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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 8)

11 Mar, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Calling All Tips!
Do you know a better way to work — in AutoCAD or any other CAD software tool? Why not take a few minutes to share your tips with your fellow CAD users? When you give, you'll also receive: If we publish your tip, you'll earn a gift card you can use toward a T-shirt or other prizes in the Cadalyst Store. Use the "Submit Tip" button below to send us your tip today!

Customize Right-Click Functionality
Cadalyst CAD Tips reviewer Brian Benton offers a tip about setting up right-click functionality in AutoCAD and its verticals. "When working in AutoCAD, we can get to many additional tools by simply right-clicking on an object, or by just right-clicking alone." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Hatching in AutoCAD 2013
Frequent tipster Danny Korem shares with us some new features added to the hatch tools in AutoCAD 2013. "Besides opening a contextual ribbon, if a hatch pattern is selected, right-clicking will offer two interesting options." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

MagiCAD Tip: Locate Open Ends in Pipe Systems
Rainer Wiljanen shares a tip for rectifying pipe systems using MagiCAD for AutoCAD. He explains how to locate open ends in heating and cooling systems quickly and efficiently. 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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Deals & Freebies

Microsoft Releases Free 3D Viewer for JT Files
Microsoft has made available the 3D Viewer for JT app, which provides 3D navigation of JT files with touch gestures for spinning, rotating, zooming, and panning, in addition to standard engineering views with an option for perspective or orthographic display. 3D Viewer for JT is free and available for any device running Windows 8.

Contex Celebrates March Madness with Sale on HD Ultra Scanner
For a limited time, Contex is offering its 42" HD Ultra i4290s color scanner at $13,900 (regularly $18,900). The HD Ultra i4290s will scan at a 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution and 8" per second in color with 48-bit color capture from scan to save. Purchasers can register to win an additional March Madness bonus.

CAD Garage Discounts Prices of Artlantis Upgrades through March
Through March 31, 2013, authorized Artlantis distributor CAD Garage is giving discounts on Artlantis 4.1 upgrades from previous versions. The upgrades are priced as follows: Studio from v1, v2, or v3, $635 (was $720); Render from v4.x, $790 (was $885); and Render from v1, v2, or v3, $360 (was $405).

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Opportunities & Honors

ASCON Accepting Entries for 3D Modeling Contest
ASCON Group has opened its eleventh annual KOMPAS-3D Modeling Contest. Current and potential customers are invited to submit entries of either a 3D assembly model of a product or a 3D model of a construction project. All projects must have been developed in KOMPAS-3D. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2013.

Microdesk Honored as Autodesk Platinum Club Winner
Design technology consultancy Microdesk was inducted into the Autodesk 2013 Platinum Club and was designated a 2013 Platinum Club winner for top overall new business growth in 2012. According to Autodesk, its Platinum Partners have demonstrated an ability to deliver the highest level of solution expertise, service, support, and customer satisfaction.

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New Products

Workstations: 3D Boxx 8980 XTREME
BOXX Technologies has released its 8980 XTREME dual Intel Xeon workstation. Running at more than 4 GHz in turbo mode with overclocked dual Intel Xeon E5-2600 Series processors, the workstation accommodates two dual-slot NVIDIA graphics cards and four additional PCI-E slots.

Data Management: PTC Windchill PDM Essentials
PTC has released the PTC Windchill PDM Essentials data management solution for small businesses. The software is designed to help companies save, track, secure, organize, and retrieve CAD data and other product development documents. Standard installations can accommodate files from multiple CAD formats, and a license includes a Microsoft SQL server database.

AEC: InspectTech Collector Mobile for iPad
Bentley Systems has launched InspectTech Collector Mobile for iPad. The new app enables infrastructure inspectors to collect inspection information, including photos and audio, in the field on their iPads. InspectTech Collector Mobile is available free for download for use with Bentley's InspectTech software.

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Mark Your Calendar

One-Click 3D Model Creation with the NextEngine Multidrive
March 14, 2013
11 a.m. PT
This webinar from NextEngine will demonstrate how to automate the scanning of 3D objects using the NextEngine Multidrive robot. Read more

Introduction to ScanStudio HD for New Users
March 26, 2013
11 a.m. PT
Viewers of this NextEngine webinar will learn how to measure physical objects using NextEngine scanning technology for creating 3D mesh models. Read more

SolidWorks Plastics and Sustainability
March 27, 2013
2 p.m. ET
This Fisher/Unitech webinar will address common concerns encountered by designers of plastic components. Read more

BIM Camp — Chicago
April 18, 2013
Chicago, Illinois
At BIM Camp, sponsored by Nemetschek Vectorworks, attendees will learn that adopting a building information modeling (BIM) workflow doesn't have to be time consuming or expensive. 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

NVIDIA Packs Yet More Muscle into Latest Quadro Cards
Starting at $199, new Kepler-based GPUs offer best-yet graphics- and compute-processing power for professional CAD applications. Read more

CadFaster Launches MyCadbox for Fast, Cloud-Based 3D Model Sharing
Now available as a public beta test in PC and iPad versions, the tool supports viewing, coviewing, and markup of STEP files — with DWG support coming soon. Read more

Free CAD Workstation Resource Guide Available for Download
Searching for information about the technology behind professional workstations for CAD and how to configure a model to best meet your needs? Download the free CAD Workstation Resource Guide!

Grass Valley Updates Legacy Systems with Product Lifecycle Management Solution
Broadcasting hardware manufacturer adopts Omnify Empower PLM in effort to automate and integrate its product development processes. Read more

Save Femap Layouts and Views
Femap Tips and Tricks: Specify which attributes of the user interface you want to save, and save views in the View Library. Read more


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