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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 36)

28 Oct, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Calling All Tipsters: Win a $150 Amazon Gift Card
Your Cadalyst CAD Tips have always been a valuable resource for your fellow CAD users — now, they can be more valuable to you! Tips selected for publication can now earn a $25 Amazon gift card (for software usage tips and tricks) or $50 Amazon gift card (for Hot Tip Harry LISP tips). And that's not all! Every published tip author will be entered in our new quarterly random drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card. The more tips you submit, the better your chances of winning! The first drawing will be held at the end of the year, so submit your CAD tips now!

Geometric Manipulations Using Blocks or Groups
Tipster Danny Korem shares a tip on working with blocks that need annotations by using AutoCAD groups in conjunction. Tip reviewer Brian Benton says that the group functionality "can make editing the individual bits of geometry easier than having to go to the block editor to make a change." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Dock Your Palettes and Save the Workspace
Tip reviewer Brian Benton shares a tip for customizing your AutoCAD palettes. "AutoCAD has all sorts of palettes: tool palettes, the properties palette, the Sheet Set Manager — even the Command line is a palette." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Classic Tip: Create 3D Solids Quickly
When Pedro Ferreira wants to create a 3D solid of an area in a drawing (for example, the walls of a house), he uses the simultaneous keystroke of Ctrl + Alt and picks the area he wants to create into a 3D solid. 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'sCAD 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

Zuken Redesigns Web Site
Zuken, a provider of electrical and electronic engineering software, has redesigned its web site to be more user friendly and informative. Customers can now view product offerings by area of interest; view company news coverage, press releases, and upcoming events from the Zuken home page; and leave feedback on the company's blog.

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Deals & Freebies

E-on Software Offers Free Trial of LumenRT Studio
E-on Software, a developer of natural 3D environment technologies, is offering a free 15-day, fully functional trial of LumenRT 4 Studio for transforming 3D models and designs into nature-filled videos, images, and real-time immersive media. The newest release includes integration with Bentley Systems' MicroStation and Autodesk Revit, a new animation editor, and more.

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Opportunities & Honors

AUGI Reminds Members to Submit Wish List Ideas
Autodesk User Group International (AUGI; membership is free) is encouraging Autodesk software users to contribute ideas for fixing, enhancing, or otherwise changing any program, as well as rank and vote for their favorites. The AUGI Top Ten Wish List will be presented to Autodesk at the annual general meeting.

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Mark Your Calendar

Virtualizing Design Applications
November 19, 2013
Santa Clara, California
Those who attend this seminar, sponsored by NVIDIA, Dell, Autodesk, and Citrix, will learn how to access, design, and deliver computer virtualization solutions for CAD and engineering environments. Read more

Luxology MODO for Design Exploration
December 18, 2013
11 a.m. PT
This free, one-hour webinar will show how Luxology MODO 701 can improve exploration of design ideas and help users make design decisions quickly. 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

Calling All Tipsters: Win a $150 Amazon Gift Card
Your Cadalyst CAD Tips have always been a valuable resource for your fellow CAD users — now, they can be more valuable to you! Tips selected for publication can now earn a $25 Amazon gift card (for software usage tips and tricks) or $50 Amazon gift card (for Hot Tip Harry LISP tips). And that's not all! Every published tip author will be entered in our new quarterly random drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card. The more tips you submit, the better your chances of winning! The first drawing will be held at the end of the year, so submit your CAD tips now!

Quick Computer ROI Calculator
Wondering what your current computers cost, or which new machines could save your company? Try a new computer ROI calculator from Intel. Read more

Don't Be Penny-Wise and Computer-Foolish
Using outdated computers for CAD is a false economy that can waste staggering amounts of employee time. Here's how to open management's eyes. Read more

Find the Perfect AutoCAD App on the Autodesk Exchange
The Autodesk Exchange is filled with plenty of apps that are certain to improve your AutoCAD experience. In this video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen, you'll see how to access the Autodesk Exchange and find the perfect app — some are even free! Watch the video

Signage Planning Gets a Boost from BIMLink
Wayfinding studio uses software from Ideate to move Revit data into Excel, and vice versa, cutting project time by half and reducing costs. Read more


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