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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 31)

23 Sep, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff


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This Week's Software Tips

Dimensions Don't Frighten Me
Frequent tipster Danny Korem is not worried about getting AutoCAD dimensions correct, and here he explains why. "I have used tens of thousands of dimension styles in the last few weeks alone. After finding the right configuration of a dimension style, I'll never touch that dimension style again." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

The Power of Find and Replace
Tawfik Shehata shares how to locate specific attributed blocks in your AutoCAD drawing. "The Find and Replace command in AutoCAD can do more than just finding and replacing text." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Dimensioning in Paper Space
Robert A. Somppi explains how to circumvent a specific dimensioning issue in AutoCAD's paper space. "A lot of people who would like to do annotation in paper space (and even some who already do) think that there is a major stumbling block to that method of annotating your drawings: 'What if the view in the viewport needs to be panned? Then all my stuff is out of whack.'" View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Copy and Paste Layers to Excel
Cassandra Clouston explains how to easily get your AutoCAD layers into a spreadsheet file. "It really is that easy to extract your layers into a spreadsheet," commented Cadalyst tip reviewer Brian Benton. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

September Tips from Hot Tip Harry

Hot Tip Harry, Cadalyst's mysterious purveyor of customized AutoCAD code, has dispatched another great bundle of tips from readers. View and download each of the latest tips using the links below, or get the entire September 2013 Hot Tip Harry batch at once.

Measure Multiple Distances
Tip author Sanjay Kulkarni had an occasion to measure multiple distances repeatedly, but found the built-in AutoCAD commands too tedious. That experience inspired him to create this nice LISP routine to perform the task. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Match Text by Selection
Frequent contributor Matt Sibum is back with a selection-based find-and-replace routine for text and mtext in AutoCAD. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Filtered Flatten Command
To avoid some of the pitfalls of the AutoCAD Express Tool called Flatten, contributor Raymond Rizkallah has written this LISP routine that filters out all entities except lines, lwpolylines, circles, and arcs. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Entity to Directional Arrows
Raymond Rizkallah's second AutoCAD routine for the month converts a polyline, line, or arc into a series of arrows. This could be very useful for showing direction. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Convert Individual Text to Mtext
This routine from Benzigar Peter allows you to select any number of individual text entities and converts each of them into separate mtext entities. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Determine Weights of 3D Objects
This LISP routine from Dean Culver will give you the weight of a selected 3D object in terms of various materials. After selecting the 3D object in AutoCAD, an alert box will appear from which you can select the desired material. 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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Deals & Freebies

Kubotek Offers Free Trial, Free Student Version of KeyCreator 2014
Kubotek USA is offering a free student version of KeyCreator Direct CAD 2014, an application for manufacturers; tool, die, and mold makers; job shops; and product designers. The new KeyCreator Student Version contains the same design tools as the commercial version, but file exporting capabilities are limited. A free trial of the commercial version is also available to users who register.

TigerDirect Customers Can Save $200 on AutoCAD Revit LT Suite 2014
Customers who purchase a new license of AutoCAD Revit LT Suite 2014 from TigerDirect before October 25, 2013, can save $200. Those who are upgrading from an older version of Revit LT can save up to 20% off the cost of the upgrade.

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Opportunities & Honors

ZWSOFT Opens Superhero Vehicle Design Competition
ZWSOFT, a supplier of CAD/CAM solutions for the AEC and MCAD industries, has announced a design challenge in collaboration with GrabCAD.com, Tiertime Up!, and 3D Connexion. Participants can win prizes including 3D mice, 3D printers, and cash by designing vehicles for superheroes with ZW3D CAD/CAM software. The challenge is open to everyone; submissions are due by October 25, 2013.

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Books & Training

Ideate Launches Learning Portal for AEC Design Professionals
Autodesk solutions provider Ideate has launched its CADLearning Portal, an online learning resource that complements existing Ideate training offerings. Ideate CADLearning tools provide self-paced training to further knowledge and maximize performance with Autodesk building information modeling and CAD solutions, and Ideate-developed Autodesk Revit–based solutions.

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New Products

PLM: TRUaras
Trubiquity has announced the availability of TRUaras, a managed file transfer cloud service embedded in the Aras Innovator PLM platform. With TRUaras, users can securely share and exchange large CAD files, technical data packages, manufacturing data, inspection and test results, and other intellectual property with full tracking and traceability.

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Mark Your Calendar

INTERGEO
October 8–10, 2013
Essen, Germany
INTERGEO is a conference and trade fair focused on geodesy, geoinformation, and land management that draws more than 16,000 visitors from 80 countries. Read more

Year in Infrastructure 2013 Conference
October 29–31, 2013
London, United Kingdom
Bentley's Year in Infrastructure 2013 Conference is a global gathering of executives in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations. The conference features a series of presentations and interactive Q&A sessions exploring the intersection of technology and business drivers, and how they are shaping the future of infrastructure delivery and investment returns. 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

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