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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 22)

23 Jun, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

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.

Lynn AllenVideo Tip:
Document 3D AutoCAD Models with Smart, Connected 2D Views

Did you know that you can create intelligent 2D drawing views in AutoCAD that automatically update when you change your 3D model? What about automated 2D drawing views that maintain their alignment along with their relationship to the 3D model? In this video tip from Cadalyst and Autodesk evangelist Lynn Allen, you’ll see how easy it is to create 2D documentation from your 3D models. Watch the video

Shortcut for Layout Zoom and Viewport Lock
This time-saving AutoCAD tip comes from Shawn Evjen. "Here is a quick, two-key shortcut I created to lock all model viewports in every layout tab." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Take Advantage of the Power of Sheet Sets
Danny Korem shares this tip about one of the best — yet one of the most underused — features of AutoCAD. "Sheet sets are definitely the Holy Grail of AutoCAD's automation." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Add an Excel Spreadsheet to an Inventor Drawing
For you Inventor users who have wished you could add an existing spreadsheet to a drawing in Inventor, frequent tipster David Gaskill shows you how. 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 If we publish your original, previously unpublished tip, you can earn a gift card (learn more about prizes here).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

Eurocom Launches Redesigned Web Site
Mobile computer developer Eurocom has redesigned its web site for easier navigation and improved utility. The Programs section displays programs and discounts users may be eligible for. The Reviews and Awards section includes third-party reviews of the company's products. The Upgrades section offers video tutorials, upgrade pricing, and more.

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Deals & Freebies

Dassault Systèmes Provides Free Trial of Content Authoring Software
Dassault Systèmes is offering a free, 30-day trial of its 3DVIA Composer content authoring software. The software allows users to repurpose existing 3D design data to create and update product deliverables, including documentation, technical illustrations, animations, and interactive 3D experiences.

OrthoGraph Architect Offered at 20% Off for Limited Time
For a limited time, purchasers can get a 20% discount on the OrthoGraph Architect 3D building survey app for iPad (normally $99.99), available from the iTunes store. OrthoGraph Architect v8.8 includes camera views in the PDF Roombook, Leica Disto D810 support, duplicate project capability, GPS data in hotspots, and attached pictures in PDFs.

Bluesky Online Map Shop Discounts OS MasterMap by 40%
Bluesky has relaunched its online map shop and is offering 40% savings on the Ordnance Survey MasterMap Topography Layer. The Leicestershire, U.K.–based aerial mapping company has added to its stock of U.K. aerial photography the newly launched National Tree Map, detailed 3D height data, and other ordnance survey map layers.

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Opportunities & Honors

Bentley Issues Final Call for Submissions to 2014 Be Inspired Awards
Infrastructure design software developer Bentley Systems has issued its final call for submissions to the 2014 Be Inspired Awards program; the deadline is July 10. The finalists for each of three categories will present their projects at the November Year in Infrastructure Conference in London.

EnvisionTEC Awarded RAPID 2014's Best in Show Prize
EnvisionTEC, a provider of 3D printing solutions, has been named best in show for its exhibit at the RAPID 2014 Conference and Exhibition in Detroit. EnvisionTEC's exhibit included a variety of 3D printed samples for a range of applications. The conference, produced by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, showcases the newest technologies of the additive manufacturing industry.

Leica Geosystems Names 2014 HDS Plan Contest Winners
Leica Geosystems, a provider of 3D spatial solutions, has announced the winners of its 2014 HDS and MS50 Plan Contest. Entrants submitted plans that incorporate 3D laser scanning in one of four categories: buildings/heritage, civil/survey, plant/marine, and multistation. F3 & Associates of Benicia, California, won first place in both buildings/heritage and plant/marine.

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Books & Training

Eagle Point Adds Bluebeam Revu 12 to Pinnacle Series Training
Eagle Point Software, an Autodesk AEC Industry Partner, announced the addition of Bluebeam Revu 12 content to its Pinnacle Series training. According to the company, the addition is the first step in expanding its resources for the AEC industry and was requested by design and construction professionals.

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New Products

PLM: SmartPDF, Drawing Notes Search, EasySearch, and WXML Universal Integrator for PTC Windchill
Systems integration software provider ETRAGE released several solutions for use with PTC Windchill. EasySearch provides a customizable search mechanism; SmartPDF is an add-on to the ETRAGE Plot Service; and WXML Universal Integrator automatically exports bills-of-materials metadata and viewable files. Drawing Notes Search helps manage notes on PTC Creo drawings andin Windchill PDMLink.

MCAD: Multi-CAD CADverter for NX
Theorem Solutions has released Multi-CAD CADverter for NX, a v5/v6 plugin designed to improve collaboration by enabling CATIA users to work interactively with NX data directly within the CATIA design environment. The application also checks geometry for errors and validates the integrity of the data, then tracks changes and updates the master model as each subassembly is developed.

MCAD: Publish 3D for Creo
Theorem Solutions also announced the availability of 3D PDF Publisher for Creo users. The software enables users to create documents that contain 3D data obtained directly from native CAD data. With a 3D PDF plugin for Adobe Acrobat Reader, users reportedly can view the files without purchasing additional software.

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Mark Your Calendar

PCB Design Using an Engineering Knowledge Base
June 25, 2014
11 a.m. PT
This Zuken webinar will demonstrate an engineering knowledge base that is tightly integrated with the printed circuit board design process. Read more

Bentley's Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference
November 4–6, 2014
London, United Kingdom
This conference will feature presentations and interactive sessions exploring the intersection of technology and business drivers and how they are shaping the future. 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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