location is the PasteOrig command." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Establish a Base Point for Insertion
Vimal Dhruv explains the importance of setting the base point of your files in AutoCAD. "Often, the drawing which you are inserting is not inserted where you expect it to be; it may appear anywhere in the current drawing. Then you have to move that inserted drawing to place it at the proper location." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Move Objects between Model Space and Paper Space
Mark H. McLeod, a project engineer, shares several ways to use the Change Space command in AutoCAD and its verticals. "It can be extremely useful to ensure that text remains at a consistent size when you have multiple viewports of different scales on a layout." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Civil 3D Tip: Adjust the Level of Detail in AutoCAD Civil 3D
Tipster Rory Rudden shares a Civil 3D tip that can help you reduce the strain on your workstation. "Large drawings in AutoCAD Civil 3D can tax the resources on your PC and slow it down. One way of easing this is to use the Level of Detail command, which reduces the level of detail displayed as you zoom out." 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

Nemetschek Allplan Offers Free BIM Guide for Allplan 2013
Nemetschek Allplan has posted a freely downloadable guide about the practical application of building information modeling (BIM). It is designed to help architects and engineers deepen their understanding of the BIM method and associated processes in Allplan. The new BIM Guide for Allplan 2013 is intended for parties who generate and exchange 3D data with partners or export it to other programs.

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Deals & Freebies

X Object Sale Reduces 3D Printer Prices by $150 to $250
X object, a provider of UP 3D printers by PP3DP, is temporarily offering discounted prices for two of its models. Until July 11, 2013, the UP! Mini v1.0 is available for $799 (normally $949), and the UP! Plus 2 is $1,499 (normally $1,749).

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Books & Training

Eagle Point Software Training Addresses Autodesk 2014 Portfolio
Eagle Point Software, an Autodesk AEC Industry Partner, has added Autodesk 2014 resources to its Pinnacle Series, which enables AEC organizations to better apply the new features found in the latest Autodesk software. Pinnacle Series workflows, cheat sheets, videos, and live training classes now include support for Autodesk products such as AutoCAD 2014, AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014, and Autodesk Revit Architecture 2014.

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New Products

AEC: InfoView Water
Innovyze, a provider of business analytics software and technologies for wet infrastructure, announced the upcoming release of InfoView Water. Designed for small utilities and engineering consulting firms, this tool enables users without special modeling expertise to access the network hydraulic and water quality data and functions of their consultant-built modeling systems.

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Mark Your Calendar

Get Familiar with RhinoGold 4.0
July 10, 2013
11 a.m. PT
During this webinar from Novedge, the TDM Solutions team will demonstrate all the new tools and improvements in RhinoGold 4.0, covering everything from initial designs to manufacturing tools, along with rendering processes. Read more

Multibody Sheet Metal Design in SolidWorks
July 17, 2013
6 p.m. ET
Part of the Fisher/Unitech "Night School" series, this webinar will offer tips, tricks, and knowledge to help attendees stay ahead of the competition and learn more about SolidWorks. Read more

Reduce the Risk Inherent to Innovation with SolidWorks Simulation
July 19, 2013
2 p.m. ET
In this Fisher/Unitech webinar, attendees can learn how to inexpensively test new ideas with SolidWorks Simulation Professional and Simulation Premium. 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

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Generate an FEA Report in Inventor Professional 2014
Any Inventor user can create a finite element analysis (FEA) report by following these steps. Read more

Solid Edge University 2013, Part 1:
Solid Edge ST6 Adds 1,300 User-Requested Features

Announced at the annual user conference, the "greatest version ever" is said to increase performance sixfold on some tasks. Read more

Match AutoCAD Objects to the Correct Layer
If you ever need to quickly move objects from one layer to another, and you aren't sure about the layer name but you can see objects on the destination layer, this handy tool is perfect for you. Try LayMch for speedy layer changes! Watch the video


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