Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 25)15 Jul, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
You Can Be a Tipster Too!
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!
Take Advantage of Command Options
Frequent tipster Danny Korem explains that many AutoCAD commands have options, and that we should consider using them and not just the default settings. "Many times, AutoCAD users will select the first option they meet when they select a command — which is not necessarily the most efficient one in the context of their current task." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Collaborate with Design Feed
In his second tip this week, Danny Korem discusses AutoCAD 2014's newest feature, Design Feed. "AutoCAD (and its verticals) and Autodesk 360 (the cloud service) interact beautifully in the Design Feed interface, which I highly recommend." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Rearrange Order of Block Attributes
Khayoum Mohammed, a CAD manager and senior mechanical designer, shares a trick to help you order your AutoCAD block attributes as desired. "Attributed blocks provide a way for users to input data into each block instance," explains Cadalyst tip reviewer Brian Benton. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Burst Before You Copy
Mechanical engineer Perry Pattiz explains why bursting an object before you manipulate it in AutoCAD is often a better choice than exploding it. The Burst command is different from Explode; it leaves the inserted values of attributed text intact, instead of reverting the attributes to their tags. 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 Publishes Two Product Lifecycle Management Reports
CIMdata has published the first and second modules in its PLM Market Analysis Report Series: the 2013 PLM Executive PLM Market Report and the 2013 PLM Industry Review and Trends Report. The reports note that last year, simulation and analysis was the fastest-growing segment of the mainstream PLM market, which grew 12.6% to $21.1 billion. The reports are available separately or as a five-module set.
Deals & Freebies
Contex Announces Summer Sale on Scanners
Imaging solutions developer Contex is offering savings of as much as 45% on select scanning solutions, including the HD Ultra i4290S, IQ4490, and SD 3690. Each scanner comes with a stand, Nextimage software, and a multiple-year onsite warranty. These offers are now available through September 30, 2013. For more information, call 703.964.9850 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ZWSOFT Provides Free Trial of CAD Solution for AEC and MCAD
ZWSOFT is offering a free trial of ZWCAD+ 2014 Beta to users who register. The new release of the design software can open and write DWG/DWF 2013 and DWF files. It also features mouse-based gesture commands, new memory optimization technology, and a ribbon interface.
Users Can Try Holistic City's Urban Planning Software at No Cost
Holistic City Software is offering a full-featured, 30-day free trial of its CityCAD conceptual urban planning tool. The newly released CityCAD 2.5 includes a new search feature in the Help system, support for Urban Resource (.urbresource) utility files, and access to Help articles through the City Design Assistant panel.
ITC Offers Free Trial of IntelliCAD 7.2c
The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC), a nonprofit group that researches and develops the IntelliCAD platform, is making a free 90-day trial version of IntelliCAD 7.2c available to registered users of its beta download site. The release contains more than 200 fixes and improvements in the areas of performance, multiline text, selection, entity snapping and tracking, and an update to new ACIS libraries.
Evaluation Version of LizardTech's Image Manipulation Software Available
LizardTech is offering a free trial of GeoExpress v9. The newly updated software compresses images to less than 5% of their original size and reportedly runs four times faster than before, with support for distributing multiple jobs across multiple cores.
GIS: Bentley Map Mobile
Bentley Systems has announced Bentley Map Mobile, a free Android app that enables users to view and act upon Bentley Map geospatial information through mobile devices. The app features standard tablet-based gestures, GPS integration, and Google Maps integration for directions to located features.
AEC: Field Supervisor
Bentley Systems also released Field Supervisor, a free iPad app that provides construction workers in the field with online and offline access to information managed by Bentley's ProjectWise and eB, as well as data stored in other user repositories. Users can create personalized views that group and filter information stored in multiple project data sources based on its relevance.
Mark Your Calendar
Introduction to ScanStudio HD for New Users
July 16, 2013
11 a.m. PT
In this webinar from NextEngine, attendees can learn how to measure physical objects using NextEngine scanning technology for the creation of 3D mesh models. Read more
3D Scanning for CAD
July 30, 2013
11 a.m. PT
This NextEngine webinar will demonstrate the workflow of scanning and converting mesh scan data into editable CAD solids using RapidWorks software. Read more
9th International gvSIG Conference
November 27–29, 2013
The 9th International gvSIG Conference, organized by the gvSIG Association, will be held under the slogan "Matter of Sovereignty." gvSIG is open-source geographic information system software. Read more
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