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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 38)

18 Nov, 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!

Rotate Dimension Text to Horizontal
CAD Manager Tina Stimpson shares a workaround for an AutoCAD dimension text rotation problem. "This is such an annoying phenomenon," commented Cadalyst tip reviewer Brian Benton. "All you have to do is rotate it 359.9999999999 degrees!" View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Add Text to Piping Drawings
CAD Manager Theresa Lowe needed a way to place a string of text in AutoCAD piping drawings, so she created this pipe text LISP routine. "It will place a string of text along a line, rotated to be plan-readable, on the same layer as the line, and trim that line around the text." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Autodesk Inventor Tip: Inventor Display Controls
Designer David Edward Gaskill shares a tip about using the visual display controls of Autodesk Inventor reference parts to make things easier during your design work. "If you have a reference part in your assembly drawing and don't want it to show up in a view, use this tip to turn off the reference part in your drawing." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Autodesk Revit Tip: Place Digital Stamps on Revit Sheets
Andria Lynch shares the steps required to properly display digital images on your Autodesk Revit sheets. "Revit is scaling that file when it is inserted; you have to scale it back to get it to display correctly," explained Cadalyst tip reviewer Brian Benton. "If all of your stamp images have the same DPI or pixel size, then the scale ratio should be the same every time." View the complete tip and post your feedback.


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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.

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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

Free Trial of HSMWorks Now Available from Autodesk
Autodesk is offering a free, 30-day trial of HMSWorks, an integrated CAM solution for CNC milling and turning for users of SolidWorks 2012 or newer. HSMWorks 2014 Professional includes support for 2.5D, 3D, and 3+2 milling and 2D turning applications; HSMWorks 2014 Premium supports 2.5D, 3D, 3+2, and 5-axis (or multiaxis) milling and 2D turning.

Siemens PLM Offers Monthly Subscription, Free Trial of 3DSync
Siemens PLM Software is offering a new monthly subscription option and a free 45-day trial of its 3DSync software, a 3D CAD editing tool based on Siemens' proprietary synchronous technology. The new monthly subscription option will initially be available online in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. The free trial is available globally.

ExactFlat Design Studio Price Lowered for Limited Time
From November 1 through December 31, 2013, Tri-D Technologies is reducing the price of ExactFlat Design Studio for SolidWorks. Special pricing is available for a single-user license (25%+ savings) and for the network license option (33% savings). The software includes 3D-to-2D flattening technology, patterning tools, and integrated nesting.

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Opportunities & Honors

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.

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!

BIMForum Issues Call for Presentations
Organizers of next spring's BIMForum (April 23–24, 2014) are soliciting presentations that illustrate the best examples of optimizing design with building information modeling (BIM). Teams who have real-world projects to share are invited to submit presentations detailing their successes and challenges. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2014, at 5 p.m. ET.

Abstracts Now Being Accepted for SPAR International Conference
The SPAR International Conference on End-to-End 3D Technology invites anyone whose work involves 3D data capture and processing to submit a presentation abstract for the conference to be held April 14–17, 2014. Interested parties have until December 6, 2013, to submit an abstract that describes the challenges and outcomes of their projects.

ZWCAD Touch Competition Features Prizes of Software, iPad Mini
Users of the DWG editor ZWCAD Touch can enter a contest to win software and an iPad Mini. ZWCAD and Lightworks will award ten ZWCAD+ 2014 licenses and ten copies of Lightworks Artisan rendering software. One winner will also receive an iPad mini.

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New Products

Scanners: Contex ScanStation2GO and HD ScanStation Repro
Contex's new walk-up ScanStation2GO solutions combine the IQ 24-, IQ 44-, and SD 36-inch scanners with the company's new height-adjustable stand. For high-volume environments, the HD ScanStation Repro package equips the HD or HD Ultra scanner with a height-adjustable stand.

Workstations: Digital Storm PRO
Digital Storm has launched its PRO line of fully customizable workstations (starting at $2,442). The PRO systems include the company's proprietary HydroLux cooling system, and professional overclocking is available. Digital Storm states that to limit the cost of upgrades, it uses only brand-name components that can be easily replaced.

Collaboration: AVEVA E3D Insight
AVEVA announced the launch of AVEVA E3D Insight, a Windows v8.1 app that enables users to view and approve AVEVA Everything3D (AVEVA E3D) designs from a mobile tablet device. Developed in collaboration with Microsoft, AVEVA E3D Insight reportedly enables users to visualize, inspect, comment on, and approve designs from any location at any time.

CAD: ChronoSculpt
The LightWave 3D Group has released ChronoSculpt ($399), which enables artists using any professional 3D modeling and animation software to review and correct cache animation and dynamic simulation errors using timeline-based sculpting tools. Its interface supports LightWave 3D, Autodesk 3ds Max, Maya, XSI, Luxology Modo, Maxon Cinema 4D, and other programs.

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Mark Your Calendar

Using Multi/Sub-Object Materials in 3ds Max Design
November 21, 2013
2 p.m. ET
In this ASCENT webcast, authors of the Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2014 Fundamentals training guide will demonstrate how to create a multi/sub-object material and assign the submaterial to different faces of a single object. Read more

Connecting to Geospatial Data
November 22, 2013
2 p.m. ET
Presented by ASCENT, this session will examine using the planning and analysis workspace in AutoCAD Civil 3D to start a new drawing, assign a coordinate system, and connect to GIS data sources. Read more

New CAD/CAM Standard for Shipbuilding and Supply Chain
December 9, 2013
11 a.m. PT
Sponsored by SSI and Autodesk, this webinar will explore how industry-standard CAD/CAM software forms a common platform for communication and collaboration. 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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Unsure about whether to direct your dollars toward a faster processor or more RAM? Here's one expert's opinion on what to choose for your CAD users. Read more

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