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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 26)

22 Jul, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Don't Forget to Tip
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!

Create AutoCAD and Revit Videos with Project Chronicle
Engineer Dave Hein points us to an Autodesk Labs preview called Project Chronicle that will record video and audio of a user working in AutoCAD or Revit in order to create a training video. "Do you often need to give a coworker some help with AutoCAD, but you're not in the same office, city, or even country?" View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Drag and Drop to Import Data
Mike Porter shares a method for quickly importing GIS data into AutoCAD Map or Civil3D. "AutoCAD and its verticals have this type of functionality for many tasks," noted Cadalyst tip reviewer Brian Benton. "You can drag and drop a script file, LISP file, block, or other DWG file to insert it or import it into your current file." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Toggle between Paper Space and Model Space
Tipster Adrian Betana shares a LISP routine and other tricks that will help you switch between AutoCAD's Paper and Model Space tabs. "Tired of switching tilemode from model space to layouts?" View the complete tip and post your feedback.

A Workflow for Referencing Your Files
Vladislav Bronin presents a process for a team of designers to use in AutoCAD (and its verticals) when working together on the same project. "Indication of building services on a ceiling layout always requires lots of communication and coordination between electrical, HVAC, heating, and sprinkler designers to make it clear and with no discrepancies." 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

Developer of ShipConstructor CAD/CAM Software Unveils New Web Site
SSI — formerly ShipConstructor Software Inc. — has redone its web site and changed the address from www.shipconstructor.com to www.SSI-corporate.com. According to the company, the new site features three times more written content, more than 20 new videos, translation into seven languages, more intuitive navigation, and detailed technical information about its products and services.

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Deals & Freebies

New AutoCAD LT Licenses and Upgrades on Sale
Autodesk is currently offering two discounts on AutoCAD LT software: Customers who buy a new license of AutoCAD LT, either from the Autodesk Store or an authorized reseller, can save $200. Customers who are upgrading from an older version of AutoCAD LT instead can save 30%. These offers end July 25, 2013.

Free Trial of Image-Processing Software Available from Simpleware
Simpleware is offering a free 30-day trial version of its ScanIP software, complete with its +FE, +CAD, and +NURBS modules for mesh generation, CAD integration, and NURBS generation, respectively. Recently updated to v6.0, ScanIP incorporates image processing tools for visualizing, measuring, and segmenting regions of interest from volumetric 3D data. Segmented images can be exported as STL or IGES files for CAD analysis.

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Opportunities & Honors

Autodesk Launches Inventor HSM Express Beta
Autodesk Inventor users can apply to participate in the public beta of Autodesk Inventor HSM Express, a free CAM solution for Autodesk Inventor users. HSM Express allows users to access the HSMWorks technology within the native Inventor environment and workflow. The new product also offers users the capabilities of HSMXpress, a free CAM solution for SolidWorks.

PTC Wins Industry Award for New eSupport Portal
PTC's newly launched PTC eSupport Portal has been honored as a "Top Ten Best Support Website" for 2013 by the Association of Support Professionals. This distinction, given to companies that demonstrate excellence in online support, acknowledges the transformation of PTC's global support program from traditional software maintenance programs to a set of differentiated global support solutions.

Hardware Manufacturer Announces 28th Annual Design Competition
Doug Mockett & Company, which develops furniture hardware and components, is seeking innovative ideas in furniture parts, components, accessories, and hardware for its 2013 design competition. Competitors can submit writeups, drawings, or models of their designs. The contest deadline is September 3, 2013; judges will choose winners in December.

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New Products

AEC: Two Utilities for AutoCAD Civil 3D
Rand Worldwide's IMAGINiT Technologies division has released the new Import from Google Utility and Point Station and Offset Report Utility for IMAGINiT's Utilities for Civil 3D. With Import from Google, civil engineers can — using data from Google Maps — import color, georeferenced images and terrain model surfaces. Point Station and Offset Report identifies the station and offset points relative to an alignment and writes them to a report or an ASCII file.

AEC: Bocad Tower; Bocad Roof and Wall
AVEVA's Bocad range of structural steel detailing software has been expanded with AVEVA Bocad Tower and AVEVA Bocad Roof and Wall. By using these with the new AVEVA Bocad Steel Interface, AVEVA Plant and AVEVA Marine users can achieve a greater level of design integration, the company reports. The software features change highlighting and real-time updates.

Design Visualization: CL3VER Cloud-Based 3D Engine
CL3VER, a provider of cloud-based real-time 3D, has announced the eponymous release of its new software as a service (SaaS) product. The subscription-based authoring application enables users without programming skills to create virtual walkthroughs and product configurators. CL3VER supports common 3D software formats, and has plugins for 3D editors including 3ds Max, Maya, SketchUp, and SolidWorks.

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Mark Your Calendar

Solved: Top 6 Multiparty Project Information Management Challenges
July 24, 2013
1 p.m. ET
This Aconex webinar will examine the top six challenges that organizations face when using generic enterprise content management tools to address multiparty project information management (PIM). It will include demonstrations of Aconex solutions throughout the project lifecycle, from managing communications, documents and workflows to BIM processes, field inspection management, and handover. Read more

Bentley Map Is Going Mobile
July 31, 2013
12 noon ET
At this webinar from Bentley Systems, attendees can learn more about Bentley Map Mobile, the company's latest iWare app designed for viewing Bentley Map projects on Android tablet devices. Read more

Nova Live Tours
August 13–December 12, 2013
Various cities, United States and Canada
Leica Geosystems and its dealers are hosting Nova Live Tours to give spatial data management professionals a firsthand look at the Leica Nova MS50 MultiStation, a new solution that combines total station technology with 3D laser scanning, imaging, and GNSS positioning in a single instrument. Read more

Building Innovation 2014: The NIBS Second Annual Conference & Expo
January 6–10, 2014
Washington, D.C.
The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Second Annual Conference & Expo will focus on advancing lifecycle performance. Attendees can witness the Institute's impact on the industry, interact with industry experts and innovators, gain information through educational programs, and earn continuing education units. 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

Mouse Alternative Promises a More Comfortable Click
Contour Design launches RollerMouse Re:d, an ergonomic input device that's gentle on the joints and precise enough for CAD use. Read more

Bentley Systems Consolidates Utility Design and Management in New Application
With Bentley Utilities Designer, customers can access network design, cost estimation, and GIS capabilities in one software solution. Read more

Window Maker Speeds File Retrieval Time with AutoCAD Search Tool
With a quarter-million CAD drawings on file, Sierra Pacific Industries depends on DrawingSearcher to fulfill customer requests in a timely fashion. Read more


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