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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 20)

9 Jun, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Lynn AllenVideo Tip: Add Isolines for Easy Surface Creation and Editing in AutoCAD
Drawing on surfaces can be tricky, especially if the surface is curved. Extracting isolines from the surface makes it easier to accomplish this goal, and in this video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen, you’ll see how to do just that. Watch the video


Could You Use $25 at Amazon? How about $50?
Do you know a better way to work — in AutoCAD or any other CAD software tool? Take a few minutes to share your tips with your fellow CAD users, and benefit yourself at the same time: If we publish your tip, you can earn an Amazon gift card and be entered in the quarterly prize drawing. Learn all about CAD Tips prizes here.

Easily Create and Edit Tiled Viewports in AutoCAD 2015
Levi Connolly explains how to use a new feature in AutoCAD 2015 to create and resize viewports in model space using just your mouse. "There are three clickable buttons as you hover over the upper-left corner of a model space which provide selectable options: viewport controls, view controls, and visual style controls." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Revit Tip: Use Standard Color Schemes in Revit
This tip from Andria Lynch describes how to store and reuse a standard color scheme for an area scheme. "Just rename and transfer as many times as you need to create area plans with the same color scheme." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Make an Inventor Part or Assembly a Reference Component
In his latest Inventor tip, David Gaskill demonstrates how to make a part or an assembly into a reference component in an Autodesk Inventor assembly model. "Start by choosing a subassembly or part that you want to make into a reference in your model." 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 If we publish your original, previously unpublished tip, you can earn a gift card (learn more about prizes here).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'sCAD Tips site.

Tips & Tools Weekly software tips for AutoCAD are reviewed in the latest version of AutoCAD by Contributing Editor R.K. McSwain. 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 E-Book: Engineering Survival Guide
What does the future hold for engineers? One thing we know for sure: It will change! A free 40-page e-book from Lifecycle Insights, Engineering Manager's Survival Guide, outlines the trends and technologies that are shaping engineering and what you can do to support your future in the field. To get it, simply complete this 15-minute survey on the use of 3D across the enterprise.

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Opportunities & Honors

Trimble Calls for Speaker Proposals for Annual User Conference
Trimble is encouraging speaker candidates to prepare presentation proposals for the Trimble Dimensions 2014 International User Conference, to be held November 3–5, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the conference, speakers will share the ways Trimble technology is used in real-world applications. Speaker proposals will be accepted through July 15, 2014.

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Books & Training

IronCAD Offers Free Introductory Training for Potential Users
IronCAD, a provider of design productivity solutions, has launched an introductory training program that is free to anyone evaluating IronCAD solutions. The program offers best practices training that shows customers how to design better products more quickly, the company reports. To access the free introductory training, users can download a 30-day trial of IronCAD 2014.

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New Products

Workstations: ThinkStation P300
Features of Lenovo's new ThinkStation P300 entry-level workstation (starts at $729) include a redesigned chassis and a FLEX module that allows users to customize with only the features they need. Available in tower and small–form factor models, the ThinkStation P300 is available with the Intel Xeon E3-1200v3 products, fourth-generation Intel Core processor, and ECC memory support.

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Mark Your Calendar

The Foundry Sessions: Production COLLECTIVE and Creation COLLECTIVE
June 19, 2014
11 a.m. PT
This webinar broadcast from the Foundry's London headquarters will focus on the new 3D modeling and visualization software products Production COLLECTIVE and Creation COLLECTIVE. Read more

Excite USA 2014
June 26–27, 2014
Royal Oak, Michigan
Dassault Systèmes 3DXCITE, previously Realtime Technology (RTT), will sponsor this 3D visualization technology event, where attendees can connect and network with experts one-on-one. Read more

Trimble Dimensions 2014 International User Conference
November 3–5, 2014
Las Vegas, Nevada
This conference provides insight into how information technology can transform the way professionals work to achieve success. 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

By the Revit Users, for the Revit Users, Part 1
Now in its tenth year, the independent Revit Technology Conference serves three continents and is still growing — but cautiously. Read more

Peer-Driven CAD Management Solutions
How to succeed as the default CAD manager. Read more

Tech Trends: Route to a Dream Home
Designer's imagination pushes EnRoute sign-making software beyond its typical applications. Read more

Herrera on Hardware: Is Cloud-Based CAD Ready for Prime Time? Part 1
Centralized, server-side graphical computing technology is on the upswing. Should you care where your computer is? Read more

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Fix Broken References with Autodesk Vault 2014 Reference Repair Utility
Find broken references between files in Autodesk Vault, and use the Autodesk Reference Repair Utility to repair them. Watch the video


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