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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 39)

25 Nov, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff


Editor's note: There will be no Tips & Tools Weekly on December 2; the newsletter will return on December 9.

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!

Draw an Arc to Length
Tip contributor Jerri Thompson created a new AutoCAD command that will allow users to draw an arc with a specific length. "There may be a way to draw an arc with a specified length in AutoCAD 2012, but if there is, I could not find it. I created another button." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Use Sheet Set Manager to Route PDFs
Gizelle Santa Catalina describes how to use sheet sets to publish PDF files to the same folder for each project. "We normally have one folder per project where we put all PDF files that we issue. I find it helpful to use the sheet set manager, default output location, to set a path to that folder so that every time I save to PDF I don't have to browse as much." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Revit Tip: Shortcuts for Revit Views
Tired of right-clicking to activate and deactivate Revit views on sheets? Tipster Andria Lynch offers a way to speed up activating views in Autodesk Revit. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Tricks for Inventor
David Edward Gaskill shares with us a collection of small tips for Autodesk Inventor. "Inventor is a complicated tool," noted Cadalyst tip reviewer Brian Benton, "but there are several small things users can do to make working with it a bit easier." 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 If we publish your original, previously unpublished tip, you can earn a gift card (learn more about prizes here).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

Contex Publishes Buyer's Guide for Wide-Format Scanning
The latest buyer's guide for wide-format scanning from Contex provides an overview of standard applications for scanners and the main factors that customers should consider before investing in the technology. The guide classifies scanning usage by productivity, convenience, copy and print, and flexibility. The free buyer's guide is available for download to those who register.

North American modeFRONTIER Meeting Proceedings Now Online
Proceedings from this fall's North American modeFRONTIER Users Meeting 2013 are online and accessible to those who register. modeFRONTIER is an integration platform for multidisciplinary and multiobjective optimization from ESTECO.

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Deals & Freebies

Graebert Offers Free Trial of ARES Commander 2014 Software
Visitors to the Graebert website can download a 30-day free trial of ARES Commander 2014, a newly released 2D/3D CAD software application for Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X, and Linux platforms. The updated ARES Commander includes a new user interface, performance improvements, a new design resources palette, PDF import, and more.

Ideate Explorer for Revit to Be Given Away at Autodesk University
Autodesk Revit users who complete a form at the Ideate booth at Autodesk University (December 3–5, 2013) will receive a free copy of Ideate Explorer for Revit. Ideate representatives wil be available to explain the latest updates to Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Explorer for Revit. The free software will be limited to one copy per firm. A free, 30-day trial is also available to website visitors who register.

Autodesk Issuing Rebates on New AutoCAD 2014 Purchases
Autodesk reports that users who purchase AutoCAD 2014 from participating resellers before December 31, 2013, can receive a mail-in rebate of $400 for a new perpetual license of the software. AutoCAD 2014 is the final version of AutoCAD software that will be supported on the Microsoft Windows XP operating system.

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Opportunities & Honors

Canon Named BLI's 2014 Wide-Format Graphic Arts Printer Line of the Year
Buyers Laboratory (BLI) has selected Canon as the winner of its 2014 Wide-Format Graphic Arts Printer Line of the Year. The company received the award, which is based on cumulative test results in BLI's two-month evaluation, because of the overall strength of Canon's imagePROGRAF graphic arts product line.

Vectorworks Achieves IFC Coordination View 2.0 Import Certification
Nemetschek announced that its Vectorworks Architect software has passed Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) Coordination View 2.0 Import certification. The certified Coordination View 2.0 IFC Import will be available with Vectorworks Architect 2014 Service Pack 2, to be released in November 2013.

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Books & Training

ASCENT Releases Four Autodesk Certification Preparation Books
ASCENT – Center for Technical Knowledge has published four new Autodesk Official Certification Preparation books. AutoCAD 2014: Review for Certification; Autodesk Revit Architecture 2014: Review for Certification; Autodesk Inventor 2014: Review for Certification; and AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014: Review for Certification can be purchased online or from ASCENT's booth at Autodesk University (December 3–5, 2013).

Kubotek Online Training Center Relaunched with Free CAD for Students
Kubotek USA has relaunched Kubotek University, which the company states has been updated and enhanced so that students and customers can more easily find content and review lesson materials for their Kubotek software products. Kubotek University includes software instruction, tutorials, tips, and more.

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Mark Your Calendar

BIM360 and Virtualization
December 11, 2013
Portland, Oregon
David Haynes, director of consulting at Ideate, will discuss how Autodesk BIM360 solutions can provide business benefits for AEC firms. Read more

SolidWorks World 2014
January 26–29, 2014
San Diego, California
This user event will feature presentations from customers who have been using the new SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual in production environments since June 2013. 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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