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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 37)

4 Nov, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff


Editor's note: There will be no Tips & Tools Weekly on November 11, as Cadalyst will be observing the Veterans' Day holiday. The newsletter will return on November 18.

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!

Massively Redefine All Blocks in a Drawing
Patrick Hughes describes how he has simultaneously updated many blocks in one AutoCAD file. "Have you ever found yourself in a position where a large number of library blocks in a drawing need to be redefined? It can be a tedious task, and if you have multiple drawings that need updating, it's even worse." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Switch Tabs While Ref-Editing in Place
James J. Olszewski reminds AutoCAD users that when editing a reference in place, you can switch paper space tabs while editing. "Many may be unaware that when working in a drawing that has multiple layouts (tabs) and wanting to do 'in-place' xref edits, you do not need to save, exit the xref, and go to the next layout (or "sheet" in your drawing)." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Quickly Add a Segment to a Polyline
Longtime tipster Leonid Nemirovsky shares a method that allows you to easily divide a segment in an AutoCAD polyline, or convert it to an arc. 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 If we publish your original, previously unpublished tip, you can earn a gift card (learn more about prizes here). 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

Free Report Examines Information Mobility in Construction
The Information Mobility SmartMarket Report about information mobility in the construction industry reveals significant gaps that must be overcome before benefits can be widely achieved, according to publisher McGraw-Hill. The report, which states that only 51% of respondents are tracking information flow, is free for download.

Free AVEVA Paper Advocates Alternative Design Approach
A new business paper from AVEVA explains how projects can achieve a controlled "design spiral" that can deliver the benefits of lean construction. "Engineering and Design for Lean Construction," free for download to those who register, explains how the design process iterates with each discipline's contribution, moving ever closer to its final outcome over a number of passes.

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Opportunities & Honors

GrabCAD and Lomography Launch Design Competition
Lomography, maker of the Konstruktor build-it-yourself SLR camera series, has challenged the GrabCAD community of engineers and designers to create fresh designs for accessories for the film cameras. The three entry categories are lens accessory, grip, and holder. Contestants have until November 15, 2013 to submit their designs; five will win Konstruktor cameras.

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New Products

Workstation: Eurocom Racer 3W Mobile Workstation
Eurocom has released the Racer 3W, a 15.6", custom-built, fully configurable, and upgradeable mobile laptop workstation. Equipped with an NVIDIA Quadro K1100M graphics card, the Racer 3W weighs 3 kg and has a thickness of 1.3". The computer is designed for students and professionals who travel frequently.

CAD: Free and Subscription Versions of nanoCAD 2D CAD
Nanosoft announced the U.S. release of its nanoCAD 5 and nanoCAD Plus 5 fully customizable, 2D CAD solutions. NanoCAD 5 is free; nanoCAD Plus 5, available through an annual subscription ($180 single; $220 for a floating network license), includes advanced features, early access to updates and fixes, and priority online support.

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Mark Your Calendar

NX CAE Symposium 2013
November 5–6, 2013
Cincinnati, Ohio
This free event, presented by Siemens PLM Software, will include presentations, workshops, discussions, and networking. Read more

Bentley Map Is ... Mobile
November 19, 2013
10 a.m. ET
Bentley Systems will present this webinar to introduce viewers to Bentley Map Mobile, an app for viewing Bentley Map projects on tablet devices. 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!

Additive Manufacturing 101:
Changing the Future of Product Development and Manufacturing

Manufacturing engineers are employing rapid prototyping and 3D printer technologies for applications well beyond concept modeling to now include jigs, fixtures, check gauges, and even as a bridge-to-tooling and low-volume end-use parts. View the webinar

Don't Let IT Limit Your Potential!
Video Contest from Cadalyst, Sponsored by Dell and Microsoft

ENTER TO WIN! Don't Let IT Limit Your Potential! Submit a short video telling us why you need a new professional workstation and you could win the GRAND PRIZE: A New Dell Professional Workstation with Microsoft Office Professional 2013! Visit the contest site at http://bit.ly/1fTjmQU.

A 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


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